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Beauty in the Cold

31 Jan

Our cold streak really started Monday with a snowy morning and white out conditions.  By afternoon, we had a beautiful sundog on the way home.

I might be an idiot, but I decided to go try and take pictures in the cold Wednesday.  Don’t get me wrong, I prepared for the cold.

I wore socks, slipper socks, fleece leggings, sweat pants, t-shirt, sweat shirt, coveralls, flannel coat, ski mask, ear warmers (over the mouth), and two pairs of gloves.  It was beautiful though, and I didnt want to miss an opportunity to capture it.

Even if it is a lot of work keeping water open to the animals, the frost is pretty.  You have to find the beauty in this cold, or it would drive you crazy.

I like the look of the cobwebs above the water tank. They are covered in crystals.

It also seemed like a good time to try those frozen bubble pictures.  Although, I did have to pull down the ear warmer/mouth cover to blow the bubbles.  Most of them just blew away because we still had a bit of a breeze.  I guess I need -20* and completely still air.  That’s hard to find.  I managed to get one to sit on my deck railing.

Because I wasn’t actually expecting one to stay, it was already deflating by the time I set my bubble wand and bottle down and got my camera up to take the pictures.  So much for being prepared.

I decided I had to be doing something wrong, so I did a search and found a homemade recipe and some advice.  That helped!  It was still too windy though.

Come back, bubble. I want to take your picture!

That meant I had to step inside the barn.

It’s not near as pretty when you don’t have the sun shining on it.  Although you can kind of see Betty Lou’s reflection in the bubble.

I also had a lot of help.  Bonnie was just wondering why I was standing out there.

Bonnie

Finally, the wind went down and I tried it one more time!

Success!  Well, it’s better.

The sunshine really helps make it pretty.

I will definitely try this again.

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Conversion

27 Jan

I already had my little pen for Tony in the garage.

With the cold snap that’s coming, I decided I might as well go full-on barn again.  For those of you who use Celsius Tuesday’s low is -30.56*C Wednesday’s high is -23.33*C.

Not only will he be in here until March or so (if he lives), but there’s a good chance he’ll end up with company by the middle of the week.

Vinnie is already shivering and wondering why we haven’t gone to Florida for the winter.

Vinnie

I shudder at the thought of who all might end up in there with him.

Anyhow, I took the opportunity with our relatively warm weekend weather to prepare the whole Ranger side of the garage.

It’ll all be good.  As soon as March gets here.

Another Weekend Storm

19 Jan

We had another storm move in Friday afternoon and dump another three inches of snow on us.  It’s a lot less than they thought it might be for a while, so I’m not complaining.  This storm, unlike last weekend’s, brought a lot of cold and wind with it.  Even though it’s sunny today, it’s still bitterly cold.

The only thing a goat (or llama) can do on a day like this is stand out of the wind and hope to get a bit of warmth from the sun.

Moose, Fionn, Casey, Myson, Buster, and Cinnamon

You know it’s cold when Maybeline’s hot breath is causing frost on her nose.

Maybeline

I’m going to try to keep sneaking out a few minutes at a time to get blog pictures because it’s going to take me all week to get you caught up with what’s going on out in the barnyard.