Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer







Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Day Began With a Cattle Crossing Last Spring~



On April 26,  The husby, myself and our 2 Long Coat German Shepherds had stopped for coffee and croissants, and were not sure whether the rain would clear out so that we could take the dogs to the park. 
En route, and traveling up Covered Bridge Road, I spotted a lot of people gathered in the cow pasture at Foxhollow Farm and a couple of police vehicles were coming up behind us. 
I asked Bill to please pull into the driveway so that I could find out what was going on, as I had just missed this crossing over once before, and if at all possible, I did not want to miss this one...
The very kind manager and landowner said that I would be welcome to photograph the event, and even with a falling misty rain, I found it all quite interesting to watch.
The photographs did not exactly load up in order, but you can still get the just of what was going on. 
The cows did not want to lose their babies in the run and the calves that did get lost, were bawling and trying to get to their mom. 
It did not last long and all of them were safely across the highway and by the time the last of the cattle had crossed, the first ones were already enjoying their new green pasture~

 Remember to double click on the first image, to view a larger slide show presentation after you have read the narratives~


I will be linking up with Mary for:
Mosaic Monday
at: 
  http://dearlittleredhouse.blogspot.

&

 Eileen for:
Saturday Critters

at:
http://viewingnaturewitheileen.blogspot.com/


As well as with 
Stewart at:
   Wild Bird Wednesday









One Sunday morning, I drove a little bit farther out into the countryside, just for a different kind of ride into church. 
I was glad that I did, as there was an immature Bald Eagle soaring over...beautiful as well as perfect timing.  



The Red-tailed Hawk was just a little bit further down the road from where I had seen the Bald Eagle~



Then there was a Turkey Vulture that had just arrived at the scene of a fresh road killed deer~



The area where I drove, had lots of Eastern Cottontails running about...they better be careful with those large Raptors soaring above~


The Opossum is running scared from me. 
I guess the shutter on the camera firing was a little too much for this one~



Not certain which of the few Skink species that are in Kentucky this one is.  
I went to site and could not firmly match it with the images~


This baby cottontail was seen in my father-in-laws back yard. 
It was probably just new from the nest, as it still had a touch of white upon it's forehead~


A few Wild Tom Turkeys made their way across a corn field, strutting their best for the hens~


A young colt running in the field and kicking up his beautiful heels on a Spring morning~






Back in the day, I imagine that Buffalo/Bison roamed these parts in large numbers. 
Now people run Buffalo farms for their meat which is much leaner than beef cattle.
I have only had a Buffalo burger twice and it was quite good, though I am not a big meat eater~



A White-tailed Deer stops to check me over before walking a few paces into a deep green underbrush, where she most probably was hiding a tiny fawn~


This is a domestic rabbit that evidently had escaped from the Henry's Ark Petting Zoo, which has a small police station next door. 
On this particular morning, the rabbit was trying to figure out where to go next and ran out into the parking lot where the cars were parked. 
I thought about calling 911 for help, but decided I best not ;)  
Instead, I urged and coaxed it to head back toward the petting zoo. 
Across the lane was a nest of Red-tailed Hawks, and that was not a good thought for this big guy, or girl~


A new born fawn resting in the wood near our home and next to where the hawk nest was this season~



This barn cat was hunting for it's breakfast~


More Buffalo images that were taken at another farm location as the sun was rising~



Have a wonderful week~






Friday, July 11, 2014

Some of My Most Favored of All Birds~

 

Well I had some good Google news, I can now upload my images right from my Picasa photo program once again after many long months and I am very happy about that!
My patience and perseverance have paid off...still have no idea why it did not work and now it suddenly does, but I am very pleased to say the least.
Today I am sharing my favorite birds...
Swallows. 
I know, I know you thought it was Cedar Waxwings didn't you...well they follow the Swallows by a short feather ;)
Since I have been ill, I take rides in the car, with my dogs joing me, and put the windows down and that was how I took these images of both Barn and Tree Swallows at Foxhollow Farm last week. 
Never had to get out of the car, or enter the heat of the day, just waited on the birds to show up and that they did.
There would have been a whole lot more photos, but we are still working out the solutions to my scripts and in fact today, we are off of my new one after a month, will be clean from it's side affects for a brief week and back to being a human Guinea Pig again after that. 
I have been told that it is a fine tuning kind of thing to get it right for seizures, so like the Google thing, I have to be patient, but oh my this has been rough.
Have a HAPPY and I will too!
 Enjoy these sweet little buddies of mine, and oh so useful at eating all of those insects. 
Got to love and appreciate Swallows~
 
Remember to double click on the first image, to view a larger slide show presentation after you have read the narratives~


I will be linking up with Mary at:
 
Mosaic Monday
at: 


As well as I am linking up with Stewart at:
   Wild Bird Wednesday
 
 









Barn Swallows above are the darker, of these two species shared here today. 
From their nest building, to their structure, everything about them is just pretty sweet~





 










 

6 1/2 year old Meaka and 1 1/2 year old Silveit adorned with flowers on her special day.
These girls live for going with us anywhere we are, they want to be~