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

Sunday, January 13, 2013

From 2 Rural Lanes in Oldham County, Kentucky~

This post will combine two rural areas that I can almost always bank on getting some kind of nature, or wildlife images.
There is a farm on the highway that leads to one of our daughter's homes, and that is where I gathered in a few images of the work horses and their goat friends.
Goats can calm stress in horses and are often used with thoroughbred race horses to keep them mellowed out too.

I am linking up with Mary for:

"Mosaic Monday"



The cattle below are from another highway that I frequent. 
They are right in line with a pair of American Kestrels that I observe, as well as a really lovely Red--tailed Hawk. 
Of course this particular was only cows that I saw~

What a beautiful feral cat this is. 
I have seen it near a barn, but I mostly see it hunting along the roadway...always thinking that it is fully hidden from me, but guess what? ;')~

It was sunrise over this field that overlooks the fence posts, that house Bluebird boxes, also used by Tree Swallows, and where I get so many of my Eastern Bluebird and Tree Swallow images during the warmer months of the year...
No, there were no Bluebirds, or Swallows this day~

Beneath is the property where the little Icelandic Horses live and graze, but even this day, they were in pastures beyond my view.  
I still thought the clouds and warmth of the view was worthy of a share~

Oh My...birdhouse anyone? 
How fun is this? 
I took a wrong turn one day a couple of weeks ago, and had to actually do a turn about to get this image...
I may have to return in the spring and see if there are any takers and if so how many species and what they shall be...stay tuned~

European Starlings abound in the country side, in the fields and trees, always taking flight at any slight sound. 
They are a mess, but still quite beautiful~

My neighbors Sandy and Dave give me the pleasure of feeding the wildlife that visit their yard from time to time. 
Sandy had told me about a large buck that had been coming and sure enough one evening, just before dark, there he was. 
There was a younger buck with him, but this big guy ruled the yard~

Remember the little fawn that I cared for back in late August...for those whom have followed my blog for a time? 
I wondered if this might be that little fawn and doe... 
There is one with twins, one with triplets and then this single doe with one...
I will never know for sure, but when I saw made me have hope, that just maybe...~


  1. sweet deer and calves. beautiful horses! loved the birdie subdivision. too cute!

  2. Wow, great post. I love all the animals. The horses and goats, the deer and the birds are all wonderful. Those the birdhouses are cool, the birds have a big choice to pick a house. Beautiful photos, Mary!

  3. Such beautiful photos Mary! I had to look carefully in the first photos to figure out what the blonde coloured thing was with the goats. Then I realized it was a horse! :) Love the birdhouse - so colourful. The deer are beautiful too. Great images! I hope you have a great week.

  4. Such a treat to see all these beautiful animals right down to the feral cat...what a uniquely beautiful fellow he is. I didn't see the horse in the first photo...saw what I thought was a dog. Good eyes. Yes, I saw the horse in the end. Thank goodness I can read!

  5. LOVE this post! The Birdie Hi-Rise is so cool. I'm a horse lover, so I Love those photos. Great camera work. Oh and the deer are great too!!

  6. Love the black horse! All of the horses are beautiful. Great deer shots, too! Your neighbor must get some great wildlife visiting the yard!

  7. Great photos. Your love of animals really comes through. The sweet tendrils on the tree branch are lovely, too.

  8. I never knew that about goats - and I used to own some. I love the bird condo.

  9. The cat is so beautiful, as are the horses and goats. I didn't know that goats can calm the livestock. So interesting!

  10. You always take the most amazing photos! And the birdies welcome houses are adorable! What fun! Love seeing the horses, too! Happy Monday!

  11. Wow! Lovely images!
    Have a wonderful week!

  12. Nicestory Mary. The best, according to me, is the foals, aren't they outstanding?

  13. Hey Mary,
    Great shots!!
    Nice to see all the beautiful horses. Wonderful!!

    Many greetings,

  14. So many beautiful photos - the deer are stunning and that bird house is just amazing. I always feel I've been on a wonderful little holiday whenever I visit your blog! Your images are always so beautiful.

  15. Beautiful post! So many animals and the horses are so wonderful!
    Wish you a great week.
    From Hilda

  16. What a lot of gorgeous images, Mary. The cattle, the horses, the young buck - all so beautiful.

  17. Beautiful pictures!! I am following you and I hope you will do the same :)

  18. Beautiful horses. And what a beautiful cat, and so unusual.

  19. I love everything about this post, horses, goats, cattle and deer. What a wonderful area you live in!

  20. These are amazing!

    Wonderful blog.

    Have a nice day.



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