wildlife

Surprise visitor!

This week Don came in all excited to get me to come out & see what was on our front lawn. It was a HUGE snapper turtle! It had made it way from  the pond, crossed the highway and was making it's way to our house. That is a long ways for a turtle to walk. It also looked like it was getting dehydrated so we knew it had to get back to the pond & creek. Don carefully picked it up with a hay fork and put it on the front loader of his John Deere tractor to give it a ride back. He kept it tipped up so the turtle couldn't fall out. So as the picture shows back Mr. Turtle went to be where he belonged. It was a busy day for Farmer Don but a kind-hearted guy like him would take time to care for a turtle. It's just what we do...

Winter Time on the Farm

Finally I have time to reflect and write on the blog. The last few weeks it has snowed enough to blanket the farm fields and create the winter beauty I enjoy. Winter days on the farm mean a different routine from summer time. No green pastures for heifers to graze = more feeding chores for the farmer, especially since cattle eat more to keep warm on the cold days. The milking cows still need to be milked and fed twice daily. And since those cattle eat more, they **** more and yards need to be cleaned and hauled to the fields more often. Clean bedding is brought in to keep all of them clean and warm. And oh yes when it snows, that snow needs to be plowed away so we can drive to feed the cattle and the milk truck can daily pick up our milk. So winter days keep Farmer Don busy.

Yet we appreciate the beauty and artistry Mother Nature provides with rolling hills and fields covered in white as the backdrop. The bright whiteness dresses up the otherwise drab landscape of leafless trees and brown stubble. Resident wildlife (deer and turkeys) are seen foraging in the woods and fields. The animal footprints that I find in the snow are special treasures for me - tiny birds prints, cat track snows, or deer paths across fields - all are artistic wonders. It begs for visitors to explore on snowshoes all the wonders winter has to offer. 

Snow "blankets" our fields protecting them from the bitter cold.

Snow "blankets" our fields protecting them from the bitter cold.

Our "gateway" for snowshoe adventures!

Our "gateway" for snowshoe adventures!