Category Archives: Nature

Fall Colors

Fall is definitely my favorite time of year – a time of cooling off from a hot summer, cool nights, warm days, bright blue skies, and beautiful colors.  Annie and I enjoyed a pretty walk up to the barn to let the girls out this morning.  Sometimes we take the quad because of time constraints, sometimes we take the truck if the weather is bad.

I was hoping to get photos of the sheep but they weren’t cooperating much.

Layne attempted to help out but that is about a high as her head went.  No one else even lifted their eyes up.  Their fleeces are at a favorite length for me because I can still see their spot pattern and individual colors.

Thankfully, I found someone else who was willing to have their pictures taken.

A bunch of little birds were chattering away and making a ruckus in the bushes and grasses around the sheep.  The bright rose hips added some gorgeous color, especially when paired with the bright greens of the water grass.

Here’s a close up of a pair – the little man has the white stripes.

How many birds are in this photo?

Cash walked right under this little guy so instead of taking flight, he stood a little taller.  I love how his colors match the colors of the background and the blackberry vine itself.  It draws the purples and grays out.

Another little poser – such cute little guys.  I love the little details in creation.

Just after banning these two to “lie down” so they stopped scaring the birds and sheep off, I caught this little bit of love.  Speaking of love…

…why, oh WHY do turkeys love me?  I have never loved them, but I seem to attract every tom I’ve ever met and now even the hens come a running.  Maybe I should take up hunting. 😉

Out with the Old, In with the New

Today is a much nicer day with lots of sunshine and warmth.  Two more ewes lambed early this morning, Serenity and Boudicca.  Both had twins, Serenity’s sired by Tristan; and Boudicca’s sired by Raider.  I quickly cleaned out the stall the older lambs were in and moved the two new moms in with their lambs. 

The new mama’s are happy with fresh hay and water, while the lambs enjoy the warm dry straw.

Meanwhile outside isn’t as peaceful of a setting.  The “older” lambs are outside terrorizing the world and discovering all types of new things while their mama’s eat breakfast.

They zoomed every which way they could — especially these three; Fleur, Aster and Columbine.  Little Marigold is a “princess” according to her mama so she’s not allowed to get involved in too much silliness.  And Chamomile, well, she’s not exactly allowed to join in much either but not due to her mama —

More like Annie can’t seem to let her go!  Chamomile certainly takes after her name, she is calm and loves to snuggle.  Just a little sleepy time tea in lamb form.

Finally Chamomile was let loose and she got to enjoy some romping with her sister, Columbine.  I don’t know what it is about feed pans, but lambs are instantly attracted to them!

–Enjoying a sunny day here at Mud Ranch!