That seems like a good title after being gone for awhile 😉 My poor blog has been neglected due to the ease of Facebook and Instagram. I thought the followers here might be interested in the trips we have taken this year and the calendars that have come together due to them. I am still very busy with the Felt Pups and sheep and life on the farm is good!
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The Felt Pups give me an excuse to use my camera almost every day…here are the photos that I chose to go in the coming year’s calendar…
Nothing brings me joy, like getting outside and taking photos, and the South Steens area of Oregon did not disappoint! We saw a lot of wildlife, including Mr. Owl…
Some lovely antelope….
My favorite, the Bighorn Sheep….
…and some incredible Wild Horses! We hiked many miles to find them and being able to walk among them was something I will never forget! Here are the photos I chose to go in the Wild Horse calendar…
Our big summer trip was to Glacier National Park…Montana now has my heart and we will definitely be returning! Here are some of the pictures and calendar pages from that trip…
Being in the right place at the right time is such a big part of taking amazing photos. A few weeks ago I was driving home after picking my son up from school and captured a bald eagle in our neighbor’s pasture…
It was incredible to see such a big bird up close.
What was even more incredible was to see that it had a small Canada goose in it’s talons. My son made me laugh when he said ‘boy, you don’t see that everyday!’
Today, once again I was in the right place at the right time. I saw a bunch of goldfinch in our garden and I wanted to take some photos of them, so I ran inside and grabbed my camera. Unfortunately, they flew off when I came back out, but some movement in one of the pastures caught my attention. It was a couple of the pheasant roosters that have been eluding me! The chicken pen and our pump house gave me the cover I needed to sneak up on them.
To my delight, they put on quite the show for me.
It looked like they were having a territorial battle. They were sizing each other up and making the craziest sounds.
They would go back and forth, growling and clucking at each other.
Then they would ruffle their feathers up…
stare each other down…
What a treat to see in person!
Don’t get me wrong, I love wildlife – but when they come to dine on our newly seeded pastures, it doesn’t make me happy.
We live near the grass seed capital of the world, can’t they find somewhere else to eat???
I’m talking about the beautiful Canada Goose. We often have a pair or two enjoying our pond, but since we seeded our pastures this fall – this is a common sight…
There are different flocks that have been digging holes in the ground, some are very leery and will fly off as soon as I am in the driveway and some, like this group today, I have to practically jump in the middle of them to get them to fly away.
It looks like they have a little tagalong 🙂
This poor gal has a bum leg. She would kind of hop/fly to get around. I wouldn’t mind if her and a friend wanted to call our pond home for the winter.
Just not this many friends. Today there were only 30, but we have had as many as 100 and it is incredible what they can do to the ground. They dig holes and pull the grass out by the roots!
They are such beautiful birds and I really enjoy watching them, but not when they are eating the grass that I have been very conservative with.
So, I will keep asking them to move along and hopefully they will spread the word that our pastures are for sheep only!
Now that’s better!