Thursday, January 16, 2014

Come With Me

The light this morning was amazing, in that we actually had some for a change. So I took my camera with me when I walked down to the barn to see what I could see. And one thing I saw was this strange plant that was part botany and part sheep.

I am still learning how to use this camera, which is new and could probably be programmed to run my entire household it's so fancy, but even keeping that in mind I was blown away by the quality of the images I captured. I so miss photography. I miss my old Minolta Maxxum. But I have to say that in this area technology truly satisfies my need for instant photographical gratification.

Granted, there's not a lot of color in the landscape at the moment, but considering this is winter light, I think the quality is luminescent.

More fiber. It practically does grow on trees.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Wild America

I know I'm late posting this...more on that, and the reason for it, later. For now, check this out and Happy New Year!

These guys:

came to check out the hens:

A couple flocks of turkeys hung around near the house all summer. There was even one lone turkey I called Romeo. We're not sure why s/he was kicked out of the big flocks, but s/he seemed lonely. 

Turkeys are VERY aware of their surroundings. I had trouble getting pictures of them up close because even though they came close to the house (they even chased the chickens across the front yard at one point) they noticed the slightest movement and immediately headed for the woods. That's what the group in the first picture is doing. They got to the edge before I'd even focused the camera. The bottom picture was taken from inside the house. 

I have to say, I really enjoy having them around. And they are HUGE. Much bigger in person than I expected them to be. It's fun to watch them interact. By the end of the summer they had started to tolerate me and wouldn't immediately take off when they noticed me if I was far enough away. Haven't seen them since Thanksgiving. I hope that doesn't mean anything significant. Hopefully they're just wintering over somewhere in the woods and will be back in the spring with lots of little turkeys.