Babysitting a heifer calf

Our daughter’s cow Penny had her first calf a registered miniature Herford Heifer.

She is probably around 30#s and was born last Friday nite. It is hard to tell how small something is in pictures but Zoee is taller than this baby.

Penny rejected it which is not uncommon for first-time mama cows. She began kicking it and trying to get it out of her way. She would not even clean it in most circumstances, this only happens with the first calf so she should be a good mama next time.

They were getting ready to go out of town so guess who is babysitting. She gets two bottles a day 2 pints each. She follows me around like a dog when I let her out. She runs like crazy in our backyard trying to experience her legs.

Zoee wants to mother her so so bad but I have not let her do this she gets to visit through the fence.

Here are a few pictures of Nutmeg which with the help of a friend we named her I am sure the name will get changed.

Little baby calves and cameras get along pretty well.

The duck’s return

Every year for the last 5 or 6 years the black-bellied whistling ducks return.

I am not sure if it’s the same ducks or if they told someone else to come here.

These behave the same, nest in the nest box, and act the same.

Nature’s beauty surrounds us and the wildlife is everywhere you just have to open your eyes to see it and appreciate it.

Life is GOOD!

Ribbon Snake VS Toad

Zoee was acting like she saw a snake. I can always tell when the dogs have found something they do not need.

I went over to look and sure enough, there was a ribbon snake in the middle of eating his toad.

We love toads and frogs so I was a bit sad but I know it’s all part of the food chain.

I decided to remember the frog with the snake in a few pictures.

Nature loves to inspire my photography even though I hate snakes.

Little Red Lantern

This Lantern is fairly old but not an antique. Its glass was broken a few years ago so now it just hangs on the fence.

I could not help but notice what a great picture it would make.

The tangerine cross vines bloomed and climbed around the lantern.

There is always something unique to take pictures of just stop and notice what is in front of you.

Hawk in the fog

One morning last week it was really foggy the dew was heavy and wet feeling.

I noticed this hawk on the fence post across the street sitting there with feathers slightly ruffled pondering the idea that maybe later there would be some sunshine.

I was able to get a few shots through the window without being spotted.

This hawk having a bad feather day must know how it feels when we have a bad hair day.

Nature truly inspires me and always makes me smile.

Birds in Feeders

Around here there are so many birds. I have to have different kinds of feeders in select locations so everyone can eat.

These birds decided to sit in the concrete feeders I made.

One is having seed and one is having orange slices. I have learned not to throw away fruit there are certain birds that love it.

The little things in life make each day special look around and find some little things.

The great ginger comeback

Last February we had that really bad freeze and my ginger died back all the way to the ground.

I thought I was going to lose it all but this is a picture I took this week.

It is about one foot shorter than it was last year and very full. I doubt it blooms this year but I am grateful it did not die.

Sometimes plants will survive extremely cold temperatures even when the odds are against them.

Hide and Seek

Zoee loves to play with the squirrels.

She chases them around the backyard and they run up trees to hide from her.

When the squirrel is hidden that drives Zoee crazy. She goes tree to tree hopping on her back legs trying to find her friend the squirrel.

This game entertains Zoee for an hour and she comes in exhausted.

A cardinal posed on a fence

This male cardinal posed on our jasmine fence.

It saw me taking pictures out the french door but seemed not to care.

Sometimes birds can be camera hogs too.

The bright red bird hiding in the twigs of the jasmine and with the green pasture behind made a striking picture.

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