Cardinal in the shadow

When you shoot towards a bright area such as towards the sun whatever is in front of that will be a silhouette or a shadow as long as it is darker than the background.

There are at least 8 cardinals that hang around our yard and come to eat. In the early morning, I can get silhouettes quite easily because the sun is rising behind them.

You can tell by the shape of the birds and the head that these are cardinals.

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Watermelon time

Do you know how to pick out a good watermelon?

First of all, thump the melon you want to get sort of a hollow sound from the thump.

Secondly look for one that has a creamy beige underside this means it was on the ground long enough to ripen. You do not want it to be white it must be cream colored.

If the watermelons still on the vine look for a curling of where the vine is attached.

We do not plant our watermelons we have a dirt pile we toss them on upside down this keeps the birds from eating the seeds and allows the melon to rot and create mulch for the fallen seeds. I only buy Texas watermelons at the store because they seem to be the best to grow in our area.

This is our first year to have watermelons during the right season most of the time we have them in December.

Our biggest watermelon so far weighed a whopping 32.6 pounds it is the one in the pictures below. This watermelon had just been picked so it was not washed off yet it still had some dirt on it.

As you can see when it was cut the color was a bright red and it was sweet.

This was watermelon number 2 and Sunday we picked number 3. So far number 1 and 3 have been the sweetest and they came off the same side of the dirt pile but we are not sure it if was the same vine or not. Watermelon vines grow like crazy and can spread as much as 10 feet or more from the actual start of the plant.

We cut them up and put them in ziplock bags in the refrigerator they stay good for 5 or 6 days and they get ice cold which is my favorite way to eat watermelon.

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More goats on the farm

Our daughter and her husband drove 7 hours to pick up 2 more registered Nigerian dairy goats

One grown one already had babies and still has milk she will be bred again in August. Our daughter can practice milking on this goat 1 x a day because she still has milk. The other one was just bred and should have her babies in December. I said, babies, because most goats have multiples.

While they were there they went ahead and bought a buck and they were given a wether to keep the buck company. They say wethers make really good pets.

Now they have a total of 7 goats. I think that will be all the goats for now because some will be having babies and others will be bred when they are old enough.

I hope to get some pictures of them next week to share.

Connections

I was outdoors bright and early Monday morning taking pictures with my Canon 400 mm lens. If I had been out there with any other lens these shots would not have been possible.

While I was shooting a fence post and barbed wire out of the corner of my eye I saw something run past me but about 3 acres over. I looked up and low and behold it was a deer a very large buck. Of course, my camera was not set to be shooting towards the sun but I just started shooting. I had no time to check settings change them or even review the pictures I was taking.

Then all of a sudden here came another buck this one was younger and his rack was not as big as the older one. I was able to take about 12 pictures before they left, of course, my favorites were when they were together.

We see deer here on occasion but normally it is a couple of doe or a doe and a fawn but never bucks and much less never two of them.

In fact, it has been several months since we have seen any deer at all. My husband and I recently talked about it and wondered where they were all hiding.

Over the last week, there have been so many signs right in front of me. There have been lots of butterflies in all colors some I have never seen before, Cardinals, and many bird feathers in a specific order certain colors each day.

All of these things I noticed and even spoke to my sister and my cousin about it. I felt like all these things were my dad trying to get my attention.

When the deer came along it was like a giant billboard flashing right in front of me.

I honestly feel like my dad was trying to tell me he is around and he is always watching over me. At the same time, I think he wanted me to know he sees everything that is going on.

The connections we feel to our deceased loved ones are there as long as we pay attention to the signs.

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A cat’s life

Around April 2015 a mama cat deserted her kittens that were about 6-8 weeks old and I tried to save them all but I couldn’t.
Stripey and Harry were the two survivors.

They were probably not quite a year old yet and something was wrong with Stripey. I took him to the vet to find out his jaw was broken he had been kicked in the jaw by someone. He had surgery his jaw had to be wired shut for many weeks. Needless to say, this was quite and expensive visit. The vet neutered him for free at the same time.

I later had Harry neutered so all our cats are fixed. We do our part to help the overpopulation of cats in the world.

We were not in the market any more cats at the time but needless to say, we inherited these two. They stay outdoors unless the weather’s bad then I bring them in the house.

This the life of these two cats lots of lounging around following me around in the pasture because they are quite snoopy. They eat two times a day and stalk lizards,
small snakes, birds, and anything that crosses their path.

Mr. Bird is good friends with them and they are always getting into mischief.

The cat’s life is a rough life. The first picture is Stripey and the second one is Harry.

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The little lamb

Next door I noticed a little lamb and normally all the lambs are born in the spring.

This mom is a Suffolk sheep and we are pretty sure by its color and markings, the baby is a Dorper sheep. The baby still has it tails all other lambs tails are removed when they are a week old or so. For some reason, the Dorpers keep their tails.

We are guessing this mom is a nanny sheep and she took on this orphan Dorper.

Needless to say, they are quite cute together and she seems quite protective of this little baby.

They were going to walk off when they saw me approaching the fence until they saw the cats following me. They stopped turned around and came back to look at the cats.

The curiosity of sheep is a funny thing sometimes.

I love photographing baby animals and their moms there is just something so sweet about it all.

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