One of my favorite things, when I have a little extra time...
(and the ground is dry)
is to lie on my stomach in one of the animal pens and watch the animals.
Of course, I don't lie on my stomach when I am in with the equines...
that would not end well, I am sure!
But, with the goats, or sheep, or pigs...
it's the perfect vantage point for just observing normal life
and enjoying animal curiosity.
Yesterday I spent a little time with the Nigerian Dwarf goats.
Star and Ash, sisters, and mothers to Stella and Audrey,
are quite friendly.
Stella and Audrey are shy.
But if I lie on my stomach and patiently wait,
curiosity will overcome even the shy goats.
Star came over for some scratches.
Ash proceeded to snack on my hair.
Curiosity got the best of Audrey and she just could not help herself.
She had to come in for a closer look...
and a sniff.
I wonder what it was she was smelling?
This smelling phenomenon is called the flehmen response...
it facilitates the transfer of pheromones to a smelling organ that is located on the upper palate.
This picture also illustrates how goats do not have upper teeth in the front of their mouths...
which is why I never worry about children feeding them crackers.
No fingers get nibbled by these sweet creatures.
Lastly, I wanted to show you a cloud formation that I caught yesterday afternoon.
I have never seen anything like this before.
Isn't it a wondrous thing?
Each and every day I am awestruck by the beauty of this world.
It never ceases to surprise and amaze me!