There are two wonderful hours each day when taking photos is
an absolute joy... the golden hours.
They happen right after sun-up and right before sun-down on
a sunny day.
When the light hits the earth from an angle close to the ground,
the colors are intensified and the earth comes alive to the eye
like it does at no other time.
Yesterday, after morning chores, I headed back out with my good camera, to visit with
all of my friends.
I am never without a camera, of sorts, and most of the time it
is the (excellent) camera on my iPhone.
But there are times when I like to use a telephoto lens to get close up
photos of the flora and fauna of the farm.
Today's blog post is brought to you by the autumnal beauty of the land
and its inhabitants....
and a few snippets of things that I wanted to share with you.
I caught the turkeys doing things that I don't often see.
Morning grooming session...
and stealing food...
from the goat feeders!
Because the horses were out in the front pasture,
the sheep chose to hang out at the pig house.
They all had access to the front pasture once the horses were back in the dry lot.
I've been asked why I don't just allow everyone out in the pasture together.
Simply, because the pigs can seem a little intimidating unless you are used to them.
They love to visit with the other animals and end up chasing the horses...
which freaks out the horses.
My fear is that someone may end up getting kicked....
so I take no chances.
Later in the afternoon, Hubbs and I took the dogs
for a hike in the woods... their absolute favorite thing!
The combination of a cool day and a walk in the woods
was energizing to old Brown Sammie.
This is the view as we enter the woods...
Hubbs was studying the trees in our woods,
while I was looking for wildlife.
I hiked around our Field of Dreams.
A couple of months ago, it was filled with almost nothing but
thistle. That has now been replaced by goldenrod.
Oh, how the pollinators love goldenrod...
(I was so happy to see so many honeybees!)
While I stood there taking photos,
I caught a pileated woodpecker out of the corner of my eye
as it flew over the meadow.
I almost caught a (decent) photo... but it was way too fast for me.
We took notice to the amount of acorns laying on the ground.
It looks like this is a mast year for the oak trees.
In a mast year, the trees communicate with each other...
deciding to drop their acorns.
This happens after several years of not dropping acorns...
their way of controlling the population of critters who eat their acorns...
so that when they finally do drop their acorns,
the seeds have a much better chance of germinating... and not getting eaten!
Nature is complex and fascinating.
It seems we are only just beginning to understand how
interconnected everything is.
I am trying to immerse myself in Autumn this year...
as it always seems that Winter follows in the blink of an eye!
Happy October, Friends!!