Hot Enough For Ya Day

July 23, 2010

I noticed when I sent out today’s humor emailing that today is “Hot Enough For Ya Day”.  Considering it’ might hit triple digits today, I’d say that’s a pretty appropriate holiday.

So how hot is it?

It’s so hot the squirrels are coming down to the bird bath for a drink of water.

squirrel on birdbath

Uhhhh, a nice drink.

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squirrel

Gotta take a breath now and then!

And it’s so hot, every time I go out to fill water buckets, the llama comes over to get sprayed down. . .

llama getting wet

That feels sooooo good!

And it’s so hot, tempers flare, and these young roosters are fighting.

2 roosters fight

I'm gonna get you!

Never mind there is a fence between them, they still want to fuss at each other.  I took a video, which ended up being very short.  You’ll see why at the end…
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Toby doesn’t like any fussing on the farm, and tries to put a stop to it whenever he can.

And it’s so hot you can hear our air conditioning unit running in the background of that movie, because it’s pretty much running all the time!

It’s so hot I think I’ll go get a tall, cold glass of iced tea.

Squirrel Nest

July 2, 2010

Yesterday I was sitting at the dining room table eating lunch and looking out the picture window.  I noticed this collection of leafy twigs in a fork of a tree near the house.

nest of branches

What have we here?

It wasn’t long until I saw who was responsible for all those branches in the fork of that tree. . .

squirrel by nest

Aha! A squirrel is responsible for this leafy mess!

She leaped away, intent upon her work. . .

squirrel leap

"I'm not done yet!"

There was apparently much work to be done!

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The squirrel worked very hard to bring branches to the nest and pull them down and put them into place.

But then she saw me looking at her.

Squirrel in tree.

"Uh-oh, someone can see me!"

I moved away out of her sight, but it was too late.  Evidently she thought better of building a nest where a human could watch her every move while sitting in the comfort of their own home.

And I haven’t seen her since that last pic.  Too bad.  It would have been interesting to see what happened next.

Okefenokee Swamp Park

April 29, 2010

We visited Okefenokee Swamp Park on our way to Florida.  It was interesting, and I hope we get to go to another area of Okefenokee Swamp some day soon!

I’m going to start with a few pictures from the zoo-like area of the Okefenokee Swamp Park, and in the order we saw stuff.  As for the actual swamp,  I’ll do pictures of our boat ride through it in another post!

Of course, you can’t go to a southern swamp and not see gators! 

alligator head

Grinning Gator

They had several alligators in an enclosure near the park entrance.

We walked around on a board walk to see the alligator pen, and they also had one lone otter. 

Jumping otter?

"What's on the other side?"

He (or she) kept jumping up in the air, like they were trying to see something on the other side of the fence.

It didn’t take us long to get around to more alligators. . .

"What's for lunch?"

They were all kind lethargic while we were there, just being still and sunning themselves.

Now, in case you didn’t know this, Okefenokee Swamp Park is in Waycross, Georgia.  That also happened to be the home of Walt Kelly, the creator of the cartoon strip, Pogo.

Walt Kelly

"What should Pogo do today?"

One building in the park had a section dedicated to his work.

Close by was another building with a few critter exhibits – some live, and some having been to a taxidermist.  It will probably come as no surprise they had some . . .

"We may be small now, but just you wait!"

. . .BABY GATORS!

In another big enclosure, they had black bears.  It’s kind of neat because they have a big glassed in room at one end where you can sit there and watch the bears.  We could see two bears.  One was asleep in the grass, and the other one was sitting up. . .

"I'm big and I'm bad!"

Maybe he was watching us!

After walking around the “tamer” part of the park, we were ready to take a walk on the wild side (or in this case, a boat ride).  We headed over to the water front, and there was a gator swimming free!

Don't put your toes in the water!

I guess when we saw alligators on the loose, we could have been like this squirrel and made tracks out of there. . .

"I've been railroaded!"

But instead, we decided to be brave and take a boat ride through the Okefenokee Swamp!

Squirrel Ornaments

March 4, 2010

The Farmer was looking at a catalog the other day. He saw some squirrel ornaments in it, and jestingly told me that’s just what we need.

Yeah, we need squirrel ORNAMENTS all right. Cause gee, it’s not like we ever see a REAL squirrel (said with MUCH sarcasm).

No, just because we see squirrels in the trees every day. . .

Squirrel in tree.

Squirrel in tree.

 Or just because they are cheeky little devils who don’t mind looking right at you when you’re just a few feet away. . .

Squirrel looking at me.

Squirrel looking at me.

Or just because they have no qualms whatsoever of jumping on the windowsill and eating the sunflower seeds I put there for the birds. . .

Squirrel eating sunflower seeds on windowsill.

Squirrel eating sunflower seeds on windowsill.

And further, pay absolutely no attention to me no matter how much I bang on the window right beside them. . .

Why, it’s obvious we don’t see enough squirrels.  So guess I’d better dig out that catalog and place an order for some squirrel ornaments right away!

Friday’s Farm Fotos

November 6, 2009

Another Friday, and I think I’ll share some of the pictures I took around the farm this week to make it another Friday’s Farm Foto’s Day!

This first one is of Samson, our male llama, out in the main pasture grazing.

Male llama, Samson, grazing.

All the animals seem to enjoy the medium length grasses in the main pasture, although the llamas like to browse the taller weeds along the fenceline too.

However, they don’t stay there all the time.  They have a routine, and part of the day the sheep and llamas and goat are in the back yard.  This particular picture is of one of our shyer Shetland sheep, Valrhona.

Shetland Sheep: our ewe, Valhrona.

Of course, our farm collie, Toby, can be found in the backyard almost any time, along with some chickens, plus the peacocks and peahens in their pen.

Toby, American Working Farmcollie

The signs of fall are everywhere, but when the sun shines just right on some of the trees along the edges of the bottom pasture, the leaves glint and make it look like the trees are full of white blossoms. I did a double take the first time I saw it. After all, it’s not time for trees to be in bloom!

Bbottom Pasture at Kings Keep Farm

Except, of course, the camellia is still blooming. Some of the blossoms look pretty ragged, but I don’t think this Grandaddy Long Legs minds.

Grandaddy Long Legs on Camellia bloom.

Did you know that these critters, also called harvestmen, aren’t really spiders?  They may look like one, but the biggest difference is that spiders have two body segments, whereas a Granddaddy Long Legs has an oval body that is only ONE segment. They also do not produce silk or a web, so turns out they are not true spiders.

The ferns back in the woods are still nice and green, but then, they stay pretty green all winter.

Ferns in woods on Kings Keep Farm.

The creeks and sloughs are full of colored leaves that have fallen from the trees.

Colored leaves floating on water.

Meanwhile, when the sun warms things up, there’s usually at least one little turtle on the long floating in the pond.

Small turtle on log in pond.

However, they are still very shy, and don’t let people get very close before they plop back down into the water and disappear.

And while our lone wandering white rooster is still AWOL, it seems we may have missed a couple of younger chickens that are roosters.  I looked out our dining room window yesterday and saw at least two roosters fighting.

Roosters fighting.

There was a third one nearby that acted like it might join the fray, but since it never did, I’m not sure if we have 2 or 3 young roosters running loose.

This morning I looked out to see a bunch of squirrels running up and down the fence posts.  This one peered inside a rotten post. . .

Squirrel looking in rotten fence post.

I think he’s wondering if he put any nuts in there.  Maybe I should tell him he’s looking in the wrong direction.

Cause there are some big nuts inside the house!