Friday’s Farm Fotos

October 8, 2010

Time for a round-up of photos from around the farm this week.  We’ve had some beautiful weather, and critters and people are all enjoying it.

The guineas are done nesting for the year, and back in one big flock.  Here they are in our front yard. . .

picture of guinea fowl

Foraging Guineas

They hatched a lot of keets, but made a poor showing for keeping them!  There are only two survivors.  Guineas will NOT be winning the mother of the year award!

The chickens like to forage in the grass too.  It’s a nice buffet of seeds and bugs.

picture of red rooster

Strolling along. . .

They not only forage in the front yard and fields, they go down around the pond too.

picture of chickens

Grazing by the pond.

And they are often near the birdbath, since they like to use it for their local watering hole.

picture of polish silver laced rooster

The Patriarch Rooster of the Chicken Clan

While the chickens are running around, the goat and llama are taking a break and enjoying the sunshine.

photo of goat and llama

Resting in the sunshine.

Since the weather was cooler, Toby and I decided to walk in the woods.  In the bottom pasture, there are still some butterflies flitting around.

picture of Gulf Fritillary butterfly

Gulf Fritillary butterfly (Agraulis vanillae)

There are still white flowers blooming in the fields and woods.

picture of plants with white flowers

Anybody know what these plants are?

Since ya’ll are so good at identifying birds, how about trees?  There is a pretty tall tree in our woods with purplish stems at the top.

photo of tree

Name this tree!

And to help with the identification, here is a closer look at the leaves of the tree . . .

picture of tree

A closer look at the leaves. . .

And now, a closer look at those purple stems at the top of the tree. . .

photo of tree

Looks like there was fruit here?

So how about it, anyone know what the tree is?

And now, it’s time to jump into the week-end!

picture of chicken

"Gotta Fly!"

Hope ya’ll have a GREAT week-end!

Friday the 13th & Phobias On The Farm

August 13, 2010

Another Friday on the farm, this being Friday the 13th.  I don’t see any black cats and I guess I don’t walk under ladders even if it’s not the 13th.  And I don’t really suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobia anyway.  How’s that for a mouthful!?  It’s a big word that means you’ve got a phobia about Friday the 13th.  (From frigga meaning “Friday” and triskaidekaphobia (or paraskevidekatriaphobia) which is derived from the combination of the Greek words Paraskeví (meaning “Friday”), and dekatreís ( meaning “thirteen”) attached to phobía ( from phóbos, meaning “fear”)).

I do not suffer from probatokaunlophobia . . .

wet llama

I do not fear the wet llama. . .

Or a fear of llamas.  And obviously, she does not have hydrophobia (fear of water).

Nor do I have alektorophobia. . .

chicken birds

I do not fear chickens!

Nope, no chicken phobia.  I don’t even have apiphobia!

honeybee

No fear of bees!

Oh, I don’t want to get caught in the middle of a swarm of bees, but that’s not apiphobia, or fear of bees, that’s just good sense!

Thankfully, I do NOT have anthrophobia either.

flowerbed

I do not fear flowers.

That would be sad to be afraid of flowers. 

Don’t really have to worry about nyctophobia or selenophobia either.

trees and moon

No fear of dark or the moon.

(If I did have a fear of dark or any other real phobia, I’d go on over to someplace like the Fear Of Dark and learn how to get rid of my phobia!)

I will confess, however, that there might be a smidgen of the well known arachnophobia lurking in my psyche.

Garden spider on web

On the web is fine. Crawling on me is not.

But while spiders of a certain size give me the heebie-jeebies, I can live with the fear.  … mostly.

So not a lot of phobias here on the farm.  Happy Friday the 13th!

Friday’s Farm Fotos

June 25, 2010

Another Friday, and just a few photos from around the farm this week.  Well, actually, I just took these pictures this morning, while doing morning chores and then walking to the mailbox with my crazy gotta-love-him dog, Toby.

The phlox is finally blooming in the flower bed on the northern end of the house.

Phlox paniculata 'David'

There are some daylilies hiding in the shadows along the steps.

Daylily 'Stella d'Oro'

By the pond, there are always dragonflies.  I like this picture because you can see how transparent the wings are.

Just Resting A Minute

There are also butterflies flitting around.  This morning a nice yellow and black swallowtail was sipping water off the leaves in the shadows.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

And there was even a frog sitting on some pond plants in the swallow water near the bank.

No lily pad in sight I'm afraid!

And waiting on me to quit being so poky and GET OUT OF THE SUN was Toby in shade at the top of the steps.

It's too hot to stay in the sunshine!

When you’ve got a black fur coat, the sun feels really hot really fast!

And there you have it, the same old stuff here on the farm!  Hope you have a great week-end, and thanks for stopping by!

Around the pond…

June 18, 2010

Here’s what I’m seeing these days around the pond. . .

There’s Lizard Tail plants growing around the edge. They like wet places, obviously!

Lizard Tail Plant (Saururus cernuus)

More surprisingly, a butterfly bush is growing on the bank.  How it got there, I have no idea.

Butterly Bush (Buddleia davidii)

There are morning glories growing wild, mostly white ones.

Morning Glory (Ipomoinea . .)

And of course, we see lots of these flitting around. . .

Taking a short break!

There are also a whole lot of frogs in the pond, but getting a picture of them is rather difficult!

But once in a while I catch one. . .

We hear a whole lot more than we see!

I’m sure there are a lot more things living in the water than I’m seeing, but that’s it for now!

Friday’s Farm Fotos

May 14, 2010

It’s been a while since I did a post with an assortment of pictures I’ve taken around the farm during the week. So here we go, pictures from our house to yours, and in the order I took them this week.

First up, a couple of flower pictures after a rainstorm. . .

bloom of Geranium Biokovo (Cranesbill)

Geranium Biokovo (Cranesbill)

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pale pink rose

Dr. W. Van Fleet climbing rose

Inside, there’s the ever rascally African Grey Parrot. . .

"What's down there I want to play with?"

The azaelas in the front flower bed are blooming.  I still think it’s strange to have azaelas and roses, for instance, blooming at the same time, but that’s the south for you.

Azaelas Autumn Sangria (left) and Autumn Twist (right)

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Azaela Autumn Debutante

Here are some chickens in the front yard.  They’ve made a dust bath out of a hole left behind after digging out a tree stump.

Chickens, sunshine, and dust bath!

Of course, on these hot southern days, not only is a dust bath nice, but getting a drink from the bird bath is pretty good too.  (Notice all the BATHing going on?)

Ahhhh, cool water on a hot day!

Never mind there are several places for them to drink, them seem to think the bird bath is for them too.  So I guess it is by default!

Out in the back pasture, there is lots of white clover blooming. . .

White clover (Trifolium repens)

As Emeril Lagasse is fond of saying, “Wish we had smell-o-vision!”  All that clover sure puts a wonderfully sweet fragrance in the air.  It’s lovely.

I noticed we have birds nesting on the front porch again this year.  The babies look like they ought to be ready to fly soon.

"Are you lookin' at me?"

Remember I mentioned azaleas and roses blooming at the same time?  Here’s another rose in full bloom.  It’s a rambling rose climbing up into a big oak tree beside the end of our driveway.

Paul's Himalayan musk rambling rose

Oh yes, and yesterday The Farmer did some more tilling in his garden.  He’s going to plant watermelons in the rest of the space.

Spaces marked out to plant watermelon.

Last night I saw a bunch of birds going singly and in small groups to go nest for the night in the woods.  I couldn’t see real clearly, but I suspect it was a murder of crows heading for their roosting spot.

Flying off to be murder. . .

I don’t know why a group of crows is called a murder, but like those birds, it’s time to end this and fly off!

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