Saturday, December 17, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
This fella's been around for a while. Hunting season opens tomorrow and I hope he has enough sense to stay on our property where his only threat will come from our Miss "S" who, as it happens, was just off camera to the left all hunched up and hissing as if she wouldn't be gone like a shot if the deer took one step toward her.
It's a wonderful treat to see wildlife wandering our trails. It would be even more wonderful if they'd learn to poo somewhere else!
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
The early morning sun catches this magnificent web. We have lots of huge "garden" spiders that we just co-exist with. Apparently they catch all sorts of mosquitos and other annoying insects. They don't bother us humans (yet) so it's live and let live.
Most of the apples on the trees on the property look better than they taste. The variety is unknown to us but to make a pie, or even just to eat one, you have to be fast. They turn brown within seconds of being cut open. We did discover a few Macintosh trees... and that fruit is delicious!
Monday, August 29, 2011
Hurricane Irene blew past us August 28 & 29, 2011. First came the drenching rains. Then the wind. By mid-morning on the 29th we were out enjoying the gusty winds while picking up fallen branches. I say "enjoying" because whatever black flies and mosquitos had been here on the 28th were now several counties away! Yea!
Friday, August 19, 2011
Saturday, July 2, 2011
End of long and exciting day. Snow is all gone except for in the shadows and "stuff" is starting to show some life. Here, Miss "S" is deep in thought about something... either that or she's content to have her paws on something other than sopping wet, cold muck!
Approximately 69 days later (Apr 24, 2011 - July 2, 2011) this flat, dormant field has exploded into a vernal jungle of mixed grasses, flowers, ferns, shrubs, etc., in which thousands of small animals, insects and birds go about their business. Except for the horrendous black, deer and horse flies, and squadrons of the most persistent mosquitos on the planet, this New Brunswick land is a paradise.
And then on August 18, 2011 Miss "S" struck another pose on the same fence rail. Another few inches of vegetation and we won't be able to see her at all!
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
To experience the sight of hundreds of irises that decorate our fields each year almost cancels the annoyance of the biting insects. Almost.
The landscape here morphs from the flat, visibly lifeless death mask of winter to the exquisite vibrancy of spring/summer in a matter of days. It's almost as if nature fires some sort of silent starting pistol and an almost infinite variety of biomass races to maturity. A special delight this year is the number of BEES - lots and lots of them - sometimes two or three per flower.
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
There are so many varieties of plants (and insects) that have come alive in spite of the mostly cloudy, cool spring season this year. This dock is a relative of the rhubarb. The rock is one of the smaller boulders on the property - we have one that is larger than a good sized camper trailer!
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Spring is taking its time this year... except for the pesky black flies and dandelions, of course. Miss "S" surveys HER territory on her daily walkabouts, only occasionally forgetting there could be a coyote or fox lurking in the shadows. Hers is a one-track mind - "if it moves, or even hints it might move, I will follow" is her modus operandi.
Monday, May 9, 2011
Here's Miss "S" in mid-flight over our creek. We have plans to build a small bridge over this waterway since it has water in it all year round but until then clomping through it in rubber boots is the best we can do - except to take to the air like she does!