Country Living Series

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Random pix

I still don't have much brain power at the moment -- we're all counting the days until the end of our busy season -- so I thought I'd post all the Random Pix that have accumulated over the last month.

Dawn through our back barn door...

...with the sun shining through the corn that never matured (planted it too late).

Full moon rising (in town)...

Full moon setting (at home).

Older Daughter enjoying pizza with her Venture Scouts crew.

For the last month, Older Daughter has been employed once or twice a week doing housecleaning for some neighbors. Here she's walking to their house.

I'm pleased that my girls are earning a reputation for being honest and hard-working.

Water droplets on a broccoli leaf.

Harping around (can't say "fiddling around")...

...while being watched by Lydia.

Polly licking the mineral block.

Field burning across the canyon -- during...

...and after.

Canada geese.

Dawn light on the hay bales...

...and on Lydia.

We had a close call a couple weeks ago. Older Daughter has a glass paperweight on her bedside table.

One afternoon during some particularly bright sunlight, she came in and found it was burning a hole in the table! Can you see the wisp of smoke?

Impressive... and scary.

Snap, our rooster.

Part of our resident herd of deer. We routinely have between twelve and fifteen animals grazing in our field every evening.

And every morning I like to sneak into the barn and peek out back to see who's grazing near the woods.

Doe on a foggy morning.

Our neighbor's horses on a wispy morning.

We found this monster on our front porch. Its abdomen was about 1/2 inch across, and its leg span was about 1 1/2 inches. Are there any arachnophiles out there who can tell me the species?



Old Major, caught in a beam of morning sun.

A robin in silhouette.

The faint, faint colors of early dawn...

...and its accompanying new moon.

Early morning behind the barn.

Quail on a fence post.

Great horned owl.

Corn from a neighbor's garden. (Mine didn't mature before the frost hit.)

Fresh basil (from my garden).

Picking off the leaves.

A neighbor celebrates his 17th birthday at our Sunday neighborhood potluck.

One of Smoky's bandits.

Most of the rest of the bandits.

It's getting hard to fit those chicks under her feathers at night... but she manages.

Adventurous chicks.

Evening grasses.

Walking back from the mailboxes.

Enjoying corn cobs.

I thought this random pattern of an extension cord on the ground looked remarkably like Celtic knotwork.


Picking dill seed.

Sunset through smoke from field-burning.

Another less smokey sunset.


  1. Phyllis (N/W Jersey)October 4, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Again, Patrice - beautiful pics. I love how your photos reflect YOU. God puts it all out there and we are glad you take the time to show us how wondrous this world really is.

    1. I agree whole heartedly! Thank you Patrice!

  2. My huband, an arachnophobe and phile, suggest that it is an orb weaver type spider.


  3. I did some google searching and because of the banded legs I would go with the orb weaver over barn spider. It looks like you can be sure by the type of web it makes too.

  4. your next book should of all the wonderful photos you have taken

  5. You do take such calming/soothing pictures. just perfect for hitting the sack and having pleasent dreams. So thank you. I love the pics of smokey and her bandits. Makes me wish I had my chicks again. I'll second the garden orb spider.

  6. Thank you. I needed that in the midst of our current "storm".

  7. Breath-taking pictures! And that little Chickaree is so cute. Nasty looking spider though!

  8. Seeing your basis gone to seed reminds me I didn't gather our basis seeds to save. Lovely month worth of pictures. Ready for a long winter's nap? I am.

  9. Beautifully done! Thanks for sharing your wonderful surroundings....

  10. Thanks for letting us peak in at your world! Beautiful life -

  11. Patrice,

    Beautiful picture, thank you for sharing.

  12. You pictures inspire me to pick up my camera. Although I live and work on a farm, I often take the ordinary scenes for granted. Thanks for the inspiration.

  13. Beautiful pics. Thanks.
    I think it is wonderful that you have Major and Lydia in the house all snug and warm.

  14. Just found your blog yesterday and am already smitten! Loved the pics of animals; critters can be a nuisance, but they're also a blessing of sorts-- they mean you live in the country. :-)

    1. Welcome, Kirstyn! Just curious, how did you find us?

      - Patrice

    2. I just found you today. Your canning chicken story was at (Joe the Plumber) Will add you to my favs.... Love your site.. Holly

    3. Glad you found us, Holly!

      - Patrice

  15. Great pics. Even when you don't have much time you still post some great work!

  16. Patrice, two questions:
    1. How is old Major doing these days?
    2. Do you ever harvest your deer? - I think canned venison is delicious and makes wonderful prep food, myself.

  17. 1. Old Major is actually starting to go downhill. He has some painful arthritis which is causing him a great deal of difficulty in mobility, and we also believe his eyesight is fading. Poor old guy, I don't know if he'll last out the year.

    2. Nah, we're not hunters. We have plenty of meat thanks to our cattle and chickens.

    - Patrice

  18. Thanks so much for sharing! God bless! :)

  19. beautiful photos! I especially loved the sunsets, I took a few like those, but only on my phone so they didn't show up quite like I had planned.

    anyway also love the animals, sure makes me homesick to be on the farm!

    The spider I would say is a cat-face spider! We have alot of those in east Idaho. If you look on its back it has two hump looking things that look like a cats ears. They are great to keep hobo spiders away and other such things. They are poisonous, but usually stay to themselves in the corners of like your rafters, they are great insect traps!\