Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Sweet, Sweet Spring Calves

All the cows having been having their babies over the last couple of weeks.  We have eight calves on the ground and we have two more due but not for several more months.

These babies are so fun to watch, we've had countless hours of  enjoyment watching the little goofballs.  They just run and run with their tails straight up in the air.  They play fight, butting heads then they chase each other in games of tag.

Here are pictures of all the little babies.

 Group Photo
Miss Thang, Shorty, Wooly Bully and Bella

Bella and Wooly Bully 




 Demon Calves 
(Not really!  For some reason
the flash on my camera decided to pop up resulting  
in glowing eyes)

 Miss Thang

Miss Thang 

Miss Thang

(got her name suggestions from my FB friends) 




Apparently Shorty tried to nurse standing in the wrong
area and got his head pooped on.  

Weeble Wobble
His little hips weren't working very
well when he was born and he weebled and wobbled and he fell 
down, a lot.  His mamma wasn't' feeding him very well 
(she's a first time mamma).
He's doing great now.  Mamma has the hang of taking care of her baby.  No weeble wobbling at all.

Weeble Wobble

Wooly Bully 

Wooly Bully

Wooly Bully

I don't have pictures of Little Miss Lottie yet, she's the newest baby.  I'll have some of her this weekend.  She's a tiny little thing compared to the others and she's only a week younger than the others too.  I'm sure she'll grow out of it soon enough.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Butterflies in the Garden

Not in my garden. Yet.  These butterflies were at the Botanic Gardens in Fort Worth, Texas.  They have this exhibit every year and everyone raves about it.  My family has been several times over the years and I finally went to see what all the fuss was about (thank you for paying my way both times we went mom!).  

I got to see some really beautiful butterflies that you wouldn't normally see.  Well, unless you live in a tropical rain forest you might see them.  But me, I live in North Central Texas and I won't see most of these kinds of butterflies at our place.

I noticed that not all the butterflies are listed in the exhibit program so I've been scouring the web in search of the types of butterflies I got photos of.  Most I've found, but some I just. Can't. Find.

Blue Morpho 

Blue Morpho and Common Buckeye 

 I can't find anything on this butterfly.

Close up of the butterfly from the group above.

 Or this one?.

 Tiger Longwing

 Pink Cattleheart

 Small Postman

 Tree Nymph or Paper Kite

Zebra Longwing

Could not find any info on this butterfly

Common Birdwing 

 Grecian Shoemaker

Owl Butterfly eating

 Owl Butterfly

 Owl Butterfly

Variegated Fritillary

And these poor butterflies have seen better days....
Missing tail.

Frayed edges and fading colors.

Missing Wing

And this big fella is an Atlas Moth.  This guy/gal was huge, bigger than my hand and fingers stretched out.

Our cows have started having their babies.  I have pictures of the first two and the third one, well his mamma is keeping him/her hid out.  We should have seven more by the end of the month.  I just love spring babies.  Watching the first two babies, they just crack me up.  One is a little heifer and the other is a little bull calf.  Hubs was feeding the horses the other night and the little bull calf was up with his mamma getting water and he was just staring up at the horses and the horses were just staring down at him...then he'd run and buck and run at the horses (there is a fence in between them) and the horses tossed their heads like they were laughing at him...I wished I had seen it AND had my camera.  That would have made a great picture for a caption contest.

Anyway, I'll post pics of the babies soon.
Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, March 19, 2012

The Bulb Flower Bed

WOW!  The bulb bed is bursting with flowers of all colors.  At least I can see what we planted since I couldn't remember...LOL!!  We have tulips, daffodils, crocuses and some other flowers that I still have no idea what they are...

Like these red flowers, I have no idea what they are.  They look like some kind of tulip maybe. They're just not as tall as the tulips are.  Well they weren't.  I looked at them this morning and they are getting taller with the flowers on them.  My very dear friend called them double tulips when I posted the photos on FB.

Now these flowers, I know what they daffodils

Just a few of my tulips that have come up so far.  I'm pretty sure we planted some purple ones (I can't have any flowers and not have purple, it's my favorite color) and I haven't seen those yet.

And these, we found by searching the internet...My crocuses.  See, purple!

I came home from work last Friday and found this in my shade bed...

And this in one of my containers on my patio...

Since I've seen the 'hoof' print in my shade bed, I strongly suspect that one
of the horses (my sweet babies no less) 'chomped' on my daffodils too.  I have another daffodil in the bulb bed that has been 'chomped' as well.

We had this about 3pm this afternoon...

Now it's just heavy rain that's supposed to last for a couple of days.  I sure hate all the mud it creates, but you won't catch me complaining (well, not much) about the rain with the drought we had last summer.  We need all we can get now to fill up the livestock tank and keep it full for all the critters this summer.

Thanks for stopping by.  I have more container plants that are waiting to be planted as soon as all the storms blow over.