I can’t believe it’s been over 3 weeks since I last posted. I swear, I’m still here! Just busy, busy, busy.
I hate to say it, but my driving hours are dwindling a little. It can be hard cramming a photo walk session and driving multiple horses! I’ve definitely been staying busy, though!
Of course the horses have been busy working! Since my last post about Luke and Chewbacca, the boys were learning to work in tandem at the beginning of May. I am very proud of myself for being able to safely and successfully hitch them. They’ve only done the 2 workouts. Weather and help & time availability has kept me from driving them tandem, I just can’t do it without a second person right now.
Luke has been keeping busy working as usual and Jesse has been off the farm for his first trail drive at the end of May! Both the show in mid-May and the marathon course open-drive event at the end of May were canceled due to rain, but a small group of minis got together for a drive at a local park, and since I have a truck & trailer, Jesse and I went! He was a good boy, just one little temper tantrum! Jesse (and I) did our first “real” bridges – crossing over water several times, and did a total of 8 bridges (4 bridges twice)! Video is coming if I can ever get the computer to cooperate.
Chewbacca has been getting consistently less and less work. Not because I don’t love him, but because I think he can use a little break. His hard life of working 2 days’ a week you know 😉
In the mean time, some dwindling driving time has been compensated by more and more time out taking photos. I am hoping to start up an online photo website soon, and I am looking into my options. I sure would love to be able to sell my photography as prints, canvases, and more… and maybe earn a little “new horse trailer” money while doing it 🙂
Some of my latest adventures has resulted in these photos:
Above, male goldfinches. Below, a female goldfinch
This is a Hummingbird Hawkmoth, freshly emerged from his cocoon.
This little bird is a nuthatch, a new species for me to find & photograp
This is a Baltimore Oriole, also a new species for me.
This one is a red headed woodpecker, and yes, you guessed it – my first time finding one of them!
Above are images from a rookery (community nesting site) of Great Blue Herons and American Cormorants. How cool! You might notice 2 baby herons sticking their heads up in the nest in the photo above, left.
Below, I got a whole scene of action with 4 Sandhill Cranes, an Egret, and a couple male redwing blackbirds on the attack. You can see the black bird swooping down and out of the frame as he pecked at the cranes!
My first time (finally!) managing a photo of a swallow in flight!
Below, a red bellied woodpecker – even though it has a “red head” you can really see the huge difference between this woodpecker and the red headed woodpecker above.
This little mouse-size bird is a House Wren, and I am very proud of this catch! It was so tiny, I swear it was the bark on the tree moving. Again, another new catch for me!
Below, these are male yellow warblers! Also a new catch for me!
Yet another new catch for me, below, an Eastern Towhee. I LOVE getting out and being able to spot, and photograph new species of birds for me! Cool!
Below, a couple of butterflies, all also new for me to photograph. Top left, a Pearl Crescent. Top Right, a small blue butterfly (yes, that really is the common name). Bottom, a small copper butterfly. (apparently they were feeling very creative in the butterfly naming department that day).
Lastly, a turtle — I have no idea what species, but it was well over 12″ long and a good 8″ wide. It had pretty eyes.
Till next time!