Loyal Companion

Buttercup is a great dog! She does get worried when her boy is missing. This weekend he and his brother and dad were all off doing Boy Scout activities, leaving Buttercup home with me.

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Nikon D5100 f/4.8 ISO 800 1/250 s Nikkor 55-300@105mm – Pet Portrait, Summer 2012

She kept a close eye on me, and stayed near by, wherever I went. This afforded me several opportunities for nice photos, like this one taken at sunrise Sunday morning.

I wanted to take photos at the pond before the dogs stirred it all up, so she and Zookie were staying on the pond bank, patiently awaiting their turn in the water. When they got in, they had great fun! (photo coming tomorrow)

Keeping an Eye on You!

This is my son’s Buff Cochin pair, standing together. I meant to post this photo on Valentine’s Day, but forgot I even had it.

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Keeping an Eye on You! - Winter 2012

Bridger keeps them safe, so when they are outside, they are still protected by a welded wire enclosure. He has good reason, as coyotes and raccoons, opossums and foxes, even hawks, owls, and eagles all love a good, fat chicken dinner!

Buttercup does her best to help keep them safe, but as she rides to work with us daily, she is not home during most days – not the most effective security system ever devised!

 

Elegance at the Fence

My sweet, friendly Morgan mare, Elle, stands at the fence. She would stand around to be stroked and scratched all day long and never get tired of it.

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Blue Flag Elegance - Autumn 2010

When I walk out our door, or when I feed the chickens for Bridger – anytime Elle can see me – she whickers a greeting. It’s like having a dog who loves me, only better!

Higgledy, Piggledy, My Black Hen

Actually, this is one of Bridger’s black hens. He really likes his Black Giant hens; they are good layers, very friendly, and forage for themselves. Or, they are willing to follow him around hoping for handouts! Bridger is known to share muffins, sandwiches, apples, cantaloupe… pretty much anything he is eating he will share with a nearby hungry hen 🙂

She Lays Eggs for Gentlemen - 2011

Hawken, however, gets a little unnerved by those chickens following him around, especially one large Welsummer rooster who runs up behind him (sounding like a person, as he is two-legged and runs kind of heavily), then stops and pretends he is not really following if Hawken looks around at him. Yes, we are amused by the little things in our lives 🙂

Alert!

I love the light in early morning on a sunny day, especially filtered by a canopy of leaves and intercepted and reflected by my horses!

What is approaching up the driveway? If you keep half an eye on your horses, there’s not much you will miss.

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Something moving this way comes - 2010

Horses keep an eye on everything that moves – in this case, Mike, Zookie, and Buttercup running.