August 31, 2008
August 30, 2008
I know very little about them (never saw many in Oregon), but just in trying to photograph them for this blog, I found out several things. Some of them don't care to be photographed, whereas others do not seem to mind. Some feed with their wings folded, some with wings open. Some appear damaged and obviously on their last legs (wings), whereas others are brilliantly colored and "new". They all have their preferences as to flowers, but I find it interesting that the native butterfly bush (Buddleia marrubifolia) is totally ignored in favor of the non-native one (Buddleia davidii).
August 29, 2008
August 28, 2008
Later in the morning I found a rattlesnake impostor, a bull snake, in the potting shed. He is most welcome to stay there. Aside from being non-venomous perhaps he will catch the pack rat that I have been trying to evict for the last month or so. I am not particularly fond of the pack rat because he makes a mess of my stuff and currently brings in hundreds of mesquite pods for his winter forage. If the bull snake does not catch him, I will put out the live trap. Poisoning pack rats is not successful as they just hoard the bait rather than eat it, besides, I would just as soon not kill him.
I am sorry for not having a snake picture to share, but I did not want to get too close with the dogs in hand, and the bull snake was curled around some pots. Or perhaps I should include a photo of one of my chickens..... :-).
August 27, 2008
August 26, 2008
August 25, 2008
August 24, 2008
Here is where we live, the Whoadammit Ranch,
the horse barn,
and here are the dogs, Shawna and Emma,
and our horses, Bueno (and Dan, the one with the hat :-)),
Cody, who is my main ride but is here strutting his stuff with Dan, and
Buggsy, who was Dan's wrangler horse when he worked at the Grapevine Canyon Ranch. When Dan quit his job, so did Buggsy, who is now in semi-retirement.
Rather than going back and go over what we have seen and done during our time here, I will jump in and show what we are involved in from this day forward.