Living In The Country

Whenever I drive the rural back roads near where I live, I can’t help but drive past much of the farmlands in the small rural towns.  OK, so having grown up in south Florida WAY back in the day, before it got all developed, we would see our share of cows, horses, and sometimes goats and other smaller farm animals.

Here in western Colorado, I’m always encountering domestic sheep and they totally fascinate me!  During the winter and spring, they seemed to be everywhere!  I would imagine that they are used for grazing purposes and they get moved around quite often, so I really never seem to know where they’ll pop up next.  I also found it amazing at how many offspring they dropped as well … and how absolutely adorable they were.  🙂850_1059They cuties in the beginning tend to follow almost every step that their mama makes, but they also find time to run along together as youngsters and play … running, jumping, and of course, butting each other.  LOL850_0847If the mama stayed still too long, the young would run in for some quick milk, getting low underneath and like others (bison come to my mind) would punch into the mom to effectively get the milk to come down.  Ouch … that doesn’t look like too much fun for mom.850_1115Most of the sheep have 2 babies, so often when one would start to nurse, along came the other one … each treating mom like a punching bag.  Mama would of course be patient, but only for so long, and would eventually call it quits … dragging them behind as they tried to hang on for more.850_0866850_1076These little ones came in all colors and patterns and were so curious about the onlookers that stopped or slowed down to experience their cuteness.850_1084I just loved seeing them so much … see this Florida girl was getting a crash course in rural farmland critters.  And to think that I started off in college as an Agriculture major.  Funny how everything makes a full circle.  🙂850_1078Next up:  365 days reflection of life in Colorado versus South Florida … some of what I’ve     learned.

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