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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The Winter That “Wasn’t” :-)

This week, the blog post will be short & sweet … just like our first winter in Colorado was.  LOL.  I’m serious … if you blinked your eye, you might just have missed it!  At first I thought it was just me, but even seasoned locals said that this was the mildest winter they had ever experienced.  For the girl from south Florida, who craved some winter snow and chill, well, it just figured.

What I found so weird though was how erratic the snow pattern was, even when it did snow.  See, one day we were up on the Monument and I looked down on the valley … east and west.  I could see all of this “white” cover to the extreme west.  It looked like snow, but we have minerals out here in the soil which sometimes look like snow.  We decided to check it out.

As we appraoched Loma, just west of Fruita, we could see that it was in fact snowfall … and a beautiful snow cover it was.  Making it even more fun was our viewing of these amazing sheep which were running through the snowy landscape.

DSC_9507DSC_9516We arrived at Highline Lake State Park in Loma, CO and found not just the bare trees of winter, but the landscape was covered in probably 4 or so inches of snow as well.  This was th winter scene that I expected._DSC3928-EditThe bluffs covered in snow was beautifully mirrored on the surface of the lake as well._DSC3934-Edit-EditThe Book Cliff mountains off in the distance were crisp and clear. _DSC3938The views almost reminded me of Florida … if the snowy landscape had just been sand on the beach or around a lake.  It was so beautiful with the glistening of the snow and icicles all around.  For a few hours, I didn’t feel “cheated” of my winter.  After all, I knew that in the high desert landscape I now call home, wouldn’t afford tons of snow … but I never expected what I got._DSC3947-EditEven as we drove home from the park, we noticed that the snowfall stopped about a mile or two from our home.  Dang … looks like we’re going have to move a few miles west.  LOL.  I’m not sure why any of this surprised me.  See in Florida, it can be raining in your front yard and not in your back yard … so snowfall would be no different.

Soon, we were greeted by the songbirds in the bare trees, like this wonderful western meadowlark.  Both beautiful … but gosh, I sure hope I get some more snow next year.  🙂

DSC_9596Next Up:  Maybe there will be more snow out in Lake Tahoe … we’ll see.

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