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Cows on the mooooooove

There is a large ranch behind our neighborhood. Every other year or so local ranchers will lease grazing rights and run the cattle back there. In the past it’s been only cows and calves – seemed like a nursery with lots of calves. This year is a mix including bulls. Spending my first 38 years or so in CT, I never saw cows on ranches…now I can watch them from my back porch. I never knew cows could run – this is what happens when what I refer to as the lead cow calls them to another area – they all go running! Turns out – they were only running to a couple houses over to stand outside the fence and bellow at the dogs until they started barking….thus begins a bark/moo fest. All I have to say is that I’m glad I’m already up and about at 5:30am when this happens!

cows running

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Mystery and Light

I ventured back to my apple tree this morning with mid-morning shadows to play with.

Play with shadows and tree
Play with shadows and tree

I went to my archives, but Mystery was definitely on my mind when I took this picture at the Fairy Pools in Scotland. The first shot is the larger view of the little pool…perhaps you’ll see what caught my attention in this shot…if not, go look at the next picture and see if you find it!

At the Fairy Pools
Close Up Rocks
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Musing on the Apple Tree’s Last Seasons

Our apple tree didn’t look great when we moved in nearly three years ago, but I didn’t expect it to slowly die off…branch by branch, limb by limb. Last year we cut off half the tree thinking that might help with the needed energy for the remainder of the tree.

What’s happened is that another half has died (technically a quarter), which wasn’t quite as obvious over our long winter as it is now with the spring blooms. I introduce you to our yin yang tree:

yin yang tree

I wish I’d taken this photo a couple days ago when the contrast was even more evident. The blooms on the living half are full and strong and our bees are working them. It’s looking like our 1/4 tree might bear some fruit in its final hours.

Living in Wyoming, trees aren’t exactly plentiful like i’m used to on the east coast where I grew up. Any time a tree has to come down is sad, but in this case it seems kinder to take it down this fall than to let it continue its slow demise.

We bought a new apple tree and planted it just in front of this one – if you look closely you can see it’s leggy trunk. Hopefully this new tree, christened with our bees, will grow strong and be here for many years to come.

In the meantime, I’ll continue to care for the remainder of this apple tree as it sees its final seasons while caring for the growth of the new tree nearby. A very visible balance of life and death in our back yard.