An icy crusty sunny winter day

The sun came out bright and early this morning which meant we were 01-21-08 A sunny and icy-crust morning 025 bound to see some melting of the snow.  However as I walked down to the llamas, I realized that all this clear weather makes for very chilly nights.  This froze the remaining snow fairly solid on the ground giving it a good crunch as you walked over it.  I shot a quick You-Tube video since it was so pretty outside and you can hear the snow crust crunching.  Check it out in the You Tube window.

When snow is on the ground you get to see all the different animal tracks and get a sense of what’s crossing your property.  For the most part the only strange guests we have are deer.  No raccoons, no beaver, no bear, no big critters.  But I do get to see the trails our barn cats traverse.  it seems they’ve split off into some different territories and return to the barn for their free food.  so I took to snapping a few of the different tracks in the snow since they were crisp and clear.   The deer are easy to spot, they look like two teardrops side by side.  The cats look like mini dog prints and the dog prints, well they are too numerous to count around the house, patrolling their turf as they do.  I tried to look for the woodpecker tracks too.  Believe it or not, we’ve got female woodpeckers carousing in the snow right in the front yard.  The females have speckled chests, primarily all brown, the males are the ones with the red heads.  The males swoop and dive to impress the girls and sometimes they make the mistake of thinking the glare from the windows is more flying space and we get startled by the sudden ‘bonk!’ of them flying into it.  So far it seems only their ego gets hurt. 01-20-07 Mountain exposed at night 003

 

The views are quite breathtaking at the ranch. However, we were especially entranced by the sparkle of everything during the middle of the night under the clear skies and the moonshine.  So, I did a special long shutter image of the mountain at midnight and it came out pretty good.  You can even see the stars.  One of nights during the summer, I’ll try to capture the Milky Way.  We can see it quite clearly here along with satellites and planets.

01-17-07 Ranch store doors 004 We recently had some work done in the house: the addition of the french doors for our ranch store space.  Talk about manifesting your reality…well here is a solid example.  We had talked about the vision for this in several different ways and this is how it ended up.  Looks really nice!  All that is left is for me to add some trim pieces to hide the seams and install the door knob hardware.  We purchased these doors for less than $800.  They are all wood and glass and really define the retail space wonderfully. 

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4 Responses to An icy crusty sunny winter day

  1. account deleted says:

     
    Wow! You are really living out your dream. I look forward to reading and seeing more. It looks like a very beautiful area you live in. I am on the praire so it\’s mostly flat and well quite boring to look at most days, but we do get incredible skies. Liz
     

  2. Kuskulana says:

    I liked your new photos, it gives me a much better image of your ranch.
    I\’m a bit confused, do you have alpacas or lamas? Will you do pack trips with them?
    Looks like the place is coming along good and that is a good deal on those doors!
    I love seeing tracks, I am keeping a collection of my tracks photos and will have to post them sometime.
    It looks like you have a great view there, very cool, I look forward to some star shots from your deck.
     

  3. Zeynep says:

    What a nice life journey you have! Have a good weekend, cheers, Zeynep xxx

  4. thesoapcorner says:

    Just simply beautiful..

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