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WordPress Daily Post Photo Challenge:  From Every Angle

This week, photograph a stationary subject from three different angles.

I love this charming old fence dressed for a special occasion, calling out for admiration, “Look at me.  I’m not through yet!”

Flowers on a Fence 2

Flowers on a Fence 3

Flowers on a Fence

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Free Donkey-Desktop-Wallpaper Image

Living in a rural part of the Commonwealth of Virginia means I am bound to meet unexpected creatures.  The last few weeks have featured a donkey and a Mama Bear and her twin cubs.

A LONESOME DONKEY

Country Living Tip:  Even a donkey has to learn to love himself.

My neighbors have a cattle company.  Sometimes we see big herds of cows roaming their pastures and sometimes not.

But there is a comical looking donkey who is almost always in evidence and is always totally alone in a big empty pasture.  He paces up and down a long fence line hoping to join a herd of cows or a few cows, or even just one cow.

He seems desperately lonely.

When there happen to be cows in the pasture adjoining his, you can sense his happiness.   If the cows lie down near his fence, he will lie down on his side too and he spends time “talking” to newcomers through the fence until they tire of him and go off to chew grass.

I want to stop and tell him it is o.k. to be alone and that he can learn to love himself and enjoy his own company.

I have even stopped to visit but he is elusive – too busy concentrating  and wearing out a path along the fence line.  Maybe he there to guard the herd.  Or maybe he is too aggressive with the “girls” to share the same pasture but I wish he had some friends.

More on Guard Donkeys From Agri-Facts:  Many donkeys dislike and are aggressive towards dogs, coyotes and foxes and provide indirect protection for domestic animals. Donkeys have exceptional hearing, keen noses and excellent vision. They use these senses to detect intruders and bray, bare their teeth, chase, and attempt to kick and bite dogs and coyotes. Some donkeys will also chase deer, bears, strange livestock, humans and other intruders in a similar fashion.  

MAMA BEAR AND HER CUBS

“SOMEONE HAS BEEN SLEEPING IN MY BED!”

Country Living Tip:  Keep aromatic refuse under cover and  inside your house!

The Three Bears Story Illustration by Arthur Rackham Wikipedia

The Three Bears Story
Illustration by Arthur Rackham
Wikipedia

The mother bear and her twin cubs who delighted us with their presence last week, have not visibly returned.  But we noticed they broke down part of our pasture fence.  I was surprised that bears can climb through a board fence just like humans do, but they evidently feel no pain as they encounter obstacles.

I hope Mama and her cubs don’t plan to check out the interior of our house though!  If they do, Plan #1 is to barricade myself in the bathroom with the cell phone permanently set to dial 911.  Can anyone help with ideas for Plan #2?

A True Local Bear Story and more advice:  “If you think you have seen a bear, you have.”

Friends of ours had fish for dinner one night and made the mistake of leaving the remains outside in the garbage.  A passing bear thought he smelled something nourishing.  He tipped over the garbage can and hit the jackpot.

“Surely there is more  fish where that came from!” he thought.

And our friends were stranded inside all night, with the bear banging on walls and trying to break in. Talk about sleep deprivation!

Daylight brought the animal control people out to their house to set up a bear sized “Have a Heart” trap with a whole canned ham for bait.  But the bear had given up and left, so he missed all that yummy ham.

Maybe it was his wife and kids who passed by our place though.  They reminded me of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

From Wikipedia:  The Story of the Three Bears is one of the most popular fairy tales in the English language that was first recorded in narrative form by British author and poet Robert Southey and first published in a volume of his writings in 1827.

 

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I have to stop and marvel at how beautiful are the seasons in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

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Make Hay While the Sun Shines: Meaning

Make the most of one’s opportunities while you have the chance.

Make hay while the sun shinesThis proverb is first recorded in John Heywood’s A dialogue conteinyng the nomber in effect of all the prouerbes in the Englishe tongue, 1546:

“Whan the sunne shinth make hay.  Which is to say

Take time whan time cometh, lest time steale away.”

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My Snowy World

I went for a walk today to see the melting.  Birds and deer and turkey were all happily hunting for the sustenance that disappeared the day before. It was a snowy world now rapidly disappearing with the advent of the sun.  In some places the snow lingers, and even though I will be delighted to see it all go,  it still outlines my world with gallant touches of glamour.

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RosaMy friend down the road always seemed so lonely.  Her name is Rosa and perhaps you have seen her before.  She is the beautiful Palomino who waits at her fence to talk to me.

“Hi Rosa!  How are you today?  Me?  I’m fine and just on my way to town.  How is your leg?  You seem better.  No bandage today.”  A bit one sided maybe, but so it goes.  Rosa looks me right in the eyes and I swear she is talking back in some mysterious horsey code.  I am really too stupid to understand equine language, but I feel it.  I really do feel it.

I have also sensed Rosa’s loneliness over the past months.  It’s why I always stop to chat.

Rosa Has a Friend

Rosa and Her New Friend

Lately though, there is a second horse on the scene!  I don’t know this new friend’s name yet but the two horses are definitely bonding. I often see them lying around together surveying their fine Virginia world and gazing out at the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Today they were playing (like semi-bucking and running) and I have never seen Rosa so animated or so happy.

I was a bit concerned though about losing the sweet interactions we once had.

Would she still wait for me at the fence?  Would she continue to talk to me in her secret equine language?  Had I been usurped by this new interloper on the scene?  I was feeling like the odd one out, left watching all the other girls and their friends giggling on the playground.

Evidently, I passed inspection though!  The newbie wants to talk to this strange lady too!  One day I will learn the new girl’s real name, but for now I’m calling her Molly.  It’s a sweet, friendly sort of name.  I have always loved the name, Molly.

My New Friend, Molly

My New Friend, Molly

And Molly makes three in this strangely satisfying horse-to-human/human-to-horse conversation we all understand.

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Photo Challenge:  Converge

Photos are visual spaces where shapes and lines, objects and people come together.

This week, explore the ways lines and shapes can converge in interesting ways through photography.  You can take the theme in a literal or an abstract direction, as you see fit – from a photo of a by-road merging into a busy highway to an image of an airport terminal where people from all over the world form hectic, ephemeral communities.

 

 

Country Tracks

Endless Fence

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