Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Backyard Surprises

Our neighborhood sandhill cranes paid me a visit yesterday morning:



My dogs would like nothing better than to chase them around the yard, so I'll have to remember to check for them before we step outside.



Over the years the cranes have grown slightly less skittish of humans, so I was able to get a bit closer without alarming them. I'd love to get some more close-up shots like this one:



This morning we had another surprise show up in the pasture bordering the back of our property:



At first I thought a stray dog had gotten into the field, but on closer inspection it turned out to be a new addition to the herd:



You know the really old saying about making calf's eyes at someone? This is what it actually looks like:

12 comments:

  1. Oh, Lynn!
    They're all so beautiful!

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    1. Thanks, Raine. Baby animals always get me, right in the heart -- but the birds are just as adorable. :)

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  2. How beautiful. I'm totally jealous of those bird shots, Lynn. And that calf? OMG, it's sooo cute. Thanks for passing those pics along. =o)

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    1. You're welcome, B -- and thanks for the very kind words.

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  3. The photos are beautiful.

    Is there something in the water, though? First Mama Dove is having babies. Now it's Mama Cow.

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    1. I don't know, but just to be safe I'm making everyone drink bottled water. :)

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  4. Fran K11:14 AM

    Sweet. You get the best photos.

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    1. I really can't take credit for Nature. My backyard is a wonderland, thanks to living in the country.

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  5. I love those cranes! So elegant, and wow, in your backyard! Great shots.

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    1. I wish you could hear the racket they make, though. They don't chirp or tweet, they screech!

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  6. I love your photos! The cranes are so elegant, and that calf is so cute.

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    1. Thanks, Deb. This was the first time I got that close to a calf, and he (I think he was a boy) was so clumsy and big-eyed I wanted to hug him. Of course Mama cow giving me the stink eye kept me at a respectful distance. :)

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