Peace —Wednesday, March 31, 2021

A beautiful Downey Woodpecker

Sandhill Crane feathers are just lovely

They look grey until you see them in the sunlight

The red-mask is a lovely touch

These are very large birds…they stand about four feet tall.

These Quail are just darling —see the pheasant running off at the top of the photo?

I love the hawks and falcons who hunt across the farm.

But the most unexpected, (and lucky for me) thing was seeing a flock of Western Bluebirds!

They stopped for a search among the weeds for a bite to eat and I got a photo!

That was so exciting!   Not a good photo, but still one!

Living here on the farm is such a good life for Terry and me.

We love it.

The work is hard and never-ending, but here is the secret, we Love it.  The work, the farm, the everything—making up our daily life.

From my world to your heart,

Linda

For a Spell the World Becomes Small —- Monday, March 8, 2021

The cranes are starting to leave us

They are still landing here, resting, eating…gathering

Their distinctive calls brightening the day

For just a short while now

We will enjoy their presence


Before they move on toward Idaho

Their spring, summer, and early fall nesting sites.

Flying, higher and higher toward exciting adventures someplace wonderful.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

 

The Moon is so Glorious — Wednesday, March 3, 2021

The moon is growing smaller each and every day now.  Shrinking from a great swollen ball hazed by a shimmer causing it to look gold as it rises into the sky.

There (as luck would have it) were the Sandhill Cranes etched sharply in the newly minted silver of the moon.

What a gift!

What a marvelous gift…the moon and the Sandhill cranes.

From my world to your heart,

Linda

It Won’t Be Long Now — Monday, March 1, 2021

It won’t be long now

When the Sandhill Cranes will start to gather together in even larger flocks

Gathering to start their journeys back to the breeding grounds

The migrations will begin around March 10th

With around the week of March 20th where we will see that largest flocks

Winging overhead.

Then the large number of flocks will start to thin

So, by the first week in April,

They have left us.

To grace those who live close to their breeding grounds.

Until then

I will enjoy (and I hope you do also) their glorious selves streaming through the clouds,

And hanging about on the farm.

From my world to your heart,

Linda

 

No Matter What, It is still February —Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Even though the sky is a brilliant blue

This time of year doesn’t take long for thick clouds to blow in from the west

And a person can smell snow or frozen mix in the air.

We, also,  have Sandhill Cranes, instead of cows, gleaning the fields. 🙂

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

 

Sunlight, That Glorious Chariot of Jubilation — Wednesday, February 10, 2013

Cranes lifting up, flying high into that glorious sunlight of a winter sky

While snow clouds hover over Grand Mesa, lighthearted sunbeams light up our fence line

Then clouds, thick and heavy settle down, suddenly pushing through a ragged-edged cloud a burst of merry sunshine — with Mindy Cat on top of the woodpile

The evening sun bounced and stuttered between the buildings…seeping, carefully and sparkling onto the woodpile and the fence beyond.

Everything suspended in a Moment of Magic.

From my world to your heart,

Linda

 

From the Heart of the Fire, A Heart — Wednesday, February 3, 2021

We have been clearing the pasture of old and dead tree stumps and branches.

Where we saw a sundog in the early, early morning sky

Shared the farm with the masses and masses of Sandhill Cranes (YAY)

Quail, a large Jack Rabbit (of whom I didn’t get a photo), and mice.

But, one of the neat things the fire gave us

Was a Heart Rock.  So hot I had to lift it carefully, with the rake, and place it in a snowbank to cool down.

A heart from the fire!

How neat is that?!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm

Linda

Those Wonderful Marvelous Girls — Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Even in the middle of winter

There is always so much to do.

Just ask T’Ata and Glory B…

Scattering Sandhill Cranes is just ONE of those fun things to do. 🙂

Your friend on western Colorado farm,

Linda

The Sky, Appearing Different throughout the Day — Monday, February, 1, 2021

There, just over-head…

Those marvelous pieces of vapor

Breaking up the melancholy feel

Of a bleak winter’s day.

Clouds…just a joyous as a sky full of birds!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

Earth, Sky, Snow, Sleet— Thursday, January 28, 2021

As the snow fell heavily on the farm

The Sandhill Cranes bunched together –trying to warm their soddened feathers.

I felt a tad sorry for them.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda