Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Work Never Ends









Red-bellied Woodpecker

Purple Finch



Blue Jay

White-breasted Nuthatch
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Snow had pushed down the embankment and the weight had pushed a section of fence along with it. It was sliding on its own like a plow, pushing some grass and weeds along with it. The cedar posts looked okay, but just needed to be reset and the old fence put back up. He had a few trees on the side of his barn he had let sit for a season and the bark came off easier with his longknife if he needed any extras. He wondered when the ground would be solid enough to change these with all the snow and recent thaw. He imagined when they played at the river digging in the sand and water came up from underneath.

His father was coming out and he asked him what he thought. Smiling he said it would take a few weeks and lots of sweat. They both laughed looking at the slope of the posts. It would be a month or longer before there was anything in the pasture for his livestock to eat anyway, and he could put them in another area if needed with his neighbor’s cattle. He shook one post and it snapped off at the ground in his hand. They both laughed thinking they really started some trouble looking over the situation too hard.

Walking back up to the barn they peeked in at the new calves that were coming into this world. It relaxed him to watch their antics and how well their mothers cared for them. He had to bring them in when the weather opened back up and had little room for them inside. It was time to think how much corn and wheat he would be planting. He never had a good idea for figuring this and enjoyed when his father could help out. Talk had been that his neighbor was going to sell part of his land and he hoped to get a bid to expand his operation if it wasn’t too much. His wife yelled at them to come in for some lunch and they headed in talking farming all through the meal. She told him to sit back and take a day off, but that was a hard thing to do, your day was never finished all the way.

Saddling up a couple horses they rode past the cattle in the cornfield and looked for any new calves. Not seeing much he rode down into a draw off the field and pushed a couple cows back up the hill. He laughed at two pushing heads with each other in a bit of play. Warm weather was close and many of the cattle were getting frisky. Riding back out they rode over to a neighbor’s home, and talked about what each had been doing through the week. Both needed some help with repairs and offered to trade off the work. The strength of their bonding carried across the fields on a small prairie breeze, and was shared by many.
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Caring hands
Shared over the land
Made this country strong.































27 comments:

  1. Great photos. The first shot is breathtaking.

    Nice to share in the strength of this bonding.

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  2. All your photos are eyecatching. Did I see that the red-bellied woodpecker had a read head and a white belly?

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  3. Great piece. Pictures are good too. Love this.

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  4. That woodpecker's cousin is eating from my suet feeder at this very moment! And my goodness, what a stunning sunset. I really enjoy your stories too. Are these your actual experiences, or do you pull from your imagination? Either way, they're great!

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  5. Great photos and words, Steve. At first I thought the first picture was a wildfire in the distance... But then I thought about all of the snow that you still have and realized that it was not a fire, but a gorgeous sunset... Wow!!!!!

    One of my favorite pictures today is the evergreen with the icicles hanging off of it... AWESOME....

    Have a great day..
    Betsy

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  6. Beautiful collection as always. That sleepy tortoiseshell kitty is a heart-stealer.

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  7. the sky in that first picture is just amazing

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  8. The red sky is awesome. What beauty God has put in this world for us to enjoy. Love your kitty and your snowy pup. I agree with Betsy, though...there's just something about the icicles on the evergreen. I guess it looks like decorations on a Christmas tree.

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  9. I cut down a large eastern red cedar tree out of the yard this past summer. It grew so LARGE it was blocking the entire view of the horse pasture across the road. SO I said it wouldnt go to waste I would split it into posts---and I did I used a sledge and a wedge--and that was HARD work..but I enjoyed every minute of it! I got 12 posts out of the one tree--
    Great photos-

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  10. That sunset is great. I love the time of day when it gets to be that color.

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  11. That's an awesome sunset!! Your dog is so cute. I've never seen a Purple Finch but they are next door at the neighbor's house. Our snow melted a lot in the past two days.

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  12. I certainly hope you are feeling okay after tending to sick babies? Take good care of yourself.
    I really enjoyed your story today. It's fascinating to see the bond between a father and son. I adore watching my husband and son together; it's very special to me!
    The blue bird is my favorite photo!

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  13. You really must have gotten hit with the snow on the last go-round, Steve. We lucked out with only an inch or so.

    Gorgeous photos and lovely story -- have a great evening! :)

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  14. I envy your purple finches. I have to make do with house finches, who freeload all year. Do you ever see Evening Grosbeaks?

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  15. holy sky! and cute cat too. Those glassy branches are pretty fancy also. Can't believe there is still so much snow where you are!

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  16. Yes, great collection today and happy dog and cat. Beautilful sky on the first photo and beautiful birds too.

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  17. Made it strong indeed! The work may never end...but thankfully the day does so we can rest:)

    Lovely birds. And I really like those icicles hanging there.

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  18. MAGIC Impressions of your wonderful white winter and all these colourfull, little birds; so magnificient!!!!!

    The red sky behind the woods is fabulous!!!!

    I wish I could see once a red woodpecker......he is incredibly handsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Brilliant winter!!!

    ciao ciao elvira

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  19. Steve,
    Ahhh, the importance of togetherness...we must never underestimate its power!
    I really enjoyed the photo of the icicles hanging from the pine...that was lovely!

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  20. The blood red sunset is my favorite... and that dangling ice on pine! Keep your stories coming, Steve...they have such life. Do you publish these in a local newspaper or magazine?

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  21. Steve, I was looking at so many robins in the back yard this morning and then looked at the snow in your post, and wished we had a bit more this winter - but not as much as you did. Lily was having a great time and the cat has the right idea for a cold winter's day.

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  22. Hey Steve, that first picture is breathtaking. Great story today. I visualized the cows at the end out in a pasture.

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  23. Love the purple finches! I like seeing them at the feeder because for some reason when they are there, there are never many sparrows. When they leave the sparrows come back. Not sure why. The Red Bellied woodpecker shot is outstanding against the snowy tree.

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  24. "Caring hands
    Over the land
    Made this country strong."

    Love this - and all the photos, too (of course!) - thanks, Steve.

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  25. Ooops - I meant 'Shared over the land'; the sharing is key ; )

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