Monday, April 09, 2012

Spring on Our Ranch

I guess I've never blogged about it, but last January we bought almost 400 acres in Oklahoma! We now have 97 mama cows - all of which have either already given birth or are getting ready to. Yesterday, my mom came to see the land for the first time. We went exploring with Alex and found lots of 'signs of spring'.....

One of our hay fields is just starting to pop up.

We have 7 ponds.... and there were THOUSANDS of tadpoles! And we saw a few frogs - very tiny frogs!

We saw dozens of dragonflies...including this one who had just emerged from its exoskeleton!
He was busy chomping on a leaf.

We bought 5 bulls this weekend! (Our cows are black angus and black angus mixes.)

One of my snag trees that stands in the middle of a field. I love it! I've asked them to NEVER cut this beauty down. And, our ranch manager said he's seen a bald eagle on our place...twice! I don't know if it's used this tree, but the tree is open for whoever wants to use it!

We have a 'grove' of black walnut trees! 19 of them! They are just starting to get leaves. My mom had a black walnut tree in her backyard while she was growing up, so she can help us process the nuts!

One of the beautiful wildflowers we saw. I'll have to learn how to identify them!

We have an underground natural spring that has been tapped into. We were getting some water out
of the spout...and saw this garter snake! (But, you all know I love snakes!) We also saw a garter
snake swimming on one of the ponds.

Not a great photo, but these are the first ducks I've seen on our property. When I zoomed in,
I was able to see identify them as blue-winged teals! Very cute!!


lahbluebonnet said...

Oh, how exciting!

Melissa Telling said...

I wanted to leave you a comment in reply to the one you wrote about this on my blog, but my computer was suffering from a virus that greatly limited what I could do online. I ended up reinstalling my operating system (the learning never ends, does it?) and now I see you have blogged about it too.

How exciting! Four hundred acres! I can't even imagine how big that is. We used to have a small "hobby farm", but we have been living in a rental house with no animals for three years now. I'm looking forward to when we will once more be able to have our own place.

I am loving reading about all your new learning experiences. It's like homeschooling for grown ups!

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