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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Dean Johnson's farm



If you don't have animals on your little 5 acre farm (except for our elegant barn cat Bishop, above), then you have to visit your neighbors' animals if you want to rub shoulders with kashmir goats, Texas longhorns and a llama.



This mama, below, wouldn't leave me. I thought I was going to hurt myself on the electric fence.



The photo scavenger hunt blog I used to post on went defunct, and now is back, and the theme this week is "an animal." So I have to get busy. Unlike my blog friend Rauf who must have thousands of exotic animal photos, I'm challenged in this department. Plus, we're supposed to take the pics the week of the hunt, and not cheat using old photos.

17 comments:

Ginnie said...

I'm sitting here laughing and smiling both, Ruth! The Bishop photo is soooo adorable. Seeing the llama with the other barnyard animals seems so cool and wacky. But that mama cow takes the cake. Such a great shot! I'm still laughing at the thought of you caught on the electric fence--but only because you weren't caught, of course, and the thought of you scambling with your camera (and STILL getting the shot in!) is so, well, adorable :)

Amy said...

OMG, I ADORE that photo of Bishop. An immediate, audible "AWWW" escaped my lips when I saw it. So, so cute!!

Ruth said...

Ginnie, yeah, I know, and the irony that I WASn't worried about getting hurt by those HORNS!

Amy, I love that photo of Bishop too! It captures her, she's so beautiful. She's a queen. We saw her about two minutes down the road the other day, in someone else's driveway, like she lived there. Now we know she really gets around on those days we miss her!

Don said...

That Texas Longhorn loved Ruth! She came right up to the fence and ignored the corn the farmer had put out to draw the animals over, and wanted Ruth to scratch her on the nose. It was such a fun time being around these animals. The farmer is a friend of one of my best teachcer friends too! Small world!

Rauf said...

Its the most beautiful picture of a cat I have seen.

Ruth you are so fortunate to have such open space and the company of animals. I live in a densely populated city and I can hear my neighbour screaming at his wife. I go to the forest only for a few days. I can say I am fortunate to live in a tropical country. There is a wide variety of birds animals flowers fruits. At the same time I have to deal with equal number of pests, fungi, bacteria virus and all the harmful creatures. Mosquitos are the worst. the present breed are resistant to all the repellants. That is evolution.
They are getting better and better.

Ruth said...

Rauf, such a nice thing to say about the photo, thank you. I don't envy you the mosquitos. We usually have them pretty badly, but this year has been a godsend without many. I don't know if I could survive the heat in your country. But I love looking at it through your photos.

Heather said...

Oooo! Llama! Momma cow is funny. Animals rock! Can't wait to see what you pull out of your bag of photo tricks next.

Ruth said...

Heather, I wonder if you guys had animals (besides doggies, kitties and bluebirds) growing up?

RennyBA said...

Here from Ginnie and what a wildly lovely photo - Thanks for sharing the picture and the story and have a great end to your week:-)

Ruth said...

Thanks, RennyBA, glad you stopped by. I hope you have a good Sunday in Norway.

Rauf said...

The bigger pictures are so alive Ruth. Very impressive.

Ruth said...

Rauf, thank you. There is still a big difference between my larger format photos and yours, even though the pixel size seems to be about the same. Yours are so clear and sharp, mine are pixel-loud. I tried photobucket, thinking it might work for me too, but then I couldn't adjust my photo size on blogger. I'll keep experimenting.

Rauf said...

Ruth I resize the pictures to width 780, 72 resolution, 60 jpg compression to reduce the file size, put it in photo bucket copy the index code or something not url the one below. and paste it in blogger posting. type text and publish. As it is I don't see pixelation in your big pictures.
They look beautiful love the cat picture

Rauf said...

Now I am getting this message on your page and in comments page

"this page contains both secure and non secure items
do you want to display non secure items ?"

Ruth said...

Rauf, Ok, thank you. I will try without URL next time in photobucket.

I know about the security check. I believe it's because I upgraded my blogger account to google. Have you seen that request yet? It's a bit of a pain, but maybe it's better.

Peter said...

Yeah you can see Bishops personality in that picture for sure. If I come back reincarnated as a male cat, I'm going to find Bishop and chase her around.

Ruth said...

Yep, Pete, she is quite the winsome creature.