Wednesday, January 19, 2011

More snow, a sunset and a sledding horse.

We have had another snow storm.  
This is a picture of a snow drift going over the front of a Polaris Ranger.
Pretty deep stuff.  
This is also the road to my parent's vacation house and where we keep our hay.  

We also have a rather large drift in our back yard.  

This drift extends to the area that the horses use to come in and out of the barn. 

We could not close the gate.
Better stuck open than closed.  

The other end of the same snowdrift.

Elk Knob State Park is looking so pretty.  

Here is another view of the park and also Snake Mountain.
I love it when the clouds roll over the tops of the mountains.  
I took Zippy with me to get this picture.  Bumble did not sneak out this time.
He found the deer leg that he and Bumble got in a fight over.
He carried it all the way home.  
They are friends again and all is well. 

You can see how deep the snow is in the woods.

By the way... this deer has all of his legs.  

Elk at sunset.

My newest painting.  
This is a view from my neighbor's golf course.
Hard to see in this picture, but the barn and barn quilt are on there.
Very small, but still there. 

After the storm cleared, I snowboarded and walked over to my parent's house.
Certain parts of me are still recovering.
My driveway is rather curvy....that is all I am saying.

You can see how large that drift was.  Right in front of the house. 

Barn quilt at sunset.

This is on the way back to my place.

The sky started looking so bright.  
I can not get any brighter or more beautiful.

Then, as I walked along, it did this.

and this.


Proof positive that the little injured deer was not eaten by Zippy and Bumble.  
Ha ha. 

Here he/she is.

You can see the little spot on it's shoulder that looks like a misplaced shot.
Honestly....why would someone want to shoot a baby.
I am glad this little fellow is now okay and doing well.
It ran away right after I took this picture and moved very well.  

Anything green around here is being eaten by the deer.
Amazing how they survive all of the snow and cold.
The twigs here are rhododendron.  

You can not even see the deck on my neighbor's house.

The horses and mini's have been having a good time!

It has warmed up quite a bit and the sun actually made an appearance.

Hey Eco!

Yes Danza.

Look at that crazy Oracle......he is sliding down the pasture on his back.

He is so silly!
He even has a smile on his face.

Goofy horse.

I was not sliding....I was sledding.

Joke's on you!

Ha ha ha. 

Good one Oracle!

Those horses are so dumb.  

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Snow, snow and more snow...Plus a sledding adventure.

We have had several snow storms since my last post.  

At least the temperatures have not been so bad.

Speak for yourself sister.  

Sorry Otis.  

This is a camera bag that my husband made for me. 

It has deer antler buttons and antique glass beads.

The wind was really a pain with this last storm.  

The temperatures were in the single digits by the time the snow was over.

The wind made the snow almost look like sand on a beach. 

At least that is what I imagined as I was wading through and my feet were freezing. 

I thought maybe it would make my toes warm up to think of a warm place.

Guess what.....
It didn't work. 

Snake Mountain.  
There is a road to the right of this shot going through the pass between Snake and Elk Knob. 
This is part of the route that the Blood Sweat and Gears bike race takes. 

The beautiful clouds in this picture are the first signs of a wonderful new snow storm rolling in. 

While making dinner this past weekend at a neighbor's house 

We decided that it would be a thrill to sled down their driveway using a head lamp for light.

This is a VERY steep drive with hairpin turns. smart is that?
At least the sled has brakes and a steering wheel. 

So just to be safe, we made Brian go first.

I do not know if you can see the tiny tiny dot in the middle of this photo.  
That is my neighbor coming down the hill.  
He has just made a sharp turn and is getting ready to have to make another. 

Here he is sliding around the last hairpin turn......
Just look at the snow flying behind the sled!  
Warp speed.  
Yes....I did this too.  Only not as fast.  It was fun and no one got hurt!  

Ollie with frosted ears.


This morning we had the most wonderful rime ice.

I love the way this makes the trees look and wanted to get a few shots before it melted.

I threw my coat on and took off to get a few shots.
I took Zippy and left Bumble behind because she hurt her little pork chop leg and has been limping around.  

Once I reached my destination.....I heard what sounded like a freight train.
I turned around and you guessed it......Bumble was rambling up the trail.  
She snuck out the dog door and crawled under the fence.

The temperature was starting to warm up and the rime ice was starting to fall.  

I was not paying attention to where Zippy was and to be honest he knows this place well and I did not think that I needed to worry.

Besides....I was amazed and dazed by the beauty of the ice.

The ice had been much thicker when I started and was falling from the trees at record speed.

I kept thinking just one more shot.

Then another...

Then....I looked up and saw this!

Zippy carrying a deer leg and Bumble trying to steal it.

Not good!!!

You see Zippy has a bit of a problem when it comes to sharing and does Bumble.
The never ever have toys or something as precious as a bone together.  

I started scrambling to put my camera away and grab my gloves that I had ditched.

When I heard a horrible horrible fight.  

A beautiful morning turned into breaking up a dog fight and limping home.


Luckily both dogs are fine with only a couple of injuries.   My leg being one of them.  A misplaced bite that did not puncture my skin, but gave me a nice bruise.  
I guess it could have been much worse.  

Otis watching us limp home.

This is a little illustration of May.

I call it "The grass is NOT always greener on the other side of the fence".