Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Take the Nugget and Run!

Monday, January 30, 2012

More Barns

Nice shape but in messed up shape

Green roof is rather rare.  Sorry, taken through the windshield - those are not UFOs zooming by.

You've seen this place before.   Worth including again.

Better corrugated steel on this one, but I like the fence, too.
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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Rain! With a Capital 'R'!

A lot of you have heard on the news that Texas received some great rains this past week (thanks to flash flooding in many areas).  Run*A*Round only received about 3 inches (whereas parts of Dallas got twice that), but I'm not complaining.  It resulted in some great run-off from the pastures into the pond, and even the creek behind the pond was running for the first time in almost a year!  Please allow me to share a bit of my wet-weather joy!
Most of the heavy rain came in overnight, but it continued into the next day.  These shots were taken through the sliding glass doors that face the deck.
Taking on water.  Woo Hoo!
The horses were not excited about getting out into the rain, but they made it out to green grass among the sopping showers.
You can see the rain pooling in the pastures behind them, and the run-off coming into the pond in the foreground.  (Yippee!)

Even after the rains stopped, the run-off continued, and the pond continued to rise.  That 3 inches of rain resulted in some major gains in pond level - maybe 8 inches or so!

Here's a couple of shots of the horses along the end of the pond a couple of days before the rains came.

The strung-together tire gate keeps the horses from crossing that section of the pond when it gets low and coming up into the yard.  But it also allows run-off to come in from the field without trapping too much floating debris.

Here's that same area after our rains.
 And the orange fence is about half under water!

I think I'm going to haul it out of there this week.  Hurray!  Wish me luck!  :)
Beautiful pond reflections, how much I have missed you!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

"Give me a 'Y'!"

One of our old willow trees near the pond is in 'widow-maker' status.  It routinely loses pieces of its long spires in wind storms.
This photo also shows our one remaining 'redhead' oak tree that refuses to let go of its leaves, and sadly a pine that succumbed to the drought.  We have three groves in the back woods.  The outer two groves made it, but the center grove of pines didn't.  *sigh*

Had to show 3 out of 4 dogs keeping tabs on things from the beginning of the pond trail.  This was the morning I was finishing our recent brush burn.  Dog #4 was already up by the house.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Ms. Thelma

Thelma Jean - 8 yr. old Catahoula/Pointer mix - rescued from back road

 On the hunt for varmints.
Resident beauty queen.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Pasture Sprinkler System

A few weeks ago, after a nice rainfall, we had a small creek forming in our back pasture.  The blackbirds and grackles took full advantage of the trough-style bird bath while it was available.

At first, Zim and Gem were rather intrigued by all the raucous splashing and fluttering in their pasture.
Shot into the afternoon sun, but you can still see the flocks flying around them.
But they quickly returned to the most urgent matter at hand, er hoof - eating!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Back to Basics

Basic Texas barns, that is.  Corrugated metal and rusty roofs.  Oh, so familiar.

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