This morning I took advantage of a little break in the heat wave to take a nature walk around the property with my camera. I had to make one stop before my walk, to put fly masks on the donkeys. I had hoped to put the masks on, give them a carrot and be on my way, alone. They had a different idea. The three of us set off to look around our ranch in the morning sunlight.
The apples on our tree are beginning to turn red.
Jack is going to love snaking on those in a few weeks. Diana only likes apples that are peeled and sliced so she is out of luck. We continued on our way.
Jack watched the cars go by while I explored the pond and blackberry patch.
The pond is overgrown with cattails.
Next to the pond I found these beautiful flowers blooming. I have no idea what they are but the certainly are pretty. If you know what it is please leave a comment.
I found wild morning glory.
The blackberry patch has gone crazy. The berries are quite thick. I am not sure how to get in there to pick them when they ripen.
The bees are very busy, both honeybees and bumblebees.
The berries are still green but by August they will be perfect for picking.
I recalled Michael telling me that a particularly noisy bird was waking him up in the mornings. It didn’t take long to identify the source. I have no idea what kind of bird this is either, so feel free to shout it out if you know.
We left the blackberries to walk down the the reason I wanted to take this walk, roses growing wild along our fenceline!
On our way to the roses, we found a plum tree on our property by the road. This was an exciting find for me!
My companions continued horsing around, running like fools and eating my subject matter.
Jack found a low branch on a tree and rubbed on it until he removed a huge wad of his winter coat.
I left the donkeys and walked along the irrigation ditch back towards the house.
I almost made a clean break until they noticed I had left and chased me down.
Walks like the one I took this morning are so enjoyable. It is fun to have the time to discover little details you might not have noticed otherwise. How unfortunate would it be to have discovered the plum tree after the fruit ripened and fell to the ground?