I have NEVER seen this before!! This doe has been bringing her offspring by each evening. I had assumed that she was the doe with the triplet bucks, but when I took the time to REALLY look at who was in the backyard, I noticed that there were FOUR and they are all “little girls”!!! They are looking for birdseed that I scatter in the grass for the birds..they love it!
It was definitely worth the long walk back to the ten-acre woods to see “The Boys” yesterday…they love to go WAY to the back of the farm and hang out under the trees. When they saw me coming, they decided to come investigate who was trespassing in THEIR field…in the first picture, I really was THAT close…
After they had run past me and all the way up to the barn, they turned around to see what I was doing…I had continued walking back to the woods, I wanted to visit the pond. They walked ALL the way back to see what I was up to..
Spending time, being followed around by “The Boys”…there are worse ways to spend your afternoon. They look really peaceful don’t they? Looks can be deceiving….if I moved…they moved…they wanted to know what I was up to at ALL times…
TODAY CLASS, NOW THAT WE’VE ALL HAD OUR MILK AND GRAHAM CRACKERS…A SHORT STORY BEFORE NAPTIME…
NOW EVERYBODY TAKE A LITTLE NAP AND THEN WE’LL GO OUT TO RECESS TO PLAY….(I’ve only had one tiny little piece of chocolate and some popcorn..I think it’s affecting my storytelling).
In my last post I showed you what “Mom” was doing…what I didn’t show you was what was going on behind her back…typical Sibling stuff….don’t worry, this is very normal for them and no one was hurt in the photographing of these images…as you can see in the last one…all returned to normal.
I stopped over to see Melvin yesterday…it was the first time in a number of weeks. (OH!..for all of you who are new to the blog…Melvin owns the herd of horses that I photograph…) Melvin seems to be doing well! I took a little basket with some Easter candy in it to him and I think he liked that…He had me open a large trunk that sits in his living room…he wanted to show me all of the little Easter decorations that his wife used to sit on the shelves at the house. She liked to decorate for all of the seasons and the trunk had all of her little treasures in it. He encouraged me to take things out of the trunk and I think he just wanted to see them again and share his wife with me a little..She died in 2001 in a car accident. He talked about her a lot yesterday….so sweet and we shared some sadness…It’s not the same thing at all, but I told him that my cat of 17 years, Zero, had passed on Thursday…and for some reason that triggered his thoughts of his wife.
I went out with him to put the horses in the barn for the night….he gets around very slowly…walker to the front door, walker to the steps on the porch…cane down the steps to his golf cart…a cane to open and close the door for the horses and then a walker once they’re inside. I go on ahead of him to the horses…he doesn’t want ANY help getting around, so I leave him to it…(I sneak a look every now and then to make sure he’s doing all right). I took a few quick shots while the horses were waiting for Melvin to get there and then I took one of Melvin…I JUST LOVE THIS PHOTO!!!!!!!
So following along the lines of my visit with Melvin…on this very special weekend, celebrate the love and the life that was given to us.
Love to you all….Zannyro.
I’ve been back from Florida two weeks or so and I think the deer have caught on that I’m here now. Just about dusk, they have started to come running around the corner of the house and after peering in the kitchen windows they linger at the edge of the woods.
LOOK I FOUND A PIECE OF CORN!!
MOVE ALONG LITTLE DOGGY..
I’M JUST GOING TO STAND AROUND LOOKING PRETTY..
After being gone for five weeks…I was anxious to visit Melvin, Bob and the rest of “The Boys”…For those of you who haven’t met Melvin and “The Boys”..Melvin is the most wonderful man, he is 85 and still gets out every day to let the horses out in the morning…and back into the barn every evening…I wrote my book “Being Bob”, about Bob and the herd…had to do something with all of the pictures I’ve taken of them.
I decided to stop over early yesterday before the snow storm came..(it brought us 9 inches)…
When I first walked up to the fence Bob was the first one to come to the barn door…but, he took
awhile to size me up…
Slowly he left the barn and stood and stared at me, as if to say, “Is that you?”
I think he finally got me figured out, because over he came to see me!
He let me pet him and say hello and then the rest of the boys came out of the barn..circled me a bit and then, single file, they walked over to the adjoining pasture…so of course I followed “the muddy men”…
I don’t know if they were glad to see me or what..but Bob and Mac started to play..they went zooming past me back to the other pasture and they played and played…then they raced back to the other pasture and got so rowdy that Mac FELL DOWN!!…before I could move he was back up and they were playing again..such a treat for me! ( Now don’t worry, they don’t hurt each other…it’s just play).
Is it just me?, or does Mac look a little like a camel in the image above??
Before I knew it, I needed to head home and as I started to walk away, the herd left what they were doing and followed me back to the barn…Bob came over to be petted one more time and as I did, he reached down and nuzzled the camera and gave my scarf a little nip.
As I left the yard and chained the gate behind me, Bob stood and watched me…….and of course I got a little emotional…what am I going to do?…I love this horse…
Today was one of those perfect fall days….warm….golden….good for the soul.
I was lucky enough to spend several hours with “The Boys”….I love it when I get the chance to “sneak up” on them… they are so surprised to find me back in the woods….coming to pay a visit.
Melvin is SO HAPPY!! The article about his herd and his life came out and it’s awesome…Lois Lane did a tremendous job writing the article! And just for the record…they still love her better than me…they ran right past me, AGAIN…….So without further ado…here it is! OOPS…One ” Ado”…If you would like to say hi to Melvin and Bob, I’m going to tell him where all of you Bob lovers are from..so feel free to say Howdy!
http://www.news-sentinel.com/section/LIVING Just run your mouse over the top part and you should be able to click on “more”..or just click on the link below.
I went over to see Melvin today…even had a pie for him…but he wasn’t home…..When I was driving to the farm, I saw the herd WAY back in the ten-acre woods…I stopped the car, got out and talked to them…and they ignored me.
After I found that Melvin wasn’t home, I let myself in the gate and went to look at the horses that make up the second herd that Melvin owns..While visiting with those horses, I noticed that WAY out in the pasture I could see dust rising…..and here came the boys.
What I thought was a warm welcome, actually may not have been….they cruised right past me, up to the barn…had lots of drinks of water and went into the barn for a little nap time….and here I thought they missed me…HA!
I saw Melvin again today….I decided to take him copies of the pictures that I posted
of him with “Foot” the other day…
I was really relieved that he was happy to get them…not sad…and
REALLY happy to hear that he is becoming something of a celebrity because
of the book…”‘Being Bob”.
A woman called me last night to order four books, she’s a distant relative
of Melvin’s and he was so excited to tell me that she came to his house
to see the book in person. She wants him to “sign” hers when she gets it.
She has her first grand-daughter and she wants his “autograph”!
He was so happy!
It was kind of adventure when I first got to the farm.
I had to wait for him by the barn when I first got there…he wasn’t in the house
so I thought he had gone out….as I got in my car to leave, I heard the sound
of the barn door moving..out of the cool dark barn came “beauty” his black
dog…(it’s 93 today).
Beauty came up to greet me and then walked back toward the barn..I was worried
that Melvin was in there…the door had been mostly shut, so that wasn’t like
Beauty proceeded to guide me around the side of the barn and then she just stood
staring out into the field….far, far, out in the field I could just see the top of
Melvin’s golf cart….I went back to my car, got my phone..a scarf to protect
my neck from the sun and went back to make the long trek to check on the
golf cart…as I started my hike..I realized the cart was moving.
I watched Melvin drive back to the ten acre woods, and then I saw the herd…
he had rounded them up and they came flying through the field, headed for the
barn….way behind them came Melvin in the golf cart.
I was so relieved to see him…but I didn’t let him know that..he’s very
The horses ran up for a big, long drink of water and then waited for Melvin
to open the stable door and in they went…DINNER!!
You might be asking yourself, “where did “Beauty” go???”
She walked over, climbed into the horse’s water trough, and proceeded
to be a very happy dog.
this afternoon, incredible. The wind was gusting at 50 miles an hour…and on impulse, I decided
to pay a visit to “the boys”.
I hadn’t been over to see them in months and I wasn’t prepared for the welcome I received.
In all of my other visits the herd was curious, polite, and aloof. Yes, I could take their photo.
Yes,they would tolerate me in the field with them as long as I understood that they would follow me if it was determined that
I was a threat to National Security.
They do not trust my camera bag, and if I sit it down and walk away the bomb squad, consisting of Joe and Bob, comes over.
Keeping to a safe distance, they glare at it.
If they glare at ME, I remove MYSELF to a safe distance and try not to make eye contact.
Today was different. As you can see they grouped up and proceeded to meet me as I entered
the gate. WELL! You would have thought I had grown a tail and a mouth full of gigantic teeth.
I was welcomed as if I was a long lost brother! Joe,,Head of the Herd,,came up to get many, many pats on the head.
Bob repeatedly came up to me for conversation, pats on the head,and grand gestures of affection.
If I tell all of my secrets, don’t repeat this one… (I actually gave them each a kiss on the forehead), after which I stood in amazement. To be allowed to pat their neck’s and brush back their crazy wind-blown hair was one thing. To bestow a kiss?
The memory will last me all my life.
So feast your eyes on Blond Bob, the herd, and Jack rolling in the mud. You can then
imagine me sitting here. Full up with the wonderful feeling that I get when I’ve looked at
life through the lens and felt the warm gentle breath on my face of a most spectacular
Still rummaging through images from previous adventures with the horses and
I found “The Angel Horses”.
Early one morning I decided to head over to the barn to see if I could capture
some good images of the herd. The light had been wonderful for the last week, and
I was kicking myself because I had gotten a late start. The sun was a little higher
in the sky than I would have liked, but by then I was enjoying the ritual of heading
out and getting my “equine” fix.
I spent some time watching the boys up in the front pasture, and then wandered around
the side of the barn. Standing as if they’d been waiting for me to arrive, were these two
beauties. They were soaking up the warm morning sun, standing close to the white barn.
In post-production, I decided to play with the exposure a little because the sun had been so
intense and I liked the over-exposed look it had given the original image.
Regarding the image with the two Angel Horses, let me know if you like the image that
is more over-exposed, or the one showing a little more of the yellow in their manes. Thanks!
These two handsome fellows live very close to “The Eye and The Fly”.
I absolutely LOVE these guys..
There had been a LOT of teenage behaviour going on between Bob and
his buddy Mack. Joe is THE BOSS, and when he’d had enough of
their silliness he stepped in and let Bob know it was time to knock it off.
I have SO many images of this herd. Their owner is the nicest man and I’ll
always be grateful that he allowed me to spend hours and hours with the herd.
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