Photo Challenge – Quest

Didn’t take me long to figure out what to post for this Friday’s wordpress photo challenge!!

Since childhood, I have always loved whales…any kind of whale. But it wasn’t until a month ago on the very day of my birthday [my very adult birthday, I should clarify] that I got to actually head out on the ocean on my  Quest to view and photograph these lovely creatures! And to be so close to them…awestruck!!

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Photo Challenge – Morning – Day Seven

This has been a fun week utilizing the weekly photo challenge – morning – as a personal daily challenge for me. I saved the best for last.

Thanks to my mom and dearly-departed dad, my morning now must begin with their ritual………coffee, chocolate and half a muffin.

You see, they would start their day in the kitchen reading their respective favourite sections of the newspaper over coffee (a most revered beverage in our family), a piece of dark (and it has to be at least 70% dark) chocolate, and one homemade muffin split in half to share between them.

Although dad now delights in his heavenly coffee, chocolate and muffins….mom faithfully continues the tradition every morning and I’m sure that in so doing, she feels a little closer to him.

It makes me feel closer to both of them!

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Photo Challenge – Morning – Day Four

On our ranch, Morning means our precious hard-working, intelligent, gentle and  sensitive border collie, Patty gets to come into the house for a little AM visit to start everyone’s day on the right foot.

She works so hard for us with the cattle that we like to give her a little appreciation and now we’re all hooked on the morning habit, including Patty.

 

Photo Challenge – Morning – Day Three

I elected to use the Photo Challenge – Morning more as a “Morning Story” for Day three. Today…we check pastures and for sure that means we treat cows and calves. We have come across some incidents of foot rot more so this very moist year and so we need to get going early in the morning!!!

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So, my job is to corral the animals that hubby brings in on horseback. I wait by the corrals in the very abundant grass and weed growth pacing back and forth to capture these critters…..this groundwork can get wet!!! I need to aspire to the horseback position!

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We have fairly rudimentary corrals out in the pasture for this type of thing but it’s certainly a step-up from just roping a sick animal and tying her to a tree. Our old chute system from the home corrals has retired to the north pasture.

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The cows come in nice and peaceful

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But the bulls have to show up in “wrestle-mode”. Always has to be drama with these fellas .

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However
I got ’em corralled

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Our morning story.  In our pasture, almost an hour away, we rounded up and treated three cows and one calf and loaded up two rascally bulls for home all before noon.