Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Rural Thursday and Friday Fences

Coming home one afternoon as I drove down the rural roadway that you see in my header I saw this little guy above on the fencepost. He was on the opposite side of the road from the driver's window of my Jeep so I quickly turned around but thought there was no way he would still be on that post. But sure enough there he was. I got two quick shots once I stopped before he ran away.
On the opposite side of the road a neighboring farmer's first cut of hay had been baled. The scent of freshly cut hay is a sensory memory from my childhood. Just this week another neighbor cut and baled hay. I could step out on my back deck and catch the scent in the lightly blowing breezes we've had the past few days.
I've posted pictures of a different part of this fence before. On a daily basis I usually don't take much notice of the surroundings. On this day the beefy bovines were taking their afternoon fiesta under a few shade trees. Old # 75 kept his eye on me. I noticed the fenceposts covered in dried branches and saw the new vines waiting to creep up and again entwine the posts in greenery for the summer. Gotta love that yellow blossoming field in the background!
Linking to Rural Thursdays and Friday's Fences.

37 comments:

Red said...

Bonus! More than just fences. Of course a good photographer will include other things to show off his/her fence.
Like the bovine looking between the trees,

TexWisGirl said...

love every one of these! :) my kinda 'post' :)

Neal said...

I love the hay shot. I've always liked pictures of fields where the hay was bailed.

judi/Gmj said...

Fab, I will have to go out fence-ing soon.
Is that Poison Ivy or Virginia Creeper?

I am developing a fondness for old #75. I think it's his big brown eyes.

Carletta said...

It's Virginia Creeper on the fence post Judi!
I'll give ole #75 your regards. :)

Linda said...

Makes me think of where I grew up! I miss the rural life! Great photos...

phylliso said...

I love seeing the baled hay too,hard work for the farmer,the view of the mountains is beautiful.The bulls have such expressive faces,loved this post,I may have to link up with some of yours,thank-you for visiting my blog,phyllis

Anonymous said...

Did I ever tell you that I can flip a thousand pound round bale with a flick of my wrist?

Gorgeous pictures, Carletta!

Carletta said...

YES, you did, a long time ago Mr. Anonymous. If you see this you need to send me an email. :)
Hugs, my friend!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

What a nice road to travel on, Carletta... I love those rural roads... In fact, It's fun to roll down the car windows and smell the fresh mown grass... Love it!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Colin said...

Great clear shots Carletta.
I will have a guess at photo #1.
Squirrel or chipmunk?
Squirrels were introduced early in Australia's history by Europeans, but are now extinct, except in zoos.Chipmunks are not here at all.

Photo #2. The rolled bails of hay.
Good to see that they are not close to each other, and there is a good reason for that. They can ignite. This farmer is very sensible.

Photo #3. Ah, brings joy to see so now you are talking - Prime polled herefords.
Would not count on #75 being a fully equiped "Mister". A bullock or a cow??
"Mister" Polled Herefords have a much more masculine and thicker head. The cattle look in peak condition, even viewing them at rest.
Cheers
Colin ( Brisbane. Australia)
Weather report: Let's just say "Iffy", but thankfully the winds have gone. But storms clouds are appearing from the Pacific side.

George said...

You've given us some beautiful views of rural America (at least, rural West Virginia). I like the scent of freshly cut hay as well.

helena said...

lovely to see hay bales uncovered - in Scotland they all seem to be wrapped as they come off the machine - probably because of the rain

Nancy Claeys said...

Great idea to photo of different section of fence each time. I like that idea! :)

Stewart M said...

Hi there - great shot of the squirrel.

I wonder if anybody has the rectangular hay bales anymore.

Stewart M

Mimi said...

Aw, cite pics Carletta!
Isn't it amazing how quickly those smells bring us back to our childhood? I was out walking last night and the smell of freshly cut grass brought me back.
Those cows know the good life!!

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Love the country feel to all your excellent photos ~ i live in a small ocean town ~ thanks for sharing ~ ^_^ ~ A Creative Harbor

Hanne Bente said...

Great pictures you show - love nature pictures. Hanne Bente / hbt.finus.dk / and finus.dk

Rose said...

I would give anything to be able to bottle the smell of new mowed hay and wood smoke! Just you talking about it brings back memories for me.

Tanya said...

haha that cute squirrel wanted his picture taken! love the one of the "beefy bovines" too :)

Pat said...

I love that little post-sitter!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Wasn't he nice to pose for you?!?

Gattina said...

Besides cats I am also in love with squirrels ! what a beautiful picture !

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

I like #75 looking at you through the fence! I love traveling the rural roads. You never know what you might see.

Kim, USA said...

Rural America is beautiful and it shows in your photos. Thanks for sharing.

Kim,USA

Genie said...

Are you sure this is Wesy Virginia and not Virginia??? We are in the middle of hay cutting and baling here, too. Love the cows resting. genie

Jan n Jer said...

Nice rural scenes...love the smell of fresh cut hay also!

Judy said...

I so agree with you about the scent of new mown hay!!
My favourite capture is the last one, with the cow looking between the trees!

kaye said...

I love the smell of freshly mown hay and I personally think cows have eyes like liquid pools. Your squirrel friend posed nicely.

Hanne Bente said...

Great pictures you show. This is the first time I'm in this theme, but not the last time. Incredibly exciting to watch / follow other blogs so put away from myself. Thanks for looking at your blog - I'll look in on you again. Wishing you a good weekend. Hanne Bente / hbt.finus.dk

Elaine said...

Wonderful photographs, each of them. I love that the squirrel waited just long enough for you to get that beautiful image.

Beth said...

hey there. i love these shots. i really love the cow & hay shots. not sure if i have ever told ya but squirrels sort of scare me. so i will pass on that shot. others probably love that one. ha. ha!! i know silly ... but i think they have other plans. they make weird noises too. ha. ha!! enjoy your weekend. (:

forgetmenot said...

Always lots to see in the country. The more we look, the more we see--always good to give things a second glance. Nice post. Have a lovely weekend. Mickie :)

Susan said...

Really love all the photos. Especially the cattle and the squirrel. Awesome!

Deanna said...

Ahh, great pic of the squirrel. So nice he waited for you. Love your "beefy bovines" image. Thanks for stopping by my little corner of this big blog world.

unikorna said...

You bohemian pastoral is enchanting, I also live in the countryside and I could never live elsewhere. Congrats on the magical photos.

Marie said...

Great post! Isn't it wonderful when you catch a scent from your childhood that takes you back! That sense is often overlooked when it is so important to our memories.