Evening Snow

Yesterday afternoon it began to snow. They were small flakes, but it snowed steadily throughout the afternoon. I came home from work, and then drove around for a while taking pictures until it was too dark ( and I was too cold, brrr).

Had the roads pretty much to myself except for the occasional farmer out driving around.

I like how trees look in the winter,

and their dark outlines in the snow.

The native grasses in this field show dark brown against the white.

When I stopped by a neighbor’s pasture, the cows looked at the odd stranger,

and decided that she might have brought hay or grain. So they came over for a closer look. (Of course they have hay, but it never hurts to ask for more when you’re  cow.)

Since the girls are getting up close and personal, now’s a good time to point out how well-insulated their winter coats are. The snow builds up on their backs, but doesn’t melt, which shows just how little heat is escaping from their fur.

Same deal with another neighbor’s horses up the road. They too have snug winter coats.

The donkey is my favorite.

Animals are pretty pragmatic about bad weather. They just turn their backsides to the wind, and wait it out.

Are you done taking pictures now? I’m not going to hold this pose forever you know.”

“Oh, um, yes. And Thank you Mr. Donkey!”

Don’t mention it. I wasn’t really busy anyway.”


———-> UP NEXT: More old timey food: Johnny Cakes.

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Cattle, corn, wheat, beans, mud, snow, ice, and drought. Plenty of fresh air and quiet. Our life is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, but never boring.

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14 Responses

  1. Jessica says:

    From the Florida girl that looks freezing! LOL Love all the photos!

  2. Joani says:

    That looks so cold. Amazing how the animals survive the elements.

  3. Rosann says:

    Thank you so much for the photos. I was wonder how the weather was back there.

  4. Sally Bishop says:

    I love the colors of evening winter, but it can get soooo cold! I have a nie blaze in the fireplace but only cold wind, no snow. The pictures are great, I can enjoy the snow but not have to drive in it.

  5. Vivian says:

    Beautiful pictures. I love the donkey. He’s so cute!

  6. You make everything look so incredibly beautiful with your photography. Wow.

    Hello, donkey! What gorgeous shots. Just gorgeous.

    Suzanne – thank you! I’ve never thought about “The snow builds up on their backs, but doesn’t melt, which shows just how little heat is escaping from their fur.” I’m always freaking out about the boys being cold, so this helps. 🙂

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Justina,
      While they don’t enjoy the cold and snow, it’s bearable as long as they are well fed and watered. The hardest weather for them is late winter/early spring when we get those persistant all day rains and it’s only 40 degrees. When they get soaked to the skin, they get no warmth from their coats. Our cows will start calving in late Feb, and the time we worry the most about them will be when we get those cold rains.

  7. Teresa says:

    That donkey is so cute! Those leather coats are pretty amazing.

  8. Doe of Mi. says:

    I too love the trees, its neat to see their actual structure when they are undressed. Mr. Donkey, awwww, he looks so lonesome but, so cute.

  9. rebecca says:

    I LOVE that donkey!!

  10. Peggy says:

    Your snow pictures are so good! There is a real peacefulness about them. I realy like the country road and the Momma and baby standing by them selves. Oh yes, Mr. Donkey is so cool! Do you ever frame your photos? They could even be on cards.

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Peggy,
      Thank you for your kind words. I’ve not framed any of the my pics, but have considered greeting cards or calendars. I’m definitely doing a calendar next year. Thanks for stopping by.

  11. Aww, I love the photos of the cows with the snow on their backs. It’s amazing…like you say, they put their back to the wind and deal with it. When I look at them I always put human feelings and emotions into it…I’m always thinking they probably want to go home, get warm, watch tv…and then I have to remind myself…they are cows silly!

    • Suzanne says:

      Me too. I have to remind myself that I can’t bring them home and baby them. They are built for all kinds of weather, and all we can do is provide help when really needed like at calving time, which is just around the corner.

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