I love this time of year! No more biting bugs, huge horseflies, chewing chiggers and sun damaged skin. Our trees are not scenic though... the leaves turn yellow or brown and scatter themselves all over the lawn. We have a lot of black walnut and locust trees but no brightly colored sugar maples, etc.
The baby fawns have all lost their spots and the deer are sporting charcoal gray winter coats with the exception of Beauty's baby...her fur is a lovely light tan. That is Sunny in the pic, remember her baking in the hot field as a newborn? Two of my three year old bucks have already left which leaves Bossy's Boy, Twin and Bandit. Bossy's Boy is huge and so healthy. I pray they all survive the killing season and stay close to the barn. I wish I could castrate them and keep them as pets! My Nub is gorgeous and has separated from Brownie and Cocoa to hang out with the boys but shows up during corn time which allows him to see his mom and twin sister.
The porch flowers are still in bloom and so pretty. My red geraniums are really a deep dark red but for some reason the camera cannot pick up this color. Jessie's edema on her stomach remains but has shrunk considerably although her udder area is still sensitive and still swollen. I took a chance and mowed the small paddock ready for a yellow jacket attack which did not happen. Was it bees after all? I shake my head in disgust as I would very much like to know what happened to my Jessie.
I rode Blue a bit late in the evening. He did very well considering Twin bounced out of the woods and onto the arena displaying his beautiful white 'flag'. He watched for a bit and then stomped through lots of crackling dry sticks to graze in the corn field. Big Blue reacted with only a crow hop and some head tossing (thank heavens) and due to it getting dark with the temps dropping quickly, I decided to keep it a safe ride and get off. Fall is definitely here at Farm Tails!