"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

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Friends, Romans, countrymen...y'all. Foodies, gardeners, artists and collectors - let's gather together to share and possibly learn a thing or two in the mix.

Donna Baker

Monday, June 28, 2010

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

Every evening, I go to the pond to feed the creatures. It started out feeding the geese. Before I knew it, I was feeding the entire pond. Zillions of fingerlings come to the edge of the pond to eat the leftovers. They even beat the geese there now. The larger fish stay back a few feet, but make sure and get their share too. Then the turtles became bolder. There are many different species and all have distinct personalities. Who knew? This one is the boldest now. Covered in pond sediment, it swims mostly around the geese feet and the geese trip all over it. I thought the turtles might bite the geese, but it is the other way around.


















Mmmmm. Fish pellets or chili relleno?















These are the fingerlings. Now, start the Jaws theme song...
Here comes trouble. This Snapping turtle doesn't want bread or fish food. It only likes live fish - creeps closer with its long alligator tail and waits, then - SNAP. These really are ugly creatures.













Oh well, this one is too cute and decides to go back and bother the goose.
This is what I do for fun on the farm.




5 comments:

  1. I love your farm! That is my kind of fun....critters and water....must be so cool to watch the social life of your pond. Fish are smarter than people give them credit for....

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  2. Girl, you make me miss my big gray geese, they were so much fun to sit on the deck and watch, as were the turkeys, guineas, chickens, ducks and peacocks...I miss those days, but I'm moving forward, so say the stars and fulfilling my needs now...and who knows, what will be will be!!!

    I think we have similar styles in our paintings, I love to paint feathers and nests...and just this morning I was looking at the birdhouses and thinking...hmmmm...I can do that...stay tuned!

    Ha...
    later, sister of the Earth
    s

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  3. Your pond is brimming with life, and no doubt they all wait to see you coming with their nightly buffet..
    So sweet.
    Snapping turtles, hmmm I like them from a distance, but those jaws are deadly, keep your feet tucked away !
    Happy I can visit once again ;)

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  4. How extraordinary and magical to be able to watch those animals live their lives... The goose is super pretty.

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  5. oh my gosh!! that turtle is a bit creepy and savage. What a wonderful nightly ritual.

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