February 18, 2007
We haven’t had much snow to speak of this winter and with Daylight Savings Time coming this weekend and geese honking overhead as they wing north towards to Canada, spring is only a couple of weeks away. We thought we’d share some of our seasonal photos with you. We were inspired to do so by this image of coyotes foraging in Mason County, Kentucky.
The pace of life is slow here, and we like it that way. Gas prices too high? Try mule power! Really. One sunny autumn afternoon, our dogs were slumbering blissfully on the large fluffy, comfy object in the living room formerly known as the sectional sofa but long since “renovated” into a luxurious dog bed. In unison, they both leapt up and paced the top of the sofa. No matter how much they wish it so, the image of dogs pacing the top of the sofa and barking from behind the comfort of a picture window is just not one which strikes fear in one’s heart. Soon, the cause of the ruckus became apparent. A really spiffy mule wagon came into view, powered by Pete and Roy, the handsome mules seen here.
The owner of the mules, Lennie Vincent, kindly stopped to pose for us and, as he left, we noticed the sign on the back of his wagon.
The whole episode reminded us of the lyrics to one of our favorite songs, A Country Boy Can Survive, by Hank Williams, Jr.:
We’re from North California and south Alabam
And little towns all around this land
And we can skin a buck; we can run a trot line
And a country boy can survive
Country folks can survive.
It turns out that we’re on a migration path for monarch butterflies headed south to Mexico for the winter. Only a few days after Pete and Roy passed by, fall arrived and the backyard maple tree shimmered with color, as hundreds of butterflies flew through the backyard, often alighting on us. East of the Rockies, monarchs migrate up to 2,500 miles to the Oyamel fir trees of Mexico. They’re the only insect that can fly these distances to overwinter in a warmer climate, and their migration has often been compared to the migratory habits of birds.
We spent the winter admiring sunsets such as this one, seen through the front door light.
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Photo: Terry Prather/AP
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