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Deer, Deer, Everywhere! February 25, 2011

Filed under: 365 Project,Winter — everydaywomanusa @ 7:44 am
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An interesting phenomenon is happening in our town, following a good, old-fashioned winter that dumped several feet of glistening, white stuff on us.  As the snow begins to melt from from a southern hillside in town, which houses a rock quarry, hundreds of deer are flocking to this spot in search of buds to eat, after a very meager winter with very little available food.

When our son reported that he had seen 50 deer at a time on this mountainside, I found it incredulous, but when I drove by after another fresh snowfall the other day, I couldn’t help but gasp  . . . and then pull over, as I stopped my counting at 100 . . . and took some pix of this unusual sight.

The entire hillside was spotted with deer, which stood out boldly against the fresh snow.  Literally, every square centimeter of my viewfinder was filled with deer.  I was mesmerized by the sight and stopped counting to take pictures to document this most unusual scene.

With my mouth agape, I continued to snap photographs, alternately looking through the lens and then with my naked eyes, as I blinked away more snowflakes that were falling.  Even though I had grown up on a farm, and currently live on another farm with orchards that welcome deer to its fruits, never before had I seen such droves of deer!

I zoomed in and out, as I continued to marvel at what was in front of me.  Another woman stopped to get a closer look,  and a man, who had lived in town all his life, stopped with binoculars to inspect the scene.  He handed the binoculars to me and said, “Do you see this?”  Even though I was witnessing the same sight through my lens, I graciously accepted his offer for yet another inspection.

This had been occuring for several days . . . day in and day out . . . alongside a very busy state road.  The hoards of deer are unfazed by traffic, and this day several huge snowplows and even tractor trailers roared by, without so much as a flinch from the animals.

Here’s the sad part:  although local police have set up signs and barriers in an attempt to keep the deer from crossing this busy interstate, there have been lots of deer/auto accidents.  One night alone, twelve deer were reported as being hit, as they jumped into oncoming traffic.  In speaking with someone who experienced this first-hand, he said he felt terribly for days afterwards, but never saw it coming.

When I drive through this area,  I slow down to a crawl, and probably perturb those behind me.  As the warmer temperatures continue to melt snow in the area, the deer are relocating to other portions of the hillside, seeking fresh buds as this area must, by now, be mostly grazed off.

When driving to our daughter’s house just one street up from this section, I routinely see a group of seven or more deer, usually standing right in the middle of the road.  So, I’m always on guard for these lovely creatures . . . and also always have my camera ready . . .

These deer lanquidly crossed the road in front of me and then looked back, seemingly to pose for this picture.

These deer are safe in the confines of a local reservoir and quarry hillside where they reside . . . until they venture into traffic.  As this harsh winter brings the creatures out of the woods in search of food wherever they may find a few tasty nibblings, I hope we can coexist and that we humans, for a change, can just slow down!


Project 365 – Day 9 January 11, 2011

Filed under: 365 Project,snow — everydaywomanusa @ 5:46 am
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(Waterwheel in Winter)

More snow on the horizon . . . with warnings for another blizzard this week!

This is beginning to feel like a good, old-fashined winter!


Day 4: “30 Days of Beauty” Photography Challenge February 19, 2010

Filed under: 30 Days of Beauty Photography Challenge,snow,Winter — everydaywomanusa @ 11:39 am
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Here’s another pretty snow pic, from the inside looking out, as we tick off the days until spring, in the “30 Days of Winter Beauty” Photography Challenge.

What’s winter looking like from YOUR window?


What a Difference a Day Makes! March 2, 2009

Filed under: Winter — everydaywomanusa @ 11:04 pm
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Today’s “Nor’easter” totally changed the face of things around here.  What a difference a day makes!

Yesterday, ducks swimming in the pond . . .


Today, same ducks, different surroundings . . .


Yesterday . . .


Today . . .


Yesterday, tapping trees . . .


Today, the grove of maple trees in the snow . . .


Inside . . .


Outside . . .


Happy Winter!


It’s Another Nor’easter

Filed under: Winter — everydaywomanusa @ 6:12 am
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It’s official: another snow day from school!  It’s 5 am and it’s snowing, blowing, drifting, with about 6-8 inches on the ground so far.  Hard to tell because it’s drifting.  I’ll have the check the actual amount when I step outside, but the whole world is a beautiful blanket of white.  What a difference a day makes!


We have at least 10 inches of snow and it’s still snowing!  It’s windy, frigid, and drifting, and I’m enjoying catching up on work inside.

Nate just plowed us out with the John Deere . . .


Happy Snow Day!!!


“If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute. . .” February 20, 2009

Filed under: Reflections,Winter — everydaywomanusa @ 9:59 am
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That saying is SO true in New England.   Yesterday, my daughter and I took advantage of temps in the 40’s for a walk on the beach . . .





. . . and then, last night, we had a very sudden snow squall . . .




. . . which made for a bit of a slippery mess this morning!

Ahhh, such is winter in New England!


Sunday Stroll: Walking Two Farms February 8, 2009

Filed under: Farm,Sunday Stroll — everydaywomanusa @ 2:16 pm
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I took advantage of the warmer temps lately to “stroll” two farms:  both my family’s farm where I grew up, and my husband’s family farm, where we’ve lived for the past 30 years.


I guess I was destined to live on a farm.  I grew up on a dairy farm in a neighboring town, and of course as a child, didn’t appreciate the vast, open spaces, as we had all kind of chores to do, including “minding cows.”  What’s that you say?  Well, even my husband, who grew up on a dairy farm the next town over, had never heard of such a thing.  We kids (siblings, cousins, and me) had the important job of “acting like a fence” while the cows were grazing, which meant we had to keep them in a certain lot and away from vegetable gardens, etc.  What a summer job!  My husband’s family just used a movable fence for this job, of course!


There are still lots of wide open spaces on the farm I grew up on, but no dairy cows.  With  the passing of both my Dad and my uncle, the next generation has turned it into a farm hosting beefers, horses, and Christmas trees.


My 80-something-year-old mother, who had been feeling the effects of “cabin fever” lately due to all the treacherous ice around, enjoyed walking the fields with me during this thaw.  I enjoyed reliving childhood memories and great conversation!


Back at home, my trusty Sheepdog campanion, was awaiting a walk of his own.


On our farm, the thick layer of snow on the pond had melted, creating a glassy surface.  When it freezes up again, we should have perfect skating!


A veritable current of water was running through the apple orchard from all the melted snow.


The river is running higher from all the added “liquid” snow and ice.


What a lovely day for a stroll in near 50 degree temperatures–and with the occasional sun peeking through.

To see who else is strolling today, visit the Quiet Country House.