Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Turkey Vultures in the Cow Pasture...




It must be SPRING here in

Western Oregon...

The Turkey Vultures are back!



We were out checking on the cows and calves

 this morning...







The turkey vultures are perched 

on the fence posts...







I have been trying for years to get a close up view

of these beautiful birds...




I had my Canon 50X along today

and it zoomed in and captured the birds

having a solar bath...



They spread their wings...

it dries them out and also bakes off the bacteria

on their feathers







The zoom lens allowed me to stay far enough 

away so we observed natural behavior...







They stretch out their wings farther and farther...

Turkey Vultures are not predatory birds, they only eat dead things, they are the clean up crew for the earth.  They are peaceful and gentle birds with a huge wing span. They are so beautiful flying up in the sky on the thermals.





The Turkey Vultures will be here 

through September.


I filmed the Turkey Vultures sunning 

themselves on the fence posts....

video is below....enjoy!


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Monday, March 20, 2017

White Cow has her Calf...


We raise Shorthorn mother cows



They are red and white and oh so beautiful...




Once in awhile a white calf is born:


We kept her as a replacement heifer...

A replacement heifer is a yearling calf that you keep (rather than selling it with the rest of the yearlings) and breed it to become a mother cow in your herd. Each year we keep the very best heifer calves, usually a dozen of them, to become mother cows in our herd.

Here she is as a mother cow.

She was in labor all day yesterday...

We checked on her throughout the day to see 

how she was progressing.





6pm I ran home to get my camera...

when we returned, her calf 

had just hit the ground




Here he is....a big Bull Calf






Calf Number 26







White Cow was bred to a Black Angus Bull

so her baby is black






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getting up and walking for the first time:



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Maybe next time I will record 

a live birth for you...if I have my camera ready.



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LuAnn Kessi

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Dresden Quilt.....Toddler Bed



After morning chores...

I went directly into the Thread Shed



I stitched the black and white binding

onto this little Dresden Plate Quilt...






It is just the right size for a Toddler Bed...






The label is sewn on the back...

it is all ready to make someone special

warm and cozy.



Baby calves are arriving daily

over @ the cow barn...


25 calves on the ground...






By the time they are 3 days old,

they are running and romping and

playing games with the rest of the calves!





This cow hasn't calved yet...

she is worried that she may be

carrying a bit of water weight...

do her ankles look swollen to you?


CLICK BELOW to hear a pregnant cow rant:



Video By: Brenna DeVoe


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LuAnn Kessi


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Quilting Sketches.......Wild Vines



I have been working in my sketchbook

in the evenings...




Drawing wild vines has been FUN for me...








I like to draw out a spine line in pencil,

then fill the spine in with leaves and plumes...






Designs that cross over one another 

interest me...






These designs may have a place in a

wholecloth quilt I am planning...


More to Come!


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LuAnn Kessi

Friday, March 17, 2017

Wet and Wobbly...



New calves on the ground daily...


After a morning @ the Cow Barn,

we head back home for breakfast...





Before the day could get away from me,

I went out to the Thread Shed 

to do some stitching...


This is a photo pillow...

a birthday gift for someone special.

24 x 24 inches




So glad I had the time to get it finished

in time for the big day!



Just minutes after a calf was born this morning,

I filmed this video:


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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Devotion...




Mother cows are devoted to their young...




Calf 17 greeted us when we arrived

@ the Cow Barn this morning...






He has found a warm and dry place to sleep...






Our mama cows are the best mothers

and totally devoted to their babies...






From birth, the calf knows the mother's bawl...

when mama calls, the calf comes running to her.






The mama also knows her own baby's cry...

when baby cries, she comes quickly 

to see what is wrong.






Calving Season.....a real treat!




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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Morning @ the Cow Barn...



We are over @ the Cow Barn this morning

checking on the cows 'n calves...


The cattle are out in the orchard enjoying a....

non-rainy day







The cowboy is feeding big bales and

I am bedding the barns...







Relaxing morning.....aahhhh.

22 calves on the ground.



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