The turkeys were back over in the cornfield about a mile west of us...just past the last house at the edge of town.
They were not seriously strutting...they were responding to me 'calling' to them. I do not know how to describe what I was doing. They just keep on pecking around and hunting for food till I started trying to different sounds to get a response. And I finally found one that would make 3 or 4 of them puff out and fan out their tails.
Here is one looking for the idiot making the strange call...
I call these two the sisters, but think of them as the twins. but they are not quite. The one has windows on the end plus the chimneys are different. Notice the swing still on the porch of the nearest house? Still, they are enough alike to make me think they were built by the same person. And I wonder if they were for siblings. Or maybe parents and child.
I would love to know their history, and know what families lived there.
These photos were taken in 2011...I wonder if the houses are still standing.
I think this barn belonged to the same farm. This was the only shot I managed to get of it.
I did a double-take on the date this photo was taken...it looks like spring green to me, but was actually taken in October of 2010. Nevertheless, a bend in the road always calls to me. It always has...I can remember as a little girl wondering what was around the curve.
I thought I would show the Mayapple plant in its entirety...it is not a real apple. All parts of the plant are poisonous. I thought I had heard it was poisonous, so looked it up and happened to find that it is also called American Mandrake or wild mandrake and ground lemon. All my life, I always heard it called Mayapple....
Now for the real photograph of the day, this butterfly.
Another plant commonly found in the eastern woods. I also have some of these in my yard. In a shady corner up against our house. Our daughters dug up Mayapple roots, some Jack in the pulpit roots, and some trillium....and lets not forget Bluebells. This blossom is from the wild, though.
The small knife is the first knife Roger ever made...late 1970's...he did the fine fine sanding and buffing when he started setting up his shop to be able to make knives around 2007. And the bigger knife is the first knife he made in here.
I did two versions of this...the photo is old. Probably around the 1970s. I don't have many from my growing up years.
But these photos show a part of me. In the photo here, I
was standing on hill across the road from our house. It belonged to a
neighbor. One of my brothers and I sometimes used this hill for
sledding. It was not very steep, but it was close to home.
barn that is near the left side was our barn. It is gone now. That tree line
that is touching it? Do you see what I mean...it more or less dissects
the middle of the photo from left to right...that was Gap Creek.
There was a summer or two that we played in it almost every day at some
point. Somedays almost all day. It did not have any real deep spots near home. By we, I mean
my nephew and I, and sometimes the brother that is closest to me in age.
And the one below I am still in the same spot taking the photo. I had just turned to my right. Again part of our playground. And both were a source of work...
We always had a few head of cattle....we just always called them 'the cows'...and each one had a name. And I think I can still name most of them. And we raised 4 pigs almost every year. And I really don't remember a year we didn't but it is not something I am positive about. We raised corn to have for feed...and we raised tobacco for a cash crop. The big field on the right side of the road above was a hayfield for the most part...it did have a couple spots we used to raise tobacco. And that field to the left side of the road was always used for corn. Just so many memories just looking at these.
Ran across this photo..it is from 2015. I don't know if I have shown it before, but it deserves to be seen again. I think this leaf is just gorgeous. Doesn't it make your heart sing with joy to find such beauty?
I wonder how you feel about the above shot. I think it one that is definitely better if you view the expanded view. Both are from the same day in July....so the horses were probably enjoying the cool rain.
And I love the photo above...it was taken on our way home, through the window of course.