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Monday, October 27, 2008

Nose nuances


I took advantage yesterday to hang out with Boone, a light workout in the corral, then a leisurely walk down the road - well out in the open during mid day so we didn't get shot. Giant red deer are known to have roamed these roads, according to some hunters.

I like to ride up to some apple trees near our driveway, and while on top of Boone, grab apples for him. Boone is completely left-brained, food driven, so apple picking is a fun thing for him. What was funny on this walk is the dried oak leaves were all over the road, and he was really liking them, almost like he'd never experienced something so delicious with a texture so appealing. As he ate, I closed my eyes, and the sound of him chomping dried leaves sounded just like he was eating potato chips. Lovely.

This fall, the colors of the leaves are intense, more like a Minnesota or Vermont fall. Combined with the deep blue sky today, it was almost overwhelming, blinding. I pondered a sky of Payne's gray versus the intense blue of the day, and how it would combine even more dramatically with the mountain range of oaks and maples. I've been having a really hard time 'settling', and have been anxious this past week. Not really like me, and it's the chaos of the banks and the election. When anxiety cloaks me, I just plod on, and a walk helps. So I took Huck up the road a couple miles to the old Pike Cemetery, one of my favorite destinations. The air was really warm today, 75 or so, and as I walked by a field of alfalfa being cut, it smelled wet, but dry and warm. I surmised how a cut crop smells different in an autumn day of 70 degrees, than it does if it's cut in the first 70 degree days of spring.

These are just reminders that no matter what's going on in the world, there are subtle nuances that living creatures can admire and ponder. Once one figures that out, there is never a boring day.

8 comments:

deborah said...

The fall leaves are just mind blowing this year, most surreal. I have a Russian friend who sent me this link:
http://englishrussia.com/?p=2082#more-2082
which is a tutorial for making Maple leaf flowers. I haven't tried to make them yet, mostly because I'm not sure anything could be better then leaves in thier natural state. I might try though, just to hang onto the colors a little longer and then have beautiful little treats to feed to the goats when I'm tired of them.

Cathy said...

I'm so lucky to have friends like you and Dan who can put me in a place I miss with the beauty of your words.

I can smell the alfalfa...and I don't even know what it smells like!

Balou said...

Sounds like a wonderful day. Ooooh - I just want to rub that velvety nose. I miss the smell of horses.

enigma4ever said...

I love horses and donkeys and all thinks farm....I live in Ohio...now...I used to live in NW for many years..love Oregon.....( I used to clean stalls at a barn in trade for equitherapy for my son....20 stalls and horses- every weekend- I did this for years...loved the animials and caring for them....fell in love with the horses..and ended up studying Tellington Touch and giving the horse massages...for all their care of the children...)

also love your art...wonderful...

I too am a big apron fan....have a few...one to bake and one to clean the kitchen and one for whatever...my son laughs at it- says NO ONE wears aprons....I love that you bringing them back...

( I have added you to my blogroll at Watergate Summer - under new blogs...I have other blogs- ENIGMA CAFE and Naked Sushi- both you would enjoy...Watergate Summer now is mostly politcal- and where politics collides with life....it will be more life focused by next month...)

Keep Blogging it - wonderful...

Abby Creek Art said...

Nice intimate shot of Boone!;)

LOVE your National Garden painting...so full of life and color.

Apifera Farm said...

Hi guys- thanks for writing. I love that nose- when I first brought Boone home he had pushy ground manners, er, he was a pig around food. So I had to teach him to back up when I came near his stall with food. AS he became well mannered, I still make him back up, but I let him come forward and stand still with his muzzle near me and I give him loud sqooshy kisses. I know, many horse people would frown on this, but he's my boy now, and he still has manners, so...

ANyway, I'll check out those blogs listed above, sound good. Balou, hope you can find a horse nearby to smell [love the smell too ]CAthy, I am at your service, Deborah, thanks for the leaf link, sounds fun - oh and of course, Abby ,hello to you and the gang of critters and art
[Abby does great dog portraits].

Amy C Evans said...

Boone, your sweet soft nose is killing me! I wish I could reach out and kiss it right this moment. your donkey friends' too. XO from Mis'sip, Amy

blackfeatherfarm said...

Let the horse people frown, of which I am one, yet smiling. What we put up with with our horses is up to us. It is ok for us to let them get away with what we enjoy, as long as they are safe, and we are safe, I say go for mushy kisses !
Lovely post {of course}too.