Sun Rays & Spring Days

Hello, dears!

I hope you had a great Easter! I sure did. πŸ™‚ We had a great time going to our old church again and seeing friends, as well as having family celebrations.

Once Easter is past, it seems like it really ought to be spring, heh heh. So today I’ve compiled some recent farm photography from various rambles – mostly springy ones, but a few from the last bits of winter too. I hope you enjoy “walking” around the farm with me!

I love how the soft light polishes the smooth gnarls of this twisted tree.❀

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If you peer into the woods here, you’re bound to see drifts of pale leaves on small trees all over the place. We didn’t have beeches at home, so it’s fun to see leaves here even in winter!

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There’s a little island of trees in the pasture behind the Cedar House, some of which are pines laden with cones. I think pine cones are just so satisfying and pretty to take pictures of and hold. πŸ˜›

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I love finding bright spots of color among the gray!

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Another common tree here that isn’t common at home is the sweet gum tree. The seed pods always have bad hair days, heh heh. XD

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Plush cushions of velvety green moss make me happy. πŸ™‚

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Now we get to the wintry part, but it’s just a few pictures. πŸ˜‰ Quite a while ago, the smaller pond was frozen enough to walk on, so of course we did so, hee hee. Don’t you love finding things frozen into the ice, like this oak leaf? Such a cold bed for the bright little thing to be sleeping in.

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The ice crystals were GORGEOUS. I love the delicate, fleeting strength of ice.

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Jellyfish bubbles floating, frozen…

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Isn’t the crystallized texture so fine and pretty? At the bottom left I think it looks like an ice feather.

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The very top of the ice melted, but it was still solid underneath, don’t worry. πŸ˜‰ The reflections… ❀

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Alright, enough of the cold. How’s this for a warmer picture? That little ridge is Β a cow path. It always amazes me how straight and narrow the paths are, especially for such big, clumsy animals. XD

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AHHH THE LIGHT. How could anyone not love golden hour? Hmm… maybe everyone does.

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It looks like the foxtail head is floating. πŸ˜›

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Okay, we’re switching topics again. XD Now we’re walking down to the big pond, which is NOT frozen, as you may notice.

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The deep sapphire blue water contrasts so nicely with the pale cattails, don’t you think?

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Here’s a different kind of blue. For some reason there are SO many vultures floating around, and even though I don’t particularly like the birds themselves, I like to watch them glide (or wobble, on windy days XD).

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The fields are neon green on sunny days and it looks like SPRING, YAY. Except there are still no leaves on the trees…

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This really reminds me of the default header on… the Hemingway theme, is it?

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SO. PRETTY.

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And here’s the big house… which is still being worked on. *sigh* The moving date is getting pushed further and further away, and right now it would be great if we could even move in before my birthday in the beginning of May.

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Goodness, this post is all over the place… here’s a random photo of those strange cedar apples again! O.o

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Next I have a few pictures of our smaller creek, which we have nicknamed “Little Runny.” πŸ˜› I absolutely love it! The twisted roots of overhanging trees, tiny sandbar beaches, mossy stones, and clear bubbling rivulets weave together an enchanted atmosphere. ❀

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I really want to make this into a fairy house. Isn’t it perfect?

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Look, it’s a little rainbow lens flare!

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Water fascinates me. Always moving, always changing, always twisting and rippling under the light. I think water and light together are especially beautiful and interesting to watch.

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We found several pools along the creek that are pretty heavily populated with minnows and crayfish. (What do YOU call them? Crayfish? Crawfish? Crawdads?) We didn’t have a net, so we made do with a colander and metal strainer bought from Dollar General. XD

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HA HA, it looks like he’s raising his claws in surrender. XD

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My cousin kindly allowed me to take a picture of her, splendidly modelling the colander as a hat. πŸ˜›

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And last but not least I have a handful of black and white edits that I quite like for different. πŸ™‚ This one is pond ripples, but I think they look like tiny sand dunes too.

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I really like this one too! I always find pictures of hands, by themselves or holding something, appealing; I don’t quite know why.

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I love how the round clusters of sycamore seeds hang from the branches like ornaments.

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Apparently I think trees look really good in black and white. πŸ™‚

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And I saved one of my favorites for last. ❀ The vultures and cows together look so rural and free.

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I hope you enjoyed this longish, scattered post, dears! Which picture was your favorite? Which was your LEAST favorite? Are you ready for spring?

Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful warm day!

***Allison***

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91 thoughts on “Sun Rays & Spring Days

  1. Ahh! Gorgeous photos! (I feel like I’m always saying that) I remember fixing up a few rental properties and they did a few months to finish up, but seeing them when they were finished was always worth all the effort! πŸ™‚ I hope everything is going/continues to go smoothly for you guys! I HOPE WARM WEATHER IS FINALLY COMING!! XD

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    1. Thank youuu! Ha ha, well I don’t mind in the least, although I know the feeling. πŸ˜›
      Ahh yes, I’m sure it will be worth it, but it sure takes patience to wait. XD Thank you so much, dear!
      And YES ME TOOOOO. It’s so cold and rainy today and I’m just like, REALLY? XD

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  2. Great post, Allison! Yes, I am so ready for Spring. We keep getting a bit of Spring weather here and there to tease us, but today we got a thin blanket of snow! It’s mostly melted now, though.
    I think my favorite picture is the one of the cattails set against the perfectly blue water; so pretty!
    That’s funny that you have a bunch of vultures that fly around your property, because lately vultures of have been flying overhead, here, too. I don’t like them at all, but they seem to like to perch in a giant, dead pine tree. πŸ˜›
    And my other favorite photo is the last one–it’s so cool! πŸ™‚
    ~Sassafras
    P.S. I call them crayfish. πŸ˜‰

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    1. Thanks, Sassafras! Ah I know, it’s so tantalizing! Oh goodness, snow? It was supposed to snow here too, but thankfully it turned into rain… which isn’t the nicest either, but hey. πŸ˜‰
      Oh, thank you! I really like that one too, as well as the last one.
      Ha, really? They like to congregate arouns a pile of chicken manure here… yeah, it’s great. -_- XD
      P. S. Me too. πŸ˜€

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      1. You’re welcome! Yes, I was a bit disappointed to wake up to snow…but oh well. We’ve had a lot of creek flooding this ‘Spring,’ too, which isn’t particularly fun.
        Oh, that’s gross. Usually if they fly overhead around here, you know that there’s a dead animal around somewhere. πŸ˜›

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        1. Yeah… actually we had a dusting here this morning too! O.o Oh dear, that’s too bad. :/ Once when our creek flooded back at home we floated down it in a huge innertube, which popped after its traumatic journey. XD
          Heh, yeah. I guess there’s probably a lot of dead animals in the woods… OKAY THIS IS A GROSS CONVERSATION. XD

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  3. I definitely waiting for spring πŸ™‚ All photos are beautiful and I enjoyed reading! My favourite are Golden hour one! All the best πŸ™‚

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  4. AAAHH PRETTY ALLISON. I love all the pictures, especially the ones in black-and-white and the goldeny ones. Also the big pond looks large enough for rowing…y’all need to get a row-boat before June, pleeasse? I really loved the last couple of pictures, and YES. Now that I’m seeing more of Little Runny, it’s SO pretty. *nods* Goodness, I hope you can move in before your birthday, Allison…I was just thinking the other day that NEXT MONTH IS MAY AND YOUR BIRTHDAY WHAT. In fact your birthday is a month away from tomorrow, HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE? I must get my act together and work on your present. *nods* Anyway, lovely post dear! It’s good to see some color. I think we’re all ready for spring!

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    1. AHHH THANK YOU SO MUCH, DEAR. Hee hee, I like those too. HA, well I have grave doubts on the subject of a rowboat. *shakes head* YES I HOPE SO TOO. And yes indeed, so it is. πŸ˜‰ I have to admit, I’m quite looking forward to seeing what you come up with. :O πŸ˜›
      Thanks again for the lovely comment, Aria, and YES I am so ready for spring!

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        1. Now that’s an idea. After they build the rabbit pens… OH DON’T WORRY. I will be delighted with whatever you give me, I’m sure. ❀ BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN YOU SHOULD TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT STATEMENT. XD

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  5. Lovely photos!! My favorite photo is….. (it’s a really hard choice), the second one and that magical tree. My least favorite photo….. that’s also really hard, I like all of them… um, probably the one with the bird because it creeps me out a bit, but I still like it, AHHHHH. I’ve come to the conclusion that all of them are good and I don’t have a least favorite!!! πŸ™‚ ❀ πŸ˜›

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  6. I am SO ready for spring! It was nice and warm today and I was at Walmart and they already had kayaks and summer stuff out and smore stuff and UGH it makes me want to spend more time outside but we still have a lot of snow still and no green in sight. 😦
    But I LOVE the close up pics of the details on the ice! As soon as I saw it Frozen Heart from Frozen popped into my head. XD

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  7. I love the ice crystal and gnarly trees and black and white photos, but they’re all so beautiful!
    You are so lucky to be living in such a beautiful environment!
    Lydia ❀

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  8. Allison,
    These pictures are wonderful! I love taking photography, and your photos have inspired me! πŸ™‚ I heard about your blog through the Christ’s Light Magazine and Olivia! πŸ™‚ My favorite pictures you shared in this post were the 4th ice picture and the second landscape photo!! What camera do you use? Ahhh, YES! I love the golden hour!! Isn’t it the best?! xD

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    1. Thank you sooo much, Annie! I’m so glad to hear that! And that’s great that you found my blog from CLM. πŸ™‚ I use a Nikon d3400, which I really like. And YESSS the golden hour is amazing. πŸ˜‰

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      1. Your welcome! Haha, I agree!! 😊 I use the same camera! It is a great camera! Do you like using a specific lens? Your welcomeβ€”I can’t wait to see your post! πŸ˜€

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  9. EEK! I loved all of these, they are so beautiful! The one of the tree roots sticking out at the creek look like where the hobbits hide in LOTR, have you see that? And yessss, that little hollow at the bottom of that tree is such a perfect fairy house, unless evil squirrels live there, haha! I loved the photo of Carmen with the rainbow over her head, how perfectly gorgeous! πŸ™‚ And I call the little creatures Crawfish, heh heh. Did you guys eat them? πŸ˜› I loved the black and white tree photos and the ice and just everything! πŸ˜€

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    1. Thank youuu, Livy! Oh yeah, it does look like that! (Or what I imagine, because I’ve only watched a bit of the movies.) HA HA I certainly hope no evil squirrels live there. XP Aww, thanks! And same, hee hee, although no, we don’t eat them. XD I HAVE eaten one before, but it wasn’t from our farm. πŸ˜‰

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  10. Wonderful to browse through your photos, Allison. I really like the gnarled roots of the overhanging tree in the creek; however, I also am drawn to all of the black and white photos….such beauty in the starkness. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Oh my gosh these pictures are so amazing. It’s weird because many of your awesome trees including the detail on the bad hair days makes me think of the wise trees book. I mean I just had an amazing time writing it and I love nature and the trees are amazing! Thanks for the reminder of my book.

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  12. Wow, Allison, your photography in this post is amazing!! I loved a ton of pictures, so instead of trying to list them I’m just going to say I liked them all, because I did! XD That crawdad picture where he looks like he’s raising his claws in surrender is so funny. πŸ˜›
    To answer your question at the end of the post, I would say I’m looking forward to spring, but it’s already here. So I’ll just say I’m looking forward to summer. πŸ˜€ Would you say the weather is spring-y at your house or no?
    Wonderful post! πŸ™‚

    -Clara ❀

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    1. Aww, thank you, Clara! Ha ha that’s a good plan. XD I’m glad you liked them! And hee hee, I KNOW, he looks offended. πŸ˜›
      Heh, well that works. XD *sigh* I wish spring was already here, but it’s still working on the green side of things. Getting there, though!
      Thanks again, dear, and I’m so happy you enjoyed it!

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  13. Hello, Allison! You have a lovely blog. =)

    I just want to let you know that your “Goodbye” post that you posted awhile ago really touched me. My family is moving too, and I’ve been inspired to craft a similar post as a goodbye to the home I’m about to leave. It was nice to see that someone else feels like I do-thank you for posting that, and for inspiring me. ❀

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    1. Hello, Micaiah!
      Oh my goodness, thank you! I’m so happy to hear it connected with you and inspired you. ❀ Best wishes for your move, dear! I know it can be hard.

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  14. Amazing pictures, I love them all! ❀ Those last two especially. πŸ˜€ That black and white picture of the pond is mesmerizing. Those cedar apple thingy's are so weird. And picture of the crayfish XD Also I love your cousins hat πŸ˜‰ Your property is absolutely gorgeous! I love the ice photos, ice is so neat looking. I also really like the photos of the pine cone and moss.
    Sorry this comment is so late, between Camp NaNo, blogging, school, and life I am having a hard time keeping up XD

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    1. Thank youuu for the lovely comment, Liz! I’m so glad you liked them!
      Oh, and no problem at all – I know the feeling. It’s a busy time for us too. :/ Thank you for taking the time to comment! ❀

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    1. Ha ha, really? I’m always like, “Crayfish… crawfish… crawdad… wait, what do I usually say?” XD But I think I say crayfish most of the time. πŸ™‚

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