Sunday, February 19, 2012

In Our Backyard...

Practically in our backyard...OK in the neighbor's field...we have been watching these two elk.

They have been hanging out in a hay barn.
And why not?
It's warm and there is a lot of feed!


There are quite a few elk in our area and the Dept. of Wildlife has feeding stations where you can get up close and personal with the local herds. 
These guys just happen to be REALLY local:).


You get such a wonderful perspective of the gifts in nature when you can experience it this closely.
I am sure they will move on soon, but it has been fun seeing a part of our natural area attractions!

 And on another note...
I am longing for my backyard look like this right now.


Is anyone else just ready for a new season?


One filled with warm wafts of intoxicating aromas?


I am pouring over seed catalogs and making plans because I know that the time to plant comes all too quickly.


God is so good to give us the seasons...seasons in life as well as the weather to look forward to!

Have a lovely day!

~Julia

21 comments:

Passionedeco...perchè le case hanno un'anima said...

Yes I am!! ready for the gradening and potager season!
I've got so many plans, I want to produce more in order to preserve more, of course!!
Yes, when you are able to admire such a scene, you instantly become aware of God's hand, don't you?

Have a good week my dear Julia.

Fra

Jacqueline said...

I can not believe how beautiful the view is from your house! You are sooo lucky. I am also in the mood for spring!!!

~ko said...

Gorgeous views, awe inspiring nature, God is such an incredible artist!

I'm very ready for Spring, we have begun the prep-work for our new garden since this will be the first spring we've lived in this house and I'm so excited!

Teresa said...

I'm very excited for warmer(gardening)weather and some more green:)Question for you, how does your garden do in the winds you have there. We have some brutal winds here too and was wondering how you dealt with it.

Valerie said...

So very beautiful...I have to agree with Jacqueline...the views from your property are breathtaking!

We are soooo ready for Spring around here. Never really felt like winter...and we like winter at our house! So, since this was the "winter that wasn't" (according to our local weathermen!), I'm ready to move on to Spring!!! In fact, regardless of the temps, the first thing I do on March 1st is hang my forsythia wreath that I made a couple of years back! To me it just says, "Welcome Spring". Yesterday, we even visited some new friends to tour their backyard garden. They are avid gardeners and have offered to help me get mine going.

Blessings from the Heartland,
valerie

Julia said...

Hi Teresa,

Yes, we DO have a lot of wind here! Most of the plants that I choose are prairie flowers. Eccinacea, Yarrow, and Goldenrod to name a few. I also have a small protected area in my garden, so I love to plant Hollyhocks, Lovage, Iris, and "David" Phlox. Herbs really hold up well in the really windy spots... like Rosemary and Lavender. Roses tend to do OK in the wind...their petals aren't quite as pretty, but that is OK with me:).

There is a lot of trial and error, and I have lost many plants, but I am always surprised by how many actually stand up to 50mph winds. I do mulch heavily in the windy areas to seal in moisture. When we have a windy day, usually a little water and my plants perk right up!

I hope that helps you!

~Julia

Jenny said...

Wow, those elk look really big. We have deer that hang out on our property that I shoo away cause they eat everything. But our deer are pretty small. I don't think I'd be out shooing away a big ole elk. I can't wait till spring and planting weather. I have plans for planting and hopefully they're deer proof plans.

Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication said...

My husband has been busying himself with gardening plans for springtime at our new house. I'm ready for spring. We had our first snow of the season here last night, so winter can end now! :)

the Mrs. said...

I'm enjoying your blog. :) What beautiful photographs and yes, I'm craving spring and getting into the garden. We've hardly had any snow here so it has felt as if we've been on the verge of spring for months.

What a cool blessing to be able to watch these powerful creatures up close. :)

Ngo Family Farm said...

Wow, they are majestic. Looks like something straight out of a painting! I'm still pouring over seed catalogs at every spare moment, too - dreaming, deciding, and hoping!
-Jaime

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

What a Beautiful view! The Elks are GORGEOUS! I had to show my 11 yr old son the pictures of the Elk and he is in awww! Thanks for sharing!

Gina said...
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Gina said...

Wow, you have a gorgeous view! Just beautiful. :) We have a lot of deer here and I love to watch them as long as they don't eat my shrubbery. ;) No wonder you are dreaming of your summer garden. It is beautiful too! :)

Budget Design Girl said...

What an awe inspiring sight indeed! Not to mention the amazing view you have. Oh, how I would love to have a view like that.
I am not really ready for the seasons to change, because in Cali where I live that just means HOT until October. Though I do look forward to walking the beach in warmer temps.
Thank you for sharing your awesome view of nature, and all that God has created.
Blessings! xo-Lisa

Emily said...

SO COOL!!! we have deer who always visit our backyard but elk are WAY cooler! my son would flip!!!

and yes, we are so ready for spring!

Christan Perona said...

SO COOL! And yes, I am so very ready for spring, too. I'm not sure why I am so much this year. I usually love winter, but my soul is aching for the warmth AND LIGHT of spring. Thanks for the photos of HOPE!

Teresa said...

Thanks Julia!

Cailan said...

My mum often says that anticipation is just about as good as the real thing...so I am anticipating spring, too. And admiring your green thumb.: )

Amanda said...

Oh Julia.
[heavy sigh]
they are simply beautiful.
I had to show this to Levi.

he's smittenly in love with them;)

I can't belive what great shots you got!!!

The Prudent Homemaker said...

It's spring here! The trees are starting to blossom, lettuce and turnips are coming up, and it's getting warmer!

Mrs. B said...

Your 'backyard' is so lovely! What are the flowering bushes nest to the fence? Just wondering...Enjoy the elk. :)

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