Trees And Other Things

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  1. Nancy Hart

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    Last night I found a picture of Isaac, one of my great great grandfathers. Only lived to be 55. A rather handsome dude under all that hair, I bet.

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    Nice eyes, he looks like a mischief maker.
     
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    He does now that you mention it. Maybe that's what caused his early demise. ;)
     
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    Rusty's new friend? .. He/she was in the upper fenced lot today. This is the 3rd time I've seen him. Twice with his mother. First time about a month ago, when he still had spots. I opened the gate to the lower lot with the water trough, and tried to steer him toward it. He crashed into it and somehow sprung it so it won't close very well now. :rolleyes:

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    He's quite the runner.
     
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    What an awesome video, @Nancy Hart ! It reminds me of when I had llamas , and the deer used to come in the pasture every day and the deer and the llamas would visit and play together. They seems to like each other.
    One of my llamas was an amazing jumper, and she would follow the deer out of the pasture when they jumped back over the fence, but she never went vey far, and would always jump right back in again.
    Poor Giligan didn’t know how to jump, and he would stand at the fence and cry for her to come back. If he got romantic, and she was not interested, sometimes, she would just jump the fence for a while, or go into the upper pasture, and leave him crying in the lower pasture.
     
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    That's a nice story, Yvonne. I didn't know llamas were jumpers. I've thought about Rusty trying to jump over and follow the deer. He was always the thinnest and most agile of our goats. He might make it with a good running start downhill.

    I reckon this deer might become a regular visitor, because of the water trough. Hunting season starts soon. Best not to get too attached to him, or make him too tame, I guess. The next door neighbor is nuts about hunting.
     
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    I didn’t know that llamas were such good jumpers until I got that particular one, either. She came through the local auction, and was from a herd of llamas that were being sold for some reason. She had never been handled like most llamas are, and she was more like a wild animal in many respects.
    She did tame down after I worked with her and she got used to seeing me , but she was never as friendly as Gilligan, who came from a farm where they interacted with their llamas from the time they were babies.

    When I lived in Idaho, we had a lot of deer that seemed to always be nearby on the property. There was not any creeks closeby where they could drink in the hot summer, so I always kept a large stock tank full of water and a mineral salt block where they deer could get to it.
     
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    @Yvonne Smith: They sell dewormer blocks, similar to salt blocks. I put one out just for the deer years ago thinking it might help with the deerworm problem here. It got all messy and sticky after a rain because it contained molasses, and neither the goats nor the deer seemed very interested. I might try that again. Goats can pick up deerworm from the deer.

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    There is a livestock auction just outside of town here every Wednesday afternoon. I went once a long time ago when we were first looking for goats. It can break your heart. Many of the animals have obviously been neglected or are sick. I'd probably come home with a truckload of sick goats if I ever went again. lol
     
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    It helps a lot if you can put the salt block under something to keep it dry and out of wet dirt. I used to put mine under a big old pine tree where it was always pretty dry, but easy for the horses, goats, llamas, and deer to get to.
    I don’t think that I ever tried the wormer blocks, but I did get some of the special ones that had molasses in them, and all of the animals would go through those blocks fairly fast, at least until they seemed to get enough of the minerals that were in the blocks.

    This is my granddaughter when she was young, taking a ride on Gilligan when she was visiting me.
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    That's a sweet picture. Thanks Yvonne. Gilligan has such a noble look about him, doesn't he? Your granddaughter is cute, and so are you.

    I actually built a little wooden thing with a roof over it for that block, to keep it out of the rain, but it didn't help much. Molasses seems to attract moisture out of thin air.:confused: The air in the South is pretty heavy. ;)
     
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    More critters from yesterday

    Female Yellow Garden Spider (Argiope aurantia) wrapping up a katydid. Does it look like Carmen Miranda?

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    Wasps congregating in the corner of the porch. First they were in one corner of the porch, and I sprayed them. An hour later they (different ones no doubt) were in the opposite corner. I've never seen this before. What were they up to? :confused:

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    And why is Georgia still only Number 3, after they trounced South Carolina last week? Imponderables.

    UGA VIII on the field in his air conditioned dog house, plus an ice bag.

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    The latest critters from the farm yesterday, under a gate latch. There were actually 3 of them hooked together. You can see the tail of the 3rd at the right. Fairly large bugs, maybe 2" long.

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    This one was hard to identify. I was sorry I didn't separate them to get a better picture, but then found this:

    "Assassin bug, or Wheel bug (Arilus cristatus). It gets its name from a structure on its thorax which resembles a gear or saw blade. The wheel bug is notorious for its painful bite, but it only bites by accident or if handled carelessly. The bite has been described variously as worse than stings from bees, wasps, or hornets. ... Female wheel bugs, when captured, extrude (with little provocation) a pair of bright, orange-red sacs."

    Better picture from the internet. Love the shape of the head. :p
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    Wow, Nancy, them some ugly critters.:D
     
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