Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Picture Perfect

The meteorologists keep calling for rain and we keep getting sun, which is almost unheard of on the west coast. After last October this feels like a real treat, so I took David's camera (Nikon D50, compared to my Canon PowerShot) to document the day.

The Ruddy Beast with some fall colours in the background. Most trees on the BC coast are coniferous, meaning that we get pockets of spectacular fall colour instead of vast expanses.

One such pocket is right outside our neighbor's front door. Poor old Don died in the spring, but his daughter is doing a great job keeping his property neat and tidy, just the way he liked it.

Closer inspection of Don's property revealed a mama deer and her youngster grazing on his lawn. They both spronged off once noticed. Most folks around here have multiple dogs, so it is rare (and lovely) to see deer in these parts.

Turning eastward I see a fat horse bum and some mountains. Sometimes I wonder if Tonka and Raven appreciate the view from our plateau.

Turning southward I see my shiny black beauty and her dull black shadow grazing under sunny skies. The cut on her leg is 90% healed now, so I will take her for a ride if this weather lasts through the weekend (they are calling for sun, so it probably won't).

Titan and his shadow are keeping watch over the horse paddock. These pictures were taken before noon, so that should provide some indication of how short our daylight hours are getting. Under the old regime we would have dropped out of Daylight Savings Time by now (meaning this picture would have been taken just before 1pm), but under the new rules we don't fall back until the beginning of November.

The three stooges on their almost-daily trek from the goat paddock to the horse paddock. Herding three bad pygmy goats is akin to herding cats, mostly because they like to snack en route.

I am very fond of this picture. It captures the essence of bad pygmy goats perfectly.


Brandy said...

LOL, oh, the naughtiness! That is cute!

I really like that red blooming bush in the second photo, quite bright!

I love seeing wildlife. Deer are such shy but amazing animals. We get deer here that are quite tall, but only have one or two prongs.

I do believe the horses notice and enjoy the weather, the changes in season, the peacefulness. If their vision is good enough, they may see the overall view, which is spectacular!

The D50 is a really good camera, as these shots show! I adore image stabilization, it has made quite a difference in my pix.

It sure is pretty up there! We're still in the 88-99 degree range here. Sigh. Rain or even snow would be nice, but unlikely here. I'll be vicarious and wistful.

Glad you're up and about, and everyone looking and feeling good!

Funder said...

Wow, you live in a STUNNINGLY lovely place! No wonder you hate going into the city so much.

I am loving these extra three weeks or so of daylight savings time. I have mild seasonal disorder and I get very angry when the time changes and I "lose" my sunny evenings.

allhorsestuff said...

Ha Funder...I am reading your comment about being angry with the light loss...angry..not me, I am sitting here with my Apollo Light, doing therapy for my circadian,reading andveiwing the woderful pics while ensuring my sleep cycle. YEA!

Thanks for the awesome pics of where you live..yea, I'ma city mouse...can't wait to live in the country someday, like I grewup! You are blessed forsure!

dp said...

Brandy: I can't believe it's still so hot down there (one of the many many reasons I could never live in LA). My sister reports that it was snowing in Toronto today. You must be looking forward to some cooler weather.

Funder: Didn't know you guys did DST way down south (kidding, kidding). The darkness used to get to me in the city when I was taking the dogs to the park in the darkness before and after work. My office on campus has no windows, so I began to feel that I never saw the light of day. Now that I am home 2 or 3 days a week I don't mind at all because I can be outside during daylight hours.

AHS: I first came to BC when I was 15 and decided within hours that I would go to university here (which I did at 19 and never went back east). I never get sick of seeing the hills and the trees.

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Those first two photos are really stunning. The shape of the hilltop is nothing like I've ever seen before. The roof of the chalet mimics the treetops. It's very beautiful where you are.

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dp said...

NM: Yes, it really is. That is a foothill of the much larger Mount Deroche behind our house, though David and I call it Mount Doom. Deroche is on the north side of the Fraser River Valley, which is characterized by a wide, flat river bed with hills rising sharply on both sides. We live near to where the valley mouth narrows, and I think it is one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Here's the map, if you're interested in the topography.

Black Jack's Carol said...

Interesting that the last pic really didn't show well on the school PC. On the Imac, I understand the feel of "bad", not only from the teeth on the camera strap, but those eyes:) I have questions: Is it a characteristic of pygmy goats to be mischievous? And: Do the goats make the trek to the horse paddock because you want them to have the stimulation of being with the horses? Do you bring a switch, or do you accept that it will be a meandering trek? (If this is answered somewhere on your blog, ignore the question. One day, I'll make time to go back and read from the beginning.)

I feel certain the horses respond to the beauty around them. I guess that is appreciation, don't you think?

These photos make it easy to understand why you are so happy where you are. It must be a heady wake-up, especially on those sunny mornings. I'd think you have to pinch yourself to be sure you aren't dreaming.

dp said...

BJC: The word 'capricious' technically means 'goat-like' and comes from the word 'caprine' (I am a Capricorn myself). So yes, I think all goats are troublesome to some degree. Pygmy goats tend to have more attitude than bigger goats (like ponies and horses?) and bottle-fed babies are renowned for being a pain in the ass. I guess we got the double-whammy of the goat world.

The horse paddock is about 1/3 of an acre and the goat paddock is only about 1/10 of an acre. We turn them out with the horse for variety and exercise. They love to race up and down the length of the paddock. When I finally manage to get this on video I will make a post entitled The Pygmy 500.

No switch! We're both pretty good at directing them now, but you cannot do it if you're in a hurry -- Murphy's law will strike. If we need them to move fast we take them on leashes. Tilley and Willow is also handy if you're in a real pinch. Neither has formal training, but they will block goat escapes quite instinctively.

I do think the horses appreciate the stimulation of their setting here. Some morning they trot out as if they were put here to complement the scenery. There are three horses down the road from us on a flat dirt paddock beside the highway, and I feel sorry for them.

And, yes. Sometimes we just look at each other and say "we really live here?"

Anonymous said...

How in the world could I not comment?
I too have pygmy goats... what fantastic, naughty little creatures they are. :)