Tuesday, February 12, 2008
White, Black and Gray
We're in the midst of some very cold weather with more snow predicted for this evening and tomorrow. Sunday it was just other worldly on our hill. We had a fresh couple of inches of snow and in the morning, it was so foggy and eerie, you could barely see the trees across the field. It was like something out of the movies.
Our poor Border Collies Phoebe and Ness are getting tired of not doing any official work. We can't take them to the sheep because it would be mass chaos - mama ewes stamping their feet, baby lambs trying to run and escape these creatures they have never seen before.
The dogs take their herding heritage seriously. The only thing they have had to herd since December are the chickens and guinea hens. There is a path deep in the snow where they circle around the pen when it is feeding time.
A couple days ago, three of the guinea fowl escaped. I have been trying in earnest to recapture them but they just don't want to be enclosed any more. They are definitely ready for spring. They have been sleeping high up in a maple tree. I leave the pen open all afternoon hoping they will return to their roost. Last night I thought I had success. But no, this morning, they're still out. At least it gives Phoebe and Ness something to think about and look after. They can't catch them but now they are busy.
They have given me a chance to capture some nice photos of them against the gray and clouded skies and with our snow covered hill behind. I truly love these noisy, wild and wacky looking birds.