When we were out doing chores this morning, it was cold and really beginning to come down. I snapped some pictures to share this lovely day on the ranch.
|Buddy rolling around in the snow|
This is one of the tomato cages being used
to protect a Goldenraintree sapling in front of
the Dot House.
When one renews your membership to Arbor Day Foundation, you are usually offered a number of free tree saplings. We welcome them so that we can plant them here with an eye to the future. Most of them will not be trees of substance while we live here but they will be in the future. We are planting them to replace all the 'weed' trees that form the largest composition of deciduous trees on the ranch. Someday this will be a glorious tree garden with a wonderful healthy variety. You know, you can get trees from the Arbor Day Foundation to plant anywhere in the USA. Check it out.
I participate in Re-tree Nebraska which is a program designed to encourage the citizens to plant a million trees in Nebraska in 10 years. The windbreaks that were planted around the farm places in the early days were mostly one or two varieties at most so if that variety gets diseased the entire windbreak dies. Since that has been happening along with new diseases spreading cross country that are also affecting the city treescape, the Re-Tree Nebraska program was started to help replace those trees but with many different varieties that are suitable in this climate so our tree population in the future will be protected. I am personally so excited about this program that we decided to participate by restocking the trees on the ranch and making sure they have an excellent chance for survival.
And, finally, the wild birds are feasting here today. All the feeders are full and the water is warmed and ice free so it's a great place to come if you are a bird. As you will see in the following pictures, Buddy doesn't bother the birds but sits on the back deck and watches them. They seem to have found a peace between them so he watches and they continue to do their thing.
|Buddy watching the birds|
|Cardinal waiting for feeder|
Robins at water; Juncos on ground...see the snow
piling up on feeders and deck railing...
|White breasted nuthatch eating the suet|