11 Photos - Feb 1, 2012
Photo: The Deft EftPhoto: We were wandering the country roads this past weekend and came across this lone horse on some fenced in property and he was more than happy to have his picture taken..... for the fee of a few sneezes at my lens. He came over to the fence so quickly I really didn't get a chance at a scenic shot with him in it. He was so friendly, I felt bad about not getting a good shot of him, but when I got back in the car, he was right where he needed to be for this portrait for #equinetuesday hosted by +Jillian Chilson : )Photo: I Saw You All Along

My contribution to #wildlifewednesday by +Mike Spinak 
#allthingsgreen by +Cicely Robin Laing 
#natureartthursday by +Trisha StandardPhoto: Good tidings and a good day to everyone!

This little addition to the Nettle Meadow Farm in Warrensburg, New York came in the height of autumn and had the farm on high alert during the birth. We arrived at the farm's porch to see no one come out and help us with our goat cheese purchase....but soon after a truck arrived and the farm owner had this newborn bundled up and told us the story of it's arrival. The mother goat had suffered greatly due to a complex delivery, and they were delighted for the healthy baby goat, but greatly concerned for the mother. We wished them all well and were on our way, but not before picking up some organic cheese to take home and share.
If organic goat, sheep, cow cheese is what you love, be sure and check out their site. Their product is carried at many places....several fine restaurants in New York City are their regular customers. They are terrific people and their farm is a joy to visit, not to mention the cheese is top notch!
http://www.nettlemeadow.com/find.html

For #goatwednesday by +Paul Songy 
#breakfastclub by +Gemma Costa 
#breakfastartclub by +Charles Lupica 
#paintography by +Ray Bilcliff +Gail Beerman +Sherry McBriar 
#wildlifewednesday by +Mike Spinak 
#adirondacks +Visit Adirondacks +AdirondacksPhoto: Tomorrow is Green Thumb Thursday!
So be sure to get your shots of your growing and tending efforts ready!
Bring us your critters, blooms, tools and stories of why you do it!

#greenthumbthursday +Green Thumb Thursday hosted by
+Ann B. +Erin Henderson +Nina Piccoli and myself :)

Please share this post and help spread the word...thanks!Photo: For #macromonday  by +Jennifer Eden +Kerry Murphy and
+Kelli Seeger Kim 
#spidersunday  by +Chris Mallory +Kimberly Hosey and
+Kjetil Greger Pedersen Photo: Eastern Box Turtle


My contribution to #turtletuesday curated by +LeLinda Bourgeois and +Candice HansenPhoto: In motion abstract capture of a seagull.

Contribution to #flybyfriday curated by +Meg RousherPhoto: All your ducks in a row.
Photo taken at a small pond in Holland Township, NJ

Entry for #whattheduckmonday curated by +Phil Armishaw 

and a Monday morning greeting to everyone at the #breakfastclub curated by +Stuart Williams and the #breakfastartclub curated by +Charles LupicaPhoto: I found this old macro of a Ladybug and wondered why it had no spots...and I don't think that's a spot on it's lower side but more of a reflection of the residue on the leaf.

So I thought I'd share this for #naturefacts hosted by +Michiel Valk :

"Different ladybugs have different numbers of spots. Some have no spots while some have as many as twenty four. Ladybugs generally complete their life cycle within one year. The spots are with them all their life. They don't get more spots as they get older, nor do they lose spots." quoted from:
http://www.ladybuglady.com/LadybugsFAQ.htm


Even More Fun Facts:

"Because Ladybugs eat lots of aphids and other pest insects, many gardeners and farmers use them for pest control instead of chemicals.
A Ladybug can lay up to 1000 eggs in its lifetime.
Not all Ladybugs have spots.
Ladybugs will clean themselves after a meal.
Ladybugs come in many colors like pink, yellow, white, orange and black.
Over 300 types of Ladybugs live in North America.
Ladybugs make a chemical that smells and tastes bad so predators won’t eat them.
Ladybugs hibernate in large groups in cold weather.
Many countries consider a ladybug to be a sign of good luck.
Ladybugs are actually beetles, so sometimes are called LadyBeetles.
The bright colors of Ladybugs warn birds that they don’t taste good.
The spots on a Ladybug fade as they get older."Photo: The Orb Weaver