I tried my best to come up with green for this week’s Nurture Photo Challenge. Mother Nature has not been cooperative. Cold, gray, cloudy, wind and sometimes snow fall is what greets me when I step outside. I am still wearing long-johns and all my layers of winter chore clothes. I did find a little green here and there.
1. Even under the snow I can see the grass attempting to green up. It’s easy to see green in the yard, but one must look close to see it out on the prairie.
2. The grass hay we feed to the cows has plenty of green in it. The calves like to lay on it while their Mamma’s eat.
3. Yucca Plants or Soap Weeds remain green all year round. I find them inspirational as they stand proud next to the blue sky and remain true to themselves in the cold snow.
4. The Prickly Pear Cactus are green too. It’s kind of hard to miss them hanging of a calf’s lip. The cactus does not hurt the calf and they fall off in a short time.
I keep talking about our “sprinter” weather as it consumes our life. Taking care of livestock on warm sunny days is much different than the extra care they require on cold, windy, snowy days. Tuesday night we got more snow. It was an all nighter checking cows and caring for new babies. Wednesday we had a break from the snow, but the cold kept The Rancher up during the night again. The good thing is we are getting moisture and the white stuff won’t last long. A little bit of sunshine between storms perks up cattle and human attitudes.