Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Setback

So remember a couple of posts ago when I mentioned we heard a loud noise in the middle of the night? Yeah, it wasn't ice sliding off the roof...

Nope. It was the roof of our grow-out pen collapsing.

Luckily, there are no rabbits in it currently. Although we will be weaning 10 babies soon, and they will need a place to go.

Granted, the makeshift roof wasn't exactly of the sturdiest construction...

... but then, we weren't thinking it would need to stand up to an ice storm, either.

Oh well. It really won't be that expensive or time consuming to fix. Just need to buy another tarp and some more deer netting. I just hope we can get around to that before the kits turn 8 weeks old.

The snow is long gone now (some ice remains), but a couple of days ago it was still quite lovely...

One of my favorite things about snow is following animal tracks.

Opossum. They get confused with raccoons frequently, but the big difference is in the hind feet. A raccoon has an elongated hind foot, while a possum's is shaped a lot like an ape's.

A beaver interlaced with a small whitetail.

Whitetail and bobcat.

Sometimes I think it would be cool to live somewhere there is heavy snow all winter long, like Maine or Alaska.

But then I remember that that involves freaking cold temperatures and long, dark winters and decide that I'm pretty happy in Tennessee.

In milder years, the first wildflowers have made their appearance by now.

No doubt the cold temperatures will postpone the bloom by a couple of weeks. Maybe this means there will be more variety for the park's annual Celebration of Spring. Most years, an early warm-up means most of the early spring wildflowers have already bloomed.

On that subject, and since I'm tired of snow and ice and bleak winter days, here are some wildflower pictures from years past to help whet our already voracious appetites for spring....

Blue Phlox (Phlox divaricata)

Dutchman's Breeches (Dicenta cucullaria)

Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica)

Yellow Wood Poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum)

Dwarf Purple Larkspur (Delphinium tricorne)

Prairie Trillium (Trillium recurvatum)

Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides)

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

Hmmm.... this gives me an idea for future posts. Stay tuned. :)


  1. Oh no! I'm sorry the roof fell in, but at least it was free of critters and can be re-done. I love animal tracks, too! When we were in Colorado last time, it kept snowing and in the morning we would see animal tracks and paths where multiple animals went (usually looked like a bunch of deer followed by something big.. maybe mountain lion?). I almost bought a book when we got back about identifying them, but I didn't want to until I knew what part of the country we'd be in. Thanks for all the beautiful wildflower pictures- I needed a breath of Spring after this blah winter we've had down South.

  2. Ahh! Well at least you'd already processed your growers! I love to follow animal tracks as well. We used to do that when we lived in Montana and that was my favorite thing to do when I was a kid in IL, wandering around our 40 acres. The wildflowers are beautiful!

    1. Awesome! There are lots of big critters in Montana to make tracks!