Monday, March 14, 2011

Spring means babies!

Ah spring...freezing rain, mud and yuck, and lots of newborn babies! Yay!  This is Bandit, a mixed breed bull calf born about a week ago. His mother, No Face, is a little shy on milk, so we are supplementing what milk she is giving with a little extra.

This is what happens when Bandit sucks on your fingers after he's done drinking his extra. Yuk!

This is Stomp and her babies born yesterday. She is a half saanen, half oberhasli, out of excellent milking line. Her oh-so cute useless little boys are out of a pure saanen father. They should make excellent herd sires for someones milk line, as they should throw heavy milking daughters. They are about one hour old in this picture.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Hoar Frost Means Spring is Coming!

Hoar Frost? What in the world is that?
Hoar frost (also called radiation frost or hoarfrost or pruina) refers to the white ice crystals, loosely deposited on the ground or exposed objects, that form on cold clear nights when heat losses into the open skies cause objects to become colder than the surrounding air.

There, a definition copied straight from wikipedia. Hoar frost happens around here when we are coming into pre-spring thaw. We get up in the morning, and it is especially warm for as frozen as everything is. Usually accompanied by interesting fog formations. Following are pictures taken just a few mornings ago of hoar frost and the fog.

                                                       These two are just prior to sunrise.

                                                 The next two are just as the sun is peeking.

                                                                    WHAM! THE SUN.

                                                                         Hoar Frost