The change of seasons and the unique qualities of each are something that I really enjoy. Even though I sometimes yearn for an endless summer with long warm days and a more relaxed schedule, the same weather and scenery year round are not for me. Here in Kentucky, we generally have beautiful Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons. Come visit our fantastic state and see for yourself! http://kentuckytourism.com Our weakest link is Winter. Winters are often cold and gray with not much snow or sun. Occasionally, we will get a measurable snowfall. When this happens, it is an event to savor!
In my last post, I shared a few wild flower photos with you. The natural wonders at the farm are treasures to behold. I love walking around our property at different times discovering God’s creations! Because I desire to know the names of the wild plant and animal life around, I have acquired some books to identify the birds, butterflies, insects and flowers. Some of the flowers are the type of thing that we might actually consider a weed in our home landscaping and try to kill it off. On the farm, these hardy plants are much too resilient to irradicate, so we find a way to appreciate and enjoy their untamed beauty instead. My junior high science teacher, Mrs. Kruse (please excuse the potential misspelling – 7th and 8th grades were a long time ago!) used to say “a weed is just a misplaced flower.” After all of these years, I finally understand what she meant!
Each season on the farm holds a different and wonderful surprise. My favorite part about Winter has to be the time right after the snow has stopped falling. While the flakes coming down are lovely, it is so much fun to explore the property with freshly fallen snow. Since we have quite a few acres, there are no human footprints anywhere, except for our own.
We love finding and following the tracks of the animals who have explored the virgin terrain before us. Among them, we have found deer, coyote, and turkey tracks. The snow covering the trees, bushes, and ground make the entire place feel magical!
Spring brings dramatic changes to our rolling hills. As the days begin to grow longer, there is more opportunity to explore. Early morning frost is often followed by groups of does and fawns grazing in the open grassy areas and on some of the shrubs Stuart would just as soon they leave alone! Its amazing how camouflaged the deer are. They can be not far into the trees and are practically invisible without careful observation! During this time the earliest flowers also make their glorious appearance. Insects begin to appear in late Spring and multiply into the Summer. Many of them are fascinating and colorful!
As you can imagine, Summer is lots of fun at the cabin. The warm weather and long amounts of daylight hours are the perfect conditions for meandering the property, finding and picking wildflowers, splashing in the pond, quietly watching the animals at twilight and stargazing on a clear evening. In the Summer, everything is very green, including the pond algae!
Flowers continue to bloom throughout this season giving us a bounty for wildflower centerpieces.
The colors of the Fall foliage are the subject of poems, songs and paintings. But at our farm, my two favorite features during this season are not the multicolored hues of the many varieties of Maple trees as you might suspect. Although the rising and setting sun can be picturesque wherever you are, they seem even more heavenly somehow out in the country. My favorite flower in this season as the days shorten and the temperature cools, isn’t a flower at all. Frost flowers were something I had never seen or heard of until we got our place in the country. They are some of the most incredible things I have ever seen and only form when the conditions are right. They “bloom” on very cold mornings from the base of tall thin plants. The moisture, at the bottom of the plants, pushes outward and freezes as it is moving to form amazing ribbon-like patterns that are extremely fragile and beautiful. Late last Fall, my friend Sally used them to make some fantastic outdoor arrangements. Much more to come, stay tuned!