Taking a Walk in the Country #2

Let's Take Another Walk in the Country

Walking up my driveway in the country.
Walking up my driveway in the country. | Source

Thank you for joining me in the second article I have written on going for a walk in the country. I love walking around in the country and being out in nature. I always take my camera with me, as I never know what I might see. I hope to share some of nature’s beauty and tranquility with you by taking you with me during another one of my walks. So, put your “walking shoes” on and let’s go for another walk in the country!


Country Meadow

This beautiful country meadow is where I see deer almost every day.
This beautiful country meadow is where I see deer almost every day. | Source

It’s late summer now and the mornings are pretty warm. We are getting a little bit of a late start this morning, as the sun has already risen above the trees. As we step out the door, the sun is warm on our faces but we can feel a light breeze in the air. You can hear the cheerful songs of all the birds as they are flying above us looking for their breakfast meal. The trees are still green, but the grass in the field is looking a little brown, as we haven’t had much rain this summer. I have seen some white tail deer in the woods just south of our house lately, so let’s walk toward the woods and see what we might find.

White Tailed Deer

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The tall grass and trees are a good hiding spot for this sweet little fawn.She spotted us, she is going to run...Notice the underside of her tail is white, giving a warning to other deer that danger is near.I knew mama would't be far beind.
The tall grass and trees are a good hiding spot for this sweet little fawn.
The tall grass and trees are a good hiding spot for this sweet little fawn. | Source
She spotted us, she is going to run...
She spotted us, she is going to run... | Source
Notice the underside of her tail is white, giving a warning to other deer that danger is near.
Notice the underside of her tail is white, giving a warning to other deer that danger is near. | Source
I knew mama would't be far beind.
I knew mama would't be far beind. | Source

At the Tree Line

We did have a light rain last night and the grass is still a little damp, so if we walk carefully we won’t make much noise. Look! Over there, by the edge of the tree line, there is a little white tail fawn lying down in the tall grass. Do you see her? She sees us, so be very still. Isn’t she just precious? See how well her colors blend in with her surroundings.

She is standing up now, as she is not comfortable with us being this close. There she goes! She is running off now. The fawn still has some of her spots, but they are beginning to fade, so she is at least several months old. Fawns will usually stay with their mother for at least their first year.

Listen, did you hear that snorting sound? That’s mama, I knew she wouldn’t be very far away. That snorting sound we just heard, is her telling the fawn that there is danger near by and for her to run away. Mama is running right behind her now. They get the name "White Tail" as when they feel threatened, they raise their tail and the underside of their tail is white. This acts as a warning to the other deer that there is danger nearby. It also helps the fawn to follow the doe. They are heading off into the trees just beyond the meadow where they will feel safe. They will hide in the trees until we are no longer in site.

Wild Turkey

Here is mama turkey and her little ones.  They have been down to the pond to get a drink.
Here is mama turkey and her little ones. They have been down to the pond to get a drink. | Source

The Front Pond

Let’s walk down towards the front pond now. I have heard some turkey behind the pond dam in the last few days. Maybe we can catch a glimpse of them! I love hearing the turkey gobble. Not very many people actually get to hear them in the wild. It has been really hot this summer and we are still in drought conditions, as you can see by looking at the overflow pipe, the pond is several feet down right now. There they are! Do you see the turkey? There is the hen with 5 little ones. Did you know that baby turkeys are actually called “poults”. When they are very young, they look very similar to baby chickens, but their necks are somewhat longer. These are a little older and already have their grayish color and oblong shaped bodies. It looks like they have already been down to the pond to get a drink and are now heading back behind the pond dam. Their nest must be back there somewhere. If we stand very still, we won't scare them and we can watch for a few minutes as they run around on the pond dam, chasing grasshoppers. Sometimes, they can be very comical! Let’s walk the opposite direction now and let them be on their way.

Mississppi Kite

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Mississippi Kite perched high atop an old dead tree.Mississipi Kite is classified as a bird of prey, however they eat mostly insects.Mississippi Kite is a beautiful bird with a charcoal gray body and a lighter gray head.
Mississippi Kite perched high atop an old dead tree.
Mississippi Kite perched high atop an old dead tree. | Source
Mississipi Kite is classified as a bird of prey, however they eat mostly insects.
Mississipi Kite is classified as a bird of prey, however they eat mostly insects. | Source
Mississippi Kite is a beautiful bird with a charcoal gray body and a lighter gray head.
Mississippi Kite is a beautiful bird with a charcoal gray body and a lighter gray head. | Source

Look up in the Tree

Now we are walking up towards the driveway. It will take us across the pond and up to the front of the property. As you can see, some of our trees have died this summer. I don’t know if it us due to the drought last year or the drought we are having again this year. I have seen dead trees all around this area this summer. Look in the top of that dead tree just ahead of us! There is a Mississippi Kite perched on the tallest branch. The Mississippi Kite is actually a member of the hawk family. They are considered to be a bird of prey, but most of their prey, are insects. They catch and eat insects while in flight. However, they will eat the occasional small snake or frog. They spend their summers in the southern part of the United States and will travel as far south as northern Argentina in the winter. We are seeing more of them in this area lately. I love to sit outside on the porch in the evenings and listen to them call to each other.

Our Protector

Sadie, my yellow lab, is waiting on us.
Sadie, my yellow lab, is waiting on us. | Source

Let's Walk up the Drive

Now we are going to walk up the driveway. Our driveway was one of the first things I fell in love with when we looked at this property. The drive down the winding road, through all the trees, almost seems like you are in another world. Hah! Look down the drive, there is Sadie, our yellow Labrador retriever, waiting for us! She loves to go on my walks with me and always prefers to be in the lead. I truly believe she stays in front of me for my protection. Although she seems to think that she has to protect me from the deer and she will usually chase them off, before I get to see them. However, she has warned me of a rattlesnake that was in my path before, so I don’t mind her taking the lead. She knows not to get too close to snakes and will start barking and jumping around to let me know to stay away. This morning, I think she is telling us that the coast is clear.

Wildflowers

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Bitterweed and ButterflyFalse GarlicBrowneyed SusanIndian PaintbrushPurple ThistleIndian Blanket
Bitterweed and Butterfly
Bitterweed and Butterfly | Source
False Garlic
False Garlic | Source
Browneyed Susan
Browneyed Susan | Source
Indian Paintbrush
Indian Paintbrush | Source
Purple Thistle
Purple Thistle | Source
Indian Blanket
Indian Blanket | Source

Crossing the Meadow

Now we have reached the meadow at the front of the property. Look at all the colorful wildflowers! We recently had a little rain so all the wild flowers are blooming again. Butterflies love all these wildflowers and well…. I just can’t resist taking pictures of them too! My husband laughs at me sometimes as I probably look at little crazy to people passing by as I am walking around in circles with my camera! I think most people who live in the country appreciate nature as much as I do and if they don’t, then I will be happy to be known as the crazy lady with the camera.

Terrapin

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Terrapin in our path,.
Terrapin in our path,.
Terrapin in our path,. | Source
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Watch Where You Step!

Now we are going to circle around and walk down the other side of the pond, back towards the house. You might want to watch where you step up here. It’s a little rocky and the rattle-snakes do tend to seek shade around some of the rocks. Talk about watching where you step, be careful not to step on the little terrapin in our path. His colors really blend in with the grass and the ground. Terrapins are one type of Chelonians, which are part of the reptile family. This group also includes turtles and tortoises. Chelonians have four legs and a tough shell made of two parts, which join at the sides. They also have strong, horny mouths and no teeth. Most types of terrapins live in fresh water, along rivers or in ponds and lakes. This little guy is probably headed down to the pond we just crossed. I want to say this is a “red eared” terrapin, but I am honestly not sure.

At the Pond

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Blue Heron perched on dead tree branch.Sadie, Going for a SwimReflections in the pond.
Blue Heron perched on dead tree branch.
Blue Heron perched on dead tree branch. | Source
Sadie, Going for a Swim
Sadie, Going for a Swim | Source
Reflections in the pond.
Reflections in the pond. | Source

Back at the Pond

Now we are on the opposite side of the front pond. Look up into the tops of the trees there at the edge of the pond. There is a blue heron. He is a wading bird and their main diet is fish. He is looking for his breakfast of frogs or small fish. We have catfish and bass in this pond and I love to fishing in the evenings. Our grandkids love it when “Papa Johnny” takes them fishing! Nana, has to keep up with whose fish is whose when I cook them, so they are sure they are eating the same fish that they caught. It looks like Sadie decided to take a little swim! You know it has been hard work, protecting us from all those killer deer and terrapin!

Eastern Fox-Tail Squirrel

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Eastern Fox-tail squirrel eating sunflowers seeds that have fallen from the bird feeder above.
Eastern Fox-tail squirrel eating sunflowers seeds that have fallen from the bird feeder above.
Eastern Fox-tail squirrel eating sunflowers seeds that have fallen from the bird feeder above. | Source
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Under the Bird Feeder

We are back near the house now. I have a bird feeder hanging in one of the trees near the house. The squirrels like to run around under the bird feeder to find the sunflower seeds that the birds drop. These are Eastern Fox-tail squirrels. They get their name from their long, reddish, fox-like tails, which they flick when they are excited. Fox tail squirrels prefer a more open habitat than some squirrels. They spend much of their time foraging and running about on the ground. They feed on acorns, and at my house, sunflower seeds. I had trouble keeping them off of my bird feeder until my husband came up with a way to "squirrel proof" it. They will also get into my vegetable garden and eat many of the vegetables. I'm glad I plant enough to share!

Well, that is going to wrap up our walk for today. It’s starting to get a little hot now and I need to go start breakfast. I hope you have enjoyed our walk as much as I have. Mother Nature has given us so many things to enjoy and I enjoy sharing it with you! Have a wonderful day and join me again when we will go for a walk in the country this fall!

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sgbrown 21 months ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you so much, RTalloni! I never experienced these things as a child. When we moved to Oklahoma, I was 17 and was amazed at all wildlife and nature here. When hubby and I bought this place in the country, I have learned to appreciate nature even more. There are many people who will never see or hear what I get to experience here every day, so I love to share things in nature whenever I get the chance.


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RTalloni 21 months ago from the short journey

Living in the countryside has blessings that others can't understand. They can enjoy visits, and certainly enjoy reading and seeing photos like the ones you share, but to experience living next to nature, to consistently see the natural interactions of creation, to learn the sounds and habits of specific creatures because they are a part of your everyday life, to get to know something of how intricately they and their environments are designed is an amazing gift. Thanks for sharing a bit of your blessings.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Patricia! I love to walk, especially in the early mornings. Around my place, you just never know what you might see! I'm glad you enjoyed our walk together today! Thank you for your kind words and as always, for the angels! Have a beautiful day! :)


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

O, Sheila

there is nothing like a lovely walk ...taking time to smell the roses...you know...This was a calming relaxing walk this evening. I did not get out for my walk today so this was almost as good.

The lovely pictures with your descriptions made it a walk to remember.

Thank you for sharing.

Angels are on the way ps


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Pat! I'm glad to hear you are able to walk in the country too. It is always beautiful and interesting. I will be walking more when the weather improves here. (Hopefully soon!) Do be careful walking by yourself. You will have to write some hubs on your walks, I would love to see what you find! Thank you for your kind comments and angels! :)


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Thanks for letting me come along on your walk with you. I live in a very rural area so my walks are pretty much country every day. I used to walk 4 miles a day and got out of the habit but have just begun to walk again in the last two weeks.

It is so relaxing and so full of the unexpected. I have begun walking a State trail here in Fl that is about 17 miles long. My goal is to walk the whole trail. I know the deeper into the wooded area I get the more lovely jewels of nature I will find.

Your pictures added so much to this hub, Thank you so much for sharing this...Sending you Angels :) ps


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Jan! I bet it is cold up there! I am a warm weather person and just couldn't live up north. I'm glad you enjoyed my hub. Thank you for your kind words. Have a wonderful day! :)


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JanMaklak 3 years ago from Canada

Beautiful work. Just what I needed on a cold winter day.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Well frogfish, I am always happy to meet another "Okie" here! Our place is 40 acres just north of Ardmore about 5 miles. Let me know if you are coming down this way and maybe we can meet for some coffee! Thank you for your kind comments on my photography, but your pictures are just beautiful! Have a wonderful day and I wish you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! :)


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frogyfish 3 years ago from Central United States of America

sgbrown, I'm in far north OKC, kinda on the edge. I figured you were in the Ardmore area because of your Lake Murray and other mentions. It is beautiful country...them thar Oklahoma hills and such. :-) And you photograph it all so beautifully!


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello frogyfish! I am so glad you enjoyed our walk together! I loved writing this hub. I wish you were my neighbor too! Where are you in Oklahoma? I'm just north of Ardmore. Thank you for your wonderful comment! :)


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frogyfish 3 years ago from Central United States of America

Thank you so much for taking me on this lovely nature walk. Loved the flowers fields and trees, and Sadie is surely special! Wish I was your neighbor! :-)

Was going to go back to your Cheeseburger Pie recipe, but now am going to take another walk with you in your beautiful country!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello OnePerspective! I'm so glad you enjoyed our walk in the country! I love to walk and we have a very pretty place here to do just that. I take my camera with me and I enjoy taking pictures and writing about the things I see. Thank you so much for the wonderful vote and comment! Have a wonderful day! :)


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OnePerspective 4 years ago from Idaho

Wonderful walk in the country The Hub and photos are GREAT.. feels like being there. Up and Up


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Rajan! I'm glad you enjoyed our walk in the country and thank you for your kind words. I love being out in nature and I wish that more people would appreciate it as you obviously do. Thank you for stopping in and leaving such a kind comment. Have a wonderful day! :)


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

I loved this walk in the country. It is so refreshing and the pictures are so beautiful. Nature can only be experienced when we stay close to it.

Voted up & beautiful


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi moonlake! Thank you for your kind words. From reading some of your hubs and profile, I think you also live in a very beautiful place. We are very lucky! Thank your for your wonderful comment and vote, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Peggy! I'm glad you enjoyed our walk! It is sad that we are losing so many trees due to the drought. Thank you for your compliments and of course for stopping in, commenting, voting and sharing! Whew! You know I always appreciate all of your support! Have a wonderful day! :)


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Great photos loved the walk. Looks like you live in a beautiful place. Voted uP!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

I absolutely loved tagging along on your walk in the country. Your surroundings are so beautiful. Sad about the dead trees. Many of the trees in Texas are also dead or dying due to last years drought. It made for a spectacular photo however with the reflections in the pond. Enjoyed all of your gorgeous photos! Many up votes and sharing.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello grandmapearl! I'm so glad you enjoyed our walk this morning! I talk to the deer too! So you are not the only crazy person around! LOL Thank you for stopping in and walking with me! I appreciate your lovely comment, vote and pin! Have a wonderful day! :)


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grandmapearl 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

I loved walking with you this morning! We have the white tail deer as well. They are just so beautiful. If I happen to come upon one when I'm walking in the woods, I just talk to it softly and tell it how beautiful it is. If anyone overheard me, I'm sure they'd think I was crazy! Loved the beautiful wildflowers and the checkerspot butterfly. Thanks for taking me along, I really enjoyed it! Voted Up across the board and pinned


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello bravewarrior! Thank you for your kind words! I am glad you enjoyed our walk today. I enjoyed sharing it with you! I hope you enjoy the breakfast burrito! :) You are so kind, your words have left a huge smile on my face! Thank you very much and I hope you have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Lesley! I am so glad you enjoyed our walk. I do have a wonderful place here in the country and I really enjoy sharing it when I can. Thank you for walking with me today! Have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Carol! I'm so glad you enjoyed our walk this morning! I'm glad you could join me. I love your comment! Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello ChitrangadaSharan! I am so glad you enjoyed our walk! Thank you for your kind words and commenting! Have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Christin! I'm so glad you enjoyed our walk. I am fortunate to live where I do and I enjoy sharing it's nature and beauty. Thank you for your wonderful comment! :)


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida

Oh, I have been so missing my walks with you, Sheila! You have such a way with words that I can smell the air and hear the breeze!

I have also printed your breakfast recipe. Thank yo so much for what you bring this community. I, for one, am very grateful!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Sheila, I don't know which part of this walk I enjoyed the most, it was all fabulous!

How I envy your fabulous drive and Sadie stood there waiting for you!

Thank you for sharing your wonderful walk and photos, I loved it!


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I enjoyed my walk this morning with all the lovely scenery. Since it is dark and I must stay inside. You created a lovely vision to enjoy. I think I will go through it again and pretend I got my exercise for the day. I am voting Up and sharing of course.


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ChitrangadaSharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

I was almost walking along with you--and what beautiful surroundings. Great hub and nice photographs. Thanks for sharing.


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christin53 4 years ago from UK

I really enjoyed following you on your walk you live in a beautiful place with lots of lovely wildlife.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Faith Reaper! I'm glad you enjoyed my hub. I love being out in nature and sharing the beauty of what I see. I'm glad you live in a place filled with nature, I know you appreciate it! Thank you for your kind words and votes!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Jackie! Thank you for your kind words. I love taking my walks and enjoy writing about them. I'm glad you enjoyed my hub and I hope you enjoy the first one too! Thank you for all your support! Have a wonderful day! :)


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Thank you for taking us along on your walk in the country. It was so very lovely indeed. Your photos are beautiful and sweet. So peaceful. This reminds me where I now live. Just lovely. I missed the first one too. Voted Way Up

God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

What a beautiful walk, thank you for sharing! I will have to go back and catch the first one. Up and sharing.

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