In The Back Pasture

Snake skin under the clover

I was in the back pasture bringing the sheep to graze when I bent down to pick a purple clover flower  for Jon’s bouquet and saw the snake skin on the ground.

It’s wasn’t too thick or too long, the shedded skin of a small snake.

Turtle in the ferns

And not too far from it, just down the hill closer to the marsh, a turtle that I first mistook for a rock, in the ferns.

The yarrow is blooming along with purple and white clover.  Bedstraw is growing among the Blue Flag Iris which are fading.  There are only a few daisies, and five different kinds of yellow flowers whose names I don’t know. And I couldn’t even begin to guess all the different types of grasses growing.  The beebalm and wild oregano are getting ready to bloom.   And that’s a Rosa Multiflora  blooming white behind the sheep.

6 thoughts on “In The Back Pasture

  1. Ah Rosa Multiflora, an “invasive plant”. Have one out back, a curtain of white flowers that smell divine that I am not touching.
    Pulled out a wildflower ID book yesterday for names I don’t remember and names I don’t know. Glad to see Rock Turtle and shed snakeskin, maybe time for me to shed too. Thank you Maria.

    1. It is really invasive here on the farm Sharon. I let it grow along the fence lines, it is nature’s fence. But I wants to grow everyplace else too. That one bush in the pasture I enjoy as do the birds when the berries come. Now I’m wondering how often a snake sheds her skin. Maybe we need to do it more often too.

  2. Last week on my morning walk a huge flock of Canada geese few overhead flying north. I couldn’t help thinking of the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland: “I’m late, I’m late. for a very important date. No time to say ‘Hello, Goodbye!’ I’m late! I’m late! I’m late!” They’re way late, and yet the wildflowers that normally don’t bloom until late summer are already flowering. And a neighbor just sent out a message: “Anyone missing peacocks? Just drove past some walking down the road…” So things are a little topsy turvy out here.

  3. I love your hidden turtle and frog pictures! And I’m seeing similarity in the snake skin and that of beehive construction; that offset openness with the mesh like connectedness. No wonder you’re so at home out in the woods, in nature: everything about it is patterns.

    1. I see that Amy. Didn’t think of it but it’s true. How interesting to make that connection between natures patterns and my love of patterns and the work I do. It’s such and un or sub conscious thing with me. At least until now.:)

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