Cows – and a pig

I love these images of our cows and a pig.

Poppy and one of her babies. 

The wind is still  blowing and we are all caked in dust – though I am sure this is absolutely nothing compared to the dust bowl,  it feels like a mini one.

Lady Astor

The blowing dust reminds me of these words. Such a terrible time.

And then the dispossessed were drawn west — from Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico; from Nevada and Arkansas, families, tribes, dusted out, tractored out. Car-loads, caravans, homeless and hungry; twenty thousand and fifty thousand and a hundred thousand and two hundred thousand. They streamed over the mountains, hungry and restless — restless as ants, scurrying to find work to do — to lift, to push, to pull, to pick, to cut — anything, any burden to bear, for food. The kids are hungry. We got no place to live. Like ants scurrying for work, for food, and most of all for land.

John Steinbeck. The Grapes of Wrath, 1939

Lets plant more trees to stop another dust bowl.  It is important to know how lucky we really are.

. Aunty Anna. A beautiful heifer.

 I hope you have a lovely day.

Love celi

Above is Txiki.

Friday 05:19

Thunderstorms in the morning will give way to cloudy skies late. High 63F. Winds ENE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 80%.

Friday Night 05/19 60% / 0.06 inCloudy in the evening with scattered thunderstorms developing after midnight. Low 57F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

27 thoughts

  1. You are in the dust bowl and in Colorado we got heavy wet damaging snow. One can only cover small plants. Trees snapping as the storm hung in for way too many hours. My delphiniums were just sending their spikes of flowers skyward. Moisture is always welcome HOWEVER …. the blooming bearded iris are not amused. Thanks for the pictures of the miracles of piglets. Perfect like replicas of Mama in petite !

  2. I think about the pioneers and those suffering through those awful “dust bowl” days alot. Makes me want to tear up the lawn and plant more food for us, for our neighbors, for our friends.

  3. Yes, more trees: And less tilling! Less commodity cropping in that fragile area of the country. Restoration, rejuvenation, and regeneration. All the ‘R’s. 🙂
    Love these cow pictures today. Aunty Anna – so beautiful.
    Cheers, Elizabeth

  4. Beautiful pictures of cows and pigs. Such composure and beauty in your captured images. The Steinbeck quote makes me want to pick up the book again. Thanks Celi, I hope your weather calms down.

  5. We’re much cooler than you “down south”. Before dinner last night, the wind was from the south and warm. After eating I went back into the yard and wind was from the north with a real chill. Today we’re 30˚ less than yesterday.
    Many years ago, I heard a story about Stalin and “The Grapes of Wrath”. After the War, he allowed the movie to be shown. He thought the sight of the Joad family abandoning their farm would show how capitalism had failed us. Instead, people left the theatres marveling that in America, even the very poor drove trucks.

  6. The roots to rest in the soil and hold it still have been wrenched into the air countless times. Planting trees there, planting less-thirsty bee-feeding plants here, we need so much more appropriate growing everywhere. I’m watching the meadows of wildflowers being covered up and paved over year after year here. How shortsighted our brethren can be, and how repeatedly so.

  7. Fantastic photos of what love and caring can bring! The dust bowl reminds me of what is happening in the African deserts – using any and everything for fuel, but not replenishing that which was used – with anything! Thus, the desert expands and people starve, no foliage to bring moisture, dew OR rain, to regrow crops. A vicious downward spiral! Plant the world!

  8. In my little corner, not dust, but water, with a massive 6 and a half metre flood, nearly 22 ft…..a one-in-one thousand year flood some say. All along the levee bank where there are no plantings, the soil was washed away, leaving huge bites out of the land, including my neighbours’, who now have the edge of the levee 10ft from their back door. My little bit of levee survived well because I have large trees and small underplantings, nothing special because I can’t get down it to plant, but keep throwing things down I hope will take root…..enough roots to hold it together. Council came to check on the damage and I told them………because a lot of this part of the levee is Council land….I hope you’re seeing this, it’s time to stop listening to the people over the road who want the trees and reeds removed so they have a view and start planting, or we’ll have no levee to protect us.

  9. I read a quote on #womenwhofarm Instagram feed earlier “Farming is rebellious and magical… is the catalyst for the rise of civilization – shouldn’t it be part of the solution to the problems facing modern society?” Growing is also rebellious and magical. I don’t want to imagine us as a dust bowl. I want to imagine a verdant food bowl. If we rebels keep doing what we do, sharing what we do I believe we can make a difference.

  10. Imagine the world if everyone planted something, once a month, once a week, once a day. In a pot or tray inside if it’s winter, ready to go outside when the earth warms enough; in the shade if it’s hot and dry. Aunty Anna truly is the most beautiful girl, and I adore the warm-coloured satiny coat of those piglets.

  11. Beautiful photos, especially of Poppy and poppette but then I’m partial to pigs. Have you read ‘The Worst Hard Times’ by Timothy Egan? It’s about the survivors of the dust bowl. Very humbling, you’d think we humans would learn.

  12. Thank you for the Steinbeck quote. In my then immaturity I found him ‘difficult going’ in my initial forays . . . . it seems to me it is time to reach for the book on my library shelves . . . and Ardys has made such a valid comparison . . . methinks we did not realize how fortunate many of us were or are . . .

  13. J > You’re very good at capturing animal ‘moments’. One thing I’ve noticed though, is how many of your (in my view) best shots are indoors (albeit with natural light), or beside buildings or other man-made objects. Most folk, I think, would be inclined to manouvre the subjects away from such things, to show them standing in the middle of grass with a nice natural background. Yours are different. I shall have to try and learn from that.

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