A more aptly named bull I have never met. Evidently this guy never misses a meal, makes lovely strong babies and is very gentle.

He had a herd of heifers with him. Aunty Del feeling like the mature student in a class of teenagers sauntered over to see what the old girls were up to. The electric fence kept her from joining them. Evidently the old girls don’t like visitors but the younger heifers don’t mind.img_3314

Tia immediately made friends with the bull.


They played for a while then wandered off to graze.


This is a lovely little farm, the cows have a creek for water and trees for shade. Really nice place for my girls to meet their new Bull-friend.


What is this bush? (above). I want one – especially if it is native!


Yesterday my Airbnb guest and I went for a walk in Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.

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We went on a short wander – about three miles, just enjoying the prairie and of course I came back with lots of information for my own wild areas.


The area we were walking in had many many old bunkers.

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Such a large and wonderful project.

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This morning I started early – collecting all the weeds in the hay field. I wanted to get going before it got too hot and before the planes started spraying.

After breakfast I will hook the rake to the tractor and get to rolling everything over. The oats will take some drying.

Hopefully the spray plane will have moved on to another field by then. The spraying is endless at this time of year.

I hope you have a lovely day.


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60 Comments on “OTIS

  1. He does look the part – I could imagine him chasing people round the streets of Pamplona, though perhaps not with his calm disposition. It does look like a lovely farm.
    Those old bunkers would make fantastic caves for making cheese and cured meats.

  2. That plant looks like eucalyptus… Love that bull, hope it alll turns out well.

    • I thought so too – but do you see the stamens in the centers of the leaves? Plus the location. Not like any eucalyptus j have seen / plus it was s bush – not a tree

  3. Otis looks huge next to our little Tia. I have an app called pl@nts that will identify most plants from a photo almost straight away. Laura

  4. Otis sounds like my kind of man. Strong and gentle. Yes. The idea of the prairie enchants me. Always has. And your pictures of the field flowers only confirms my ideas of it. So beautiful.

  5. That bush does look like a type of eucalyptus. I’d guess something like the one we call Silver Dollar back home in Australia. It’s also called Argyle Apple (Eucalyptus cinerea). I love that pretty silvery blue foilage.

      • Yes, it will grow in cold conditions, in which case it grows as a bush rather than the majestic trees we know. I saw some information about it here that confirms it. I just love that foilage – very beautiful indeed!

  6. It looks like a eucalyptus….I didn’t know they grew there. They ARE in California and some say they are invasive. I don’t know, because they don’t grow here in Colorado.

  7. You were a good ways from home—if I’m reading my map correctly. Did you run into any bison?

  8. Ottis is one handsome bull!!! Straight back too! Aunty Del is has a nice hip line too. I love cattle. I can’t deny it.

    • Yes! I looked that up – that is very close indeed. I think you may be right . What amazing flowers- now we need to find out why it was in pride of place at the entrance to a native prairie. It is a beautiful plant.

  9. I can’t believe the size of Otis! Will they fit? Will Aunty Del or Tia be scared? Silly, I suppose, but I’ve never seen nature’s course along these lines.

    The other day we were talking about dogs herding ducks on your blog. Our chickens found a hole in the fence of their pen and paraded themselves into the neighbor’s horse paddock. She tried to get them back through, but they ran back and forth in front of the hole, frantically trying to find it. Our cat hopped over the fence and herded ‘her’ girls right back through the hole swift as you please. Neighbor said she’d never seen a cat herding chickens before!

  10. Beautiful photos. With all the rain you’ve had, everything is looking so lush… almost like an early spring. Good luck with the hay ‘harvest’. — Mame 🙃

  11. The shrub that looks like eucalyptus seems to be Lonicera reticulata, and might be a garden variety. I do not know much about it because we do not grow it here. I will be right back. I will see if I can find a cultivar name of something that looks familiar.

      • You are welcome, but I can not positively identify it. There is a cultivar known as ‘Kintzley’s Ghost’ that looks something like it with silvery foliage. However, because it is native to the Midwest, it could be a wild specimen. (I had assumed that it was an intentionally planted specimen of a cultivar because that is the only way I would have ever seen one here.) If you know that it was not planted there intentionally, and it is endemic to your region, it is likely the native species.

          • Oh! If it is a native species that is observed growing wild, it is not a cultivar like ‘Kintzley’s Ghost’. That was just a guess. If it is Lonicera reticulata, and was not planted, it is just the straight species. If you want the exact same for your own garden, you would want to find the straight species of Lonicera reticulata. However, if you want the same plant, but would prefer an ‘improved’ cultivar with enhanced foliar color, then there would be no problem with ‘Kintzley’s Ghost’.

              • I am unfamiliar with this species, but would guess that it might have rooted bits down near the base. If you can find a rooted bit, you only need a bit of stem above ground for it to grow the following spring, after digging and planting it in autumn or winter. (If the weather is bad, autumn might be better.)

  12. What a beautiful place to wander. It pleases me when I hear about places that are being rehabilitated back to native state, and I find the plants fascinating. I’ve been following the comment trail on thr plant in question, very interesting.

  13. Kintzley’s Ghost Honeysuckle. Check out at Garden Answer

  14. Otis is a beauty, and he’s going to make gorgeous calves. He’s just like a gorgeous man: a kind eye, broad shoulders and a narrow waist 😉

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