Storms, rabbits and another day on the path least traveled…

Dear Diary Page 71…

Dear Diary..
Just dropping in briefly to share a few thoughts about the day… had a brief break in the weather so decided to venture out with Bree and work on the weather gauges… the first one was the Evapotranspiration gauge..

weather guage

This gauge is used to simulate evaporation by plants… the two brown pieces of vinyl sticking up from the top are used to prevent birds from setting in the gauge, they are highly flexible and not secured so no danger to the bird….the second gauge was the evaporation pan..

evap pan

The evap pan is used to simulate evaporation from the ground… the weather service uses the information for irrigation, drought, etc..may finish it tomorrow, weather permitting and have time…. With one eye to the sky watching the weather, checked out a couple of other gauges and then, with Bree in tow, decided to check on the rabbits.. Got near the nest and seen they had “busted loose”… the nest was empty…. 😀


So, forgetting about the sky, kept one eye on Bree and used the other to look for the rabbits… they didn’t stray far and I almost stepped on them ( they are in the center of the picture, near the bottom, just above the long limb lying on the ground)…

two bunnies1

They apparently decided that a couple of tufts of grass was enough cover…

two bunnies2

So I quietly took Bree back to the house and contemplated the chances of those little bunnies survival at their present location..they were just a few feet from a street and a intersection and in the open…so, since they were out of the nest and on their own and if I were going to move them, my experience on the farm told me to do it now, they will not move very much and should be easy to pick up at this early stage..

Soooooooooooooo, I ventured back out and found three of them, not just two, and as I thought, picking them up was like picking up apples ( a week or so from not they would be on the run long before one would get to them) and I gently put them in the cover of a blue spruce I have near by….

pine tree

There are plenty of leaves, limbs and vines there and should protect them from the elements and predators until they become more experienced and their other instincts kick in, they would not have stood much of a chance where they were, in the open… 😀

As I sit here typing this, Diary, the second round of weather has arrived, thunder, rain and the weather radio sounding off…another day on the path least traveled.. 😀

Better go, prepare for tomorrow, a day of errands, projects, turning over stones and looking for rainbows, but I shall return one day, Fate be willin’ and the creeks don’t rise..will leave a thought in the form of a poem..

Will to Live…
I think of all things that show a zest
For life, the dandelion beats the rest.
The little winged seeds from its white fluff ball
Settle and grow with no urging at all.
Settle in most unlikely places
And soon there’s a crop of dandelion faces.

They are man’s worst pest, but a child’s playthings.
Sometimes I wish I had light down wings
Like a dandelion seed, and could settle at will
On a velvety lawn or a sun-spread hill,
And live with the eagerness and zest
Of the wanton little dandelion pest.

Storms or no, it is still a wonderful world on the path least traveled..

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