A Walk Around the Farm
Since this blog is going to be mostly about the animals and plants I see on walks around our farm, I thought I would orient you to where we are.
The farm is a long skinny rectangle, made of two L-shaped parts. One of the L’s is forested, and the other, upside-down L, is a pasture we lease out for raising hay. In the forested part there is a nice pond that attracts lots of wildlife.
Texas has ten big ecological regions, and we are right on the edges of two of them, the Pineywoods, and the Blackland Prairies. So we have the tall spindly loblolly pines, we also have some big hardwood trees like sweetgum and oak.
Almost every day I walk around the property with my little flock of sheep and a goat, and two dogs.
We start from the old barn, go south to the tree line, check on the creek, and make a stop at the fallen tree that is perfect for scratching sheep backs. Then we travel three sides of the little hay pasture, meander through the woods around the back side of the property, and stop by the pond on the way home. This route maximizes the “edge” areas, the places where the trees and open spaces meet, which is the kind of place wildlife prefers.
These pictures of our route are from July 2015, right after the hay had been cut. We had a very wet spring, but then a very dry summer.
Every time I walk this route, I notice something new, and I hope to share those discoveries with you.