Pair of Pigs

Black and white photo of two pigs on a farm.

“Pair of Pigs”

Wrapping up my afternoon on Shep’s farm, this photo is my favorite. I fell in love with these pigs. They were so inquisitive and spunky. You can probably tell from their size that these pigs were youngsters, though I’m not sure if they still qualified as piglets. When they weren’t rooting around looking for things to eat, they had a great time chasing each other around and wallowing in the mud.

© 2015 Karen Joslin

Chicken on Farm

Black and white photo of a chicken standing near a fence on a farm.

“Chicken on Farm”

Continuing on from yesterday, here’s another photo I took at Shep’s farm. Shep had a small flock of chickens, which were challenging to photograph because they spent most of their time running around. When they did occasionally stop to peck at bugs on the ground, they wouldn’t let me get too close. They seemed quite suspicious of me and my camera. Fortunately, this hen paused long enough for me to get a decent shot. A moment later, she was off and running again.

© 2015 Karen Joslin

Holstein Calf

Black and white photo of a Holstein calf on a farm.

“Holstein Calf”

This week, I’m taking a stroll down memory lane to an afternoon at a farm. One of Doug’s coworkers, Shep, lives on a small farm where he and his family raise a few animals. Shep invited the office out to his farm for a picnic, and he allowed me to photograph his menagerie.

This beautiful girl is a Holstein calf. I especially love her long eyelashes.

© 2015 Karen Joslin

Indian Pink

Indian Pink in bloom is a showy spectacle, with star-shaped yellow blossoms atop red trumpets. Scientific name is Spigelia marilandica. Native to the Southeast and Midwest United States.

“Indian Pink”

Here’s the final in this week’s series of native plants from last year that are now returning to my garden. This unique flower, Indian Pink (Spigelia marilandica), may be my favorite. I love the star-shaped flowers topping off red trumpets.

One of the best features of Indian Pink is that it grows well in shade, unlike many flowering plants. We’ve got a lot of shade in our yard, so I’m always happy to find flowers that will thrive in it. I’m especially excited that the Indian Pink has spread a little since last year.

If you live in the Tallahassee area, you can buy Indian Pink at Native Nurseries. Head over there soon to see a huge patch of it in all its glory. (Mine is just about to start blooming.)

Indian Pink’s native range covers the Southeastern U.S., a few states in the Midwest, and Texas. For more info, take a look at this summary from the Forest Service.

© 2015 Karen Joslin