This beautiful tree was a Mother's Day gift to my mom, a million years ago. I remember when we had chickens, the chickens loved to sit under this tree and sunbath and also dig up the dirt right at the base of the tree.
This lilac bush is a light purple, almost a tinted white.
Beautiful lilacs. I wish they could last all summer.
This weathered building is the wood shed that holds all of the split and stacked wood for winter. I love the rustic and weathered look of this building. I love the contrast of the bright green leaves and grass against the weathered brown. Right on the far corner of the building, where the wall meest the tin roof, sits a Yellow Bellied Sap Sucker woodpecker. This gorgeous, yet very loud bird is the reason for this photo. Every morning during our stay, this little guy (or girl) would tap on the tin of the roof. I did not even need an alarm clock! I tried to get a better photo, but sneaking up on this bird proved to be more difficult than I thought. He would always fly away.
I guess you could considered my parents agriculturalists, as they own a Christmas tree farm. I remember planting the original saplings, 20 plus years ago. I love looking out at the acres of trees. It makes me happy to think of all the joy each tree will bring to the different families during the Christmas holiday. Each spring, my parents plant new saplings to replace the trees that have been cut or did not make it, for whatever reason. It takes about 8-10 years for a tree to mature and be the right size for a Christmas tree. Throughout the summer my dad will mow the grass between the tree rows. In August he will trim each tree by hand so they have that traditional "Christmas tree" shape.