Monday, May 26, 2008

Calf Races and Saskatoon Blossoms

It was a rather damp, cool weekend, so the Bag Lady slacked off a little. Last evening turned out to be very nice though, so she took a little stroll out through the various pastures. The cows are locked out of one little pasture in order to let the grass grow, so the Bag Lady meandered leisurely through it. She was surprised to discover several saskatoon bushes that were loaded with blossoms. She knew there were some out there, but didn't realize how many. She isn't a real saskatoon berry fan - she prefers raspberries. But the blossoms are pretty:

The Bag Lady is learning a little more about her camera, and has figured out the macro setting:


The calves were rather rambunctious last night - must be because they were happy to be warm and dry again! Little Dawn and Saffron were the instigators most of the time, and those two little calves can really tear up the ground! The bigger calves had trouble keeping up:





(There is a cow bawling far in the background, but it is difficult to hear...that's what the Bag Lady was referring to in her commentary. )

Have a great day!

22 comments:

Leah J. Utas said...

Loved the calf races.
I'm not a big saskatoon fan either. Used to eat them straight off the tree when I was young, but even then it was because the strawberries in the lawn were done and the blueberries weren't ready yet.

Hilary said...

I've never even heard of a Saskatoon berry.. much less tasted one, but I Google imaged them and now I know what they look like. You'll have to macro shoot them when they're ready.

Loved the frolicking calves. Baggie you'll either have to stop showing how CUTE they are.. or never NEVER tell us about.. the day... when they.. go to the.. you know... GULP!

the Bag Lady said...

dfLeah - straight off the tree - yes.
The wild strawberries are blooming in the pasture, I found blueberry bushes alongside the road, and wild raspberries I didn't know were there on the far side of the bush behind the house! Now, if I can beat the bears and the birds to them....

Hilary - Saskatoon berries are sweet and juicy - sometimes. If it is a dry year, they are woody and dry. They make a nice pie, and lots of people make a home-canned sauce with them. I prefer tarter-tasting fruit.
And these calves probably aren't going...gulp...THERE...at least, not from here!

Sagan Morrow said...

They're so curious about the camera, it's adorable! Very nice photography work.

Geosomin said...

Saskatoons are a bit seedy, like a hopped up blueberry. they're not my favourit either, but you can make yummy jelly and syrup from them. Give me a blueberry any day...
The calves are so cute :)

the Bag Lady said...

Thanks, Sagan - I'm slowly getting better pictures - just have to remember to check what setting it's on!!

Geosomin - They are seedy, and too sweet for my taste. But yeah, the syrup tastes good on ice cream!

Reb said...

Good photos Sis. The calf races - too funny! Man, they are fast though! Good shooting too.

the Bag Lady said...

Thanks, sis! It's surprising how fast they can run.

Barrie said...

Raspberries are my favorite fruit. I'd like to try a Saskatoon berry for comparison. ;) Fun photos!

Dawn said...

I certainly picked the right day to check back in. Dawn and Saffron are looking great!

I'm a raspberry fan too. We don't get saskatoon berries here.

Merry said...

I love the Frisky Frolicking Follies!

And I agree with Hilary. That video is an advertisement for tofu if ever there was one.

the Bag Lady said...

Barrie - glad you stopped by! Saskatoon berries taste similar to blueberries, only drier.

Dawn - Good to see you! I knew if I posted a video of your namesakes, you'd drop in! How is you hubby doing? Hope all is well.

Merry - I know, I know, but at least these are mostly heifers, so they will lead long and productive lives.

Anonymous said...

Uncle Walter would be "in heaven" if you 'smartened up' a row or two of his rasberries for your personal use, and in return provided a few "saskatoon berry pies and/or jars of jelly" ....he loves Saskatoon berry anything...

xoxoxo
Abby cuz

Crabby McSlacker said...

Holy Moley, cows can sprint! I had no idea. They were really hauling there. Great video--loved the cows and the soft lighting.

(And I always get a kick out of hearing your voice, as blogs are generally silent things without Canadian accents).

Hilary said...

Baggie.. Reb. Leah.. do you have any idea what Crabby is talking aboot? Me neither, eh?

Terrie Farley Moran said...

df Bag Lady,

I love to see the calves running, and I am glad they are not headed THERE anytime soon.

Thanks for the explanation about Saskatoon berries, I'll have to follow Hillary over to Google Images.

Terrie

MizFit said...

DAMN I LEARN A LOT HERE.

calf races? bawling? Saskatoon berry?!

and youre already better with your camera than I am at mine which Ive had for a *while*

M.

the Bag Lady said...

Hey cuzzie - I'll have to make a deal with him, because I love raspberries!

Crabby - accent, eh? Glad you enjoy the videos of the calves...even with the somewhat lame Canadjun commentary!

Hilary - Yeah, what's that aboot anyway, eh?

dfTerrie - aren't the calves too cute? When they haul ass like that, I just have to laugh.
And when the saskatoons come into season, I'll bake all of you a pie!

Mizfit - It's an educational blog. What can I say? :)

Missicat said...

Loved the video! Like the others, had NO idea calves could run that fast. Must be like being around a bunch of 6 year olds...they just keep riling each other up!

the Bag Lady said...

Missicat - that's so true! Then later in the summer they get to the teenage years and their mothers are frantic most of the time.

Scrumpy's Baker said...

I love it when they do that little jump with their back legs, like they're still figuring out how their bodies work. Our kitten still does that and it makes me smile every time.

the Bag Lady said...

SB - I know exactly what you mean!