From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

A Day Off for the Mules

Spring afternoon in the pasture



Several of the Mennonite neighbor's mules were grazing near the fence yesterday, so I stopped and took their picture. My presence on the road didn't disturb them at all. It's spring planting time, and this particular neighbor does not use tractors, so these work-mules have been earning their keep lately. Three more mules and a horse were feeding nearby.

The cool-but-sunny weather yesterday afternoon was very pleasant to me, a human, after temperatures near ninety degrees for several days. These animals seemed to be enjoying the spring day, too.

2 comments:

Lisa Wallen Logsdon said...

I hope all your readers click on the photo to enlarge it because it's very lovely! Those mules certainly seem to be enjoying the beautiful weather and their day off!

Genevieve said...

Thank you, Lisa. The strips of plastic on the hillside are apparently some kind of planting beds. These folks raise a lot of vegetables to sell at the local produce auction.

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