Windy City, South Dakota

It rained last night! I am so thankful… I just knew the late night rain dance would prove effective.

Because the rain was needed. It has been a week of wind, wind, wind. I’ve counted, and I believe all the animals are still here… but it was close for a little while.

South Dakota puppy

This once grass-covered lawn is now strewn with silage, nutritious food for the cows during winter. Silage has a lovely odor, but bland in taste. Or so I’m told. By the cows.

South Dakota ground

One thing about South Dakota, we are not lacking wild, hair tangling wind, especially this side of the Missouri River.

Thankfully, this wind has calmed, the sky released rain, and bruised apples remain an offering.

South Dakota apple

And I’ve got coffee to drink.


47 thoughts on “Windy City, South Dakota

  1. I just love the pic of your sweet little pup’s hair blowing in the wind. And what a great pic of the butterfly on the apple – how rare to be in just the right place at just the right time WITH your camera ready! Wish we could send you some of our rain, we’ve had WAY too much this year already; in fact it’s destroyed some of the pumpkin crops completely. Some farm markets had to close 2 months early because their produce all rotted in the fields. Such a shame.

    Enjoy your weekend! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you! It was really neat to see the butterfly! I also came across a garter snake in my garage, carrying a dead toad. I see a lot of things around here.

      What a bummer about the pumpkin crops! Are those a farmer’s main crop? I know some people around here will do a field of sunflowers, but it’s not as crucial as the corn and beans. We would have been fine on the lack of rain had the wind not been so strong. We had two fires in the last week. Thankfully they were put out in time before any real damage was done.

      • Did you say the garter snake was carrying a dead toad? That is something I can’t quite picture in my mind’s eye.
        What does silage smell like? You’ve got me curious!
        Love the photo of Bowie!

  2. I lived in a place with wind like that, seemingly, 300 days a year. We lived there for 18 years and I grew to hate the wind. Now I live where we get nice breezes for the most part. That is wonderful on a hot day!

    Love your photographs. ~ Lynda

    • Nice breezes, yes. (Sounds like you’ve earned it!) Contacts drying out as soon as you step outside, yuck. πŸ™‚ Thankfully it is sprinkling again this morning and the wind has calmed. Now farmer’s can continue harvesting without that threat of starting a fire, like the two that occurred earlier this week.

      Thank you for stopping in!

  3. Living in the Midwest we deal with wind more than we’d like to. When I lived in Nebraska I thought it was worse there because of the cold, biting, dry winds. Here in Oklahoma I counter it’s worse because the sandy soil pelts a person year around, and in the winter months, added humidity chills a person to the bone! Wind is wind, no matter how it blows and it can be a misery. On a positive note though, I have endured many a sweltering, windless, breeze-less day where the air smothered and baked. And where would we be with no wind to aid in pollination and scattering seed? It’s a love/hate situation!

    I love the dog pic… and that apple picture had me salivating thinking of warm apple crisp with a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream!

    • Haha, it is a love/hate, isn’t it? However, these winds carried dirt and silage into our new grass, so hopefully it survives. And two fires started this week because of a lack of moisture. So thankful the wind didn’t sweep anything out of control.

      The apples have been good this year! I have made two apple pies so far, and am feeling pretty darn good about my pie-making skills so far. πŸ™‚ Thanks to Betty Crocker!

  4. Gosh, the wind was terrible where I grew up! I remember, more than once, my hair flying all over the place and my actually getting it shut in the truck door…Ouch!! I do sometimes miss that howling wind…I do not however, miss the inch thick layer of dirt that would form overnight on everything in sight! πŸ™‚

    • Ugh, I know! Thankfully the rain is here again this morning, washing away the accumulated dirt around the farm. I love when the dust settles, and I can be outside without my contacts wanting to dry out or feeling like I ate a cup of dirt.

      And it really messes with the hair, doesn’t it? πŸ™‚

  5. That top photo is so darn adorable!! And the sentiments are wonderful.

    Here’s to letting the rain come and how much better the sunshine feels afterwards.

    (ESPECIALLY with a good cup of coffee ;))

  6. Oh I love the picture of your dog – SO CUTE! You are a phenomenal photographer. And I laughed out loud at, “By the cows.” Have I told you how much I adore this blog? (And I just so happened to be enjoying this post with my morning coffee. :))

  7. Loved your piccies so similar to mine albeit I have border collies, it’s leaves that cover our land only tiny in comparision to yours but the apples are the same they have fallen due to winds and were covered with red admiral butterflies and we don’t rely on crops as we are jut ‘hobby’ farmers and all our livestock are pets bet you think we are crazy eh here in North Wales, Great Britain ;0

  8. I’ve never seen silage before. Only smelt it. I had to do two hours of netball training in a dairy farming town. Running of course makes you need to breath deeply and more often…It was two hours of nose hell every week.

  9. I love that photographic demonstration of just how windy it was!

    We had a couple of days of rain here earlier this week. Folks here wail about the rain, but as a native Oregonian, I rejoiced in feeling connected to childhood memories of rain. I don’t want as much rain as I used to get back in Oregon, but I do love those days I get now.

    • That’s what I’ve been hearing about Oregon! I have a sister and a friend living in Oregon, and apparently they got a little sun yesterday in some parts. Very happy considering they’re native South Dakotans and not used to the relentless rain. Today is a rainy day, and it is nice. But farmer’s are ready to get back in the field πŸ™‚

  10. I’m always amazed when I see what I think are European species thousands of miles away from England. Even today in early October I was able to see a Red Admiral whist out walking & here you show one sitting on apple.

  11. That doggie is “taking a stand!” We here in Philadelphia have had our share of rain this year but very little wind…I suspect that will change shortly as our ‘Noreasters usually pack a wallop. That being said, it is 84 degrees here today. Halloween candy may melt if this keeps up!

  12. That image of your dog is fabulously funny and definitely shows the strength of the wind from a unique perspective. Great photo.

    I grew up on a dairy and crop farm on the southwestern Minnesota prairie. I understand wind. Enough said.

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