the arrival of spring on the farm

We’ve had some beautiful few days here in South Dakota. I took advantage of it by visiting a good friend, enjoying the ride with Natalie Merchant’s newest album, a collection of children’s songs I later learned but would not have know by listening to the instruments.

You may keep your penny and your apricot tree…

I’m not real sure what I’m singing just yet.


As spring approaches, Country Man’s heart beats to the sound of antler’s falling, bucks shedding their old horns to begin new growth, bigger and better the camouflage hope.

He finds retreat in the riverhills, the place he spends roughly 60 hours a week working, the winter spent preparing equipment for the fields.

But the retreat from labor is found in the joy of competitive shed hunting.

South dakota river hills

On four-wheeler and foot, he makes his way through the hills in search of white among green to be packed in the back and stored in the shed.

South Dakota land

A wanderer could get lost in these parts…

South Dakota land

And while bucks rid their horns and men search to find them, pastures are full of cattle calving and hawks lurking, this woman always watching them watch my animals.

South Dakota eagle's nest

eagle's nest

South dakota eagle's nest

Yes, many of the signs are here, the impending arrival of spring.

And as Natalie sings (this one a bit more clear):

All by myself I have to go,
With none to tell me what to do–
All alone beside the streams
And up the mountain-sides of dreams.

*all photos from my husband’s phone*


42 thoughts on “the arrival of spring on the farm

  1. Beautiful photos! I think that a lot of those of us who live outside the Great Plains tend to forget not only that it is beautiful, but that in some places it actually has contours besides the horizon.

    And is that vehicle in the first picture the same one the Jawas used in Star Wars?

  2. I have never heard of shed hunting so you can imagine what I thought CM was doing. Oh well, I am certainly a townie but I love reading abut your life in the country. 🙂

  3. Thanks for taking me from the routine of sunshine and warm breezes (yes, you can get tired of that day after day). Such beautiful scenery. Such lovely words. You have the ability to transport – that is a gift.

  4. South Dakota, huh? I had no idea it could look like that. I had the misfortune of living in North Dakota for a year; I don’t recall seeing anything that was nearly as nice. As for shed hunting – so much more humane than the other kind.

      • Definitely add to your list. You’ll LOVE them. I didn’t start reading the series until I was in my twenties (aka, not a kid) and I devoured them one, right after another. They’re written for children, but they are so realistic in telling the challenges and suffering Laura’s family sometimes experienced, but also the love they felt for each other. Please read and then let me know what you thought. 🙂

  5. I can’t believe the SIZE of your man’s farming machines… and the scope of the countryside that surrounds you. What a different world you are living in … I love seeing it and having you share it with all of us city folk! Happy spring!!

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