September through mid-November, 2014

Sunrise

Sunrise

Sunrise

Sunrise

Playing catchup. I fulfilled my commitment at the farm. Lots there to enjoy – particularly watching the pheasant that managed to avoid the hunters. They are beautiful. As my friends know, I’m not a hunter. While this was good money for a short time frame, I don’t think I could do it again. I’m not against hunting, but I like a fair hunt and I like hunters who then use the food, etc. Here, the pheasant are raised on a farm, then dropped into the fields where the hunters will be taken, then the guides and guide dogs flush them into the air and IMO anyone who can shoot at all should be able to get all the birds they want. At the end of the day, they take their pictures with their birds, then most never see them again – not even the meat. It’s a sport. To me, killing isn’t a sport.

But, I can’t argue that I met some great people and had some interesting times. And gained most of the weight I had lost on the farm food. It’s a struggle now to get back to my healthy life-style. But I’m slowly doing it.

Following are lots of pictures – many of which will explain why I was able to enjoy, also.

Sunset

Sunset

We went sightseeing into neighboring towns, here’s Onida, SD –

Sully County Courthouse

Sully County Courthouse

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RV spots behind the courthhouse

RV spots behind the courthhouse

But it was the sunrises that I truly enjoyed –

And watching the couple dozen hawks that lived in a very small copse of trees. I’ve never seen hawks like this together before. I believe it’s because they had plentiful eating (they also hunt pheasant) so they didn’t protect territory, but learned to share it and work together some.

The trees providing homes to many hawks.

The trees providing homes to many hawks.

And there were nice sunsets, also.

And, of course, I was always taking pictures of the pheasant – and telling them to stay near me and out of the fields!

Female pheasant - not allowed to be hunted

Female pheasant – not allowed to be hunted

Some of the hawks and other birds …

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And a sky full of birds

And a sky full of birds

Peaches and I scared the hawks out of the trees when we walked through.

Peaches and I scared the hawks out of the trees when we walked through.

A shot of some of the hunters …

hunting

hunting

Then it was time to move the rig inside – temps were low and going lower. Only two of us workampers were left now – we got to share the building with farm equipment and plows, etc.

The snow came with the bitter cold.

Peaches playing in the snow.

Peaches playing in the snow.

Peaches playing in the snow.

Peaches playing in the snow.

Peaches had a love/hate relationship with the snow. She enjoyed the snow, but not the absolute bitter cold that came with. In just minutes she’d have ice between her toes – it just wasn’t easy to love that part of it. And, as you’ll see next, some of the pheasant were looking for ways to keep warm, also.

When any of us had to use that door (it was by one of our laundries, and where we took garbage out) it would run off, but just a little later, it would reappear and hug the doorway again. We also saw others in some of the other doors. Cute. And people kept telling me how “dumb” these birds are.

It’s almost time to leave – but the snow and cold brought some other beauty …

On one of my last days, I took a few pictures inside and outside:

I liked these chairs

I liked these chairs

Looking out from one of the guest lodges

Looking out from one of the guest lodges

I had to time my leaving with the weather – so that I wouldn’t have to winterize. Then I hightailed it south.