With and Without Permission

Nephew Nick sent me this picture, found on a humor page, and said it looked like our orchard a few years ago – except for the dog and the caption.

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Good eye Nick – it was! This is the original picture that I posted here on the blog almost five years ago. Apparently someone with good photo shop skills copied my picture, eliminated Rick and inserted a dog on the excavator, added a caption and published it on a humor page.

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All without my knowledge or permission – which I must say really irritates me. This photo shop job is harmless and kind of cute, but what if someone used my picture for something inappropriate or offensive?  Grrrr!

I’m happy to say that not everyone is so unscrupulous. Here is another picture I posted a couple of years ago.

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I got an inquiry from Mother Earth News asking if I was willing to sell them the picture as an illustration for one of the articles in their magazine. I said yes, and if you look on this month’s copy of Mother Earth News . . .


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. . . on page 67 you will see my legally obtained picture illustrating an article by Joel Salatin. I am a fan of his work, so I was really pleased.

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 It is nice to know at least some people follow the rules.

Happenings

Well, you wouldn’t know it by the blog lately, but there really has been a lot happening around here. I’ll try to get you all caught up!

As you might guess living this far north in the mountains, weather is a big factor for us every winter. Right after Thanksgiving we had snow, not a lot just a light dusting really.

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It was really beautiful, the mountain tops were white, the sky was a beautiful clear blue and the air was crisp and clean.

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The cattle have to be fed every day, snow or not. Rick and Alex put on their warmer layers and carry on.

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After the snow, we had rain and lots of it. One of our summer grazing pastures just down the road from us flooded. You can see our red round hay bale feeder is still out in the field. The summer pastures were flooded and then it got COLD. That is ice you see in the field below. One of our neighbors who grew up on the east coast tried ice skating. I heard he did pretty well.

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This is gate we drove in and out of to load the cattle and bring them home just about two weeks before the flood and ice. Aren’t we glad all the cattle were home high and dry?

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Next, when it was really cold, the power went out. The high that day was 19 degrees and with the windchill it felt a lot colder. No power = no heat (other than our wood stove in the house) which means water lines freeze. Frozen water lines are not fun. Happily the lines in the house were fine, it was only the outside hosebibs and cattle water that were frozen.

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We added some heat tape and insulation on our most exposed hose bib and started up the generator. After a few hours the water lines thawed and water started flowing again.

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The next day the power came back on and everything was back to normal around here.

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After a few days of below freezing temperatures the storm passed and the weather warmed up. I think everyone appreciated the warmer weather.