I was up at 3:00AM last night and saw 4 huge deer out front walking around and nibbling at the hedge. It's 8 degrees here today, and I always wonder how wild animals stay warm out there. To watch them, they don't seem cold whatsoever. They were huge and peaceful.
On the right, a "snow angel" made from the wide wingspan of a flying predator, probably an owl or a hawk. A bloody battle scene on both the right and left, connected by the snaking tracks of a small rodent. Photo taken on my front lawn January 14.
If you farm, poop is a part of the scene, whether it's coming from your livestock or how you use it on your land. The farm inspection people gave me lots of good organic tips on how to enrich my soil, including not wasting one single patty of frozen chicken poop. I mucked out their coop this afternoon and put it all in the garden area. It will give this year's vegetables that certain sumpin-sumpin.
I passed the Michigan MAEAP verification today - a voluntary inspection process in which the state tests your soil and water, and gives you environmentally compliant guidelines by which to run your farm. I learned a lot through the process, which has been in progress since October.
I've been practicing Bikram Yoga since I moved to Michigan, and started a 60-day challenge on January 1. I did the challenge last Summer - you attend yoga daily for 60 days straight, with no exceptions. It's a good thing to do - clears your mind, feels great, gives you a sense of discipline. I do not think Bikram yoga is the only work out that matters, or that if you don't give 100% effort that nothing you do in class counts, or that Bikram people know something everybody else who exercises doesn't - these are some of the claims it's practitioners make. What I do know is there is clarity to be had by exercising, and the heat feels good in the cold Michigan Winter.