A young goat has two missions in life. One is to get to the food first, at any cost, and eat all of said food before anybody else does. A young goat's other mission is to always be higher than all the other goats and when that isn't possible, to be at least sitting on or near whatever might be different in the environment--be it an old tire, a tree stump, a body (live or otherwise) or the barest hump in the surrounding field. Today I took the flattened cardboard boxes that we'd set out as shelter for the goats on cold nights (they'd flattened each one in their attempts to fulfill their life missions to be highest) and laid them out on top of a dolly and against a tree stump just to keep the goats occupied while I shot them--otherwise they are too busy trying to climb me or to nibble on my camera strap for me to shoot them. Here is a little montage of their antics on the carboard. I have to say, the cardboard was a big hit with them after snack time today. The only other time they're this happy is when they're sucking down a warm Coke bottle full of Land-o-Lakes lamb meal replacer.
The middle one above is my favorite. It's not easy to snap a levitating goat.
Joy! The mulberry tree has started to bud out with fruit! I love fresh mulberries. I did a pathetic job of shooting the mulberry tree last year, see them on the last page here, and hope to get some better shots of those small but beautiful berries this year. And, oh yum, I can't wait to eat the berries! Ripe warm berries right off the tree is heaven. We have a freeze predicted early next week. I'd be grateful for it, but will be very sad if the berries all freeze before they can mature.
These images and their larger counterparts are here.
Update: The freeze seems to have done considerable damage to the budding mulberries. They are pathetic this year.