Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The bone yard

As the water level in the pond recedes, baked-mud beaches emerge, and bones of yesteryear's carcasses resurface once again.

Our dogs 'help themselves' to miscellaneous parts from adjacent pastures.  Sometimes they're from wild critters that have been shot by neighbors (wild boar, coyote), sometimes they're livestock that have died (cattle, horses, mules), and sometimes they're varmints that our dogs have killed on their own (skunks, raccoons, squirrels, nutria, coyote pups, possums, snakes, turtles, etc., etc.)  Well, when these 'gifts' land in our yard, I pry them from canine possession and toss them in the pond - to be dined on by fish and turtles - thereby eliminating continued canine snacking and rolling on foul pieces of carcasses (carci?). 

But when there's a drought like the one we're having this year, the parts become plentiful again.  At least they've been picked clean, are more weathered, and are less likely to be considered mutt munchable.


Femurs, skulls, pelvic bones, shoulder blades, jaw bones and spine pieces all return to get another day (or months) in the sun.




There are some 'pieces' I'd prefer not to see again, especially when they're still gross.  Like this one from last year...

Thanks, Baron...

78 comments:

Joe said...

We finally got a little rain and cooler temps. Hope some is on your way.

RiverBend Farm said...

Eewww...that's bone dry...
Your dog is beautiful!!

Ruta said...

This is interesting. Maybe I'll go out looking for bones...
We just got some rain last night. Wish I could send it your way.

Gone Country said...

Ahhh! The country life of a dog! Bones and all!

It's really pretty sad to see your pond so dry. Hopefully you'll get some rain SOON!

Susan said...

It's just so baking dry there. Hope you get rain soon.
Bucketing down here, sending it your way.
Baron has found a 'treasure' ;-)

OceanoAzul.Sonhos said...

so sad without rain, water is life ...
your dog is magnificent!


oa.s

Mom of M&Ms said...

my daughters would love to explore all your bone treasures.. i hve one kiddo that likes identifying dead objects... the other jsut wants to do what her sister does!

Jill said...

It is so sad to see things dried up the way they are. Like the others, I wish I could send you some of our rain.

Even amid those icky bones, Baron is a beauty.

Allison said...

Grrrrrrrrrrross! :)

That last shot looks like the head of a T-Rex. What else are you hiding in that pond of yours? Lochness?

wildcatsthree said...

amazing what lurks beneath the water and now revealed. Hope you get some rain soon. Happy Wednesday

Deb said...

looks like something good is coming out of the heat and drought...atleast for your furbabies..

Patrice said...

Wow! You ARE dry!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Well that just doesn't look fun... unless you're a dog I guess:@)

dr momi said...

Eehhhwwww....gross on the last pic! :-)

thesedaysofmine.com said...

I have the same comment as dr momi: eww.
I'm sure it's more enticing to your pooches than to you!

Clint said...

That'd make a great soup. Remind me not to go swimmin' in your pond. :)

Snappy Di said...

That's a whole lotta dead stuff, but Mother Nature reclaims what she gives.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Forget about the East River, your pond might have some clues about the whereabouts of Jimmy Hoffa. ;)

Jan n Jer said...

YUCK...so gross! Ya never know what your dog will bring home when you live in the country! Hope you all get some relief soon..this has be an unbelievable summer for you all!

Michelle said...

I sure hope it rains for you soon. It's miserable when it gets that hot and dry.

Dicky Bird said...

The skull ones are spooky!

Karen said...

LOL Nancy.... we always said Jimmy H. was buried underneath our pool on Staten Island that hadn't been opened in many years.

Lois Evensen said...

I see Baron is giving you much more help than you want/need. Yuck. :\

Roan said...

And then they want to come in and give you doggie kisses. UGH!

Lucy said...

I want pictures of the big hairy Mammoth when you find it. You'll be one rich mama!

Dar said...

Those dried up skulls remind me that I have European Mounts to paint birds on for my Godson...
Hoping your drought ends soon~
BlessYourHeart

Candy C. said...

That's a lotta bones! I too agree with dr. momi!!

Andy Wilson said...

Do you still have a pond?

georgettesullins said...

"Dem bones gonna rise again, dem bones..." You put a 'ba, ba, ba' rhythm in my head with those pictures.

Samantha said...

My dogs are full of envy right now!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Love the boneyard shots!

Sandra said...

this makes me so sad for you to see your pond dried up like this. we have a burial ground outside the fenced back yard to prevent dig up and roll in by dogs. bob said some day, we will sell and someone will start to dig and find all the bones. we have all the dead things like you do but no pond to throw them in. you go baron

Farm Girl said...

Wow, Treasure everywhere.:)

The White Farmhouse said...

I want one of those cow skulls! I need it for my living room! Let me know if you can send one to me.

Dar said...

RE: LOL on the test run through the foyer........ROFL
BlessYa

Flat Creek Farm said...

Baron, that's gross. But you're gorgeous! Gosh I pray that y'all would be blessed with some moisture, and soon. -Tammy

Arija said...

When the water dries up, all is revealed. No use sinking the body in the dam, in time, all comes to light. At least the dogs have new toys to play with.

Two years ago all our dams dried up completely so I have fellow feeling for your dilemma.

Hope it rains real soon!

cindy said...

Oh my gosh!! I pray you all get a slow gentle rain for days!

cindy

Montanagirl said...

A veritable bone graveyard! Baron seems to be enjoying his prize.

Debbie said...

this is painful and difficult to read.

we have gotten some rain and our temperatures are so much better!!

the photo's are awesome and i love the rain gauge.

i have begun my rain dance!!!

wayside wanderer said...

Um...that is creepy. You could build a Franken-something out of that stuff. {{shudder}}

don said...

Nice series that gives a vivid idea of the extent of the drought that continues in your country. Well done.

Ellie said...

Wow, that is some dry ground you have got there. You really weren't kidding when you said you were having a drought. Lol.
And those bones, eww. Enough said!!!

bailey-road.com said...

Eew...I hope you get rain soon.

Sylvia K said...

The drought really is horrendous and I do hope you get some rain soon! And BONES! Ah, dem' bones, dem' bones, dem' dry bones!! Enjoy your day, avoid the bones!!

Sylvia

Sharon said...

That is horribly dry. I'm hoping you get some rain soon! How's your well - or do you get country water?

Katie @Pinke Post said...

We are so wet in North Dakota and you are so DRY in Texas. Sad to see but glad to see the dogs are having digging up them dry bones!

Woody said...

Does the local coroner need any help?

Hopefully, you will get some rain and cooler weather soon so these can disappear.

Give a whole new meaning to the expression 'boneyard'.

lisa said...

Baron looks happily busy!
I sure hope you get some rain soon.

Pricilla said...

Hmmm, what does boar taste like? Gamey pig?

Gotta love dogs

Ms. Becky said...

oh I'd want to keep those cow skulls. I collect bones - no matter the size, shape, animal. but I guess you'd soon run out of room for all of them at the rate you're going!

bon bon said...

oh baron, that's nasty. (carci...heh heh)

sure hope your lovely pond replenishes soon.

ellen abbott said...

yeah, we found some of that when me and the grandgirl explored the dried up creek.

Susan said...

Yuck!!! How is your pond fed? Does it receive water from somewhere else besides the rain?

Nevertheless, I hope you get some respite soon, you guys deserve it!!!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

My, just like a fossil dig. Sure wish you would get some monsoons to blow in your way.

Karen Thomason/Gordon Setter Crossing said...

That IS some really dry soil, alright. You all are starting to resemble Africa! Wish I could send my cool summer and rain your way. But you can keep the bone yard! ha ha

Judy said...

Wow T...I can totally understand what you guys are living through now that I've been down there and have seen it with my own eyes. I am praying really hard that you all get some rain soon. But by the looks of things, I'm sure that it's probably way too late for it to do any good now tho.
You have a beautiful area where you live. I wish we could have gotten together to visit even if it would have been a quick one...Oh well, we'll be back down there soon enough.

Robin said...

T, a thousand years from now, the scientist are going to be digging up all your carci and marveling at the finds!

forestwalk/laura k said...

aaaaaaaah!! BoNES!!!! love it!! that one ;picture of the top of skull just sitting up over the water...GREAT!!!!!

Here I Am/Carrie said...

Yep a 1000 years from now I can see them digging up all those bones and wondering why they are all in this one place. Who would think that someone would have thrown them in there to keep the dogs from eating or rolling in them. Yep they will ponder that one for a long time.

Linda R. said...

WOW!! that's a lot of bones. Kinda creepy.. But I bet the dog is having a blast.. Your dog is so beautiful..

Hugs, Linda

Paula said...

Oh, I'll bet that makes the doggies REAL happy! Buried treasures!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

What fun for your dogs! This drought needs to end, though.

Louise said...

Wow, those are some bones. You brought back a memory. At the barn where I used to board my horses, we had an old black dog of indiscriminate breed named King Bear. He was always bringing back bones, too. Every once in a while, you'd find one buried in your horse's stall, as you were cleaning it. I miss that old dog, but I don't miss his bones.

Barb said...

Those are some bones alright! I can't believe how many you have around your place! great post!

Rose said...

I saw the title before I saw the pictures and immediately thought The Body Farm...you know in Tennessee. I guess this is a body farm of a different sort. Maybe Body Parts farm.

gowestferalwoman said...

And you wonder why they are pulling them turtles out? Its VENGEANCE i say, VENGEANCE!

Although you are terrific photographer, that last photo is a gagger...but I like the way you captured the greenishy of it all?!

Dexterdog buries weird things - like burnt pancakes, undercooked muffins etc. He doesnt even want to eat my cooking but doesnt want to hurt my feelings...I watched him one day and found that out the hard way. i was devastated, so now mr foresterman will try to eat it in front of Dexter to cheer me up and encourage him...but now I think he's flushing them...while dexter watches...*sigh* those boys...

pattisjarrett said...

That was quite the excursion, or should we say excavation?

Dawn said...

Oh my goodness!
Who knows what is eventually going to be uncovered.
You may be sitting on some priceless HISTORY!
:)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Baron is bringing you gifts.. Isn't he nice? I truly worry about you all down there --and that drought and all of the heat.... My prayers are with you.
Hugs,
Betsy

Chatty Crone said...

Well that is a little - well - yucky - but cute that he brings you gifts. Hope it rains soon!

Millie said...

Ugh. Dogs are gross.

Paula said...

Be careful walking on those crusty spots. In another drought I ran to feed some fish flopping around in a puddle in the middle of a crusty stock tank. I sank to my knee and couldn't get out. Thank goodness John was there. My shoe is still waaaay down there somewhere.

Nova said...

uhhhh.....a paradise for dogs

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

Look...I had to teach you about the Bloods and the Crips...now do I have to teach you how to dispose of the bodies properly? This is how people get busted. you never, never throw evidence in ponds...burn baby burn!

NicoleB said...

That's one heck of a graveyard :D
Our Lab would be right in it too. The little Dachsen not so much :)

Chip "Rocket Man" Allen said...

Temps have dropped here as two colds fronts moved through the area and rain is forecast for the weekend. Hope some of it moves your way.

Linda said...

My goodness, it's like a little slice of pre-history in your back garden.

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