Pheasant feathers

Close up they are a magnificent riot of color.

You’d think these birds would stand out like a sore thumb in a field of wheat stubble.pheasant in wheat stubble

But, with a subtle turn and a duck of the head,pheasants in wheat stubble

they all but vanish!

Taken on a super blustery day one bird is head down and hiding while the others tail gets blown over his head!

Taken on a super blustery day one bird is head down and hiding while the others tail gets blown over his head!

 

I had written this as a back up post for this month of crazy daily posting. I figured that some day life would take over and the blogging just wouldn’t happen. 

I didn’t suspect that it would be the day we returned home after the long holiday weekend at 10:45 pm.  I didn’t guess that my post for the day would be already written. Or that after we transferred sleeping girls to bed and I went to start a fire to get the chilly house heated up the wood stove would inexplicably belch smoke back into the house…. but that’s what happened…

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12 comments on “Pheasant feathers

  1. Beautiful! Hope the belching stove gets sorted out quickly. A dose of Pepto-bismol ( not sure if that’s how you spell it. We don’t have that here or where I grew up)?

    • Jessie says:

      I was about to resort to the Pepto-bismol because nothing else worked when I learned about reversing draws and cold chimneys. Which having heated with wood for the last 10 years has never been a problem. But hey, you learn something new everyday right?

      • Absolutely. Go you! So what does the stove use if not wood? Pellets? Peat? The possibilities are endless and positively poetic! Lol! Couldn’t resist!

        • Jessie says:

          Oh I just wrote that confusingly. It does burn wood I just have never had this particular issue in many years of wood stove use that’s all. Today it’s sputtering snow, grey and windy and the fire is burning merrily inside. Thank goodness!!!

  2. Sharon says:

    First of all…..Mother Nature certainly dressed up the male bird and animal! Second…..I know all about soot flying around. Long time ago we heated our home with space heaters. Had a man to clean the soot from one but his vacuum cleaner had a whole in the bag and my kitchen was covered with soot. Nasty greasy stuff on everything!!

    • Jessie says:

      Ooo terrible! Fortunately most of ours was ash and a lot of shop-vacing and I’ve got it pretty well cleaned up- and we now have a fire going as well- thank goodness!

  3. Fantastic post and photos! We came home late from a long holiday weekend to a cold house and sleeping kids. Thank God the woodstove did not belch smoke.

    • Jessie says:

      As good as it feels to come home I always hate the feeling of the cold house. It took until I brought in reinforcements this afternoon (Dad) but we got the fire going again. Phew!

  4. so sorry about the smoke belching but these pics are great!

    • Jessie says:

      Glad you like the pictures. I haven’t been hunting very often where I’ve gotten my birds and still had daylight left for pictures. I always think I’m going to hike with just my camera but… well, the camera tags along in the pocket of my game vest so nicely and then my hands are free to carry the shotgun… 🙂

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