Saturday, December 20, 2014

Miss Piggie


It is a mud turtle, Felipe found him on the farm near a pond.  Had not seen one here before.

He is alive, and about to be release from within our house.  Not happy about his photo op....  What a catch!!!

Baby Boy's second day of life

Baby Boy's second day of life and he is getting a ride.  Mom went to breakfast with the herd and Marcos carried baby boy down from the mountain to the quad.  Our boy is a very big new baby, a good looking guy.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Rio Oro after yesterday's rain.


The beautiful Rio Oro runs through our farm and joins the Rio Atirro which also runs along our farm and is a boundary line.  Our farm is on both side of the Rio Oro.  This view will change many time during the rainy season that has just started and runs through December.  Here at Finca Quijote, we can receive 240 - 300 inches of rain a year.  Hydropower is the obvious choice.

Quebrada Brava after yesterday's rain

Brava comes down from a series of beautiful waterfalls and crosses our road.  Yesterday we had a good hard rain, and the chocolate water of Brava is the result of the waters pouring down from the mountain above.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mud Turtle

After today's big rain, it is the rainy season....we found this guy when we came back from a quad ride.

He is a white lipped mud turtle, Has single-hinged belly armor that can be closed completely. Is one of the very few turtles in the world that inhabits cascading mountain streams.  Kinosternon leucostomum  Their diet consists of fish, earthworms, mealworms, snails, and some plant matter.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Our newest baby cow.

 Our newest baby cow.  Born this very day.  A perfect baby, a natural birth.  When cows give birth each member of the herd queues up to sniff, lick and greet the just born baby.  No pushing or shoving, the line is very respectful, each cow waiting her turn to meet the baby.

This is the baby's most handsome Daddy.  A gentle bull who loves to have his head scratched.  He is a big, sweet guy.   All of our herd is gentle, they have been bred to be so.  I love cows...