Black Eyed Susans (three images)

About eighteen months ago I won a pack of seeds from my generous and very talented blogging friend,  Adrienne Morris.

black eyed susans

Adrienne is a gifted author who also manages a farm and family. I would encourage you to check out her novels and blog.

black eyed susan

This is the second year the flowers are up and they apparently spent the winter multiplying. They are abundant and gorgeous. Thanks Adrienne!

four susans


Two Odd Beauties (6 photos)

As Judy and I were traveling a country road, I drove past two of the most unusual looking animals I have ever seen. A quick U-turn brought me back, but by then they had retreated to the back of the property. As I waited, they saw me and started to move in my direction.slow walk At first they walked slowly but it was clear they were coming to say hello…

moving alongThey looked like small donkeys or burrows with psychedelic markings …..

cutest pair everBy now there were two large Chow dogs at the fence barking at me, so I stood back…..

I love them They picked up their pace and were about to be at the fence to say hello. I was excited…

here at lastRegrettably, the dogs kept me at bay or I would have put my hands all over these two…

looking sillyAs I said goodbye they responded by shaking their pretty heads and acting silly. It was great meeting them and I now know where they live. Next time they get treats.

© 2013 Michael Fiveson

Sleepy Pumpkin

sleepy pumpkin                                                  © 2012 Michael Fiveson

When it’s 20 degrees (F) outside why not find a ray of sunshine inside, thought my clever Pumpkin. She went back to sleep as soon as I was done. Silly daddy!

Three More Friends

When I walked up to the fence these three all converged to come say hello. The big beauty on the right had a head as big as a house but was friendly enough for a good quick rub. I am wondering if I am not looking at a family portrait with the foal being in the middle.

3 friendsIn short order the white horse was the only one who wanted to hang out with me and was quickly comfortable enough to let me rub his face and touch his strong head.

sweet horseDo horses know that whatever pleasure I might give they return ten times over? There is something so nourishing about being in their presence, and I am filled with childlike joy.

white horse© 2012 Michael Fiveson



would come by my desk

almost every day

as his days were running out

and he would sit

and laugh

and share

and I

loved it

we connected as men

and co-workers

and human beings

and the things we talked about


more than he knew

more than I knew

politics, love, life, humor, absurdities, death, pain, joy, fishing, Mexico, work

the conversations friends have

especially dying ones

go to new places

and leave indelible marks


John does not come by my desk

even though I know he is gone

I look for him

and long for him

and wonder

how any friend

could ever be

a light so bright

a heart so soft