Fall arrived early this year. The first sign was that the Western Boreal Toad went back into hibernation on September seventh. We usually see them throughout September. The snakes and mice are also out of sight.
Our first cold front arrived Monday morning with ice cold rain then snow. The draft horses were in their fall pasture, when the rain started.
Charlie, an older and wiser horse, packed Dolly under the trees for protection. He braved the weather to keep her under until she realized that "under the trees" was the place to be during storms. Charlie continues to be a mentor to Dolly who is just in her second year. I think this winter may be a "hold onto your hats" winter. Let's hope fall stays for a while.
Farewell to our summer friends... see you next year! Snakes Toads Frogs