On Holiday: Thanksgiving Part II

Are you sick of scenic photos yet? I sure hope not. Because I crammed this post chock full with photos I took during Thanksgiving at HB’s ranch! Above is the scenic ranch house nestled among a mott of trees. That windmill is real and fully functional! It pumps up water from a well in the ground, providing the cattle with drinking water.

Looking back at these photos, all I can think is, Ralph Lauren commercial. Ralph, I’ll be expecting your call.

Lesson learned: do not piss off the cows.

Taken the same day as this post (see the similar bright-but-dark weather?) I particularly loved when patches of sun would shine down on the fields, illuminating its beauty.

Hi. This is huisache (wee-satch). It is a pain in the butt (and other places). You cannot drive over it, it will puncture your tire and leave you stranded among the above animals. It takes over your land like weeds. It is generally hated among ranchers.

I mean, just look at the thorns on that thing! Yeesh.

HB’s comment: “Eeyore eats those.”

Me: “What?”

HB: “Eeyore. He eats thistles.”

Me: “Oh, that’s a thistle?”

Come to think of it, I don’t really think either of us have any clue what the above plant is. I just knew I wanted to take a picture of it in silhouette. Boom.

Seriously, no Photoshopping here. Girl Scout’s honor. It really did friggin’ look like that!

P.S. – is that a huisache? They’re everywhere I tell you!!!

Quite possibly one of my favorite moments of Thanksgiving dinner. I’m a sucker for veggies-that-shouldn’t-be-sweet-but-are.

Oh, and marshmallows.

Well would you looky here! Doesn’t that look familiar??

It was scrumptious. Too scrumptious.

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  • Andrea

    Your pictures are great I would LOVE a weekend away at a ranch it sounds perfect. As I tweeted with you before I couldn't resist your pumpkin cheesecake recipe, it was perfect, and the biggest hit at my Thanksgiving dinner. Now I'm going to have to make it every year, word spread to my extended family and they want in!
    -Andrea http://www.prettywithoutpink.blogspot.com

    • Aww that is so great Andrea! Thanks so much!!

  • Ambersnotebook

    fabulous pictures!! And YES! SO Ralph Lauren!

    • I can't get that stupid guy with the aviators out of my mind, he smirks "Don't you just love the holidays?"
      Well, okay, that was Tommy Hilfiger, but you get the All-American vibe I'm going for. Right? Right?!?!?

  • Girl, what did you DO to piss off the cows?!
    Love the pic with the tree… it's gorgeous!

    • The cows are very paranoid and territorial about their munching ground.

  • Beautiful pictures) ~

  • Lovely snaps…of this ranch. Had never heard of huisache (sp?) before, but will make a point to continue avoiding it.

    • Smart move, Terri….very smart move. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • PrettyShinySparkly> On Holiday: Thanksgiving Part II: Are you sick of scenic photos yet? I sure hope … http://bit.ly/ejZtAt (#fashion)

  • Can't decide what I like more – the beautiful views or the sweet potatoes! I'm so with you on being a sucker for sweet veggies and marshmallows, mmm! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sick of YOUR photos? Never!
    ♥ V http://www.gritandglamour.com
    twitter: @gritandglamour

  • Beautiful pictures! I also spent Thanksgiving taking a break from the city. It's so relaxing to be out in nature.