My post yesterday generated some comments (thank y'all... I love them!)... one was from Mark and Teri (great birders we met in Maine a couple of years ago). Mark wrote that he's seen cattle trucks like I showed in my post... they were transporting cattle from other places (like this dry arid part of Texas) to greener pastures in Colorado. He went on to say that the trucks are pretty smelly. In other words, they stink.
(The photos in today's post don't have a thing to do with the post... just shots I took as I wandered around today)
The road I walk everyday. Thickets, shrubs, and spindly trees... everything has stickers and barbs.
That comment got me to thinking about that time Bill & I were driving Rt 90, not too far from the Gulf of Mexico. Not to be confused with I 90, Rt 90 runs below I 10, and kind of parallels it from Florida to.... heck, I don't know... at least through Texas. Anyway, we were mosey-ing along... saw all these feathers in the air and laying along the side of the road. Kind of looked like someone ahead of us was fluffing up a feather bed that had a big rip in it.
Cactus Wren... scolding me for getting too close.
Got on a little further.... hmmmm... looks like the whole darned chicken! Nope... hundreds of chickens! We were behind a chicken truck!
Don't know if you've ever heard that song by John Anderson ... Chicken Truck... but by the end of the song his truck was so covered in chicken... well, you know what... that he couldn't see. (of course I had to start singing that song... at least the words I could remember)
Old windmill at the nearby ranch house.
We knew enough to stay Waaaaay back.... the flying feathers were distraction enough... kind of like being in a blizzard. But, of course, there was more. I think I have photos of some big splats on our windshield... and those splats weren't feathers!
Needless to say, the aroma wasn't so great either. Kind of rivaled that RV park in Indianapolis that used to be a hog farm.
It wasn't a 4-lane road and it didn't have many places to pass. We sure were glad when that truck pulled off a few miles down the road!
Tiny flowers blooming along the road
Which leads right into another thought...
Have you ever driven behind a transport truck hauling hogs? Happens a lot when you're driving I 80 through Iowa... Pheweeee.......
Maybe I should take a survey to see what y'all think is the worst smelling vehicle to get stuck behind.
To me, animals can smell pretty bad, but a vehicle belching out diesel fumes is far worse.
Guess I should close with something more pleasant...
Last night's Sunset...
That's All For Today!