Monday, as I was reading Matthew's naptime stories, I suddenly though I heard noise in the pasture behind the house. I looked out his window and saw headlights in the mist.
I thought they were out on an exercise, until the mist slowly revealed tents and port-a-pottys.
And the vehicles kept coming.
At times there were huge lines of waiting vehicles.
Sometimes just one.
We couldn't believe how fast the sleepy pasture space transformed into a well oiled operation.
By mornings light, I marveled how big the tents were. It all makes me think of Phil. I've never been able to see what "the field" looked like before. I just had to imagine from what he said.
Now I can see a tiny piece of it for myself. I thought of questions I had never thought of before.
I love this shot because it's the only one where the tank commander is out of his hatch. This is how Phil looks as he rolls around.
All afternoon we'd watch small groups roll up straight behind our house (you may recognize our fence by now,) wait, and then roll off to some other location.
I'm still playing with the extra long lens we have. That is a tank back there.
I just happily snapped away, until I noticed one tank sweeping the area with it's gun tube. Then I felt like I was being watched. Phil assured me that they can "reach out and touch you" the focus is so good. Yikes! And as I looked at these photos blown up on the computer almost every one had 1 tank's gun tube pointed straight at me. Probably someone was watching me as much as I was watching them! Or I was really good about catching it pointing at me, while it was in the middle of a sweep. Or maybe it was really looking at the neighbors, where no one was outside.
Another nature shot.
Late in the afternoon I was surprised to see the cattle out grazing. But there they were, not caring about all the hustle and bustle around them. And they were out again today.
Hope you enjoyed the photos. Matthew and I sure are enjoying having new stuff to watch behind the house, even if they do rattle our house.