Thank you all for your kind and thoughtful comments, poems, emails, and phone calls on the loss of Matilda. You all have been so comforting to me during this difficult time. I know I couldn’t get through this without the help from my friends and family.
I wish you all a wonderful weekend. :)
Who knew that my greatest love would be an orange and white ball of fur with bright green eyes.
Last Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, Matilda passed away peacefully in my lap. For over 17 years, she was my best friend, muse, my playmate, and the sweetest snuggle buddy a girl could ever want.
The routine parts of the day that are the hardest. I miss the morning walks down the hall to the food bowl. Seeing her perched on the bed after my shower ready to settle in and cuddle for the night.
I miss the pitter-patter of her tootsies on the floor on her way to jump in my lap.
She was my rock for almost half my life. I’m sure going to miss that tuna breath. I loved being her mommy.
Her last day was snugly and quiet. We took a stroll through the yard to smell the grass and roll in the dirt. We Skyped with a couple of our closest friends at the very end. The vet came to our home and with great compassion, he reassured me that it was time for her to cross the rainbow bridge. I laid her to rest in the backyard and tossed in a handful of dirt. Patrick came out to finish and held me close while I cried and cried.
This might be the last Tilda Tuesday, at least for a while. As I go through my pictures of her and our time together, I’m sure I’ll post some to share with you. How can I not? But that will happen after some time has passed.
Thank you all for the love you’ve shown for my girl. I have enjoyed sharing her sweetness with you and she loved being a part of this. Hug your fur babies a little extra for me.
Rest In Peace Matilda ‘Badilda’ Marie Consuella Rodriguez Yetter.
Also known as: ‘Tilda, Tilda Mae, TillyToot, Tootles, Turtle Dove, TillyTat-TillyTat, Sweet Punkin’Pie Angel of Love, Baby Girl, my Baby Angel. ♥
This image depicts how I’ve been feeling the last couple of weeks. In the weeds!! Life keeps dealing out one complication after another and I’m trying to dig out of it the best I know how. It’s just the average life issues- car expenses, dead computer, expensive new computer, bad weather making scheduling photo shoots difficult, and the list goes on. Sitting in the quiet of this morning, I am reminded that this too shall pass and I am thankful for all that I do have and I am thankful to you, my readers. I try not to grumble here but my absence from Uprooted Magnolia gives me anxiety. I enjoy posting images and reading/responding to many of your comments. I feel like something is missing when I can’t be here. So as soon as I am able to emerge from all of this, I will return to a regular program. I hope.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. I hope you have a wonderful week.
A friend of ours called this morning and said it was -29º at his place but he lives in the mountains. It’s only three below zero here. My goodness! There isn’t a lot of snow on the ground however. The air is just so cold and cuts like a knife. I stepped out for a couple of seconds to shoot the sunrise illuminating the Peak. My skin tightened up, my eyeballs teared up and froze and camera strap grew stiff. I think I’ll stay in until it warms up a little. At least until it gets above zero.
Stay warm folks! It’s not even “officially” winter yet!
The wind blew all day yesterday. I mean it howled (still is today, but with snow circling as well).
So we decided to go down and check on the cows and horses and give them a little cake.
The light was stunning! The sunsets and sunrises have been spectacular these last couple of weeks.
I think I’ll call this one The Gray Ghost. He just wouldn’t stand still for his portrait!
Shooting in very low light is always tough and I had my old 40D with me. These shots are quite grainy but I think it gives them even more character. :)
Maybe I’ll have some snow reports for you tomorrow. The weather is so weird right now. Cheers!
We are bracing for our first winter storm of the year. It’s supposed to arrive on Monday and stick around all of next week. These tall leafless cottonwood trees will soon be covered in glistening precipitation and the leaves on the ground will be frozen. It’s time to soak up the sunshine and enjoy the last of the fall temperatures.
Stay warm folks! :)
I took a long walk along the river yesterday to get away from the computers and long editing list. I needed to unplug for a while and take a break in the sunshine. Especially when the weather is as gorgeous as it was yesterday. The wind wasn’t blowing and the air was warm and golden. I decided I’d turn around and try to walk through the tall weeds among the cottonwoods and I startled this beauty from her rest. These may be weeds to me but to her it’s a hiding place and safe bed. I quietly backed up not wanting to bump her out of her safe place and started back the way I came. She hopped deeper into the weeds and I watched as her white pompom tail disappeared across the river.
I wish you all a safe and happy weekend my friends!
Thinking about our gorgeous fall leaves on this overcast and rainy day. This girl decided to bathe and take a sip while I was setting up for a portrait session one morning. She made her way across and grazed in the sunshine after a while. I love the grass and water dripping from her mouth. She looks quite content with her surroundings.
The leaves have all but dropped but I grabbed this scene early one morning a couple weeks ago. As the sun slowly rose, the light was a rich turquoise for a few moments through the thick fog. A day late for a Halloween photo but it’s kinda spooky, eh? :)
Hope you all had a safe and happy Halloween.
Hey folks! I just wanted to pop in for a quick minute and say hi. I am so fortunate to have been working with some awesome families for their portraits during this beautiful fall season and have been neglecting the blog and other social media for a while. My current editing list contains 7 more sessions to process and deliver and several more on the calendar. I am so grateful for the work and have enjoyed the mornings and afternoons spent with new and repeat clients. It has been a blast so far!
So hang with me and I’ll be back to blogging regularly soon enough. The leaves are falling fast and I just love this time of year. I thought this leaf in the tall weeds looked like a fish. :)
Hope you all are doing well. Hugs and kisses from me and Tilda Marie!
Most of the corn has been cut throughout the county. Birds scavenge for leftover kernels and flocks of Sandhill Cranes stand in the empty rows and call out to one another.
Looking forward to a lovely weekend of portraits sessions as we all take advantage of this gorgeous autumn light.
Have a great weekend friends!
Even though our surroundings are in full fall color right now, today seemed like a gritty black and white photo kind of day. I’m inside processing shoots but will soon return to the colorful leaves of autumn and share those with you soon. Cheers!
Like many of us here in Wyoming, Matilda is often outdoors enjoying this beautiful fall weather. She loves to hide behind the sagebrush and jump out with a burst of energy and pounce onto the deck. She may be 17 years old, but she sure doesn’t know it. Happy Tilda Tuesday everyone! :)
Another golden evening in the meadows.
The grass is so tall it makes for easy eating for the cattle. They aren’t having to work too hard right now. I call them the lazy grazers, lovingly of course. :)
We have been blessed with some beautiful days as we ease into Fall. I share this view with you a lot because I am so thankful for it. The cows are home, all are bred and we are gearing up for another winter. But before the first snowflakes fly, I have portrait sessions scheduled this month with this as the backdrop. Pretty awesome don’t you think? Have a beautiful day my friends! :)
This old wagon is near the summer pasture for our cows. I’ve photographed it many times and figured it’s about time to share one. Whenever I look at it I think of how useful this was many, many years ago. Now it sits in front of an old barn as a reminder of the old days of ranch life.
When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. ~Georgia O’Keefe
“I have noticed that what cats most appreciate in a human being is not the ability to produce food which they take for granted–but his or her entertainment value.” -Geoffrey Household
Matilda was helping me organize my photo shoot props. Apparently my rush to get everything ready for my next shoot was really entertaining for her. Silly Tilly. :)
I have been blog weary lately. I am sorry. My business has been keeping me occupied and on the go like crazy and I just haven’t had time to blog about it. While I’m not caught up with delivering to my wonderful clients, I am happy to bring you some happy sunflowers. :)
…and a happy ladybug!
After we brought a few calves home to wean last week, Patrick pointed out this REAL sunflower by the calving barn. It gave me an idea to throw seeds for a sunflower patch next summer. I love the contrast against the tin.
This is how it looked this morning. It was a wet and rainy morning but I think the sun might be coming out. I wouldn’t know because I am to be locked in my office ALL DAY to get my work done.
Happy Monday friends! Matilda and I have missed you. xoxo