Uprooted Magnolia

Trailing to the Maternity Ward

Posted in Cattle Roundup, Photography, Ranching by leahyetter on March 3, 2011

We woke up at the crack of dawn to a thick fog covering the ranch and the hills that surround us.
Cowboys showed up with horses in tow and I invited my friend Vickie to join me in the ATV.

Yesterday was the day to move cattle from the home place to the South Ranch.

The girls knew something was up when they saw the cowboys on their horses.

They immediately started running to join up as one huge herd.

Vickie remarked on how amazing it is that they line up in single file.
I’m guessing it’s because they know a gate is up ahead.

The fog lifted and we watched as they spread out when in the wide open meadows.

Single file through the gate…

…and through the draw.

This was our view for most of the day. Backsides.

Through wind fallen trees…

…and across the Sybille Crick*.

And finally, under the busy Highway.

After a 5 hour trail ride, we got the ladies to what I call the ‘maternity ward’ of the South Ranch. There is a lot of feed, clean pasture and calf pullers at this ranch. We’re getting ready for a busy calving season.

I can’t wait for the newborn portrait sessions!

–*Crick is cowboy for Creek.

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  1. Nancy said, on March 3, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Baby calf pictures?!?! Can’t wait!


  2. scriptorobscura said, on March 3, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    You have won an award! Stop by to pick it up 🙂




  3. melissakoski said, on March 3, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Leah these are so awesome. I love love love seeing your lifestyle through you beautiful pictures. The photo of the spanning view of the wide open meadow was my favorite until I saw the one of all the backsides- wonderful!


    • leahyetter said, on March 3, 2011 at 7:55 pm

      Thanks Melissa! But too bad it wasn’t a bunch of cowboy backsides…now that would be a picture eh?.


      • melissakoski said, on March 4, 2011 at 6:25 am

        Yehaaaw!! (:


  4. Janet said, on March 3, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Do you really work your ranch with horses? I thought it was impossible to make a living this way. Do you raise organic beef cattle?


    • leahyetter said, on March 3, 2011 at 8:00 pm

      Absolutely! Horses are key to herding and driving cattle. They can step places that the four wheeler and other ATV’s can’t. And no, these are not organic beef cattle.


  5. wherewander said, on March 3, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    wonderful pictures!!


  6. kenny said, on March 3, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    WOW! That was like watching a movie about cows. Geographic strong there Leah.


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