Uprooted Magnolia

Various Ramblings and Images ’cause I Miss You

Posted in Calving, Horses, Nature, Ranching by leahyetter on April 16, 2012

A few things…

We woke up to a beautiful blanket of snow on the ground this morning. We’ve been desperate  for moisture.

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It’s busy ’round here. I’ve been more of a cowgirl than a photographer lately and I miss my camera.
I fixed that this morning ’cause I miss y’all.

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I have some stories to share and hope to find time to write them. There is one in particular that had our family howling over Easter lunch. I’m not much of a writer and there aren’t too many pictures to go along with it but I’ll make it work somehow.

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Our little Pinrow has a new cow mommy. Yay for him. Sad for me.

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We had a new shipment of heifers and calves this weekend. You see, heifers (first time mothers) don’t really know how to be a mom so they’ll let any calf suck. There were times down in the corrals while we were sorting them, that a heifer had a calf on each side and one in the back suckling. “Nobody’s gonna go hungry in this herd!”, Patrick said. I stood there in shock. Bunch of hippies I say.
Mother cows that have done this a few times will kick and headbutt a calf if one other than hers tries to suck.

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The gobblers are gobbling daily.

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And strutting daily.

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We wake up every morning to the song of the meadowlark.

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I was finally able to capture the elusive Merganser Ducks in the pond this morning.

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This couple is always around but so difficult to capture. I sneaked up on them this morning.

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Geese honk constantly. It’s become annoying. At least they are photogenic.

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I’m working on a project for a client where I’m adding color to black and white landscapes. I think it’s going to look good and I hope to share some of that with you when the job is completed.

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In the last couple of weeks, we’ve had to pull about 4 calves out of mother cows because the calf was either backwards, too big or the cow was weak after pushing for too long. Eeeesh.  Sometimes when I use the word “we” I tell you that I use it loosely. Usually “we” means Patrick but here lately, I’m in it up to my elbows.

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I have good friends flying in tomorrow for a visit. I can’t wait. ♥


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  1. Lynne Otter photographer said, on April 16, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Ciao, really good shots, well done in all that cold snow…..hey are your friends up to helping out with the ‘up to the elbow stuff’? have fun.Lynne

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    • leahyetter said, on April 16, 2012 at 10:28 am

      Thanks Lynn! If they want to eat they’ll get in it up to their elbows! Nothing is for free around here, especially during calving. 🙂

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  2. cravesadventure said, on April 16, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Great Post – Beautiful Photos – love the turkeys – thanks for sharing! Happy Monday!

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    • leahyetter said, on April 16, 2012 at 10:29 am

      Thanks my friend! I’ve missed my camera and had a great morning. Good way to start off the week. 🙂

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  3. Karen Chandler said, on April 16, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Beautiful Leah, every one of them! I especially like the stream in b/w and color and the horses.

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  4. idiosyncratic eye said, on April 16, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    So, so beautiful. Thank you for sharing your magical, frosty corner of the world. 🙂

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    • leahyetter said, on April 18, 2012 at 7:55 am

      Thank you! It was all gone by 9am but it was a magical morning. 🙂

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  5. intergenerational said, on April 16, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    So poetic photos!

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  6. Ellen said, on April 16, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Miss reading your blogs too
    Ellen, reporting from Guayaquil, Ecuador

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  7. longhauler2170 said, on April 17, 2012 at 4:29 am

    Mrs. yetter , you are the best photographer I have ever seen, your pictures are wonderful.

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  8. Victoria Bennett Beyer said, on April 17, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Snow. Oh my heavens; I am already forgetting. That first image is divine.

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    • leahyetter said, on April 18, 2012 at 7:51 am

      I know, right?! It was all melted by 9am. We need the moisture. Now there is less of a dust cloud behind the truck going down the driveway. 🙂

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  9. Lenore Diane said, on April 18, 2012 at 8:11 am

    These are gorgeous, Leah! And your words compliment the pictures nicely.

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  10. Janet Mackey said, on April 18, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    These are beautiful! Have you ever thought about sending a group of photos to Country magazine? They do photo essays of different parts of the country, and your photos are even more beautiful than the ones I usually see in the magazine. You have a great gift, Leah. If a picture really is worth a thousand words, then you truly are a writer. Thanks for blessing my day.

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    • leahyetter said, on April 27, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      Thank you Janet, you flatter me! That is quite the compliment but I think I need a manager! I’d love to submit my images to different magazines and sites, but I get so overwhelmed with all of the fine print.

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  11. anelephantcant said, on April 19, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Wonderful stuff!
    We do somewhat inferior tributes to Loch Lomond and a Bird Sanctuary in Lochwinnoch, Scotland at:
    http://anelephantcant.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/lochwinnoch-rocks.html
    But sadly not in your class.

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  12. uni356 said, on April 19, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Lovely Blog
    We are surrounded by so much beauty here in NH
    3 Flocks of Wild Turkey too Love watching the young come to our yard daily.
    I am learning how to write my own BLOG and have a few entries so far.
    Have a Peace filled Earth Day

    http://uni-twiststurnsinlife.blogspot.com

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  13. Suzanne said, on April 19, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Thank you for reminding me about the call of the meadowlark. Where I live in California I never get to hear them. I’d forgotten how my heart used to lift every time I heard that call. We are in the flyway for the Canadian geese, so twice a year I hear them passing over….their calls always make me homesick.

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  14. Suzanne said, on April 19, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Where in Wyoming are you? I went to high school in Cody.

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    • leahyetter said, on April 27, 2012 at 5:25 pm

      Hi Suzanne, we are in the foothills of Laramie Peak in Southeast WY. Near Wheatland.
      The meadowlark is probably my favorite. A beautiful song from a beautiful bird.

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  15. Kate said, on April 19, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Leah, I just came across your blog, and wow! your images are beautiful. I love the first one of the turkeys, and your landscapes at the end. Very happy to have found you. : )

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    • leahyetter said, on April 27, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      Thank you Kate, I am so flattered you like my images. Happy to have you join me!

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  16. badru said, on April 19, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    nice artikel thanks

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  17. trudyleedarman said, on April 19, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    What a great blog! Love the animals and your photography is excellent, will continue to follow if I may. I live in Texas and the cattle we see here are usually of the big ol’ longhorn variety. Deer are our constant visitors, along with armadillos. We live in horse country and dillo holes aren’t a favorite! Thank you for sharing.

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    • leahyetter said, on April 27, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      We can relate to the dillo holes. We have prairie dogs that wreak havoc on the meadows and we have to be very careful on horseback.
      Thank you for the compliment! I’m delighted to have you as a follower!

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  18. conversationswithacowboy said, on April 19, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    I am SO glad I stumbled across your blog in the wee hours of the morning here .. love your photos, words and your subjects. Beautiful.

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  19. conversationswithacowboy said, on April 19, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Reblogged this on Conversations With a Cowboy and commented:
    I have been so determined to write each day I haven’t spent near enough time looking at the incredible lives and work of so many others out here writing. WordPress today posted an article on 8 Gorgeous Nature Blogs .. I’ve only gotten through two and already, huge fan. Fans of all things west, here’s one fun to check out…

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  20. Chitra Sivasankar said, on April 20, 2012 at 4:57 am

    Bloody brilliant shots!!!! Loving them!!!! I am new to photography and these are inspiring…. Thanks a lot for sharing!!!!

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  21. Jayne on Weed Street said, on April 20, 2012 at 7:10 am

    The turkey with the deer head in distance is haunting – just love it!

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    • leahyetter said, on April 27, 2012 at 5:32 pm

      Ha! I thought so too! And I didn’t even see him until I loaded the images on my computer. I had to include that in this series. So glad you like it!

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  22. glamrock4ever said, on April 20, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Your photos are stunning. What kind of camera do you use? Those are very muscular horses, and I love the “Turkey Strut” as well!

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    • leahyetter said, on April 27, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      Thanks so much! I shoot with Canon. I’ve been shooting professionally for14 years and have built an arsenal of lenses and camera bodies.

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  23. melissakoski said, on April 20, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Leah Yetter! What a lovely surprise (but not really considering your artistic eye and major talent….) to get a tweet from WordPress giving shout outs to “10 gorgeous nature blogs in honor of Earth Day.” with your blog featured. COngrats! (: I wondered if you were too swamped to manage such fame during calving and were considering a manager. (: Happy Friday!

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    • leahyetter said, on April 27, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      I AM considering a manager. 😉 It has been busy around here and am just now able to get back in touch with my commenters. I love hearing from you wonderful people!
      And girl, I’m really impressed with your photography. You are getting along quite well with that new lens and are developing quite the eye my friend!

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  24. mcfeedy01 said, on April 20, 2012 at 8:37 am

    It looks like being a “cowgirl” is fun! Your photographs are simply wonderful! Very memorabe. I loved the one with the two cows! Warm, adorable and poignant. I am a photographer and your photographs inspire me! Thanks!

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    • leahyetter said, on April 20, 2012 at 6:36 pm

      Thank you so much! I am flattered to be an inspiration, what a compliment!!

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  25. dilkosverden said, on April 20, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Nice pictures.
    Awesome blog btw 🙂

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  26. ericalynnee said, on April 20, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Wow, this are all breath-taking! I just keep clicking through post after post. How much do you edit your photos to get that lovely quality to them?

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    • leahyetter said, on April 20, 2012 at 6:33 pm

      Thanks so much! Well, fortunately the air is so crisp and the light is so sharp, there is very little editing on most. But 14 years of using Photoshop doesn’t hurt a girls skills either! I appreciate your kind words and I hope you stop by again. 🙂

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      • healingpilgrim said, on April 21, 2012 at 6:21 pm

        Love your horses! And the turkeys too!! Thanks for putting your photographs – and sharing your experiences – out into the world…! Your love of nature shines through.. dear cowgirl 🙂

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  27. Shoeless said, on April 20, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Absolutely LOVED your photos!

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  28. strihc said, on April 21, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Wonderful blog. Will be dropiing in again.

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  29. Sheila T Illustrated said, on April 22, 2012 at 4:38 am

    Hi, Leah. My favorites today are the turkeys and the horses. Congrats on your blog making the list of “10 Gorgeous Nature Blogs in Honor of Earth Day” !!!!

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    • leahyetter said, on April 27, 2012 at 5:40 pm

      Thanks Sheila! It was such a great surprise and honor to be recognized!

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  30. jessiethought said, on April 22, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Those ice crystals on the flowers are simply beautiful!! I also like the first picture and the second-to-last. Great composition in your photos.

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  31. melody johnson said, on April 22, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Enjoyed your blog today:-)

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  32. Mobile Personal Trainer Perth said, on April 22, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    This could be the best morning of anyone’s life, my life. I will miss a great moment in my life if I didn’t see it.

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  33. futuredoll said, on April 23, 2012 at 4:29 am

    Loved the turkey shots & the ice flowers! How beautiful-thanks for sharing!

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    • leahyetter said, on April 27, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      Thank YOU for viewing. So glad you like these. I hope you will return for more!

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  34. amazingved said, on April 23, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    awesome photos

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  35. http://jillriter.com said, on April 24, 2012 at 1:05 am

    absolutely beautiful photos!

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  36. The Cosy Creative said, on April 25, 2012 at 3:43 am

    You have a beautiful blog, the photographs are so vibrant, earthy and calming. I’m very glad to have found it 🙂

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    • leahyetter said, on April 27, 2012 at 5:44 pm

      Thank you for stopping by! I live in such beauty it’s hard to take a bad photograph. I like that you said “calming”. After years of shooting commercially for corporate clients 8 days a week, I’m so happy to be in a calmer place in my life. Glad it comes through in my images. 🙂

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  37. W. R. Woolf said, on April 27, 2012 at 8:37 am

    These are lovely 🙂
    I especially like the ones with the turkeys. It’s almost only black and white but then their red necks “light up” in the middle of it all 🙂

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    • leahyetter said, on April 27, 2012 at 5:45 pm

      Yeah I know! When those gobblers get going, their necks get so red and their heads are a deep blue. It’s so wild!
      Glad you like these, thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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  38. Booksphotographsandartwork said, on April 27, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Love the turkeys, they are so pretty. All of your photos are great!

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  39. The Pal Guy said, on April 28, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Stunning images. The effects of winter in some photos are seen such as the white light effect. All of the subjects are interesting too. Great post.

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  40. TopOfTheThread said, on May 6, 2012 at 5:34 am

    Your photos are stunning. Amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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