Uprooted Magnolia

Rope’em and Choke’em

Posted in Branding, Calving, Cattle Roundup, Nature, Photography by leahyetter on June 4, 2012

Not really any choking going on, but plenty of roping.

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Patrick had to put a little scare into this calf trying to get away from the herd. Even though momma is at the top of the hill and he’s taking him to her, his one track mind wants him to go back to the last place he sucked.
The last of the cows were trucked to the Laramie Plains this morning.  It’s so dry here but there is plenty of grass and water up there so they will have a happy summer of grazing and lounging.

These past few months have been a lot of work for me and Patrick and I’ve been cowgirlin’ more than photographerin’ (I know that’s not a word but it feels like one today). We have a crew out from back east so I’ve been able to sit back a little more and document the action rather than be right in there with it. We’ve been herding cattle and chasing calves and we had a successful branding.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

AND finally…drumroll please…..

©Leah Yetter Photographer

…the last heifer to calve gave birth a week ago. Yes, our last calf of the bunch has finally arrived. Patrick says “she’s holding on to that calf like it’s money”. She was as big as a bus that last week and we are so grateful the calf came out okay. We’re done with calving for the year so maybe we’ll catch up on some sleep this summer. Ha! A girl can dream of zzz’s can’t she?


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  1. WestEastern said, on June 4, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Great pictures! Ah, those men will rope at any chance they can grab… I think my favorite is when they need to doctor a calf for “poly deficiency.” I heard it’s an epidemic…


    • leahyetter said, on June 4, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      Ha! So true. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂


      • naturallightfav said, on September 15, 2012 at 7:19 am

        Your shots are amazing. The top one is my favorite!! I am a newbie in photography and I would like to know what settings did you apply to your camera before taking that shot? thanks,


      • leahyetter said, on September 15, 2012 at 10:10 am

        Thank you very much! But gosh, I don’t know what I set this on, it’s one of the many shots I took during the roundup. One thing I would suggest is put your camera on Program and shoot in all different kinds of situations: bright light, low light, silhouettes, etc. and see what the camera can and can’t do. Then start working with setting your aperature (AV) and shoot and watch where it sets the shutter in those situations. Here is an exposure sheet sheet that may help. http://imgur.com/PZcPQ
        I apologize if this is all confusing or vague. I’ve never claimed to be a teacher! 🙂
        Edit: Quick tip- Av mode, f/2.8-4 for portraits, f/8-11 for landscapes and then use exposure adjustment if you think the picture’s too dark.


      • naturallightfav said, on September 15, 2012 at 10:38 am

        Thank you for the fantastic tips! will be very useful to me. I am a big fan of your photography:)


  2. Lenore Diane said, on June 4, 2012 at 11:11 am

    The picture of ‘the scare’ is incredible. Love it. And the calf is adorable!! Congrats on the birth!


    • leahyetter said, on June 4, 2012 at 4:00 pm

      Thanks Lenore. This was a very LATE birth. She’s a new heifer and was sold as a spring calver but really is a summer calver. Not sure if she can catch up with the rest. We’ll see. Glad you like the shots!


  3. Michael Williams said, on June 4, 2012 at 11:17 am

    I love the sepia tone. It brings the old west to life and brings back memories for me. Many years ago I worked and lived on a dude ranch in Wapiti, Wyoming, 7 miles from the east gate of Yellowstone and 60 miles west of Cody. I miss those times and I envy you! Keep sending these photos. One day you will have a modern day and incredible Wyoming Photo Book to edit and sell.


    • leahyetter said, on June 4, 2012 at 4:01 pm

      Thanks Michael! I don’t do sepia tone enough. I hope to get a book going soon. Thanks for visiting!


  4. barbaraelka said, on June 4, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Great photography


  5. idiosyncratic eye said, on June 4, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    So cute! Beautiful images as ever. Have a great summer. 🙂


    • leahyetter said, on June 4, 2012 at 4:03 pm

      Thanks! Summer unfortunately means fire season. But we can hope for the best and for some rest!


  6. amazingved said, on June 4, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    great photos!


  7. scrapydo said, on June 4, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    So cool! thanks for sharing!


  8. Lynne Otter photographer said, on June 5, 2012 at 1:01 am

    Ciao, nice shots, can we see more of the cowboys and branding? 🙂


    • leahyetter said, on June 6, 2012 at 10:45 am

      Well, it was such a small crew but I’ll see what I can come up with. 🙂 Thanks Lynne!


  9. pinkunderbelly said, on June 5, 2012 at 6:35 am

    I admit, I was worried when I read this blog’s title, and was glad to hear there was no choking! Great shots, as always. Hooray for the crew coming in to help so you can take more pictures!


    • leahyetter said, on June 6, 2012 at 10:46 am

      I wouldn’t do that to you Nancy! It can be brutal out here but I would never show it to you guys. 😉


  10. David Goorevitch said, on June 6, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    The top photo is iconic of the west and its rugged individuality. Beautiful!


  11. yhcgagiloda1985 said, on September 4, 2012 at 1:23 am

    Reblogged this on Sandeep Wadhawe Summary.


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