Uprooted Magnolia

Woe the Arapaho

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on July 2, 2012

Hello friends! I had the honor and privilege to be Freshly Pressed with Peekaboo Fawn and I thank you all for the sweet comments and emails. I am usually able to answer each and every one of you, and I will soon, but my time at the computer this weekend has been mostly spent watching the fire that is spreading rapidly toward the ranch. The Arapaho Fire started on the evening of June 27th and has doubled in size every day since. I got a call yesterday morning with a pre-evacuation notice. This means we need to be ready and when they say go, we gotta go. Patrick has been fighting the fire that has ravaged homes, livestock, and the gorgeous land we breathe and live off of since Friday.  He came home yesterday afternoon after 44 hours straight of fighting fire with little to no sleep.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

When he left on Friday afternoon, I stepped on the front porch and saw a plume of smoke rolling up above the hill.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

Then about an hour later I went to the top of that hill and saw this:

©Leah Yetter Photographer

It’s been so smokey and hazy and I’ve only left the house to feed the horses and dogs. The cattle are all on the Laramie Plains, out of harms way for the time being.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

When I went out yesterday morning to observe the haze and get ready for chores, ashes were all over the porch and stuck in cobwebs.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

On my way home after delivering prints to  a very favorite and happy client (which was the highlight of my weekend!), the air felt cool but the haze of a 75,000 acre (and counting) wildfire was still in the distance. Notice the plume and haze above the mountain tops in the image above.

Patrick went back out last night and who knows when he’ll be back. He is out with many brave and noble men and women and we pray for their safety and their ability to get this thing under control.

We are not evacuated yet but if I disappear from here for a bit, don’t worry, in the words of Arnold: I’ll be back.


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  1. FeyGirl said, on July 2, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Much, much luck to you… Sending EVERYONE, of the 2- and 4-legged variety, many loving thoughts. ♥


  2. Sunnyace said, on July 2, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Reblogged this on Sunnyace Reblog Collections.


  3. Joseph cowart said, on July 2, 2012 at 10:10 am



  4. trudyleedarman said, on July 2, 2012 at 10:15 am

    My thoughts are with you, how horrifying to see the destruction of the fires, pray for the brave firefighters, fear for the wild life and not so wild. In Bastrop County (Texas) last year we had some nasty fires….destroy 1000’s of homes and we sat watching with car packed…just in case. Thank you for sharing your photos and hope your home/cattle/and of course your husband and his fellow fighters come home unscathed.


  5. Larissa said, on July 2, 2012 at 10:17 am

    I’m hoping all will be ok… Good luck!



  6. graceinazG said, on July 2, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Stay safe and let’s hope the fire changes direction and burns itself out. Thanks to Patrick and all of the brave firefighters who are battling blazes all over the West!


  7. mrsmcclain2 said, on July 2, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Hope you don’t have to evacuate and the fire leaves you and all your stock unharmed. Prayers for those who the fire has or is about to touch !!


  8. Lynne Otter photographer said, on July 2, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Ciao, hope you are all kept out of harms way just in case…..put all pics digi cards act.. in metal boxes and bury! Hopefull it won’t come to that! We are experiencing high temps and l pray for rain here and for you folks. ciao ciao, Lynne


  9. jeantoin said, on July 2, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Don’t worry, see the photo ‘ashes were all over the porch and stuck in cobwebs’ there you see a heart in it.
    Good luck.


    • Kirsten Dinesen said, on July 3, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      I saw the heart too…what a great set of photographs….in spite of the tragedy of the fires…our hearts and well wishes go out to all of you……


  10. idiosyncratic eye said, on July 2, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Feeling for and thinking of you all in your area, that would be my worst nightmare having to evacuate because of fire. Keep safe. PS. Is that your second FP? I’m sure that’s how I ‘met’ you. Congratulations! 🙂


  11. Gary and Kay said, on July 2, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Leah, we’re thinking about you and praying that all of you will be safe. Gary and Kay


  12. Lenore Diane said, on July 2, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Leah, you, Patrick, and your neighbors across the many miles and acres are in my thoughts and prayers. I am grateful for the brave men and women, like your Patrick, who are risking their lives to save the life of others. The pictures are eerily beautiful.


  13. cravesadventure said, on July 2, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Another Great Set of Photos – Congrats on being FP:) Happy Monday!


  14. kelly said, on July 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    I’m following you from Colorado, and sending good thoughts your way for you, your neighbors, Patrick, and everyone involved. Thank you so much for the beautiful photos, I look forward to them every time I open my email.


  15. Ken said, on July 2, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    We’re praying for your safety and fresh air. Thanx for the “Arnold-ism”.


  16. scdreamcatcher said, on July 2, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    I was just in Jackson and Colorado Springs. Praying for all involved in the fires that are burning.


  17. MulledThoughtsandCider said, on July 2, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Praying for you and your family’s safety (as well as everyone else in the area). Congrats on being FP again!


  18. Anarya Andir said, on July 2, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Oh darn – that’s a terrible thing to happen. I hope everything is under control soon. Beautiful photos as always though!


  19. ammiescocina said, on July 2, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    leah, I live in Colorado Springs, and have just been through what you are going through. I hope you and your loved ones stay safe, and that they get this fire contained soon. my heart and thoughts go out to you as you watch your beloved land and scenery burn. it is a hard thing to see and experience. also, thank you for your kind words and thoughts for us here last week.


  20. Dounia said, on July 3, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Wishing you the best of luck – to you and everyone in the area. Hopefully the fire will be contained and won’t cause even more damage. And may your husband and all the brave people fighting the fire come home safely. Your photos are beautiful, as always, but hopefully you won’t be seeing the fire any nearer.


  21. Sheila T Illustrated said, on July 3, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Glad to hear the cattle are out of harms way. Hope Patrick and the others are successful. Prayers for him and all those fighting the fire.


  22. nutsfortreasure said, on July 4, 2012 at 4:13 am

    Fires in so many places
    Some of the prettiest places
    I wish I could send you our glorious rains
    Nourish your lands
    I pray tonight as the nation celebrates
    that people forgo Fireworks in these areas so full of dry tinder just waiting to go up.
    I still watch as so many just throw cigarettes out windows of cars. Ignorance is not bliss
    now but deadly.
    Stay Safe and I hope Patrick can come home soon as well as all the others fighting this battle.
    Prayers being said for all involved


  23. Belle Nelson said, on July 4, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Praying for your family and neighbors, as well as others in difficulty right now. Thank you for sharing.


  24. wyominglife said, on July 4, 2012 at 11:57 am

    We just spent the last few days branding in the summer country west of the Laramie Peak area. I couldn’t believe the smokey haze. This is turning out to be a very intense fire season for so many western states- and it is only July. I posted some comments on my blog about how this year reminds me of the summer of 1988 when so much of the Yellowstone country burned.

    I’ll be posting some pics of the haze from our side as we traveled to the summer range. It was so thick and had such a definite edge to it, that I thought a grass fire had started on this side.

    On a happier note, yesterday afternoon I spoke with my sister who was just a few miles outside the Waldo Canyon fire west of Colorado springs. It was raining hard and had been for two hours. That’s what we need up here.

    Stay safe.


  25. suzysomething said, on July 7, 2012 at 12:51 am

    Leah, I’m keeping you and yours in my thoughts and prayers. These fires are just terrible…I’ve watched some video footage on CNN and other news sites. I hope this finds you all safe from the path of the fires. From where I am in California it looks like the whole west is aflame. God bless and watch over you and Patrick and all the brave people who are fighting against such an awesome force. May you all be safe.


  26. smitha said, on July 7, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Leah, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your fellow ranch members. Stay Safe!


  27. cooking with audrey said, on July 11, 2012 at 9:51 am

    stunning work, Leah! quite the eye you have. i look forward to following you – especially since you are my neighbour! 🙂


  28. mencatinasa1978 said, on September 15, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Reblogged this on Nikki Reese Pad.


  29. Water Truck | Uprooted Magnolia said, on April 29, 2015 at 9:27 am

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