Uprooted Magnolia


Posted in Nature, Photography, Stormy Skies by leahyetter on July 9, 2012

©Leah Yetter Photographer

After Patrick spent 6 days and nights on the Arapaho fire, he came home the evening of the 4th and said that the southeast side of the fire (our immediate threat) was out. The next day we went to the Laramie Plains to check the cattle and repair a gate that the elk tore down. On our way home we saw black skies, and it wasn’t from smoke. The closer we got we could see sheets of rain falling on and around the fire. There was flash flooding and a lot of the crew still out there took cover and waited it out. And now, because the last few days have been cool and wet, the fire is 70% contained. But not before it grew to over 98,000 acres. Dryer and warmer temps are on the way but the crews will continue direct attacks on the hottest spots.
No one lost their lives and only minor injuries were reported. My heart goes out to those who lost their homes, their pasture, and their livestock. But we are so thankful that relief from above has arrived and we hope it only gets even better from here.
Thank you for all of your kind comments and prayers. We appreciate each and every one of you.

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  1. thecakedoctorssurgery said, on July 9, 2012 at 9:01 am

    So glad you are safe! xx


  2. Martine Roch Studio said, on July 9, 2012 at 9:04 am

    What a tragedy. Good luck to you, your family and friends. xoxo


  3. idiosyncratic eye said, on July 9, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Been thinking of you all, glad you’ve made it through in one piece. 🙂


    • leahyetter said, on July 9, 2012 at 9:40 am

      Thank you! It’s been stressful and I still have the house packed up ready to evacuate. Fore season isn’t over but hopefully we’ll get a break for a little while at least. 🙂


  4. Lynne Otter photographer said, on July 9, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Ciao Leah, great shot, so glad u are all ok on the ranch, get the wellies out!( Brit: for wellingtons, galoshes)


    • leahyetter said, on July 9, 2012 at 9:39 am

      Thanks Lynne! I’ve got my wellies by the door. But since it is SO dry, the ground soaked up all that rain and we barely had any puddles. I hope I get to wear them sometime this year though!


  5. melissakoski said, on July 9, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Beautiful photo. Glad everyone seems safe despite the bleak circumstances. We’ve had temps near 100 most days and no rain in almost a month….and none in the next few weeks. I’m grateful we are spared from high winds, but the fireworks over the 4th seems ridiculous and nerve wracking! Hugs!


    • leahyetter said, on July 9, 2012 at 9:37 am

      Thanks Melissa! Yeah, it’s just been so stressful and I’ve still got the house packed up to evacuate. Unfortunately, fire season is not over. There is a fire ban over Colorado and Wyoming and the darn thing about it is, Cheyenne, 80 miles south of us, had a fireworks show. I couldn’t believe it! I mean, didn’t the smoke tip them off that it could be dangerous.
      Anyway, we’ve been the same way, super hot temps and dry air. When the wind blows, it heats us up AND dries us out. I don’t think the wind has stopped blowing since October last year. Ugh. Thanks for thinking of us my friend. Hope y’all get some relief in the weather soon.


  6. suzysomething said, on July 9, 2012 at 11:02 am

    So glad to learn that you are all well and safe. I’ve been thinking about you since your last post and wondering how you were weathering the fire. The rain was indeed a blessing.


  7. Joseph Cowart said, on July 9, 2012 at 11:20 am

    GOD will not let you all down and your friends will not let you all down. Praying for you all . from Florida .. Joe


  8. msmcword said, on July 9, 2012 at 11:22 am

    I am sure you are relieved.

    I enjoy your blog and the photos-I feel as if I am in Wyoming with you.

    I, too, have a blog at msmcword.wordpress.com.

    Looking forward to more of your photos.


  9. Lenore Diane said, on July 9, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Gorgeous photo of glorious rain. Amen.


  10. Alice said, on July 9, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    The prairie sighs in you photo. Relief.


  11. thesketchybunny said, on July 10, 2012 at 2:39 am

    Beautiful shot, great smooth colours!


  12. nutsfortreasure said, on July 10, 2012 at 5:25 am

    Thankful he arrived safely. You must have been so happy Leah
    I am sad so much land has been desecrated though I know new life there will soon appear it is still sickening the loss your sate and the others have had.
    We here in NH were under Red Flag Warnings for about a month and with all the careless smokers and campers our tiny little state could have gone up in a flash.
    Then the rains came and came some more to the point it was so green here and steamy too it was like a jungle.
    I love your area and you are open and winds rage through there so I am thankful there was no human loss.
    Thanks for the update.

    Take care


    • leahyetter said, on July 11, 2012 at 10:40 am

      Thank you for your kind words. Glad you got the rains.
      I’m with you, I get so mad seeing ciggi’s being thrown out of car windows. I haven’t seen it too much out here. Mostly people chew. Yuck.


      • nutsfortreasure said, on July 11, 2012 at 10:47 am

        my better half chews still he said he would quit for my birthday 2 years ago I told what happens if he dies of cancer then next birthday I will celebrate with someone NEW lol I smoked for 10 years long ago stupid move but never disposed of them outside of an ash tray lol I see garbage and wonder who raised all of the pigs lol Just want it to be always beautiful outside my view.


      • leahyetter said, on July 11, 2012 at 11:06 am

        Ha SOMEONE NEW! Perfect. I smoked many years ago too for a couple years. I agree, I want it all to look natural and perfect when I look out my windows.


      • nutsfortreasure said, on July 11, 2012 at 11:09 am



  13. wyominglife said, on July 10, 2012 at 10:17 am

    We were so glad to see the rain on that fire. Yesterday evening we got a nice downpour for about 45 minutes. It’s not the end of dry, but it sure did help the fire danger in the immediate area around Casper, and it put some much needed water in the dirt stock tanks in our horse pasture.


    • leahyetter said, on July 11, 2012 at 10:38 am

      The cooler temps were a relief too! But we are back to being hot and dry and on point waiting for the next one. It’s just a fact of life out here. I was hoping we’d get enough to irrigate our meadows but no such luck. I think they are saving that for the farmers.


      • wyominglife said, on July 16, 2012 at 10:46 am

        Water rights are a huge deal in the West. If you’re at the ‘end’ of the ditch it can be pretty hit or miss from year to year. As with all agriculture, the weather has the final say. Farmers and Ranchers, must, by nature, be optimists. I know what it’s like. It’s like holding your breath all through the growing season until harvest.


  14. Kirsten Dinesen said, on July 10, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    What an absolutely BEAUTIFUL shot….I can almost smell the rain moving in across the prairie….Thank you for sharing….and I am happy to see that you guys are finally getting some relief ..


    • leahyetter said, on July 11, 2012 at 10:36 am

      Thanks Kirsten. We are back to being hot and dry with dry lightning threatening us later today. But the rain and cooler temps were nice, even if they were just fleeting. 🙂


  15. Olivia Slama said, on July 10, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the “One Lovely Blog” Award! You can check it out at http://oliviarslama.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/lovely/
    Keep on Blogging! 😀
    Olivia Slama


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  17. Sunnyace said, on July 11, 2012 at 11:26 am

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  18. saltwatersunrise said, on July 12, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    This picture is beautiful! I admire your photography skills


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