Uprooted Magnolia

Driving Cattle and Giving Thanks

Posted in Cattle Roundup, Photography, Ranching by leahyetter on November 21, 2012

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It was a pretty sunrise while the guys were getting ready for preg check. I got my papers in order and headed down to the cows. We had a successful check and had a great lunch before heading them up into the hills.

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We got them through the first gate and up the main road. You may recognize this road from the fall scene I called Country Road.  Not so colorful this time of year.

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Got through the second gate.

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There is always one that thinks she needs to go on her own. She’s a non-conformist.

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Again she separates from the herd.

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But Patrick can always show them the way.

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Patrick was the gate getter.

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If you keep them spread out a little and stay at a steady pace, they tend to travel better rather than keeping them bunched up and moving fast.

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Sometimes the sound of a swinging rope will straighten the girls up and keep them moving.

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We were heading straight west into the hills and into the sun.

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I had to shade my eyes just to see the road.

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It’s quite the climb up into these hills and we’re prefer they stay on the road. But as always, a few tend to go their own way.

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Patrick and I took a group into what we call the rock pasture (this whole place is rocky, not sure why this one is so special) and down into the canyon to water. The other cowboys took a group to the river.

We went back and checked on them the next day and their bellies were full and they were very content. The ladies will enjoy their Thanksgiving holiday in the hills.

I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week. Thanks for hanging out with me here at our home on the range. I am so grateful for each of you.

Much Love,
Leah


 

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  1. Martine Roch Studio said, on November 21, 2012 at 9:00 am

    I love your posts!

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  2. Seasweetie said, on November 21, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Thankful for you too, Leah!

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    • leahyetter said, on November 21, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      You’re so kind. I guess that’s why you are called seasweetie. 😉

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  3. ks3nia said, on November 21, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Very beautiful and idyllic autumn scenes! The colours are really harmonious, I think 🙂

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    • leahyetter said, on November 21, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      Thank you! It’s prettier in the early fall but you’re right, there is something idyllic about the dare limbs and dry ground.

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  4. Larissa said, on November 21, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Great pictures! How do you get your cattle through the tough winter period?

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    • leahyetter said, on November 21, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      Thank you! We keep them close to the house. We’ll bring them closer come January or February. But, they are covered in leather and are pretty touch. Still, we like to keep a close eye on them closer to calving time which occurs between March and May.

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  5. Mary said, on November 21, 2012 at 10:56 am

    I love reading your posts w/matching photographs. You’re simply an amazing photographer. Love the 1st image, perfect lighting hitting the tips of the grass.

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  6. scrapydo said, on November 21, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I enjoyed driving cattle with you! Thanks a lot

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  7. cravesadventure said, on November 21, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Beautiful Photos – loving seeing the ranch life:) Have a Great Thanksgiving!!!

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  8. mayzieshaver said, on November 21, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Your photos are so beautiful!!!

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  9. ang said, on November 21, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Amazing photos.

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  10. Janet Mackey said, on November 21, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving, Leah! Your pictures give me a taste of what ranch life in Wyoming is like, and I love those glimpses into your world. Your photography is beautiful, and the scenes you describe are lovely to imagine. I can hear the cattle lowing and the chink and rustle of the saddles as the cowboys ride along. Imagining the sun on my face and the dust in my nose makes me feel like I was on the drive, too. You have a gift. Enjoy your holiday, and keep posting. Each one is a joy!

    Blessings to you and your family.

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  11. ang said, on November 28, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Thank you for sharing. This brings up such nostalgia for the “old days.” It makes me want to sing “Home. Home on the range. Where the deer and the …”

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  12. Sheila T Illustrated said, on December 1, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    This is exactly what my Best Friend wants to do. Go out west and participate in a cattle drive! Youe post just convinced me to go along with the idea! You are fortunate Leah and very talented!

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  13. simonesauss said, on December 4, 2012 at 5:28 am

    Lovely!!

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  14. txgg said, on March 13, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    New on your blog. Checking out some archives. Love these photos. How do you “fit in” to this ranch life? Do you participate in all aspects of the care of the cattle? Or are you just there with your handsome cowboy, enjoying being a photographer, blogger, etc? Just curious? Sounds and looks like a lovely way to live!

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    • leahyetter said, on March 13, 2013 at 2:35 pm

      Well, kind of both! I do help with gathering and herding cattle while photographing at the same time. In fact right now, I’m watching through the binoculars a cow starting to give birth to her calf and it looks like she’s having a tough time of it. The calf may be turned wrong and she can’t push it out. So I will probably run out there in a bit and walk her into the calving barn and when Patrick get’s back, he’ll have to put the long glove on and go inside and turn the calf around and pull it while I assist. Just little stuff like that. 😉 I do enjoy the ranch life and working cattle but mostly I run my photography business and sell my art at a gallery in town. Thanks for joining me here and for commenting. So glad to meet you!

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