Uprooted Magnolia

Beds of Hay

Posted in Photography, Winter by leahyetter on April 10, 2013

We drove off the ranch yesterday to head to the bluffs to check on Patrick’s cows. We branded them this weekend and took them to new pasture and then bam, a blizzard hits when we least expect it. And that’s just tough on the sweet baby calves.

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Snow was still falling by evening and blowing across the road.

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When we got there, they seemed very spry and excited to see us.

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We got out and looked everybody over. They were a little frosty but everyone looked good and healthy.

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But looking over the pasture, there wasn’t much grass peeking through and nowhere for them to lay down to be protected from the cold ground. That’s where we come in. Patrick attached 2 chains to the pickup and the hooks on the other end locked into the hay bale so I could pull it off the stack.

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We dragged it over to the cows and Patrick got out to cut the strings.

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The girls were a little impatient! I backed the truck up unrolling the bale while Patrick helped to pitch off the hay to them. When the bale got smaller, I stopped the pickup and jumped out to help. We pushed the bale and rolled it into the trees so they had something warm to lay on and be protected from the wind.

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By the time we were leaving, the calves made their bed on the fresh hay while their mothers were chowing down.

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Warm and toasty. Well, not really. But at least they are covered in leather!

We checked on them at about 5 this morning and they still had a lot of hay left and the entire herd was bedded down on the hay. They looked good, just a little cold. We’ll roll out another bale this evening for them to help them get through this crazy weather. At least the sun has finally come out. That should warm them up a bit.
Just another day in paradise y’all!

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  1. mountainsunshinewyoDebbie said, on April 10, 2013 at 9:18 am

    We do live in paradise! and we will be glad for all this moisture as the year rolls along! LOVE your work!


    • leahyetter said, on April 10, 2013 at 9:59 am

      Thank you for the compliment! I just hope the sun melts it before the wind picks back up!


  2. cravesadventure said, on April 10, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Loving your captures:) Those new baby calves are getting a taste of Winter! Have a Great Day – Stay Warm


    • leahyetter said, on April 10, 2013 at 10:00 am

      Yeah really! That were born in the best weather possible and now they get a taste of snow and ice. Thank goodness they are mostly strong enough to handle it.


  3. Bonnie Parker said, on April 10, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Those bales don”t roll out so easy when you try to push them do they? been there before! I love how the calves snuggle in the hay, they sure figure that out quick don’t they? Love your pics and by golly Patrick is making you into one heck of a cowgirl! Way to go Leah!


    • leahyetter said, on April 10, 2013 at 10:03 am

      I know right! They are hard to push especially when they are flat on one side!
      It was so funny- the calves sniffed around the hay, looked at momma, and then plopped right down. They didn’t move all night because when we got back this morning, they were in the same spot!


  4. Victoria Bennett Beyer said, on April 10, 2013 at 10:21 am

    I am glad they are all healthy! I LOVE that first pic of the snow blowing across the road. It is bringing back some vivid memories! I hope you get some Spring soon.


  5. kerrypeterson said, on April 10, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Great pics- I love the glimpse into Wyoming’s rugged, but absolutely beautiful world.


  6. Gracie said, on April 10, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Amazing photos! The babies look so cozy and comfy on their hey beds.


  7. Elisa said, on April 10, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    We got our first two thunderstorms of the season within the last four hours! The first was wicked cloud to ground lightning and winds. It smelled wonderful! I am so gleeful it wasn’t snow!


  8. fozziemum said, on April 10, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Hard work with cold hands and big bales..our sheep are getting bales due to no grass either through a drought period..beautiful pics capturing a wonderful scene..gorgeous..:)


  9. bluebrightly said, on April 11, 2013 at 10:34 am

    I am again stirred by the beauty of your photographs, of essentially ordinary situations, made almost transcendent, captured so beautifully. And it’s a slice of life I certainly have never had exposure to, so I thank you!


  10. Lenore Diane said, on April 15, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Oh Leah, this is one of my favorites, because I get a sneak peek at your life, while staying warm and toasty inside my own home. You do live in paradise – in my opinion. Most excellent.


  11. willowandthetatertots said, on June 4, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Beautiful photos! Don’t you just love it out here in the west….another transplant, Florida to Idaho


  12. txgg said, on June 4, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Thank you Leah!


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