Uprooted Magnolia

Bring Me a Whiskey, Would Ya?

Posted in Photography by leahyetter on April 29, 2013

Howdy! During the last month or so I’ve learned that life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…it’s learning to dance in the rain. Or snow in our case. We have survived incredible blizzards and stormy conditions over the last few weeks.

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I don’t believe I’ve seen this much snow in the 3 years that I’ve lived here. And certainly not in the month of APRIL. It was such a whiteout that I couldn’t see where I was going and could barely keep the wheels turning on the four wheeler.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

Let me introduce you to Polaris tracks aka, life-saver. Our gracious neighbors let us use this so that we could get things done around here.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

©Leah Yetter Photographer

What does one have to do in such ferocious conditions you may ask? Well, feed cows for one thing, but I’d like to update you on the changes to the Uprooted Magnolia and the Cowboy. First, you must endure these images like we have endured living through this. Keep in mind, in most places it was knee-deep and in some spots, it was up to my waist. I’m average height.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

©Leah Yetter Photographer

©Leah Yetter Photographer

©Leah Yetter Photographer

©Leah Yetter Photographer

We were snowed in. But the determined and very responsible cowboy HAD to leave the ranch in order to get his cows and calves fed on the meadows at the bluffs.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

As we busted through drifts, snow piled up on the hood and we could barely see our exit.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

Then we just couldn’t see anything at all.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

So we (Patrick) stopped to clean the snow build-up off the hood and convince ourselves (me) to go further.  But what did I do?  While Patrick observed the road conditions, I took pictures of the snowed in ranch.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

©Leah Yetter Photographer

©Leah Yetter Photographer

©Leah Yetter Photographer

©Leah Yetter Photographer

©Leah Yetter Photographer

Once we got 6 miles out of the ranch the roads were good and we made it to the bluffs to feed the hungry cows. They were glad to see us. As you can see, they weren’t getting any grub underneath all that snow.

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Sunsets over a snow blanketed pasture are always a calming sight.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

©Leah Yetter Photographer

©Leah Yetter Photographer

One of the snowy evenings I saw the turkeys roosting in the trees behind our house.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

So now the snow has melted, the skies are clear and the sun has set on our days at Dakota Ranch.
The ranch has been sold to a new owner and Patrick and I are moving on. But moving our home in this springtime blizzard was extremely challenging. Challenging in so many ways.
For the next couple of months we will stay in the hills of Southeast Wyoming and are excited about where life will take us. Some wonderful friends have opened their home to us while they live 80 miles away for the summer. My days are filled with caring for chickens, ducks, goats, a fuzzy pooch, and of course Matilda. My calendar is once again filling up with photo shoots and we are getting settled in to our routine for this spring and summer. We will continue working hard for our new home. This has been a huge year for change, and it’s only April. What else will we conquer? Stay tuned. I’m sure there will be a lot of new adventures.
*Hugs* ~ Leah


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  1. Seasweetie said, on April 29, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Some really superb images in here, Leah! Looks like one more round of snow in Denver tomorrow night and Wednesday. It seems to be the Spring that wasn’t.

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  2. pony said, on April 29, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Best of life and luck on your new adventure! keep us posted!

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    • leahyetter said, on April 29, 2013 at 5:53 pm

      Thank you Pony! I will. It’s been so hectic this year and I’m hoping we can make time for some dancing this summer! 🙂

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  3. Bonnie Parker said, on April 29, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Ahhhh… Leah, this put a lump in my throat and brought tears to my eyes. Great photos as always, and I hope the spring and summer is a wonderful new beginning for you and Patrick.

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    • leahyetter said, on April 29, 2013 at 6:15 pm

      Oh but I’ve shed enough for all of us! Don’t you go being sad though. It’s a good thing. Just a bit of a struggle here lately and that darn blizzard…just wish I could have enjoyed it. It was the first time EVER that I have hated snow. And hopefully the last.

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  4. nancyfullbrightNancy said, on April 29, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Love you, Leah! Keep me posted on your adventures. xxoo

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    • leahyetter said, on April 29, 2013 at 8:21 pm

      Love you too Nancy! Even though our immediate location is changing, the blog ain’t changing! xoxo

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  5. Ellen Beamer said, on April 29, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Wow, Leah – the images are so dreamy. You are so damn good with that camera – and Wyoming really brought it out of you. I’m totally surprised about the news of the ranch selling and you guys moving. Do you have a permanent home in the works? How is Tilda handling all of this? Wish Aunt Elyen could be there to buddy around with her – really miss her and proud of her hangin’ in there. So happy that you and Patrick are happy. I hope the sun shines on your new life and warmth hangs around for a while. Love and miss you.

    Eb

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    • leahyetter said, on April 29, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      Thank you Ellen!! Even though life is tough right now, it is still good. 🙂 Tilly is doing just fine. In fact, she is licking her chops right now as I type this. Love and miss you too. xoxo

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  6. suzysomething said, on April 29, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Leah, we had a blizzard in April when I was in high-school—won’t give you the year because it’s been so long since then. I’m sad to learn that you and Patrick are moving on. I wish you the very best to come–and new and fulfilling adventure for you both. I know we’ll still hear from you once in a while—try to make it often. I’ll miss you and your Wyoming “fixes” for my homesickness. Bon Chance!

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    • leahyetter said, on April 29, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      Oh, we aren’t leaving Wyoming. We are staying right here. Don’t you worry, I’ll keep giving you your Wyoming “fixes”. Don’t give up on me now Suzy! 🙂

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      • suzysomething said, on May 10, 2013 at 8:12 pm

        I’m so happy to hear that! I was just looking at your pictures of the snow again…and remembering that I’d forgotten how the wind sculpted the snow….thinking to myself that I needed to write and tell you! You will be my absolute go-to person for my Wyoming fixes! Good luck to you and Patrick wherever you land in my old home state.

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  7. kendracity said, on April 29, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    My goodness how beautiful. I just stared and stared at some of these in awe.

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  8. fozziemum said, on April 29, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    What wonderful images,it’s a shame the snow has caused such problems for you all,we are in an autumn that is dry still..it seems the weather is odd all around this world at the moment,no real rain for us since August,so the sight of snow is delightful to me.Hoping your new adventure brings joy,color and photo shoot opportunities galore 🙂

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  9. philip469 said, on April 29, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    I like your pictures

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  10. dawnpoints said, on April 30, 2013 at 4:59 am

    doggone beautiful. you make me want to be a cowgirl.

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  11. cravesadventure said, on April 30, 2013 at 10:12 am

    MORE SNOW – YIKES!!! Beautiful Captures:) Have a Great One & Stay Warm!

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  12. pjnocchjo said, on April 30, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Leahhh nice to meet you i’m Vy and i love your picture, your life, snow… Everything is interesting and very very veryyy beautiful because you.

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  13. kberger10 said, on May 1, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    It is easier to look at those photos now in the spring! Beautiful!

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  14. Harrie said, on May 8, 2013 at 6:20 am

    Great series!

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  15. bluebrightly said, on May 10, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    I’m kind of speechless…but best of luck! The photos above are just so beautiful – you have such an eye for the landscape and the light. And the skills to make these photos perfect. I enjoy seeing that spaciousness somehow. Glad you have new digs, complete with an entertaining cast of characters, and I look forward to seeing them all – as well as a (slightly?) different landscape.

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