Uprooted Magnolia

Back in the Saddle

Posted in Branding, Cattle Roundup, Photography by leahyetter on June 4, 2013

We were delighted to have time in our hectic schedule to make it to a branding this year. We got the invite and jumped in the Ranger for the half hour trek through the hills to the neighbors corrals.


It started out overcast, cold and windy. The cowboys set out across the pasture with me in tow. In an atv of course. I have quickly learned that if I want to shoot, it’s best I don’t mount a horse and try to do both at the same time. I’m not the best multi-tasker.






It’s a good thing I had the atv because I had to pick up a little sickly calf along the way. He just couldn’t make the trail. We treated him and he’ll be fine in no time. Just a touch of an upset tummy.






A few little ones got out of the sorting pen so a couple guys had to rope them back in.



The clouds parted by mid-morning and it warmed up nicely.




While the babies mothered up after getting their hides burned, we all enjoyed a nice meal with old friends and made new friends. Brandings are not just about the calves, but about neighbors, friendship, and laughter after a busy calving season. It also means now they all go out to new pasture for the summer and graze until their hearts (and bellies) are content. Ahh… the circle of life.

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  1. A Table in the Sun said, on June 4, 2013 at 8:36 am

    I loved sharing this event through your photos. Gorgeous shots! I had the opportunity to share in branding day with my friend who owns a 7,000 acre cattle ranch in California. Priceless opportunity.


  2. Sharyn Hutchens said, on June 4, 2013 at 9:23 am

    I shared on Facebook too, Leah. I don’t comment often but hour blog posts come to my email and I just love them!


  3. whiskeytangofoxtrot4 said, on June 4, 2013 at 9:26 am

    I love the big sky, the sweeping vistas and the stories of the day. Nice!


  4. cravesadventure said, on June 4, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Loving your captures on ranch life:) Happy Tuesday!


  5. ranu802 said, on June 4, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    I love your photographs.


  6. andreashesse said, on June 7, 2013 at 5:29 am

    Amazin impressions! The third to last is my favourite of the series. Wonderful work!


  7. bluebrightly said, on June 8, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Fantastic photos! I love the abstract painterly quality of the 5th one down. As always, you capture the landscape so well. The angles in those first two corral pictures are fantastic. I like all the action you caught. That cannot have been easy.


  8. gallivance.net said, on July 2, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Leah, your photos and storytelling really bring this day to life. I particularly like the shot of the cowboy roping the stray calves. Smart of you to use the atv. 🙂 All the best, Terri


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