Uprooted Magnolia

Bugs and Rattles

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on June 11, 2013

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Summer is upon us. The bugs are out.
And so are the buzztails.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

I shot and killed my first rattlesnake yesterday at the chicken food bowls. This was a first for me. Patrick usually kills them but I was by myself this time. I am very thankful for my neighbor who came over to chop off his head and pinch the rattle off for me as a souvenir.  Never ever thought I would say this but now that I’ve gone from city girl to country girl, I will forever carry a gun when I go out to do chores. Gotta keep the chickens, ducks, goats, and myself safe out here in the wild west!

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But with the ugly comes the beauty that is Wyoming.
I’m so glad the critters and I are are safe and sound and can go back to enjoying the wild flowers and green grass. That is until the next slithering reptile comes and interrupts a perfectly fine morning.

Be safe and well my friends!

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  1. pony said, on June 11, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    dang girl!


  2. mountainsunshinewyo said, on June 11, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Glad you know how to use a gun! Stay safe…an alert! Congrats on your trophy!


    • leahyetter said, on June 12, 2013 at 8:02 am

      I wouldn’t say I know how to use it. Not very well at least. 🙂 I shot the house a couple times while practicing! But I’m working on it because it’s that time of year.


  3. Wiley said, on June 11, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Good for you Leah. Always carry a gun if you can legally. Even a city girl should heed that advice. It is not the world I grew up in any more.


    • leahyetter said, on June 12, 2013 at 8:01 am

      Thanks Wiley. While in Macon, I thought long and hard about getting one. Once I got out here, Patrick has plenty for me to choose from. 🙂


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

    Reblogged this on FedUpYours' Blog.


  5. Ellen said, on June 11, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    oh my!!! very brave girl!!!


    • leahyetter said, on June 12, 2013 at 8:00 am

      If you would have hear my scream, you wouldn’t think I was that brave!!!:)


  6. Gregory Williams said, on June 11, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Reblogged this on Social Williams and commented:
    I discovered this blog today. Some great posts about a way of life that many Americans don’t realize exists any more.


  7. suzysomething said, on June 12, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Good for you, Leah! You’ve officially become a true Wyoming cowgirl!


    • leahyetter said, on June 12, 2013 at 8:00 am

      For a little while there Suzy, I was ready to go back to being a city girl!


      • suzysomething said, on June 30, 2013 at 5:09 pm

        I’ll bet! That ominous rattle can freeze you in your tracks. Your hubby should be suitably impressed that you did what you had to do–without a lot of supposedly feminine, city girl dramatics!


  8. fozziemum said, on June 12, 2013 at 12:09 am

    We are not ‘allowed’ to shoot the deadly snakes we get..i admit they are beautiful but when they could kill twenty adults with one bite and thats just a 12 inch baby…hmmmmm not the nicest snakes around 🙂


    • leahyetter said, on June 12, 2013 at 7:59 am

      The rattlesnakes aren’t pretty to me. They are dull and brown with a big fat venomous head. They make me dry-heave when I see them. They scare the crap out of me. There is no need for them to be around here.You are right, not the nicest snakes around.


      • fozziemum said, on June 13, 2013 at 1:48 am

        Ours are pretty but absolute stone cold killers and vicious…Australia has a 15,000 dollar fine for killing a snake..you would be amazed how many ‘accidentally’ die.


  9. Jen said, on June 12, 2013 at 2:45 am

    I cannot believe you shot and killed a rattlesnake. I came here for the bugs and am leaving in awe at your bravery!


    • leahyetter said, on June 12, 2013 at 7:58 am

      It was pretty scary! I’m on point for another too. Patrick and I are convinced they smell where another snake has been and go there. But hopefully they will smell the gun powder, realize I mean business, and stay away!


  10. meniez said, on June 12, 2013 at 3:06 am

    Those chicken are typically Ugandan. Besides, how dangerous are rattlesnakes? aren’t you destroying nature?


    • leahyetter said, on June 12, 2013 at 7:56 am

      Their bite can be fatal if not treated quickly. And I’m an hour away from hospital. They eat the chicken eggs and are deadly if they bite them. It’s far from destroying nature. There are plenty more out there and if they come around here again, I will shoot again. There is no need for them to be on this 80 acres when they have thousands more to slither around away from here.


  11. bluebrightly said, on June 12, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    You go!


  12. thirzahj said, on June 18, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Hi. Your photos and stories continue to encourage me to keep Wyoming on my travel agenda. However for a moment then I was scared to visit because of my fear on dangerous snakes. But because you explained how you can shoot them to protect you and your animals I some how feel that I too would be ok. This sounds a little silly but it’s just how I felt.


  13. T. Caine said, on June 23, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Not that chickens, ducks and goats aren’t important and all… but rattlesnakes? I just don’t know. That’s intense.


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