Who needs fireworks when you have an electrified light show in the skies miles and miles away.
We sat on our deck and watched this for about an hour last night. We never got any of the moisture but somebody somewhere sure did. I pray that everywhere that lightning struck, there was a ton of rain to stamp out any sparks that could potentially flare up. But what a show!
There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats. -Albert Schweitzer
During that crazy, miserable springtime snowstorm this year, Matilda was as shocked as the rest of us. But like always, she maintained her grace and elegance.
Before we left our summer home in the hills, I was delighted to help Speckle the Chicken create a safe, warm and comfortable setting for her three baby chicks that were born late July. I was out of town on a photo shoot when they were born and I was thrilled to hear from Patrick that they had hatched.
They are cute and ugly all at the same time!
Speckle is a great mom, very protective and taught them to scratch and peck from the start.
In the beginning she didn’t like me getting too close but I gained her trust when I threw food out to them. After a while she was running straight to me with the little ones in tow.
On one of my last days there, I gave them oatmeal with warm cow’s milk. They dove right in.
And got stuck.
Once they freed themselves from the sticky goodness, the worked hard to wash up.
We had a good rain after the oatmeal chow down session and they got a nice little bath and were all clean for bedtime.
It was fun watching these little ones learn and grow those last couple of weeks in the hills. Once we get settled in our new dwellings, I hope to build a coop and have a few of my own. They are such a delight. And the eggs aren’t too shabby either!
The idea of calm exists in a sitting cat. — Jules Renard
Matilda has done remarkably well during this transition. She is pretty used to moving and is taking this one all in stride. She is my rock. My furry, beautiful rock. ♥
For 112 days, we continued to live in the hills at our former neighbors home after leaving the ranch while we looked for a new job for Patrick and while we waited for our forever home to be manufactured. If you don’t recall the reasons we lived in a temporary place, click HERE. (it’s a long post but the last paragraph explains it.)
I hasn’t been easy. And I’m constantly reminded that nothing in life worth having comes easy. But as of last Wednesday, we are living in our forever home!! There are some bumps and bruises that we are working out with the house but we are so happy to be in our new place before the first snowflake flies. Instead of running a 20,000 acre ranch as a full time job, we are on a 130 or so acre “ranchette” of our own. Patrick has gotten a great job with the state that allows him to ranch on the side and life is so good.
Patrick has worked so incredibly hard to get us here and I couldn’t be more proud of him.
It is a bit of a mess since we are in the middle of moving but I did manage to get a few shots in the camera of our new surroundings.
This is the view off of our north facing deck. The first night we could see storms over the mountains in the distance.
The sunsets have been magical.
Now we are hitting the time of year when foggy mornings are the norm. I can’t wait to gear up and trek down into the meadows to capture some foggy, misty mornings.
I’m looking forward to life settling down a bit as winter is right around the corner. I hope to resume to regular posts here very soon, once I’ve got my office set up on a desk and not on a stack of boxes! Opening all of these boxes after 100 days of not seeing my stuff is kind of like Christmas. I can’t wait to make our house a home and cozy up to a warm fire and watch the snow fall. See you soon, Leah
Cat Law: Climb your way to the top. That’s why the drapes are there.
She likes to get up high in the loft and stare down at me. It puzzles her when I climb up the stairs to join her. She thinks she found a secret place but I always find her. Like a mother cow and her calf, I always know where she is even if no one else does.
My show last week at Artful Hand Studio and Gallery in Cheyenne was a great success. I met a lot of wonderful people and Georgia, the gallery owner, was delightful to work with. It was a great turnout and I brought my wonderful friend Laurie along with me to help set up. Here are some shots of the set up. Visitors came in waves as this gallery was part of an art tour that evening.
The picture at the top of this display is from my shoot in Lusk, WY of The Legend of Rawhide. Patrick encouraged me to get that image printed on metal and boy it was a hit. It is a 20×30 and is quite striking. If it doesn’t sell he says it’s going in his mancave!
I wish I got shots with it full of people but I didn’t have a chance to shoot for visiting and talking with folks. It was so much fun!
Thanks to everyone who came out that evening and to those who visited the following days…and to you who were there in spirit. It was a honor and treat to hang in this gallery and I look forward to more opportunities to work and play with Georgia Roswell and the Artful Hand Studio and Gallery.
Yawning. The most contagious thing known to mankind. And to cats.
I dare you not to yawn after looking at this. Shoot, I yawn just at the word yawn.
Have a great Tuesday y’all!
Hey folks, it’s been a very busy summer and blog posts have been scarce. I don’t like it that way but I guess it’s good I’m busy right? Anyway, I have a good excuse. I’ve been preoccupied with printing, matting and framing as I have been invited to be a featured artist in Artful Hand Studio and Gallery in Cheyenne, WY. I couldn’t be more excited! I know many of you are not local but I wanted to share this for those who are and for those who like to travel….you are invited!
Thanks to everyone here for your encouragement and comments on my work. You all keep me going without a doubt. Thanks to Georgia Roswell, artist and owner of the gallery, for giving me this opportunity. I’ll be there Thursday for the artist reception and I hope you’ll stop by!
I love the sights and smells after a summer rain. We’ve been lucky enough to have quite a few showers here lately. Something we are not used to. 🙂