Uprooted Magnolia

Since We Last Spoke…

Posted in Calving, Photography by leahyetter on April 2, 2015

…I only have five more to go. Calving has been a bit challenging but overall we are well. Busy, but well. Happy and healthy. And sometimes on a sunny afternoon, we are very lazy.

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Proud mommas keep their calves close.

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When I ride through the meadow to check on everyone, the good mothers locate their babies for me.

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And sweet kisses occur frequently.

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Now don’t get too excited. There are days that don’t go as well as one would hope. Some of these cows seem to think that having their calf across the river is a good idea. Sure, she’s looking for privacy to give birth. But when she’s ready to join the herd, walking across the river isn’t as easy for her calf as she thinks. Like Patrick says, “they just want to baptize them right off the bat!”
Ugh.
I wait for P to get home from work so we can cross the river in the 4-wheeler to spook them out of the bluffs and catch the calf (by his tail). Then we load the little booger up and drive him back across with mom following us while breathing heavy and humming.

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Then there are times when the cow crosses the river with her older calf and hides him in a canyon. So the big, bad coyote (Patrick) scares him up and out of there and we “encourage” them to cross back and join the herd.

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I’m on the edge of my seat right about now.

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I. hate. this. part.

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Can I look now?

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Deep sigh.

It’s so scary to watch them cross. Patrick is in the process of fencing off the river but that takes time and money, both of which are scarce around here. But we are hoping to have it done before next calving season.

The weather has been splendid and I have felt like I’ve been in a National Geographic documentary these past couple of weeks.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

On that note,  the turkey’s are back!


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  1. Life in the Wylde West said, on April 2, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    I love to see your life. wow and those turkeys are so pretty!!

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    • leahyetter said, on April 2, 2015 at 4:54 pm

      I counted about 30 turkeys the other morning! That is more than I’ve ever seen here on our property. And they were so calm and didn’t run from me at all. I’ll share more of their ugly mugs soon. It’s a good thing their feathers are pretty because their faces leave a lot to be desired! 🙂

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  2. cravesadventure said, on April 2, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Great Captures – yes calves and water – YIKES – love the last capture 🙂 Happy Day!

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    • leahyetter said, on April 2, 2015 at 4:55 pm

      Thank you dear! I would say about 70% of our calves born this year were born across the river. There have been a lot of calves in the 4-wheeler! 🙂

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  3. Kevin w Hill said, on April 2, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Yee Haw!!!

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  4. Tina Willis said, on April 2, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Glad you are almost done! I am sure the snow today was not nice, but the weather is supposed to be better by the weekend. Hope to see you soon! You photos are beautiful by the way………

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    • leahyetter said, on April 3, 2015 at 1:45 pm

      Thanks Tina! Yeah, it’s chilly and I’m glad it will be warming up! xo

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