Uprooted Magnolia

A Wyoming Spring…

Posted in Calving, Photography, Winter by leahyetter on March 23, 2016

I posted this today on my Facebook page.


The start to spring here has been wonderful. Temps have been in the 60’s and we’ve been soaking up the sunshine.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

But with the warning of a major storm coming, I knew darn well that calves would start popping out. Sure enough, I got one yesterday and that makes 7 of the little boogers in all so far.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

The clouds started building by mid-afternoon.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

©Leah Yetter Photographer

It was storming in the sky by late afternoon. Then it started raining here at about 10pm.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

And this is how it looked at 7 this morning. I barely made it down to the meadow.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

The wind is blowing out of the north which is of course the direction I had to drive to get down to the meadow. I was blinking snow drops all morning.


The Gray horse turned a muddy brown. I couldn’t even recognize our own horse! Of course, my eyelids were cupping snow flakes so it’s understandable.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

It took me an hour to find the girls. Visibility was about ZERO but I saw finally saw them in the middle of the meadow with their butts facing north. Yep, that’s them in the upper left of the above image.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

That’s #10 on the far left. She should calve at any time. I’m watching her closely today and I pray she keeps that baby inside just a little longer.

I’m headed out again. I hope I don’t have to bring a calf inside by the fire. But if would be okay if I did. 😉


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  1. Seasweetie said, on March 23, 2016 at 11:11 am

    We’re buried in a blizzard here. Just had a 30 foot tree fall in the front yard. Missed the house, porch, and fence by miraculous inches. Time to sharpen my chainsaw skills, if I can ever get out of the house. Thinking of you and the calves. Stay safe!


  2. Kevin W Hill said, on March 23, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Love it! Keep up the great work! I miss you two!


  3. Wanda said, on March 23, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    It says so much. But it’s another story today today/ Keep safe.


  4. robertkarolakstudio said, on March 23, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Yep Leah… again, here in Wyoming your photos tell the story how life can change in a minute!
    I’m happy all is well and safe.. Weird, we had clearing at one end and than 1 foot deep in other areas.. Time to bunker in today! Thanks Leah


    • leahyetter said, on March 24, 2016 at 9:39 am

      Thanks Bob! Yeah, I got stuck in a drift up to my waist and had to wallow around like a roly-poly on it’s back trying to get up and out of there! But we’re all safe and warm today. Hope you all are well!


  5. Jane Lurie said, on March 23, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    I love the story your fabulous images tell, Leah. They are all so sensitive and beautiful. (I don’t know how you pull it off!) What a wonderful post.


    • leahyetter said, on March 24, 2016 at 9:37 am

      Thank you, Jane. So is it that obvious that I wear my heart on my sleeve?! 🙂 Sensitive I am which can make the hard life out here that much harder. Fortunately the sun is out today and everybody made it through the storm.

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      • Jane Lurie said, on March 24, 2016 at 10:33 am

        Your images do speak from your heart, Leah. That’s a gift. ❤️ Glad the storm is past.


  6. Tuxedo Sophisticated Cat said, on March 24, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Sure is beautiful.


  7. Jessica Adam said, on March 24, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Oh my goodness. Hope she is ok.

    Liked by 1 person

    • leahyetter said, on March 29, 2016 at 11:56 am

      Forgot to reply to you! yep, she waited a couple of days to have her little heifer calf. 🙂


  8. myroutinemaintenance said, on March 26, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Wow. These photos are incredible!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. […] Cow #10 had her calf a couple days after the storm last week so she timed the birth well, thankfully. They say we are in for another storm later today and tomorrow. We’ll see how many calves that brings us tonight. Happy Tuesday, y’all! […]


  10. shesrachael said, on April 2, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Simply amazing!


  11. Dalo 2013 said, on April 3, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Now this is what I love about the west ~ beautiful photos and story telling Leah and hope you are not bored with spring now in full bloom.


  12. smackedpentax said, on April 10, 2016 at 8:47 am

    This is a superb photoset – you live in an amazing place and you have captured it so beautifully 🙂


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