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Good Evening Crop Ear

Posted in Photography, The Ranch, Wildlife by leahyetter on December 14, 2010

Good ole Crop Ear stopped in for an evening visit. I spotted her while out getting firewood last night.

She is always welcome at the ranch. Even if she does give me a startle after the sun has gone down.

Elk in the Road

Posted in Horses, Photography, The Ranch, Wildlife by leahyetter on December 10, 2010

Was trying to photograph the ranch horses running across the open pasture.

But this wad of elk got in my way.

Camera hogs.


A Ramble with Shadow

Posted in Home, Photography, The Ranch by leahyetter on December 8, 2010

My favorite walking buddy around the ranch is our border collie, Shadow. He works here on the ranch herding cattle and lots of times he herds us when we take him and the hound dogs for walks. But when it’s just me and him, we walk side by side.  And during these cold winter days, it is so hard to entice him out of his insulated dog house and straw bed.

After begging, milk bone bribing and a little tugging on his collar, he eventually joins me on a ramble.

He patiently sits and waits for me to get my photograph of the landscape I’ve framed up or a portrait of the horse I’m visiting with. His big brown eyes stare a hole straight through to my heart.

Then he does a little dance and hams it up for the camera when it’s time to move on to the next scene. Shadow is definitely a loyal friend and fun subject.

Got My Mittens

Posted in Stormy Skies, The Ranch by leahyetter on November 9, 2010

We watched the sun rise this morning. The sky started with a yellow glow then turned to pink then purple. It eventually went gray and started raining. An hour later large snowflakes were falling.

Snow showered us all day and it is beautiful.

I drove the rhino over to the neighbors to help them out with some household tasks. One of those tasks was to feed Lucky with a syringe. This teeny feline was separated from his momma and almost froze to death. C & L rescued him and he can’t be more than 3 weeks old. He fits in the palm of my hand.

More on Lucky in another post. Just couldn’t wait for you to meet him.

Good Morning Crop Ear

Posted in The Ranch, Wildlife by leahyetter on November 8, 2010

This pretty dear of a deer greeted us in the front yard on this gorgeous Monday morning. She has been on the ranch for a couple of years now. Patrick calls her ole’ Crop Ear because her left ear is smaller than the right.

She was checking out this buck prancing across the meadow.

She didn’t care about him though. She is enjoying the yummy tall grass in our yard.

Happy Monday folks!  xo


Dancing Trees

Posted in Nature, The Ranch by leahyetter on November 2, 2010

I’ve been busy with senior portraits over the past few days which I hope to share with you soon, but for now I will share a shot of these trees shaking their groove thang. We were out at the South Ranch today and I walked over to my favorite humpback tree. I noticed the little one over there for the first time and I thought it looked like they were boogieing.

Ummm, can you tell I haven’t been out on the town in a while when I’m hallucinating a dance floor in the middle of a pasture? You could just say I have a busy imagination.

Anyway, it is still a lovely and warm autumn. I think everyone is walking around in shock because we aren’t blanketed in snow yet.

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Where Did All the Babies Go?

Posted in Cattle Roundup, Ranching, The Ranch by leahyetter on October 13, 2010

As I mentioned yesterday, the cowboys rounded up the cattle at the home place for shipping on Monday. This is part of the weaning process and it just has to be done. They are all led into the corral and the mommas are let out while the babies stay in. The calves are then loaded into a semi and taken to new pasture. But even a day later, some mommas still haven’t left the corral in the hopes their babies will come back.  If they only knew that this too shall pass. They have brand new bundles of joy in their bellies.

And then we have mommas that don’t mind that baby is gone. This one is enjoying the tall grass and frequent sips from the chilly Laramie River.


Autumn Sky Reflection

Posted in Nature, The Ranch by leahyetter on October 5, 2010

The evenings are beautiful on the ranch with the changing of the season. I love taking walks around the property to find new spots to photograph the colorful sky. Tonight, I saw this.

–We’ll be moving cattle to new pasture on the Laramie Plains next week. I learned at Oktoberfest last week that I have a young fan of this blog that really loves the pictures of the cows, horses and cowboys.  I’ll be sure to have pictures just for her posted as soon as we get them moved.
Thank you to everyone for reading our blog!

Full Moon Over the Meadows

Posted in Family, The Ranch by leahyetter on September 28, 2010

The night of the harvest moon was too cloudy for photographs but the evening after was beautiful and clear.

This was the day that my folks arrived. We all stood in our front yard and Dad and I took a lot of pictures.

A couple of bucks were fighting in the meadow while Debbie watched through the binoculars.

This was a great start to their visit and a beautiful introduction to ranch life in Wyoming.

Good Company, Oh I Can’t Deny

Posted in Family, The Ranch by leahyetter on September 27, 2010

Excuse me for borrowing and changing lyrics from a 1970’s rock band but I just couldn’t help it.

Dad and Debbie arrived last Thursday for a visit and they left today. Dad has been here once before. It was back in March and in the snow when he brought me out here to my new home. It was great for them to see how beautiful it can really be here in the “middle of nowhere” in Autumn.

After a couple of days of house cleaning, I was happy I could finally go out to pick flowers for the house. It was the last thing on the “to do” list before they got here. You know how much I love flowers and I wanted it to look nice for the folks. They’ve been on the road and in hotels a lot lately so I wanted to cozy it up as much as possible.

The sunflowers are just about gone but I spotted these pretty white flowers popping up everywhere. Of course a Wyoming centerpiece isn’t complete without a little wheat dried wheat grass.

This heartshaped basket holds a small arrangement to greet them as they entered our home. Then I set up some smaller arrangements for their bedside tables. I also placed a framed picture of my Yellow Finch because they both are bird lovers.

And I chose these vases because they are the color of their Z car.

Yay! Here they come down the hill. This car is a color of blue that I don’t even know you’d find in a Crayola box. And it definitly doesn’t fit in around here.

They successfully crossed the Bridge to Paradise.

We had a great time and the weather was perfect.

They left this morning for their next adventure through Colorado and New Mexico. But while they were here we took peaceful drives through the country and traveled through some real “middle of nowhere”. I’ll fill in the gaps with more photos of their visit. For now, I’m sorting through the shots and reflecting on how great it was to have them here.

I Heart Firewood

Posted in Cowboy, Home, The Ranch by leahyetter on September 21, 2010

It’s still warm here but that will change in an instant. And this Georgia girl isn’t afraid to admit she’s a little nervous about her first Wyoming winter. That’s why I was grateful when I walked into the shop and Patrick was sharpening the blade on the chainsaw.

Twas 90 degrees outside and the effort seemed futile but better to do it now while we can still feel our fingers and toes. Patrick, the heat stroke you suffered will all be worth it, right? I can’t thank you enough.

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Curious Fawn, Radiant Sky

Posted in Home, The Ranch, Uncategorized, Wildlife by leahyetter on September 15, 2010

This fawn and I were out enjoying the sunset when we spotted each other through the tall grass.

We sat together for a little while enjoying the breeze. The sky was radiant as the sun set behind the mountains.

It’s just another beautiful Wednesday. That’s all.

A Bouquet for You

Posted in Thankful, The Ranch by leahyetter on September 11, 2010

I don’t know about you but I love flowers. I love to grow them, pick them, receive them. Especially after a hard day a bouquet can help brighten a gloomy mood. My sweetie picked these for me the other day and I wanted to share them with you.

I also want to dedicate them to all who lost their lives on this day 9 years ago. Never Forget.

Bridge to Paradise, redux.

Posted in Home, Nature, The Ranch by leahyetter on August 30, 2010

When I moved to Wheatland back in March, I took this picture and titled it Bridge to Paradise. It was posted in Uprooted Magnolia, the beginning (before I moved the blog to WordPress).  Anyway, it is the bridge that carries us over the Laramie River and leads me to my new home.

In June when the Laramie River was raging,  Patrick had to take a chainsaw to the buck fence to keep debris from taking it and the bridge down.

Recently, with some help from Ron and Debbie, they were able to put it back up and it looks even better than before. At this time, it is surrounded by beautiful sunflowers and sage brush, and the river flows peacefully underneath.

Now this is Paradise.

Goodbye Golden Palamino: Part II

Posted in Horses, The Ranch by leahyetter on August 1, 2010

We took the Red Dun horse, Chugs best friend and brother, to the South Ranch to run with the other horses. We wanted to do this so that he didn’t have to be at the main ranch to see Chug leave.

The horses raced over to see the new guy but there was a creek between them.

Chug was in the trailer behind us and the Dun horse did not want to leave his friend. He would run back to the trailer, breaking my heart with every whinny.

So the others came closer.

And waited.

Patrick and the Dun made it across and they all finally met.

Then he ran.

And they followed.

And when he tried to run back over to us, they turned around.

And he followed.

He’ll be OK. He’s probably already forgotten the trauma of the separation.

We brought Chug back to the main ranch to wait for his ride. He was pretty upset in the corral all by himself. I went in with him to talk it out. I pet him and he followed me around while I reassured him that he was going to a great place and to a wonderful family. His eyes are so kind and his lashes so long.

He’s hoping that these pesky horse flies aren’t back east. I told him I honestly didn’t know and to not get his hopes up.

So long Chug, you will have a wonderful life. I’m sure of it.

Goodbye Golden Palamino: Part I

Posted in Horses, The Ranch by leahyetter on August 1, 2010

I met this colt on my first visit out to the ranch, in June of last year. He was very young and still attached to mom.

When I came out in January, he was off of his mom and in a pasture with his brother and best friend. They eat together. Pose for the camera together.

Walk in sync together.

Talk together.

Get into mischief together.

He’s pictured here in his winter coat and is so handsome. Little did we know then that his name would become “Chug”, for Chugwater Wyoming and that he would soon be living back east in North Carolina.

And little did I know how hard it would be to separate these two.

Branding Day, the storm before the storm.

Posted in Branding, Calving, Cattle Roundup, Ranching, Stormy Skies, The Ranch by leahyetter on April 21, 2010

Yesterday we branded 68 calves.  We did most at the South Ranch and a few of the wilder ones at the main ranch. It’s always tough to watch the babies be split away from their mommas for their shots and the 5C but it’s only for a short amount of time. When they are released back into the meadow, the mommas are able to find the babies quickly. They mother up and get as far away from the corral as possible.

Here, mommas are bawling for their baby.

Smoke fills the air while they get their 5C.

Remember Munchkin? I finally spotted him yesterday and he’s doing great! He’s too small to be branded yet but he’s nice and healthy.

Munchkin, aka # 6000

His momma doesn’t let him out of her sight. She’s taking great care of him. Unfortunately that can’t be said for all the cows out here.

Munchkin and momma.

On our way home from the South Ranch we saw lightning in the distance. It was a nasty storm over Glendo and it was headed our way.

We got home just in time before the sky fell. And I mean it poured, thundered, and hailed like I’ve never seen before.

This is our front deck covered in hail.

The yard this morning was covered in hail.

While looking over the grounds today to make sure there was no damage from the storm (there was none thankfully), we came across this horn. Deer lose their horns in December and start sprouting new ones almost as soon as they lose the old ones.

Deer Antler

April snow capped mountains across a green meadow on Rabbit Creek.

The calm after the storm.

I think this is just the beginning of a stormy spring.

Busy turkeys, Busy cows, means Busy Rancher

Posted in Calving, Nature, Ranching, The Ranch by leahyetter on April 3, 2010

Busy turkeys, Busy cows, means Busy Rancher:

While the calves are being born, the turkey’s are getting down to business if you know what I mean. First I’ll show you the turkeys. This guy was strutting his stuff!

After hanging out with these feathery creatures, we traveled over to see this lady give birth. It was a little messy and she’s a wild one I hear. I stayed back and watched the whole thing from afar. I’ll spare you the graphic shots and just share the sweet ones.

Notice her eyes. She watched me the entire time. I couldn’t take my eyes off of them either. The first 10 seconds he was on the ground he didn’t take a breath. Neither did me or Patrick.

He is just minutes old and she is licking him not only for cleaning, but to stimulate him to get up and suckle.  I was ooohing and awing and she looked right at me and mooed really loudly. She wanted me to leave.

I stayed long enough to watch him stand and look for the pocket (teat). Then I left them alone to bond.