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Martha’s Vineyard: Menemsha Sunsets

Posted in Travel by leahyetter on August 11, 2010

Menemsha is home of one of the most dramatic sunsets in New England. It reminded me of Oia in Santorini, Greece.

Our first sunset was lovely but the clouds were very low on the horizon which prevented the full effect of the sun setting beyond the ocean.

The last night on the  island we had a clear sky and no clouds on the horizon.

With every minute passing, the color of the ocean and sky would change. It would all glow with a blue or purple hue, then orange.

A perfect view for our last night on the island.

Que the clapping, dogs barking, and children screaming with glee.

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Martha’s Vineyard: The Swordfish Harpooner

Posted in Travel by leahyetter on August 11, 2010

In this small fishing village of Menemsha, which was our home-base, is a sculpture of a man spearing a swordfish. It represents a time when this was popular trade for the village. The sculpture was created by an artist named Jay Lagemann and is displayed on the dunes.

Swordfish Harpooner at sunset.

That’s my handsome fella on the far right. He was so patient with me and my constant quest for the perfect light.

Swordfish Harpooner and Patrick on the Dunes

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Martha’s Vineyard: Menemsha’s Harbor

Posted in Travel by leahyetter on August 10, 2010

This is an area of the harbor where the movie “Jaws” was filmed. Quints shack was temporarily built for the movie on this plot of land overlooking the harbor.

Patrick and I watched these fishing boats come in full of fluke and striped bass and much more.  The fish markets were always stocked with tons of fresh seafood that we gobbled up every night.

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Martha’s Vineyard: My Nephew

Posted in Family, Travel by leahyetter on August 9, 2010

Wonderful few days last week spent with my family on The Vinyud. Joey is 18 months old now, walking, talking jibberish, and is ALL boy.

He would flash his long lashes and baby blues after playing in the only dirt hole at the park .


Show off his teeth while laughing at that big guy we call Patrick.

Happy JoeyBaby

And would act coyly when asked for a high-five.

Cutesy JoeyBaby

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A Quiet Drive to Nowhere

Posted in Nature, Travel, Wildlife by leahyetter on July 15, 2010

On a recent lazy Sunday, we took a drive through the Snowy Range within the Medicine Bow National Forest in Wyoming. It was absolutely beautiful. There was still snow in some parts and Patrick pointed out where he and his buddies drive, er um race, their snow sleds in the dead of winter. I’m still not sure I’ve got the nerve to do it but we’ll see come this winter.

We came across this guy sunning on a rock.  He’s a yellow-bellied marmot or Rock chuck.

Rock chuck in the Medicine Bow National Forest

This young buck stopped for a smile while having a drink in this peaceful stream.

Buck Mule Deer

This little guy was perched on a fence when we stopped at a friends house in the mountains just across the Wyoming/Colorado border.

Mountain Chipmunk

no-name road through the mountains

I just love these drives in the middle of nowhere. It feels like we are the only people on earth.

The Five Points Ranch

Posted in Nature, Stormy Skies, Travel, Wildlife by leahyetter on July 8, 2010

We  took a quick drive to Nebraska for a barbecue on July 4th.  We weren’t there long but we had enough time to fish and hunt elk. By fish I mean with a fly-rod. Patrick taught me how to fly-fish. I caught a few too! And by hunt elk of course I mean with my camera. I have never been this close to elk unless it’s hanging on someone’s wall. Out in the hills around the ranch where we live, I will see them way off in the distance and usually it’s just their rear-end getting the heck away from us. But on this trip, we located them at sunset and sunrise.  They posed for us and it was incredible.

Click this image for some close-ups of elk in the velvet.

Elk silhouette at sunrise

Click this image to see the area and insects that hopped and fluttered around us while we fished in the ponds that were FULL of bass. We spent time with Patrick’s Uncle Rich and his lovely gal and her two kids. Storms would creep up on us and quickly move along which created great conditions for the fish to bite.

the beautiful calm before the storm

Needless to say we had a great time.  Thanks Uncle Rich!

Been Travelin’

Posted in Home, Travel by leahyetter on July 4, 2010

We were in Nebraska for a barbecue Saturday evening and I’ve got some great images to share with you soon.  We didn’t go to any of the fireworks shindigs but we did have beautiful color in the sky at the ranch this evening. Sunsets are always a treat out here. It was lovely.

Fourth of July Sky

Fast Times at Spring Creek High

Posted in Family, Stormy Skies, Travel by leahyetter on June 8, 2010

We’ve been in Nevada for a few days for the high school graduation of Patrick’s nephew Kaleb. It was a windy yet beautiful drive through Wyoming. Salty, humid and hilly through Utah. Dry desert through Nevada. A 10 hour drive and I loved every minute.

Windmills in Wyoming

Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah

Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah

Train crossing the Flats

Kaleb graduated 3rd in his class. Such a smart and kind young man. I enjoyed meeting him and his friends.

Yay Kaleb!

Congratulations Kaleb and the 2010 Spring Creek High School Graduates!

Our drive home was great until we got back into Wyoming. Storms were brewing all around us.

Sheets of rain were blanketing the meadows and farmlands.

We drove as hard as we could but were not successful at outrunning the storm.

And WAM! Suddenly we were caught in a massive hail storm on highway 34. Have you ever been inside a car when hail is pounding so hard you can’t hear what the person next to you is saying? If you have, you know what I’m talking about. Frightening.

We made it home safely just before it started pouring down at the ranch. We slept so good to the sound of rain I barely remember my head hitting the pillow.