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Owl Watching: Day 21

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on May 29, 2014

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I’ve been checking on The Owls almost every day since we first spotted them. When I checked in on these two yesterday evening, the nestling was perched on the edge of the rock stretching his wings. He quickly waddled back in next to momma and they watched my every move like always. The baby is getting so big and I’ll be so sad when they finally take flight together. I’m not sure if they’ll stay around here or find a new place. They might see me as a threat. But for now, I’ll take in as much of them as I can. ūüôā


Warmth and New Life

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on May 27, 2014

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While checking on cattle (and owls) ūüôā yesterday, I noticed our resident geese had their goslings out. In fact, I came across two families of them! Even though Canadian Geese are so dang loud and obnoxious most of the time, I like it when they show me their yellow fuzzy babies. Ah, springtime and new life wandering around our meadows makes the hard winter worth it. Cheers to warmth and new life!


Owl Watching

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on May 16, 2014

We had some great adventures while my folks were visiting this week. But the best part was right here at home in the meadows. In a quiet hole on the side of the bluffs nests a Great Horned Owl and her nestling. All l that we saw at first was an owl take off from the bluff and land in the trees. We saw something peeking out from the hole and thought maybe she was just nesting.

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We came back a day later and set up our tripods. Once we looked through the lens, we saw a little yellow eye peeking out from under the momma.

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She wasn’t wild about us being around. She’d take off but always came right back.

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Just look at those fuzzy legs! The nestling hasn’t flown yet and from what we’ve read, it was probably born last month. It’s should be getting ready to spread it’s wings in the next couple of weeks.

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The baby would curl up like a kitty cat when momma took off.

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These images were taken over a 5 day period. This last shot was taken yesterday. He’s either fluffed up or is really growing fast.
This has been such a great week nature watching with the folks. I sure didn’t want it to end. But I promised I would keep them (and you) updated on the progress of our little baby owl. I can already see the little horned ears starting to sprout up.
I hope you enjoy these images as much as we enjoyed watching these guys. Have a great weekend!!


Sing Out, Meadowlark!

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on May 5, 2014

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My favorite sign of springtime is the Meadowlark. Their song is beautiful and they surround me with a sweet melody as I walk the meadow checking cattle. It’s a happy Monday!


Stormy Light

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on April 30, 2014

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This week is windy, rainy, and snowy. A typical week of springtime in Wyoming. Before this weather rolled in however, the sky turned deep blue. When the sun broke through from the west, it created an impressive landscape as a golden eagle passed through in this brief moment of perfect light.


They’re Back! and so am I…

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on April 25, 2014

The Sandhill Cranes made it back a couple months ago and cause quite a raucous daily. They are loud and flutter all over the meadow chasing off other cranes.

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But what’s funny is when I look out over the meadow I’ll sometimes a group of calves scatter.

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I think they get spooked when the cranes takes off and I’ll see the cows all chasing their calves trying to find the right one. It’s a funny sight.

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They are impressive birds and are quite large.

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And are VERY loud with beady yellow eyes.

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Most of the time they all get along but it get’s a little National Geographic-ish sometimes out here!

I’ve got one cow to have her calf and then we’ll be done. Now we just have to keep them alive and healthy over the next few months. But the overly stressful part is coming to an end. My calendar is starting to book up with shoots and I am excited about the weather warming up. Even though we have more snow in the forecast, we have made through the worst of it. I hope to get back to being regular here as cowboy season is upon us.

Have a great weekend folks!


Red-Winged Feathers and Frosted Fur

Posted in Calving, Photography by leahyetter on March 24, 2014

It was another snowy weekend but that didn’t stop birds from singing or calves from arriving.

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red-winged blackbird

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Will it ever end?!? I guess I can be thankful it isn’t 26 below zero. The air doesn’t hurt my face like it did last month.


Glitter and Cranes

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on March 17, 2014

There was frost on everything yesterday morning.

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As the sun rose, it turned to glitter. It was so still and beautiful.

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The Sandhill Cranes have started to migrate back but probably weren’t expecting the chill of Sunday morning. I’m glad to see them but the calves aren’t too sure what to make of them.

Happy Monday and Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!


Snowy Flight

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on February 10, 2014

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A Golden Eagle took off  from the trees and into the falling snow while we fed the cows this weekend.


Black-capped Chickadee

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on January 9, 2014

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January is always tough for me. I can’t pinpoint exactly why that is, it just is. Maybe because winter is dragging on and in looking ahead, we have several more months to go. But yesterday was a sunny and somewhat warm day. I was very productive with errands in town, got a couple of shoots scheduled, and managed to take a moment to watch these little Black-capped Chickadees jump and chirp from limb to limb. I love these little interruptions during a blah winter. But alas, the lovely weather of yesterday is short-lived as the wind will be coming up tonight, terrorizing our little corner of the world. Time to button down the hatches and stack firewood for another snow.
I wish for everyone digging out of the polar vortex to have a spring-like interruption during this cold spell.
Stay warm friends!


Predator Circling

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on December 16, 2013

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I watched this black-hawk circle the meadow and then come to a complete stall over his prey. He’d go back to circling and stall in the same spot over and over again. He later took a dive to the ground and I never saw him again. He must have gotten what he came for. Thank goodness I wasn’t close enough to see.¬† I’m a little squeamish at times.
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Downy, Ducks and a Jackrabbit

Posted in Nature, Photography, Winter by leahyetter on November 25, 2013

I loved wandering through the meadows in that heavy snow last week. Being followed by the herd was fun and spotting that beautiful buck was delightful too. Here are some more critters and scenes from my journey.

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The next morning, the ground was totally frozen and it was -9 degrees. Brrrrrrr.

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It’s warming up to the 50’s this week. I’m thankful for the warm breaks during a long winter.


Crane Covered Meadow

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on November 11, 2013

Before the leaves fell and the temperature changed, our meadows were covered with Sandhill Cranes.

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I think they like the meadows because we flood irrigate and it’s kind of swampy out there.

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They are fun to watch when coming in for a landing. The fly above the bluffs and circle the meadow before putting their feet down in the tall grass.

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They stand around chirping and calling out to one another.

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I’m told that the almost extinct Whooping Crane usually flies with the Sandhill Cranes. They have headed down south for the winter but when they return I will pay closer attention and hope to spot a Whooping Crane with them.


The Best I Can Boo!

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on October 31, 2013

The sun is shining today but the wind is howling. Tumbleweeds are flying and dirt is swirling.

These images are from our last fog and misty morning. It’s the best I could come up with for a spooky themed day.

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Enjoy your spooky day!


Foggy, Misty Autumn Morning

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on October 24, 2013

I couldn’t see a thing this morning.

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The fog was so thick and the cows somehow trailed their way to the closest meadow near the house.

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Once it began to lift, the gorgeous colors of fall appeared.

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The grass glittered in the sunlight and now the sun is shining clear and bright.
What a peaceful way to start the day. Have a good one folks!


Chk Chk Chk !!!

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on August 26, 2013

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.

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They are cute and ugly all at the same time!

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Speckle is a great mom, very protective and taught them to scratch and peck from the start.

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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.

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On one of my last days there, I gave them oatmeal with warm cow’s milk. They dove right in.

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And got stuck.

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Once they freed themselves from the sticky goodness, the worked hard to wash up.

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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!


Team Work

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on July 6, 2013

Been watching these two for a few days now during my daily chores. They are housed just above a sunflower patch.

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She calls out to her mate and he comes in to take over while she goes out to spread her wings, get groceries, housing material, etc.

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He then waits patiently for her return to continue to work on the nest together.


Fluffy Clouds and a Yellow Finch

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on June 7, 2013

TGIF.
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Have a great weekend my friends! Go out and make great memories. xoxo


Now this is more like it.

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on May 16, 2013

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Ahhhh.
The hills are alive with the color green. As it should be for this time of year. It has cooled off with a little rain here and there and leaves are finally appearing. Such a happy sight. The chickens are happy too, especially because bugs are starting to crawl and hop.


 

from Record Lows to Record Highs

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on May 14, 2013

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We’ve gone from record low to record high temps in the past two weeks of our springtime. It is so hot today, I went out to mist the ducks and chickens (and myself) with the water hose. Feels like my days in Georgia.