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Tilda Tuesday: In the Weeds

Posted in Matilda, Photography by leahyetter on July 15, 2014

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Ugh. As they say in the restaurant business, I’m in the weeds. I’m trying to find some balance in all this busyness so you know what that means? It’s time to step away from it all for a few moments. And that’s what Matilda and I did this morning. We stepped outside for some fresh air and I decided I’d try the multiple exposure function on my Canon 70D. I was encouraged to try this from my friend Tracie over HERE. I’ve done some double exposures in Photoshop by layering but this is the first time I’ve tried this function in camera. I obviously need more practice. In this image, one shot is of sagebrush and a bald sky. The other is of Tilda but because of the bald sky, there isn’t any detail for her upper half. But I like the stripes and curl of her tail. 🙂
Our little walk made it all better. Happy Tilda Tuesday everyone!

Tilda Tuesday: Pick a Winner!

Posted in Matilda, Photography by leahyetter on July 8, 2014

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Looks like Tilly is digging for nose goblins. 🙂
Not really, I just caught her during bath time. Happy Tilda Tuesday everyone!

Tilda Tuesday: Crouching Tiger

Posted in Matilda, Photography by leahyetter on July 1, 2014

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My little pumpkin sunshine of love crouches in a warm window sill to watch me work in the yard. 🙂
Happy Tilda Tuesday my friends!

Well Looky Here!

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

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We spotted our first fawn this weekend. I wasn’t sure if I’d ever get to see them here at our new place but sure enough, this doe and her baby passed through the meadows yesterday afternoon. I am giddy with excitement but I did keep my distance. I want her to feel safe to come back.

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She stopped for a little sip of mother’s milk. So sweet!

Flashing a Smile

Posted in Photography by leahyetter on June 25, 2014

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Baby goats and little girls in tutus, that’s what a recent family portrait session was made of. I have some great neighbors who stopped us on the road where we were shooting and said they had 5 baby goats who just love little girls in tutus. He was right! We had a blast and the goats were precious. The girls were a little hesitant about getting too close, heck the goats were a little shy as well. All in all we got some great shots that day and I giggled and cooed when this shy guy flashed a smile.

Once a Nestling, Now a Young Owl

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

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I took this image of the Great Horned Owl and her Nestling exactly three weeks ago. I’ve been checking on them every other day or so since then and they’ve been hanging out and stretching their wings. I guess momma has been teaching baby to fly for some time now. I knew the time was drawing near.

I’ve gone to the bluff every day this week.

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The nest is empty. It has been quiet there all week. I’d say their timing is good because the river is up so high and is raging past the bluffs. The nestling is now a young owl and is flying the skies with ma and pa. I do hope they will come back and reuse this nest. Or at least stay around the area.

What an adventure it has been and I am delighted I got to share this with my folks and with you all. 🙂

Tilda Tuesday: Bright-eyed and Bushy

Posted in Matilda, Photography by leahyetter on June 3, 2014

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Matilda Badilda gets excited when cameras and tripods are by the door. But really she’s just impatiently waiting for me to fill her food bowl before I go out shooting. Silly Tilly.

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. 🙂

Warmth and New Life

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

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While checking on cattle (and owls) 🙂 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!!

Tilda Tuesday: The Grands

Posted in Family, Matilda, Photography by leahyetter on May 13, 2014

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We have very special guests staying with us this week and Matilda especially couldn’t be more excited. Her grandpa (my dad) and gammy (dad’s lovely wife) have made the trip out from Georgia for a visit. Tilly has fresh laps to cover in her orange and white fur. She turned and looked at me with crossed eyes after I took this shot. I’d say she’s in heaven. And so am I. 🙂
Happy Tilda Tuesday my friends!

Tilda Tuesday: Follow Me!

Posted in Matilda, Photography by leahyetter on May 6, 2014

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Matilda loves to unplug and go for a walk. She always seems to say “follow me!” She loves rolling in the sand but I am anxious for grass to grow.
Hope you take a moment to unplug and take a walk outside. That’s where I will be all day today… until the rain comes. Happy Tilda Tuesday!

Tilda Tuesday: Relaxation Envy

Posted in Matilda, Photography by leahyetter on April 29, 2014

Who among us hasn’t envied a cat’s ability to ignore the cares of daily life and to relax completely? – Karen Brademeyer

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Even though her momma has been super busy these last few weeks, Matilda patiently (or rather impatiently) waits for her favorite lap to be still. This is a daily occurrence. I wish I could be as relaxed as she is on this sunny window sill.
Happy Tilda Tuesday. She apologizes for her two week absence. xoxo

Lamb Love

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on April 18, 2014

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I have had a very busy week with calving. Very busy. So I thought I’d share a quickie with you. I’m working on a top secret project with a friend/client and she took me to see her neighbors that are lambing. Isn’t she precious!
Have a great weekend my friends and Happy Easter to you and yours.

Tilda Tuesday: Waiting for Momma

Posted in Matilda, Photography by leahyetter on April 8, 2014

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We are starting a new tradition. I let Matilda out at daybreak when I head down to check the cattle. She impatiently waits for me on the deck and then we head in for breakfast together. It’s still a little chilly so she held a paw up this morning. Sweetness. ♥

Tender Moments at Calving Time

Posted in Calving, Photography by leahyetter on April 7, 2014

Not unlike most days lately, I spent most of my Saturday down with the cows. Normally it would be a quick trip down, count them, check the health of the calves, and head back to the house. But as I made my way down, I saw #25 across the river giving birth to her calf right along the riverbank. So, I found a comfy spot by a Cottonwood tree and snapped some shots of them.

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I had to stay with them to make sure the calf didn’t tumble into the river. These little guys could drown in a mud puddle. I wasn’t going to go to them right away because they needed time to bond. The calf needed to get on his feet and suckle.

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It did and I kept my distance. I always enjoy the opportunity to watch these tender moments.

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The spot that I found had a good view of a second cow who I knew was calving.

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#13 stimulated her calf to his feet and they bonded as well.

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Slimy calf with milk on his lips. That’s what we like to see!

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After a couple of hours or so of monitoring these 2 sets, Patrick and I brought #25 and her calf across the river safely to join the rest of the herd.

Happy and Proud Cow Mommas

Posted in Calving, Photography by leahyetter on April 2, 2014

Momma loves baby.

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These guys are keeping me busy! And I love it. 🙂

Snowy Tuesday

Posted in Photography, Winter by leahyetter on March 18, 2014

On this Tilda Tuesday, we have a very snowy Tuesday. Roads are closed and Patrick says they are a mess. So here I am as usual, home all day to watch over the girls and their babies. I just hope they don’t drop any new calves in this mess. Normally the mommas hide their babies and I have to look for them just to make sure all is well. But this morning they are all bunched together with babies in tow.

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Such a cold walk across the meadow.

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I don’t think this little one is thrilled with his first snow storm.
It should warm right up tomorrow and we’ll forget all about today. I hope.

Tilda Tuesday: Nice Day for a Walk

Posted in Matilda, Photography by leahyetter on March 11, 2014

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Matilda took me for a walk yesterday. The weather was gorgeous once the wind laid down. Today hasn’t reached above freezing and there is snow on the ground. Go figure. Looks like it’s just me going out in it today. Tilly turned her nose up at me when I opened the door and has decided to stay under the covers instead.
Happy Tilda Tuesday everyone!

Tilda Tuesday: All Curled Up

Posted in Matilda, Photography by leahyetter on February 25, 2014

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Matilda is all curled up and under the covers.

I envision us exiting the house in a couple of months like Dorothy and Toto; eyes wide and jaws dropped when we finally see the world in color. But for now, it’s just white snow on the ground and gray skies up above.