Uprooted Magnolia

Full Bloom

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on July 1, 2013

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These sunny girls always make me smile.  Hope this helps your Monday be bright!

Ready to Pop!

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on June 29, 2013

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Exciting things are happening in our little corner of this big blue ball we all occupy. It’s been a tough go this year but I can finally see a little light at the end of this dark tunnel. And one to certainly not overlook is the fact that sunflowers are popping up earlier than usual. I bet throwing sunflower seed to the chickens may have encouraged this crop along but still, I’m seeing them growing wildly along the gravel roads too.

Happy Saturday my friends!


a Trail of Indian Paintbrush

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on June 5, 2013

After the branding, the drive through the hills was a lovely one. The sun was out and the wind had settled down.

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Indian Paintbrush, the Wyoming state flower, lined our path.

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We saw so many patches of the wild state flower among the mustard weed, wild iris, and sagebrush. It was a lovely sight and a pleasant aroma.

Green and Tall

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on May 28, 2013

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We are warming up and the grass is green and tall. After scouting out shooting locations at our future residence, I took a walk through the cows. Some were relaxing under the shade of a young cottonwood, others were grazing the tasty new blades, and the calves were out cold for their afternoon naps.

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Amid the tall grass stood beautiful purple irises.
I love springtime. It means it’s the start of good things to come. I can feel it.

Pink Daisies

Posted in Love, Photography by leahyetter on February 14, 2013

“If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden.”
Claudia Ghandi

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This morning started out no different than most. I awoke thinking of those I love and am forever grateful for; my family, my friends, the loving man of my life, my kitty cat, you guys who loyally tune in to UM. But then, as I stretched and pet Matilda, I looked over and there beside the bed sat a pot of pink daisies. Now I don’t care how typical it is to receive flowers and chocolates on Valentines Day, it melts my heart to know he cares.
Have a great day my friends.

Remembering Spring

Posted in Nature, Photography, Winter by leahyetter on January 28, 2013

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The river is thawing and this dried bouquet on the bank helps me remember spring. We are only entering into February and this winter is already taking it’s toll. Even though I am very thankful for these spurts of warmth in the middle of winter, it makes my desire for spring that much stronger.



Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on September 18, 2012

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Most photographers cringe at the thought of changing lenses because the fear of dust getting on the sensor. But I decided to throw caution to the Wyoming wind and give freelensing a try. Freelensing is a technique where you take photos with your lens not firmly mounted on your camera body. This tilts the focus plane which can also be acheived by lensbabies or shift lenses. But since I don’t have ether of those, I tried this with my 85mm lens and my tired Canon 20D camera  just as a test to see if 1) the thing would work, and 2) if I could pull this off. Well, as evidence above it didn’t go as well as I’d hoped. I like the colors and the softness but technically, I have a long ways to go. The tutorials say it takes a lot of practice but I don’t think I’ll try this at a wedding just yet. However it is an interesting effect without doing a lot of post production in photoshop.
Freelensing works with most Canon cameras, however, with Nikon cameras I’ve read where you should use a lens with an aperture ring.
You can see much better examples and learn more about freelensing here on the freelensing flikr group.

Happy shooting!

I Spy

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on July 25, 2012

A summer that is hot and oh so dry.

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A fuzzy bee landed on a thistle flower as I passed by.

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A sneaky beaver in the Laramie River…

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…stared me down with his big dark eye. (Do you see his paws under the water?)

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The third apple on our apple tree hanging high.

I’m not having a good summer of veggie or fruit production. It’s terrible hot and when it “rains” it’s just a light drizzle, nothing significant.
Oh winter, I look forward to your next visit.

Antelope Calves

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on June 24, 2012

I spotted this cutie yesterday evening when I got home after a busy day in town.

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Deer fawns aren’t the only young ones bucking happily through the meadows. Baby antelope are running around here in two’s (the cow usually has twins). This calf was getting ready to stand up because it saw it’s mom and sibling across the road but froze when I pulled up.

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The doe has a gash in her front right leg. She seems to be taking good care of her babies but she’s got to be hurting. She could have gotten caught on a fence, gotten kicked, who knows how this happened. But it looks like she’ll heal up and be back to normal soon. They let me get a few shots before taking off.

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Have a relaxing Sunday my friends and stay cool. It’s hot out there!


Bees and Blossoms

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on April 12, 2012

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The bees were busy around our blossoming apple tree this morning while the sun was beaming down.©Leah Yetter Photographer

But now the temperature has shifted and clouds have rolled in. The forecast calls for much needed rain and our fingers are crossed that lightning won’t follow. It is sooo dry here that an active storm is simply not what we need.

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I’m hoping for a hike this evening but who knows, we may get a dollop of snow. Hey, it’s been known to happen, even in April.

Last Taste

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on November 1, 2011
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tiny butterfly with the last flowers of autumn

All in a Day’s Work

Posted in Cattle Roundup, Nature, Photography by leahyetter on September 2, 2011

Trailing at sunrise…again. It was a breezy beautiful Thursday morning.

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During the fire on Squaw Mountain, Patrick and I, with a little help from a wonderful neighbor and friend, got our cattle out of the meadows on Squaw to the safety of the meadows closer to home.

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Now it’s time to truck them to the Laramie Plains to join the rest of the cattle and graze for a couple of months until  the calves are shipped to their new owners. These girls have done a lot of re-locating in the past 2 weeks.

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The rising sun gave to beautiful silhouettes of Mark and Phil as they crossed the bridge guiding the cattle up the hill.

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Once we got closer to the corral, Mark  stood guard to make sure the ladies didn’t turn and go the wrong way. They needed to aim for the open gate at the sunburst.

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Phil made sure they didn’t run down the fence line. And I… took pictures.

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Once we arrived at the plains and loaded the cattle in the corral, we gave them time to mother up and then Mark and Phil led them over the hill to water.

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It’s a long drive to the Plains from the ranch and we passed some smoking mountains.  Yep, you guessed it. Earlier this week the volunteers were fighting a fire on a section of the plains. Lightning once again created a lot of smoke and flames. I didn’t go to this one so I don’t have much info. Patrick spent a full night and day at the fire until the feds arrived. This thing burned up Pole Mountain and got 50 yards from a ranchers home. Patrick is so ready for snow. I am too, but I’m just not ready for the hurricane winds that comes with it.

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We stopped by the South Ranch for the guys to do, well, guy things. Count hay bales, take inventory of machinery, move horses, etc.  I did my thing, which as you know, my thang is to find photographs.

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This field is covered in Sowthistle. They look like dandelions but they aren’t. They are really sticky and when horses eat them, their mouths are covered in their sticky yellow juice.

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Patrick says it’s Rosinweed but it doesn’t look that to me when I look in my Weeds of the West book.
Anyway, the bees like them.

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Finally, we got home as the sun was going down. I drove the atv to the house and against the purple sky, I saw a group of bucks roaming the hilltops.

It was a good day and we got a lot done. Now, for a restful weekend…I hope.

Yours till the cow moooooos,

In Bloom

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on July 30, 2011

Sunflowers, finally!

They are lining the streets and are even popping up in the cracks of sidewalks. This one in my driveway is already hosting a honey bee. Happy summer!

Wild, Free and Keeping Busy

Posted in Gilchrist Gallery, Nature, Photography by leahyetter on July 8, 2011

Earth laughs in flowers.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Hamatreya”

The presence of the Blackeyed Susan means we are in the heart of summer. She’s wild and tall and scattered all over the mountain sides and throughout the meadows.

While she’s busy growing wild and free, I’ve been busy with printing and framing some favorites to hang in the Gilchrist Gallery. We are going to celebrate our one year anniversary next Thursday with a gallery tour, refreshments, and a raffle. I’ll provide more details on that soon. We would love for you to come downtown and meet the artists and enjoy all types of beautiful art by local artists. More exciting news about our gallery coming soon. Stay tuned!

Purple and Blue and Soaked to the Bone

Posted in Photography, Stormy Skies by leahyetter on June 21, 2011

I want to thank you for your kind words in the comments about Shadow. I’m starting to snap out of the blues while keeping busy with photo shoots and print orders.
Quite fittingly for my mood however, storms crept up on us several times last week and during the weekend. While out spraying weeds and looking over one of the pastures, a storm came upon us so fast we barely had time to react. We raced back to the house as fast as the mule (ATV) would go while being pelted with hail and cold, hard rain. We were soaked and shivering and only made it as far as the shop.
I shot these purple clouds right before we took off thinking it was farther away than it really was.
The weatherman says it will be sunny the rest of the week. I sure hope so, we need it.

Deep in the Forest

Posted in Nature, Photography, Wildlife by leahyetter on June 13, 2011

Still working on my Seasons project, we hiked into an area I hadn’t explored yet. And I could swear I saw Sleeping Beauty in the distance.  This forest was absolutely gorgeous like how I imagined as a kid when mom read me fairy tales. But since neither one of us can claim to be Prince Charming, we didn’t go wake her.

The trails were made of wildflowers and green grass.

We passed probably a hundred cocoons waiting for the right moment to release the butterflies.

We sat right here waiting for something that Patrick saw in the distance. I couldn’t believe what I saw.

Two bull Elk were leaving the canyon to climb higher. We were probably 40 feet from them. This is the closest I’ve ever been to Elk in the wild. Their antlers are just now getting started, still in the velvet. We were so close we could see bugs flying around them. It was breathtaking.

But they weren’t as thrilled with seeing us. This one performed a very rude gesture before turning and running up the next hill.

Aside from that, this evening hike turned out to be a very successful shoot.

Dew Drops

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on June 1, 2011

Saturday was sunny but it quickly turned into rain and hail that evening. It hailed off and on for a couple of hours and then rained throughout the night. It was foggy and misty all of Sunday and our plans for a hike and picnic in the hills were foiled. We were both stir crazy so we put on our rain gear and went for a walk around the ranch.

Dandelions took a beating from the hail.

The grass is green from all of the moisture and the meadows were very boggy.

Sparkly droplets were everywhere…

…like the shiny diamonds of dew on this mustard weed.

The ferocious Wyoming winds blew all day Monday and yesterday morning. I was finally able to take a hike in the hills yesterday and it’s mostly dried out and everything is so green. I think summer is finally here. Maybe. I’ll let you know later this week. 🙂

Summer is Getting Shorter

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on May 19, 2011

We went to bed last night to the sound of rainfall. It poured all night long. Then this morning, it was eerily quiet.

We pulled the curtains and there they were, big wet blobs of snow falling out of the clouds at a high rate of speed.
Snow? Now? Ugh.

The internet went out, the power blipped, and there was nothing left to do except bake a cake. The snow finally stopped this afternoon. It’s melting away as I type and I’m just hoping that’s the last of the white stuff for a few months. We’ve got calves to brand.
Summer can you hear me? Summer do you see me? Summer can you find me here in Wyoming?

And we’re bloomin’

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on May 18, 2011

I arrived home yesterday evening to find that Patrick had trimmed up the apple tree and it definitely seems happier. Blossoms are all over now and I wonder if this means we’ll get apples soon. Good ones though. I’ve seen a few rotten ones fall to the ground because the overgrowth has prevented me from getting to the yummy fruit when it’s ripe for the picking.

We’ve got more rain on the way which might mess up our branding schedule for the weekend. But this abundance of precipitation makes the meadows pop with an almost fluorescent green grass and brings out more buds on the trees.  It’s getting spring beautiful out here folks!


Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on May 16, 2011

One minute it’s warm and sunny, the next is rain and snow. These buds in the apple tree are patiently waiting for the right minute to bloom. That minute may come today.