Uprooted Magnolia

it’s called Sprinter

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on April 26, 2016

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Oh, no worries. It’s just another Winter storm happening in Spring. It’s called Sprinter.
Now, if only I can find the cattle.


 

Spring = Mud

Posted in Calving, Nature, Photography by leahyetter on April 20, 2016

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Springtime equals mud around these parts. We’ve had a couple more storms like the one I posted about a couple weeks ago. But the snow melted away as quickly as it fell and we’re left with puddles and mud. We are thankful for the moisture.
We are a little over half way through calving and the little squirts are growing fast and healthy. Again, we are thankful. Lots of new life is happening in meadows. I just spotted our resident geese with their goslings and the resident horned owl has three owlets again this year. The turkey’s are gobbling and the deer are grazing. The meadowlarks are singing and Sandhill cranes are kicking up a fuss in the meadows. Man, they can be loud.
I’ll share images of all of the new life and spring beauty soon.
Happy Wednesday y’all!


 

And just like that…

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on March 29, 2016

…we’re back to dry meadows and snow covered hills.

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Cow #10 had her calf a couple days after the storm last week so she timed the birth well, thankfully. They say we are in for another storm later today and tomorrow. We’ll see how many calves that brings us tonight.
Happy Tuesday, y’all! 🙂


 

Winter Art Fair

Posted in Gilchrist Gallery, Photography by leahyetter on March 2, 2016

Gilchrist Gallery Art Fair

Our wonderful little gallery is putting on an art fair. We’ve never taken on anything this big before but we’re pretty excited. The wind here has been blowing 40mph with stronger gusts and it’s just been miserable. We’re inviting the community to come in out of the wind and surround themselves with colorful art, have lunch, do a little shopping, a little bidding, and learn more about the artists right here on their own turf!
So if you, my loyal blog readers, are interested in coming out and supporting us, you will be welcomed with open arms!! It takes about 3 days to travel to here by car from the eastern side of the U.S. More like two days drive from the Southwest I think. 🙂 Time for a road trip!

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I took this image and had it printed on maple wood. I wasn’t sure what to expect and when I got it back from the lab, I wasn’t wowed like I had hoped to be. But a great friend and local frame-maker helped create a beautiful frame out of oak to surround this lovely image. I can’t wait to have it on display. It was pretty costly and I’m not sure if I’ll ever do it again. I’ll just have to see the feedback I get from folks when it’s out there upon judging eyes.

If you check out our Facebook page, you will get a glimpse of the many different mediums that will be on display. And that’s not even the half of it.

I hope to see ALL of you out here in Wonderful Wheatland Wyoming for a lovely weekend of art and entertainment.

Cheers!


Blizzard Conditions

Posted in Photography, Winter by leahyetter on February 2, 2016

Yep. Old man winter reared his ugly (or beautiful depending on your frame of mind) head yesterday. It started around 5am and hasn’t stopped yet, almost 30 hours later.

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Up in the hills, which I still can’t see from here,  at least 2ft of snow has fallen so far.

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When Patrick got home from work yesterday afternoon, we headed down to the meadow.

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The girls were excited to see us. They’d follow us anywhere on days like this.

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They like cake. A couple of them will take it right from our hands.

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©Leah Yetter Photographer

This is the first time we’ve had to lay down hay this winter. The meadows have been plentiful but when there is a 10 inch blanket of snow covering their grub, we have to roll some out on top of it.

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They love it. We said nighty-night and headed back in to keep the fire stoked up.
Then there was this morning.

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Before you say anything, I am NOT forcing Collins LaRue to be outside on this snowy morning. She sleeps inside at night and explores the outdoors all day. But while sipping my coffee and watching the sun rise, she went in and out 10 times if not 20.

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She just couldn’t decide. And she wants so bad to be out there but the snow is just too high. She has finally given in and is in her bed for the morning.

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And what a beautiful morning it is. 


Winter Texture

Posted in Photography by leahyetter on January 25, 2016

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It’s nothing new for me to mention that I love texture.

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Here are a couple examples of it out in the meadows. This is an area that is usually a pond created by irrigating. The dried up ground has left behind these still green plants and crunchy leaves.


 

The Sun Shines Even on the Coldest Days

Posted in Photography by leahyetter on January 18, 2016

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It’s been quite wintry here in the new year. Not bleak or dreary, just cold. I shot this after carrying up one wagon load of wood. It was so quiet except for the occasional moo from the cattle down in the meadow and the crunch of snow under my boots.  I am thankful for a warm home and that the sun shines even on the coldest days.


See You in the New Year!

Posted in Photography by leahyetter on December 31, 2015

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Looking forward to more of these beautiful sunrises and sunsets in the coming New Year. I don’t usually do resolutions but I have set some goals. Does that count? Same difference, right? 🙂

Business was so great this year and I have the best new and returning clients out there. I loved photographing all those beautiful faces, especially during our fantastic autumn season. Here is a glimpse of only some of those faces. I’ll have my website updated soon with all of these sessions and more.

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Even though 2015 was a bit stressful with damaging weather and other complications, it has improved these last few months. I think that’s good sign that next year will be bigger and better.
Looking forward to seeing you all in the new year!
Cheers to you and yours,
Leah


Merry Winter Solstice

Posted in Horses, Photography, Winter by leahyetter on December 22, 2015

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Winter. I love the crisp, cold air. The fire in the wood stove. The peace and quiet of the snowfall. It’s a time of rest and renewal before our adventures in calving starts in the spring. Have a wonderful first day of winter.


Calm and Beautiful

Posted in Photography by leahyetter on December 21, 2015

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The snow is mostly gone and wind will be arriving soon. It’s our typical winter cycle but this past weekend was calm and beautiful. I took a walk to check on the cows just before sunset yesterday. Looks like we need to do some fencing. Such is the life of a rancher. 🙂


Winter Monochrome

Posted in Photography, Winter by leahyetter on December 18, 2015

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Babyface

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on November 12, 2015

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We got our first snow of the season a couple nights ago. But yesterday, the sun came out and the wind picked up to rid us of the white stuff. That’s okay, I’m not quite ready for it… although the forecast says I better get ready.
Anyway, I took a walk to the meadows and this sweet baby-face peeked at me through the trees. She was born early summer and I couldn’t get close to her all season! So this was a nice surprise. 🙂


Roaming at Sunset

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on November 6, 2015

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This wild girl roams free. She often greets me after I wander around the river and meadows. She’ll jump out of the tall grass and wrap her furry paws around my leg. No claws, just love. She’ll do that at night when I walk down the hall. She’ll stand quietly in the doorway and jump out with arms flying. It’s nice to have a kitty around although she isn’t as snugly as my Baby Angel Matilda. That’s okay though. If she sticks around long enough, she’ll learn.

Have a great weekend, friends!


Autumn Mornings

Posted in Photography by leahyetter on October 27, 2015

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A quiet morning in the hills. ♥


In the Brush

Posted in Nature by leahyetter on October 26, 2015

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Hiding from the hunters…


Weaning at Sunrise

Posted in Cattle Roundup, Photography by leahyetter on October 23, 2015

We weaned calves under a gorgeous Wyoming sunrise earlier this week.

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In the midst of this busy portraits season, I changed hats and cowgirl’d for the day.

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The cows are pretty gentle and they like us a lot so it’s pretty easy to get them to follow us in the truck. Patrick calls for them while I rattle the cake sack. Works every time.

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©Leah Yetter Photographer

Tom hangs behind to make sure no one breaks off from the herd.

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The went right into the corral and then we sorted them. We took the steers to the sale and brought have 5 heifers home, bawling for momma. I’m keeping the bunk full of hay and by day 4 (today), they have settled down quite bit.

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Have a great weekend folks!


Foggy Mornings

Posted in Photography by leahyetter on October 22, 2015

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It is continuing to be a beautiful fall season. These foggy mornings make me feel British. 🙂


Breathing in an Autumn Sunset

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on September 24, 2015

I love a good walk by the river.

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The first signs of autumn are showing. It’s comforting to hear the trickle of the river and cottonwood leaves falling in the slightest breeze.

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Everywhere I turn, there is a calming beauty that surrounds us and I love breathing it in.

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Sunsets are becoming even more magical as we draw closer to the cool crisp air of the autumn months.

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Sandhill Cranes take flight once the sun is behind the mountains.
Look at that cloud down low. Looks like a funnel doesn’t it? Not sure what you’d call that but I know is wasn’t a tornado.

I hope you are enjoying the first days of Autumn. Here’s to colorful backdrops, rich sunsets and pumpkin spice everything!


 

Summer of the Sunflower

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on August 31, 2015

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This is the summer of the sunflower. They are livening up roadsides and fields everywhere you turn. They even grown in the cracks of sidewalks! One evening I was sitting on the deck and after the sun went behind Laramie Peak, I noticed the sunflowers in the yard were dancing. The wind was still so upon closer observation, I saw a yellow finch just going to town on sunflower seeds. Happy Monday everyone!


Summer Days

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on August 28, 2015

Wow! What a wet and stormy spring it was and a dry summer it has become!

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Powerful rain and hail storms plagued us for weeks.

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The river flooded up into the road in the meadows. The cottonwoods sure loved the drink. It finally went down by mid summer but we still had a good amount of mist and fog and overcast days at the start of our summer.

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This golden eagle was onto something special because he didn’t move as I got closer and closer to take his portrait. Something must have floated down the river that he was intent on getting.

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Ol’ Gray wasn’t impressed with the bugs that all this moisture brought with it but as you can see by the looks of his belly, he enjoys the abundance of grass.

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This bull isn’t very impressed. Period.

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But the sun has finally come out and we’ve warmed right up with hot and dry temperatures.

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But along with the hot and dry temperatures, the horrific fires that are burning in the Pacific Northwest have blown smoke and haze into our state. There have been a couple of days that the smoke was so thick that staying inside was a must. We continue to have haze from it every other day or so. I pray for all of those in harms way out there.

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Summer evenings are just about the best around here. The sunsets are incredible and for the second summer in a row, we had a hatch of dragonflies hover in the shade of our home. They are everywhere! The cows are in the hills on summer pasture so the Sand Hill cranes and other wildlife are loving the meadows all to themselves.

That’s about it. I’ve had a lot of wonderful portrait clients come out (and more on the calendar for fall portraits) and have traveled a bit on assignment. Life has dealt us some lemons with the spring and early summer storms. Our roof and my car were totaled out by ping-pong size hail. Ugh. But this too shall pass.

Oh, and did I mention…

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…this little furry boo came into my life around Easter. She’s pretty wild but keeps the mice population in check. She isn’t an indoor kitty. She’s been through a couple of lives already and she’s barely 5 months old. But more on her later. If she sticks around…

Have a great weekend, friends! *Hugs*