Uprooted Magnolia

Back to Spring

Posted in Calving, Nature, Photography by leahyetter on April 27, 2016

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With the passing of a few hours after this shot, the snow finally stopped and began to melt. The sun came out and it’s shining brightly today. This moisture sure is making the grass green and buds form on the cottonwoods. #9 had her calf just after the storm and when I checked on them this morning, it was running and bucking and loving life. I guess the cold didn’t bother the little booger that much.


 

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Seeing Green

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on April 22, 2016

“On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it.” – Jules Renard

I feel like this quote is spot on about Wyoming. We may insane wind speeds, blinding snow storms, and hail that will make you feel a little crazy, but when it’s still and warm, it’s heavenly.

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It’s so great to see the wild iris taking form in the meadows. Our little corner of Earth is waking up and it is a delight!
Happy Earth Day!


 

In the Brush

Posted in Nature by leahyetter on October 26, 2015

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Hiding from the hunters…


a Splash with Nature

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on April 22, 2015

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. -John Muir

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I enjoy my daily walks through the meadows and by the river. It’s a celebration of Earth and it’s a good way to clear the mind and focus on being grateful.

Yesterday I observed puddle after puddle that collected during the rainfall last week and weekend. This will help our grass to grow and the rivers to flow. I did NOT resist the temptation of splashing around in this ankle high puddle like I used to do in my younger days. I’ve often said that rain puddles are like magnets to kids (and kids at heart). 🙂

Happy Earth Day, my friends. xoxo


A Pop of Spring Green

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on April 17, 2015

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I love how the deer gracefully tiptoe into my path some days.
Notice the buds and green grass. The rain is helping us make progress towards springtime beauty. Ahhhh. 🙂


Springtime Skies in Wyomingland

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on May 21, 2014

The land is turning green with wildflowers of white, yellow and pink popping up all over. Mud puddles are aplenty and the afternoon skies are incredible.

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The grass is growing faster than the cows can eat. That’s a good thing. We look forward to taking them off the meadows this summer and let them graze elsewhere while we irrigate and watch the meadow grass grow taller than our waistlines. To say we are grateful for all of this moisture would be an understatement.


A Springtime Promise

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on March 20, 2014

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It’s still chilly here in good ole Wyoming and we have the threat of snow for the next couple of months. *Sigh*
But out from underneath the little patches of snow laying around, sprigs of green grass are popping. Today is the first official day of Spring and while I know it takes a while for it to really take effect, I see these green blades as a promise of a new season. Really, I do. 🙂


Happy Cows

Posted in Photography, Ranching by leahyetter on July 8, 2013

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Sometimes I lose the calves in the tall grass. Their summer pasture is tall and green. But not for long, I’m sure they will munch it right on down.

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We had a surprise in late spring. A cow we thought was open (not with calf) had one!

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We just thought she was super fat (which she is) but she never showed signs of pregnancy. And then one day there was a calf suckling her that wasn’t tagged or branded. Thankfully, she’s a good momma.

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Peek-a-boo calf. 🙂
Happy Monday my friends!


Hindered by Spring

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on April 4, 2013

I am so excited that the winter ground is transitioning from this…

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…to this.

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Winter has been interrupted by the green grass springing up everywhere. This makes me giddy and I’m looking forward to change. Change is good.


Wheatland Garden Tour

Posted in Local, Photography by leahyetter on August 26, 2011

I attended the 3rd Annual Wheatland Green Harvest Festival Master Gardens Tour last week. I was so happy to go with my friends Clark and Lynette to discover these hidden gems.

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Click on these fresh veggies to view the entire garden tour.

Nancy Munier’s garden was quaint and ever so lovely. She walked us through her minty ground cover, around her pot and container gardens and through a trellis into a small veggie garden.

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Click on the black raspberry to view the entire garden tour.

Next we went to the garden of LeRoy Jons. He has installed a moveable tunnel greenhouse with berries and veggies planted inside. He also has a field of many types of berries and various vegetables. He was kind enough to let us taste the berries. MMM MMM.

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Click on the young eggplant to view the entire garden tour.

Our third stop was the High Tunnel Greenhouse near the fairgrounds Their main objective is to demonstrate the benefits of extending the growing season for vegetable production here in Wyoming. They are having quite the success. The peppers and eggplant are unbelievable.

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Click on the farm Fresh Produce to view the entire garden tour.

Taylor Bush is a junior in high school who started his garden 3 years ago. He says it beats having a “real job” so he can have time for school sports. He sells from his home as well as at the Farmers Market every Saturday in downtown Wheatland.

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Click on the sweet lily pads to view the entire garden tour.

I could have stayed in this oasis all day! Lee and Ellen really do have paradise in their backyard. We loved viewing her overgrown yet lovely greenhouse, fragrant herb garden, and the pond filled with lily pads.

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Click on the vineyard grapes to view the entire garden tour.

As the sun was going down, we puled into the driveway of Sally Sanchez, owner of the Sybille Canyon Vineyard. I was surprised to learn there is a vineyard in Wheatland. She has approximately 400 plants and is having great success. She says she is selling grapes by the “bucket” to local winemakers.

Click on any of these images to view more images captured from these marvelous gardens. It was very inspiring and who knows, I may try one next year.

Have a great weekend my friends. See you at the market!


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. 🙂


Here Comes the Sun

Posted in Photography, Uncategorized by leahyetter on May 20, 2011

Little darlin’, it’s alright.
And I hope it stays.

It’s a little chilly today but the sky is blue and the sun is illuminating my long legs. Here’s hoping for some long summer shadows coming our way.

With purple clouds and green leaves popping against the aqua blue skies.


Spring Peek

Posted in Home, Nature, Photography by leahyetter on May 10, 2011

I’m so glad to be home. We went for an evening hike on Sunday and finally, spring is making an appearance. When I left 2 weeks ago, it was 31 degrees. Now the afternoons are getting close to 80.

Green leaves are popping out of the bare branches.

Little tiny flowers are peeking up through rocks.

And sand lilies are sprouting, becoming ground cover for the mountainous terrain.


Pardon Me During this Time of Transition

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on April 8, 2011

Well, the sun came out. And the snow melted away revealing green grass that we have been eagerly awaiting. But the forecast over the next few days isn’t so positive. We’re still being threatened with rain and snow. I’d hate to have the job as a weather person for Wyoming.

Thank you to all of your hilarious comments on my letter to Wyoming. I heard from Massachusetts, Canada, Georgia, The Phillipines, and even Argentina who is just now in their fall creeping up on winter.

MA and Canada, looks like we’re in the same company although Canada, you straightened me up immediately. So sorry for the recent 10 inches that fell. Georgia, I’ll see you in a few weeks in my flip flops doggone it! I also got a response from Wyo saying “No promises until May”. That’s not the first time she’s told me that. So until the blue skies and warmth are consistent, I’ll just peek my head out when I can see the green grass like the mule deer in the image above.

Have a great weekend and I’ll keep the bellyaching to a minimum Canada. 😉

May the Force horse be with you,
Leah


Reflecting

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on April 4, 2011

It was 80 degrees with blue skies on Saturday and 30 degrees with fog and snow yesterday. Can you say fickle?
I asked Patrick before I moved out here “So what month do you store your winter clothes and bring out your summer clothes”? He said “Sweetheart, I don’t have that many clothes”. A friend of his told me he doesn’t take off his long handles until late May. And he puts them back on in September. So needless to say, I’ve whittled down my wardrobe considerably since I moved out here.
But I digress.

Since yesterday was so icky, I went through my hardrive and found this image from early summer last year and I noticed that many of my shots contain water. When I hike, I do walk along creeks and streams and hang out by the river a lot. Maybe it’s because my sign is Pisces or like Vickie pointed out on a recent hike, “because there isn’t much water out here. You gotta take it where you can get it.”

I love that the reflection gives the appearance of a fish. And the green, ahh the green. What else can you make of the reflection?


Embraced

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on March 21, 2011

A Supermoon on Saturday and a hike on the beautiful first day of spring yesterday with my friend Vickie made for a great weekend.

I’m so happy that the color of green is appearing. This pond is near the hay meadows encircled by a jungle of wind fallen trees and tangled willows. It was so quiet except for blue birds chirping and turkey gobbling in the distance.

Hope you are enjoying your first days of spring. And to my friends back east, I assume you are stocking up on allergy medication with all that pollen covering your world. Hang in there. I sneezed a couple times in honor of you this morning. 😉


The Laramie Plains

Posted in Cattle Roundup, Nature, Ranching, Wildlife by leahyetter on July 13, 2010

The cows are spending the summer on the Laramie Plains and we go check on them from time to time. I use the term “we” loosely because Patrick goes  way more often than I do. But I like to think I do some good on these trips. Hey, I’ve got cows eating cake right out of my hands remember? Anywho, we see a lot of wildlife in this wide open space and I can’t help but share some of the beauty with you once again.

Twin Baby Antelope waiting for momma

Triplets!

The cows were happy to see us. They gobbled up the salt and mineral. They look really good and tubby out there.

Yum!

The bulls were not so happy to see us. They never are.

Staring contest with a bull can be scary.

But it didn’t stop them from attempting to get their groove on.

He's asking her if she wants to "see the inside of his truck".

Patrick spotted these guys as I got out of the truck to open a  gate.

Bucks Running Wild

And I almost stepped on these. Thank goodness Patrick saw them before I became Godzilla and destroyed their town and family.

Grounded Birds Nest

As we were leaving, we finally spotted our first state flower of the year.  You know it’s summer when you finally see Indian Paintbrush.

Indian Paintbrush, the state flower

more Indian Paintbrush

This guy needed to check us out before we went through his gate. We said hello and went our separate ways.

Curious Horse

It was a good day.

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!

Trailing to New Pasture

Posted in Cattle Roundup, Ranching by leahyetter on July 2, 2010

This was my view ALL morning long.

And then this. I had to get away from the rear-ends for a while.

Then, and only for a moment, my view became this.

But then back  to the cows. We’re trailing them from the Bealy to the Harris for new pasture.

The haze in these 2 images is dust from sheet grass. When we were done, we were covered from head to toe in this dust.

This bull strayed away from the heard so John had to round him up and bring him back to the ladies.

It took a long time, it was hot and the ladies were not happy with that long trail. But I hope they appreciate where we took them. They gotta love this grass!

Freedom!

I love this pasture. The locals can’t believe we’re looking at grass so green in July. So hot, but so beautiful.