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Under Lingering Storm Clouds

Posted in Nature, Photography, Stormy Skies by leahyetter on June 13, 2017

The radar was red, yellow and green with constant severe weather alerts on our phones throughout yesterday afternoon. I had my cameras and my storm emergency kit in the basement with me, bracing for impact. As I watched and listened, I heard a really hard rain then it was quiet. I refreshed the radar and low and behold, the storm took a turn from our place and headed straight to town. While we were spared the brunt of the storm, our little town was hammered with golf ball to softball sized hail. Many folks I know have broken windshields, broken windows, dented cars, and a lot of damaged property. As far as I know, we did not have a funnel cloud touch down near us although there were plenty that touched down around the state. The weather service did an incredible job of informing us of the bizarre weather patterns early on Monday and we were able to be prepared well before it hit.

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We took a drive to the meadows in the evening to check on the herd while storm clouds still lingered over us.

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The main reason we came down was the pluck this fella out of the meadow and bring him to the barn. He’s been “off-duty” for at least a year so as you can see, he’s put on a few pounds. Patrick needs him to do a little cattle work this weekend so Gray needs some saddling and warm-ups before Patrick gets on.

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Amazingly, he let us catch him and Patrick walked him to the barn without incident.

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No, that’s not dust on your screen, but cotton flying in the wind. It was a gorgeous sunset in spite of the crazy weather.

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But while I was walking back the the house, there was another boomer forming in the southeast.
Today is cooler and the wind is blowing. I believe they are experiencing snow in the mountains Yellowstone. It’s not quite summertime folks. But soon, very soon!
 


Grazing With a View

Posted in Photography by leahyetter on January 31, 2017

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Spotted these grazers out of the dining room window. Not sure if that’s a standoff or just a pause while chewing. 🙂

We’ve had a break from the snowfall. If there isn’t snow, there’s wind, which has thankfully warmed us up. But it’s overcast with the wet stuff in the clouds and it’s definitely on the way. We’re getting close to calving season too. With a storm on the horizon, I better get ready!


 

Poetry in Motion

Posted in Photography by leahyetter on January 13, 2017
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Poetry in Motion

Nothing much prettier than than a horse walking though the snow at sunset.


 

Where Did the Time Go?

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on December 11, 2016

I completely missed the month of November here at Uprooted Magnolia. I’ve missed you, to say the least. But all is well here. Actually, it’s wonderful. My calendar booked up with amazing new and former clients and I’ve had a joyful time with each and every portrait session and wedding. And it just keeps getting better. I am excited to see what the future holds with new and exciting projects on the horizon.

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We brought the cattle home from summer pasture and good ole Gray is happy to have everyone back so he can boss them around the meadows.

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Fall arrived in all it’s colorful glory and stuck around, extending the portrait season. Then all of the sudden, it turned to winter.

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We had a cold snap that turned from chilly to downright freezing last week. Whoa, I hadn’t gotten myself mentally or physically prepared and the air hurt my face. I swear my eyeballs froze. Fortunately the river didn’t freeze completely so we didn’t have to break ice for the cows to get a drink.
Hello winter. And Hi everyone, I hope to be more regular again. ttfn. 🙂


 

Counting Cattle

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on April 28, 2016

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It’s still a little damp out there and a light fog hung above the meadows this morning. I sipped my coffee and counted the cattle from the dining room window. I love the contrast of last years grass turned golden and the new, green grass that is coming up.  And just look at all those baby calves scattered about. Some grazing like mom, others waiting for their next sip of milk. But one of these is not like the other. There’s the old gray horse grazing with the cows but anxiously awaiting his bucket of afternoon oats. Ahhh spring… 🙂


 

A Wyoming Spring…

Posted in Calving, Photography, Winter by leahyetter on March 23, 2016

I posted this today on my Facebook page.

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The start to spring here has been wonderful. Temps have been in the 60’s and we’ve been soaking up the sunshine.

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But with the warning of a major storm coming, I knew darn well that calves would start popping out. Sure enough, I got one yesterday and that makes 7 of the little boogers in all so far.

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The clouds started building by mid-afternoon.

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It was storming in the sky by late afternoon. Then it started raining here at about 10pm.

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And this is how it looked at 7 this morning. I barely made it down to the meadow.

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The wind is blowing out of the north which is of course the direction I had to drive to get down to the meadow. I was blinking snow drops all morning.

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The Gray horse turned a muddy brown. I couldn’t even recognize our own horse! Of course, my eyelids were cupping snow flakes so it’s understandable.

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It took me an hour to find the girls. Visibility was about ZERO but I saw finally saw them in the middle of the meadow with their butts facing north. Yep, that’s them in the upper left of the above image.

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That’s #10 on the far left. She should calve at any time. I’m watching her closely today and I pray she keeps that baby inside just a little longer.

I’m headed out again. I hope I don’t have to bring a calf inside by the fire. But if would be okay if I did. 😉


 

A Horse of Course

Posted in Horses, Photography by leahyetter on February 26, 2016

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We are having a nice break from the winter madness. The mud is drying, the temperature is tolerable and the sunsets are becoming more and more colorful. I’m not fooled though. I know winter isn’t over, I’m just expressing my appreciation for this lull in the winter chill. The old gray horse seems to be enjoying it as well.

I’m gearing up for my daily visits down to the meadow to check the cattle. Calving season is upon us and it’s my duty to watch out for girls in the meadow as well as the heifers (first time mothers) in the corral close to the house. There is one heifer that is really close and we are checking on her round the clock in case she needs assistance. It’s such a tense time of year full of worry and hard work. I’m up for it though I’m impatiently waiting on the song of the meadowlark.

Have a great weekend, friends!


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.


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. 🙂


A Quiet Spring Storm

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on May 20, 2015

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A quiet storm blew in right off the hills and into the meadows. Standing on the porch last night, all I could here was heavy, sopping wet snow hitting the ground. I couldn’t see the hills and not long after this shot, I couldn’t see the horses. Normally the upper portion of this frame, as you’ve seen before, would be rolling hills and sky. But the only thing there is cold, wet snowdrops settling in for the night.
This morning, we woke up to a blanket of snow. In May. Ugh.


Round Up and Branding

Posted in Cattle Roundup, Cowboy, Photography by leahyetter on May 11, 2015

This Mother’s Day weekend was a rainy and snowy one. But last weekend the weather was perfect for a cattle roundup and branding. Below are images of that day.

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After saddling the colt , he saddled his horse for the round up.

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The boss got some help from his daughter with buckling up his chaps.

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Making final adjustments to the cinch.

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Discussing the route for gathering cows and calves.

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And…they’re off!

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Before branding the calves, we worked/doctored the cows in the barn.

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Getting the horse ready for roping calves.

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We start them young out here in the wild west.

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Hot irons sit and wait. The flames are powered by a propane tank.

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It was a nice day with friends, old and new. After the calves were all branded, they let them out of the corrals to mother up. By early evening, they all found one another and are doing great.

If you’d like to see more from this day, go to my website HERE.

Thanks for looking… 🙂


 

First Saddling

Posted in Cowboy, Photography by leahyetter on May 6, 2015

©Leah Yetter Photographer This young horse hasn’t worn a saddle much and had to learn how to back out of the barn. It’s all about trust between cowboy and horse. When Patrick saw this image, it made him think of the Charlie Russell painting “Bronc for Breakfast”. Quickly noticing the dust and dirt in this image, he said the next shot would be the bronc bucking around the corral as soon as he left the barn. Happy to say that didn’t happen. He stayed tied to the fence post and was well behaved.


A Cowboy’s Vessel

Posted in Cowboy, Photography by leahyetter on May 4, 2015

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Happy Monday, friends!
We had an eventful weekend full of horses, cows, cowboys, snapping turtles, and good friends and it couldn’t have been better. The rain held off down here but the thick clouds drenched the hills. The river is high and muddy and since we don’t have a boat, Patrick had to cross it horseback to mend fence. Gray did well at a branding and on the ride home, helped us lead our bay horse to the barn so he could go home with the best horse whisperer we know. Oh, and speaking of the river being high, we, ahem, Patrick, captured two HUGE snapping turtles out of puddles in the meadow and relocated them. They are a danger to the cows and especially the calves. Anyway, that was an adventure all in itself. Those things are scary!!
Hope you are having a great start to your week. I’ve got a lot of images to share with you from the weekend, sans turtles. 😉


 

Cowboy Up!

Posted in Cowboy, Horses, Photography by leahyetter on April 27, 2015

We’re getting saddled up for branding season.

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Patrick caught Gray and led him out of the meadow and up to the barn and corral.

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Unfortunately the young Bay horse isn’t invited. He’s not even half-broke so he gets to stay in the meadow. His time will come but for now, Patrick can only focus on one horse. He ran and bucked up and down the fence line the rest of the evening. He’s fine now, but the first couple of hours he was full of anxiety.

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In the evenings, Patrick saddles Gray up and encourages patience and obedience while running circles. He took a spin around the meadow with him the other day and he did surprisingly well for not being ridden all winter.
Tighten the cinch and git yer spurs on…here we go!


 

Snowdrops

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on April 16, 2015

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The morning haze rolled off the mountains and down onto us yesterday. It rained, snowed, drizzled, rained, sleeted, and snowed all day long. At one point it felt like the wind was blowing from all directions because the rain came down in a cross-cross pattern. The snow didn’t stick and on this damp and chilly morning, we are so grateful for this springtime moisture.
PS: Only two more cows left to calve. Yay!


 

River Crossing

Posted in Cowboy, Photography by leahyetter on April 7, 2015

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Do not go where the path may lead,
go instead where there is no path
and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson


Overcast Sunrise

Posted in Horses, Photography by leahyetter on March 16, 2015

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It was a busy weekend with shoots, computer work, and calving. The calm, overcast sunrise this morning was just what I needed to feel refreshed. Hope you are having a wonderful Monday. 🙂


 

Plenty to Eat

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on January 16, 2015

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The grass has popped back up now that the heavy snow has either melted or blown away. We have to watch the grass carefully and determine if we need to feed the cows and horses with a bale of hay. We have plenty of grass for them to graze upon to fill up their bellies but when it’s hard for them to get to it, we roll out a bale of hay.

Anyway, I thought this was a neat perspective while I was sitting by the fence watching the horses.

Have a great weekend my friends!


 

The Light Before the Storm

Posted in Horses, Nature, Photography by leahyetter on November 10, 2014

The wind blew all day yesterday. I mean it howled (still is today, but with snow circling as well).
So we decided to go down and check on the cows and horses and give them a little cake.

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The light was stunning! The sunsets and sunrises have been spectacular these last couple of weeks.

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I think I’ll call this one The Gray Ghost. He just wouldn’t stand still for his portrait!
Shooting in very low light is always tough and I had my old 40D with me. These shots are quite grainy but I think it gives them even more character. 🙂
Maybe I’ll have some snow reports for you tomorrow. The weather is so weird right now. Cheers!


Mohawk Mane

Posted in Horses, Photography by leahyetter on September 4, 2014

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This is a great time of year for portraits of any kind. It’s cooling down a bit and the leaves will be changing shortly. I’m booking photo sessions for the fall and I am excited about all of them. I must admit however, that I am really excited when I get the call to come photograph a week-old colt. It’s mostly just to document coloring and markings for the horse papers but I do love spending a little more time getting a nice head-shot. Momma kept turning him around and wasn’t too thrilled with me being there. I was finally able to catch a sweet profile before just I left them alone.  🙂
P.S. The thing I love the most about baby horses is the mohawk for a mane. Cracks me up every time.
P.S.S. Then again, the long lashes and whiskers are cute too!