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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!


 

Summer Grazing

Posted in Photography, Ranching, Wildlife by leahyetter on June 26, 2014

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We took the cows to the hills for summer grazing.

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I think they’ll enjoy it. The grass is up to their bellies.

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While leaving, we found ourselves in a horse race.

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As we slowed down to let the horses “win”, Patrick spotted a baby antelope in the tall grass.

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He crouched, trying to hide from me.

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But no such luck. I had my eye on him.

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We drove on and when I looked back, I saw momma coming to care for her young.

Aside from the mosquitoes, this is a wonderful time of year in Wyoming. 🙂


Napping Gray

Posted in Horses, Photography by leahyetter on March 31, 2014

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The wind is HOWLING today. Dirt and cow pies are circling the meadows. For protection from the madness, Gray and the herd are napping among the cottonwoods.
Happy Monday everyone!


Serene Blue

Posted in Horses, Photography by leahyetter on March 12, 2014

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I love the serene blue skies before a storm. Even though I’m anxious for spring color, I revel in the contrast of the golden winter meadow against that wide open blue sky.


Lakes, Waterfalls and Plenty of Mud

Posted in Horses, Photography by leahyetter on March 10, 2014

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Welcome to March in Wyoming. Where the snow comes and goes creating lakes in the meadows, waterfalls in the mountains, and plenty of mud to get the ATV stuck.
Even though there are chances of snow for the next couple of months, the air is starting to warm up and our moods are slowly beginning to cheer up. I’m headed out for another round of checking cattle with the hopes of not getting stuck in the mud like Patrick did this weekend. 🙂 Hope you are having a great start to your week!


 

Home Sweet Home…

Posted in Photography, Ranching by leahyetter on February 28, 2014

…is where I’ll be all weekend.

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It has been said that there is a major storm in store for us this weekend. Small snow pellets have been falling all morning and it’s at least 10 to 15 degrees cooler since I got up at daylight to check cows. The roads were good yesterday so I went out to get necessities to stock the pantry and wine rack. Looks like I’ll be sipping and baking for the next couple of days.
Have a great weekend sweet friends!


The Standoff

Posted in Horses, Photography by leahyetter on February 27, 2014

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Our horses had a standoff with the horses next door the other day. I was sitting by the river when I heard weird grunting noises and hooves hitting the snow. They weren’t very friendly with one another and they didn’t stick around long. Alice led the pack away and they joined the cows on hay that was rolled out for them earlier. Knuckleheads.


Frozen Fog

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

Yesterday morning we awoke to a thick, frozen fog lingering over us. It was beautiful.

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The cows didn’t think it was all that great as their coats were covered in said frozen fog.
A bald eagle took off from the trees but flew pretty low. I don’t think they fly very well when there is a heavy freeze and moisture in the air.

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I looked to the east hoping I’d see the sun rising but all I saw was barely a glow.

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When I looked to the west, the sky was trying to come through the haze. It didn’t clear out until noon when the wind came up and blew the snow into drifts. But do not fear my friends, it started to snow again today.

*Sigh*

I’ll tell Winter what Rachel told Joey on the TV show Friends. “Oh honey, at least you’re pretty.”


A Long Walk

Posted in Horses, Photography, Winter by leahyetter on February 7, 2014

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The horses are usually across the meadow when we come down to feed. It’s a long walk to the hay buffet.

You may or may not be able to make out ole Gray running in the background. He blends very well but he’s way back there kicking up snow behind the bay horse. (between the far trees and the dark brown horse) I didn’t even see him until he was right up on us. I picked icicles off his coat while Patrick cut the strings off the hay bale.


All Bundled Up

Posted in Photography, Winter by leahyetter on February 3, 2014

The wind finally died down and snow started to stick Thursday evening. When Patrick got home, we went out to feed the cows. They get so excited when they here the crumpling sound of the cake sack.

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As you can probably tell, they NEVER miss a meal and Patrick just about got trampled by the excited girls.

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Friday and Saturday mornings were overcast and snow squalls blew through several times a day giving us 3 or 4 inches on the ground. Days like these call for bundling up in my snowmobiling coveralls for a wander to the meadows to check on critters.

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I got a wink and a smile from Gray. I can tell he’s having fun because he’s covered in mud. Pretty typical for this guy.

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Crabby Alice debated on whether or not she wanted to come over and visit with me.

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The Bay horse in the background is a bit bashful so he doesn’t get portraits very often. But I’ll get him one day.
Alice needs to wipe her nose. 😉

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I love the pattern and chaos of the Cottonwood tree forest that surrounds us.

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We celebrated Patrick’s birthday this weekend by chopping firewood, sitting by the river, and enjoying the quiet scenery of home. And of course I demanded a Birthday portrait of us. I used my new trigger remote with the camera on the tripod and my nifty fifty lens.
We have more snow ahead of us this week but the sun came out yesterday and today. Hello February!


Waiving in the Breeze

Posted in Horses, Photography by leahyetter on January 10, 2014

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Took a walk through the meadows and along the river yesterday before the wind came up. By the end of it, it was howling out of the west. Notice the tail waving in the “breeze”on the bay horse.  Looks like ole Gray has been rolling in the mud again.
Happy Friday everyone. I hope your first week back to work after the holidays has been a good one!


Cold.

Posted in Horses, Photography, Winter by leahyetter on December 20, 2013

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We had a quick arctic storm blow through here yesterday but nothing like the last one that is pictured above. It’s sure cold though. Glad the horses and cows have their winter coats on.
Have a great weekend folks!


Afternoon Roll

Posted in Horses, Photography by leahyetter on December 18, 2013

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During almost all of my Fall photo shoots this year, the horses and cows were always right there to see if we had something for them. Most times the were just a nuisance really. Good ole Gray kept us entertained one afternoon with his happy roll in the hay. Needless to say I had some laughing and smiling clients after that little show.
Happy Hump Day friends! We are half way through the week. Wahoo!


November Mist: Horses

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on November 14, 2013

Baby knows better than to talk to strangers. She took one look at me and turned away waiting for momma. This was a sweet few minutes in the quiet of a foggy morning.

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High-Spirited

Posted in Horses, Nature, Photography by leahyetter on October 7, 2013

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The heavy, wet and chilly autumn snow on Friday brought down tree limbs and took out power all over our town and countryside for a few hours. The wind howled and it was gray and overcast into the night. But I woke up Saturday morning to sunshine and watched the neighbor’s frisky horses frolic on their snowy meadow with my morning coffee. By Saturday afternoon it warmed up so much and the snow melted as fast as it blew in. Sunday was gorgeous and I had a great portrait session in our meadows and on the football field in town. Turned out to be one heck of a playful weekend. 🙂


From the Mountain to the Bluffs

Posted in Cattle Roundup, Nature, Photography, Ranching by leahyetter on September 25, 2013

We went a few days without rain last week so the muddy roads up to the mountain dried up and we were able to retrieve the cows, bulls and horses this past weekend.

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They don’t seem to miss their babies much. They were running and bucking and excited to see us.  Well, excited because we had treats to lure them in.

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Little did they know they were going to be tested at the vet for pregnancy and it would make for a long day.

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The road on the way to the cows overlooks a couple of ranches and the moon was still up that morning just above the hills. We started pretty early.

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After positive test results, we delivered the girls to our meadows to graze below the bluffs for the winter. So glad to have them home.

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I did not photograph the gather of the horses. If anyone knows about horses who have had all summer off to do what they want when they want in the mountains without anyone else telling them what to do, then you know what a challenge it can be to gather them. I’m not sure my blood pressure has ever been so high. Bless Patrick for his patience and determined nature.  Gray, Alice and Si gave us a run for our money but after an hour or so, we finally loaded them into the horse trailer. But not without some difficulty.

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This is Gray. He’s a good ranch horse otherwise, but he challenged us this weekend. Oh, and Crazy Alice? Well, she does not get to grace the blog again just yet. She’s the Mare among two Geldings and you know who is boss. The next step is to catch her and remind her who is the real boss. That should be interesting.


Mother Love

Posted in Love, Nature, Photography by leahyetter on May 12, 2013

Just thought I’d share some of my favorite loving mother images from the past.

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Hope you lovely mothers all have a wonderful day. Wishing you all the best. xoxo

Every Mother’s Day I like to reflect back on this post from a couple of years ago, Remembering Mom.
 


a Friday Chuckle

Posted in Horses, Photography by leahyetter on April 5, 2013

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Sometimes getting a proper portrait of a colt is simply out of the question. You’ve just got to go with what they give you and have a nice chuckle. Happy Friday everyone!


He Spies with a Big Brown Eye

Posted in Horses, Photography by leahyetter on March 25, 2013

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In a barn built in 1881 made of limestone and mule shoes, a peeping pony asked to be petted.


 
(I had title block so today’s title credit goes to my dear friend Jessica W in my hometown of Macon,GA. Thank you friend. Your print is in the mail. xoxo)