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Songs of Autumn

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on October 11, 2017

The sky is a busy highway with Sandhill Cranes flying from pond to pond, same with the geese. Seems all of the creatures are scurrying around getting ready for winter.

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I took a walk through the meadows now that the biting bugs have all gone.

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All that is left is tall grass swaying in the breeze and red-winged blackbirds swarming, swooping, and singing the songs of autumn.

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The meadows will be full of cattle once we bring them home from the mountains this week. I love fall time in Wyoming.


 

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Harvest Moon

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on October 6, 2017

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Our Harvest Moon peeked out from the clouds last night. It was a beautiful sight.

Happy Friday!


 

BARk- Kindness Ranch

Posted in Local, Photography, Ranching by leahyetter on October 3, 2017

I continue to sit here with a huge lump in my throat after hearing the heartbreaking news of the senselessness in Las Vegas. The evil that this person unleashed is unfathomable and my heart aches for the victims and their family and friends. And yesterday I just sat here, numb, trying to process. So today I thought I would share a project I worked on this summer to remind myself, and to share with you, that there are still good people in the world with this glimpse into some goodness here in the tiny town of Hartville, Wyoming.
Kindness Ranch and Animal Sanctuary is a safe haven for former laboratory research animals to be rehabilitated and if all goes well, be adopted into a loving home. The article in the fall issue of BARk Magazine by Rebecca Wallick focuses on the great people that work and volunteer on the ranch as well as some pretty awesome animals. I hope you will take the time to read it. It will give you all the feels that you may be needing right about now.
Click on any of the article illustrations below to see a legible version of the story. I hope you enjoy this.
Love and Peace,
Leah

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Autumn Sunburst

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on September 28, 2017

I’m going to pretend that I haven’t been absent from this blog for two months and just leave you with this.

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I just love a good sunburst through the cottonwood trees. It’s fall y’all!


 

Pheasant Friend

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on July 31, 2017

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I got a call the other day about this pheasant that has taken up residence on a nearby ranch. He always greets them when they are headed out to the pasture to cut hay.

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But it isn’t really a greeting. He is actually protecting his hen and baby chicks. He will chase you down and peck you if he can get close enough- like when you have to close a gate. Yeow!

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He is a beautiful bird and I hope he and his family will continue to be safe.


 

Intense Summer Storms

Posted in Photography by leahyetter on July 21, 2017

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It’s that time of year for intense storms with cloud-to-ground lightning. Last night was just that with a lot of lightning and some rainfall. We pray the ground is wet in all of the places it hit.


Summer Evening Walks

Posted in Photography by leahyetter on June 16, 2017

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I feel like I’m walking through a watercolor during our summer evening hikes. 


 

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!
 


#uprootedmagnolia

Posted in Photography by leahyetter on May 11, 2017

Hello friends of Uprooted Magnolia! I hope you all are doing well.
We’re still here and warmer weather has finally arrived. Calving is almost done and we are so thankful that everyone is thriving. I have been absent from here because business has been, well, busy and… drumroll please…. I have finally joined Instagram, thanks to the encouragement and messages from many of you. 🙂
I will continue posting here on the blog with current images and goings on but on the Instagram page, I am pulling from the UM archives. It’s so much fun reliving these images starting all the way back in 2010. If you are on IG, I hope you will join me. If not, that’s okay, I’ll still see you here on the bloggity.

Hugs,
Leah

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Two Eagles Sharing a Limb

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on April 4, 2017

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March was a proper spring weather month. Little to no snow, warm temperatures and sunshine. A perfect start for the calving season. The meadowlark arrived singing the song of spring, red-winged blackbirds fluttered all over the meadows and cranes and geese announced themselves with their loud calls. April is a different story. We’ve had a lot of rain and snow showers. The snow isn’t sticking much but mud is up to my ankles everywhere I step.
After getting my count of the cows and calves this morning, I looked up and saw two eagles sharing a limb. This snow melted quickly but it’s still spitting out there. It should warm right up tomorrow and the rest of the week. The calves will appreciate that. We will too. 🙂


 

Park Pride

Posted in Photography, Travel, Wildlife by leahyetter on March 7, 2017

I hadn’t planned on writing again about my visit up to Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Teton National Park but I was inspired by the company, Cotopaxi, to share a little bit of my Park Pride. And since it’s still chilly and I’m in the thick of calving, it’s nice to revisit a warmer time!

Cotopaxi is a company focused on spreading positive vibes and encouraging people to live actively and get outside. They’re also a benefits corporation focused on giving back. A percentage of every sale goes to various organizations that support global health initiatives, and their hiking backpacks help provide the most aid.

Now, the actual date of the 100th Anniversary of National Parks was August 25, 2016 but hey, we can continue the celebration, can’t we? I think so. In fact, last month, Yellowstone marked it’s 145th anniversary.

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We went Yellowstone in late May last year which was a great time to see the newborn Bison calves.

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We hiked on paths around the Geysers and they were breathtaking. Not just because of their beauty, but because they wreaked of sulfur!

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The wildlife is certainly wild, but also quite cute.

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And of course, there is always Old Faithful. Incredible to experience.

I was thrilled with Yellowstone but I think my favorite part of the trip was The Grand Tetons.

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The word majestic doesn’t even do them justice. And neither do photographs. You must go and visit them for yourself.

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Where the antelope run through tall sagebrush,

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where the water of Schwabacher’s Landing reflects the peaks,

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…and where wildflowers line many hiking paths.
The Grand Tetons stole my heart. If you want a refresher on our adventures in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, go ahead re-visit my posts.  (start here for Yellowstone and and here for Tetons) Who knows, maybe they will inspire you to hit the road and visit a National Park this year! 🙂

I do want to mention that I am a cheerleader for State Parks as well. When you are on the road, headed for a National Park, instead of RV’ing or camping at a side of the road camping facility, park your RV or camp in a tent at a state park instead. It can at times be less expensive and most always be more enjoyable. I traveled Wyoming in 2014 for a project with the State and 9 times out of 10, folks were headed to Yellowstone. And all of those families had planned their route to Yellowstone by locating and staying at State Parks along the way. They said they wouldn’t do it any other way. I have to agree!

Cheers and happy exploring!

Please not that this post was inspired by Cotopaxi. This is not a paid advertisement for the National Parks Services or for Cotopaxi. Opinions and photos are strictly my own. I’m just sharing my #parkpride. 🙂


 

20 inches and still counting

Posted in Nature, Photography, Winter by leahyetter on February 24, 2017

We’re in it. Knee deep.

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We are in the middle of a winter storm that is almost debilitating.

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To feed the cattle this morning, Patrick had to drag the bale to flatten the snow to have somewhat of a lane to roll the bale and spread cake.

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The cake still went down into the snow but a good bulk of the cattle worked at it to get a few mouthfuls.

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The hay was fluffy enough to sit on top of the snow so I’m sure they are getting enough. And it will give the calf a little something to lay on, off of the snow.

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It’s up to my knees in some places and up to my waist or higher in the drifted spots. This one is a doozy, folks. I just really want the snow to stop coming down. We’ve got enough. Uncle! I haven’t seen this much snow since we moved off the ranch in the hills in April of 2013. Maybe more than that. C’mon summer! 🙂


The New Kid

Posted in Calving, Photography by leahyetter on February 10, 2017

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Pretty excited about the new kid. She smells funny. 😉
Happy Friday!


In the Snowy Rolling Hills

Posted in Photography by leahyetter on February 8, 2017

You guess it. The sky dumped more snow yesterday. But there is a report that it will warm up by the end of the week. A girl can dream, right?

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One ear hearin’ and one ear listenin’. 🙂

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Sleeping aspens in the snow.

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Reese Mountain has been a favorite of mine since I moved to Wyoming. I love the texture and the lines.
Ah, those rolling snowy hills. Home.


Same Angle, Different Day

Posted in Photography, Winter by leahyetter on February 7, 2017

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We had a heck of a snow storm roll in last week. But first, I woke up to a solid sheet of ice out here at our place. A friend and I were to travel that morning and the snow wasn’t predicted until later in the day. The ice should have been our clue to stay home but this trip was a must for my friend for a dental appointment. By the time we hit the road heading south at 0:dark thirty that morning, the snow started to fall. But the further south we got, it cleared up. On the way home, heading north, it was a different story. Our vehicle hit black ice and we lost control. We fishtailed, crossed the median and twirled around finally landing in the southbound lane. Fortunately we weren’t hurt and there was only one vehicle on the road. He was able to avoid us because he was, thankfully, paying attention. Later that evening when heading out to do chores, I took a spill on the ice and landed on tailbone, further aggravating an injury that happened years ago. I’ll tellya, it was so good to get chores done, get inside the house, load up the wood stove and go to bed. That day just needed to end. I’m still stiff and sitting on a donut a week later.
I told my Dad about that mess of a day and he said “and after all of that, you still aren’t convinced to move back to Georgia?”
Not a chance, Dad. Not a chance.

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We’ve got calves getting ready to drop in less than a month. ♥


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!


 

Snowy Tree Canopy

Posted in Photography, Winter by leahyetter on January 25, 2017

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Had another little snow storm. Took another snowy drive toward the hills. I’ve always liked this canopy over this part of the road that crosses over a creek. We don’t have a lot of trees down low unless you are near a water source. The contrast of the Cottonwoods in a vast landscape of rolling hills always catches my eye.
The clouds were thick but I saw evidence of the clear blue sky through a thin split in the clouds. It’s still winter, y’all.


Poetry in Motion

Posted in Photography by leahyetter on January 13, 2017
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Nothing much prettier than than a horse walking though the snow at sunset.


 

Drift Bustin’

Posted in Photography by leahyetter on January 11, 2017

As I reflect on our last storm, just last week, big snow flakes are falling outside my window.

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The wind had been howling for days, moving the six inches of snow into drifts and rivers and packed the roads with ice. So of course Patrick said, “let’s take a drive to the hills”. I bundled up, we buckled up and took a drive in the comfort of the truck. No ATV this time for me.

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This is what’s called a blizzard. A ground blizzard. It doesn’t have to be actively snowing to be a blizzard. The wind was blowing 25 to 30 mph with gusts up to 60 mph.

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As soon as the truck made a track, it drifted back in.

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We came out of the hills and had a great view of the blowing snow on and below Squaw Mountain.

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Closer to home, the snow was whipping around hay bales.

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I find it spooky yet fascinating when the snow blows. It dances in swirls all over the road creating a scene from a scary movie or a disco. It’s dangerous if you aren’t careful navigating through it, but pretty groovy to watch.

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We busted through a couple of drifts to get down to the meadow to feed the cows. But that isn’t blowing snow you see surrounding the cattle. The snow and fog you see around them is a result of their hot breath and a wide open run straight for us.

When the wind comes up, it warms us up. It took a couple of days but we warmed right up into the 40’s and most of the snow melted. It finally stopped blowing some time in the early morning this morning and then, the snow started to fall. And so the cycle continues.

Keep toasty, y’all!


 

Looking for a Warm Place to Land

Posted in Photography, Winter by leahyetter on January 8, 2017
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Looking for a Warm Place to Land