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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. ūüôā


 

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! ūüôā


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’. ūüôā

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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.¬†‚ô•


Mule Deer in the Snow

Posted in Photography, Winter by leahyetter on January 29, 2017

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These gals let me sit and watch them for a bit. She paws at the snow to get a bite then moves to the next spot to do the same. They definitely have to work hard for a meal. Grazing is an all day affair. Glad to see they have a healthy winter coat.


 

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!


 

Wyoming Windchill

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

We are in full on winter mode. It is serious. We’ve had temperatures and wind chills well below zero. Like 20 and 30 degrees below zero.

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It makes the horse frisky. He throws his head up and down while running alongside the truck.

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And the cattle have become cowscicles. But just look at those round bellies. They are weathering the storm beautifully. We cake them daily and they get a fresh bale every other day.

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At times, we can’t even see the mountains.

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The deer are sporting their full winter coats.

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At sunset a couple nights ago, when temperatures barely made it to zero during the warmest part of the day, the river looked like a hot spring with steam billowing out of it. Patrick said he’d be glad to watch me take a dip if I’d like to.
I passed.


 

Happy Little Snowflake

Posted in Photography by leahyetter on December 25, 2016

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A happy little snowflake on the deck railing. Merry Christmas everyone! ūüôā


 

Snow Daisies

Posted in Photography by leahyetter on December 15, 2016

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Little daisies from summers past.


 

Tetons: Schwabachers Landing

Posted in Nature, Photography, Travel by leahyetter on July 12, 2016

In the Tetons, we saw some amazing species of water fowl at Schwabachers Landing. Schwabachers Landing is a boat landing located a few miles south of Snake River Overlook, along the east shore of the Snake River.

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We also saw a lot of little baby ground squirrels. They were everywhere and weren’t all that shy.

I wish I knew the official names of the water fowl that we saw but I don’t recall. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable but I didn’t retain the names of them. Dad may have written notes on them so I’ll check with him. If you know, feel free to name them in the comments!


 

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.


 

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! ūüôā


 

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. ūüėČ


 

And Then There Was Mud

Posted in Photography by leahyetter on February 15, 2016

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The wild snow storms have tapered off for now and the wind has picked up. Now we are left with puddles and mud. But at least it has warmed up a bit. Dare I say tropical? ūüôā

Have a great start to your week, folks!


Whipped Snow

Posted in Photography, Winter by leahyetter on February 4, 2016

As I mentioned yesterday, we’ve been under a “ground blizzard” watch. It’s basically like a sandstorm, but with snow.

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But yesterday morning, as the sun rose, it was perfectly still and beautiful.

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And by mid-afternoon, as I showed you yesterday, it was still gorgeous.

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By 4pm, I noticed from the comfort of my dining room window, the over 30 inches of snow was moving in the hills.

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I hightailed up the driveway again so I could show you this fierce beauty.

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It was blowing down here but nothing like up there.
I love the look of the whipped waves of snow. Mmmm…this image inspired me to put whipped coconut cream in my coffee this morning.

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By sundown, it was still blowing but not too hard here yet. Overnight, however, the wind speed picked up. Thankfully, it’s warmer today. Continues to blow, but warmer.
My thoughts and prayers are with those in higher elevations trying to feed livestock in all that snow and wind. Warmer temperatures are in the forecast for next week so we hope to see some significant snow melt. I don’t think there is any more snowfall in the forecast for a little while.
I’m off to break ice in the water tanks. I’ll put rocks in my pockets so don’t worry ’bout me. I’m just fine. It’s just another day in paradise. ūüôā


 

Before the Wind

Posted in Photography, Winter by leahyetter on February 3, 2016

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I climbed to the top of the driveway today. I wanted to take in this view before the wind picks up. A ground blizzard is predicted for later today into tomorrow. But for now, I’ll enjoy the peace and quiet of our snow blanket.