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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.
 


Blizzard Conditions

Posted in Photography, Winter by leahyetter on February 2, 2016

Yep. Old man winter reared his ugly (or beautiful depending on your frame of mind) head yesterday. It started around 5am and hasn’t stopped yet, almost 30 hours later.

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Up in the hills, which I still can’t see from here,¬† at least 2ft of snow has fallen so far.

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When Patrick got home from work yesterday afternoon, we headed down to the meadow.

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The girls were excited to see us. They’d follow us anywhere on days like this.

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They like cake. A couple of them will take it right from our hands.

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This is the first time we’ve had to lay down hay this winter. The meadows have been plentiful but when there is a 10 inch blanket of snow covering their grub, we have to roll some out on top of it.

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They love it. We said nighty-night and headed back in to keep the fire stoked up.
Then there was this morning.

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Before you say anything, I am NOT forcing Collins LaRue to be outside on this snowy morning. She sleeps inside at night and explores the outdoors all day. But while sipping my coffee and watching the sun rise, she went in and out 10 times if not 20.

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She just couldn’t decide. And she wants so bad to be out there but the snow is just too high. She has finally given in and is in her bed for the morning.

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And what a beautiful morning it is.  ♥


The Sun Shines Even on the Coldest Days

Posted in Photography by leahyetter on January 18, 2016

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It’s been quite wintry here in the new year. Not bleak or dreary, just cold. I shot this after carrying up one wagon load of wood. It was so quiet except for the occasional moo from the cattle down in the meadow and the crunch of snow under my boots.¬† I am thankful for a warm home and that the sun shines even on the coldest days.


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.


Winter Monochrome

Posted in Photography, Winter by leahyetter on December 18, 2015

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Delicate Snow Caps

Posted in Nature, Photography, Winter by leahyetter on December 16, 2015

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The sun is out today and the snow is deep in some places. The wind whipped the fluffy stuff into drifts and I’m hoping enough has moved out of the road so I can make it down to the cattle. They want cake!


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.


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!


 

Another Proud Momma

Posted in Photography by leahyetter on April 3, 2015

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We had a little snow blow through here yesterday. Along with checking cattle several times a day, I’ve also been checking the nest in the bluffs where my folks and I witnessed a horned owl and her owlet for the first time last year. Lo and behold, she’s back. I count two baby owls in this shot but there could be as many as 6 in a clutch. There was only the one last year. Needless to say, I’m pretty excited to see them. Let Owl Watching 2015 commence! ūüôā
Have a Good Friday everyone. Be well.


Bluebird Sky

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on February 5, 2015

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The sun peeked out through a sliver of clouds yesterday while we were feeding the cows.
The sky is as blue as a bird today and the sun us melting the white stuff quickly. Looks like it will be a muddy day. Have a good one folks!


Snow Adorable

Posted in Photography, Winter by leahyetter on February 4, 2015

Once again, we have found ourselves in a snowstorm. It’s pretty magical out there.

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These little birds are so cute jumping from blade to blade looking for breakfast. Besides hearing the snow under my boots, all I hear is the softest “chirp chirp” from these adorable gals.

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This storm is supposed to move out this afternoon and then warm up the rest of the week.

Happy Hump Day!!


 

Crow in the Mist

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on January 14, 2015

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On my peaceful walk yesterday morning, the quiet was occasionally interrupted by this crow perched high on a cottonwood limb. It took me a while to locate him. Pretty spooky, eh?


A Snowy Walk Through Fog and Mist

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on January 13, 2015

It’s no secret that one of my favorite weather events is the misty, dewy fog that hangs heavy in the air some mornings during the fall and winter months.

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The clouds dusted us with snow yesterday so there was just an inch or two on the ground this morning when I awoke. I rolled out of bed, got right into my coveralls and grabbed a camera for a wander to the meadows.

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It was so still and quiet. All I could hear was the swish of my clothes and the crunch of ice under my boots.

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It looked like a different world. And it wasn’t even that cold. Just peaceful.

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The girls were all there and greeted me from a distance. They are grateful, as am I, that the snow over the holidays has mostly melted and that this little bit hasn’t covered the grass much.

The fog lifted late morning and the sun is melting the snow this afternoon. The winter cycle continues….


Zero Degree Ranching

Posted in Photography, Ranching by leahyetter on January 2, 2015

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On my Facebook page earlier this week, I wrote that the girls were just plain ungrateful. I risked my life to drive through the deep snow to give them cake because Patrick was driving snow plow ’til all hours of the day and night. It was up to me to feed them. Well, the ATV got high centered in a snow drift. I was so very stuck.

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The cows stared at me like I was nuts. They wouldn’t come eat the cake I put out for them and I was so frustrated! It’s like their brains were frozen. I don’t doubt it because every bit of me was frozen too. I cried. And I mean ugly cried. I hiked back the the house and stayed in the rest of the day. Patrick got home that night and dug the ranger out of the snowbank and got it back to the barn. He wasn’t mad at all thank goodness. It isn’t the first time he’s had to dig an ATV out of the snow.

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The snow was just too deep in the meadows for me to get anything done on my own. So the next day, I brought reinforcements.

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They came running this time….

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…because my big strong man came to the rescue.

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Check out our new bale feeder! This winter, instead of pushing these huge bales with our big strong arms, we have a feeder that hooks onto the ranger or the truck and unrolls the bale as we drive through the snow. No more faceplants in the snow-drenched hay for me!

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This was our first time using it.

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The girls were pleased (and so were we).

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We don’t have a tractor and don’t really want the expense of one. While convenient, tractors are expensive to purchase and the upkeep can be pricey as well. We are content with out little manual bale feeder.

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I hope you all had a happy holiday season! This was a tough one for me but I got through it.
The snow is still thick on the ground but I do see drips coming off the roof. I think we may melt soon. ūüôā We are up in the 20’s today and it feels downright balmy! I may go out in short sleeves in a bit to get some vitamin D.

ttfn (ta ta for now),
Leah


Steamy New Year

Posted in Nature, Photography, Winter by leahyetter on December 31, 2014

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You know it’s cold when the normally chilly Laramie River is warmer than the air. Last night, as the sun set, steam was rising from the river. Folks, it is SO. DANG. COLD. I’ve heard our temps are in the negatives anywhere from -1 to -38 at night. Needless to say, we are ringing in a very cold New Year. Hoping it’s a steamy one. ūüėČ

I wish you all the best in 2015. Thanks for visiting!

Cheers and seeya next year,
Leah


Gilded Flicker

Posted in Nature, Photography, Winter by leahyetter on December 30, 2014

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I saw two of these beautiful woodpeckers frolicking from limb to limb among the cottonwoods. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of these before. I believe it’s a Gilded Flicker but if you think differently, let me know. They were rather large in size, especially compared to the downy woodpecker that I normally see out here.


Wind in the Hills

Posted in Photography, Winter by leahyetter on December 27, 2014

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It’s been a heck of a month. Heck of a year I guess.
We had storm move in on us Christmas Eve and Patrick worked over 14 hours on Christmas Day. For me, it was a quiet and reflective day at home alone. For him, it was a stressful day of keeping the roads safe for holiday travelers.
We have about 6 inches of the fluffy stuff blanketing our ranchette and today the wind has picked up. The hills are alive with blowing snow. I am thankful to have chores done for the day, wood in the stove and warmth in my heart. I hope the holidays are treating you well.
Shine On,
Leah


Dear Wyoming Summer

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on April 14, 2014

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Dear Wyoming Summer,
I promise to never complain of your warmth. I will not whine about your blinding bright sun that makes me squint when I step out every morning.¬† I, along with many others, look forward to your arrival. I cannot wait to shed these four layers of clothes and let your light shine onto my goose-bumped skin. I look forward to your crisp evening air and colorful sunsets. I can almost smell the grill and cold martini’s on the deck. I’m just not sure how much longer I can take these winter storms in Spring. So c’mon, I know you can do it. Break on through this wintery madness and warm us.
Please excuse the belly-aching. But I’ve never been one for patience.
Sincerely,
Leah