Uprooted Magnolia


Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on March 23, 2011

I’ve got the best job ever…and in a magical land no less. I’m working an ongoing project with a client shooting seasonal shots of their land. Hey, it’s not all that easy. I’ve got to scout out the best light, best locations for that light, all while watching out for lions, tigers and bears.  Oh I kid, I kid.  Anyway, I wanted to share a just a couple of highlights I’ve captured over the last couple of weeks.

I stumbled on another empty nest. It was in a small bush about knee level. I was careful in my approach just in case it was occupied.

This beautiful land has a small Quaking Aspen forest and once I got through the tangled forest, it opened up to a babbling stream and high cliffs of slate.

On one of my most recent visits, while concentrating on the details of the land, I felt a bunch of eyes on me. Really. I got nervous. When I looked up, I saw this bunch of mule deer peeking over a cliff. They were so curious and stared down at me for a long time. Nice to see I was not alone and among  friends. I just love shooting this land. I’m definitly under her spell.


Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on March 21, 2011

A Supermoon on Saturday and a hike on the beautiful first day of spring yesterday with my friend Vickie made for a great weekend.

I’m so happy that the color of green is appearing. This pond is near the hay meadows encircled by a jungle of wind fallen trees and tangled willows. It was so quiet except for blue birds chirping and turkey gobbling in the distance.

Hope you are enjoying your first days of spring. And to my friends back east, I assume you are stocking up on allergy medication with all that pollen covering your world. Hang in there. I sneezed a couple times in honor of you this morning. 😉

The Five Points Ranch

Posted in Nature, Stormy Skies, Travel, Wildlife by leahyetter on July 8, 2010

We  took a quick drive to Nebraska for a barbecue on July 4th.  We weren’t there long but we had enough time to fish and hunt elk. By fish I mean with a fly-rod. Patrick taught me how to fly-fish. I caught a few too! And by hunt elk of course I mean with my camera. I have never been this close to elk unless it’s hanging on someone’s wall. Out in the hills around the ranch where we live, I will see them way off in the distance and usually it’s just their rear-end getting the heck away from us. But on this trip, we located them at sunset and sunrise.  They posed for us and it was incredible.

Click this image for some close-ups of elk in the velvet.

Elk silhouette at sunrise

Click this image to see the area and insects that hopped and fluttered around us while we fished in the ponds that were FULL of bass. We spent time with Patrick’s Uncle Rich and his lovely gal and her two kids. Storms would creep up on us and quickly move along which created great conditions for the fish to bite.

the beautiful calm before the storm

Needless to say we had a great time.  Thanks Uncle Rich!

The Wind Blows

Posted in Home by leahyetter on April 30, 2010

Raging winds whipped through Wheatland all day yesterday. On my way home from a shoot yesterday evening I watched the clouds change as fast as I turned the corners. I had to stop and capture this one.

When I pulled into our drive, I got out of my cozy car with Bob Dylan blaring “Hurricane” , to place panels over the cattle guard that keeps the cows where they need to be. The wind pushed me right into the panels and into the dirt and manure. I recovered quickly, no biggie, and parked my car in the drive.  I gathered my equipment in one arm load and our dinner for the night, a large veggie pizza from Pizza Hut, in the other hand. Patrick was holding the door open with a big smile welcoming me home when a huge gust of wind ripped the pizza right out of my hand and into the dirt and manure. It laid there face down, like me a few minutes prior, while tears started to stream down my face. This was the icing on top of a very long day. I have obviously not adjusted to dealing with the wind, but I’m not discouraged. I’m still learning.

Signs of Spring

Posted in Home, Nature by leahyetter on April 28, 2010
Yesterday the air was still and the sun was shining bright. I took a long walk around the ranch and saw signs of new vegetation making it’s first appearance of the year.
Spring is sprouting in the Laramie River behind the house.
Cottonwood trees are budding along the numerous pathways around the ranch.
And the green grass is growing high under the beautiful blue sky around my favorite pond.
A trio of white tail deer and I stood gazing at the sunset across the meadow.

April Showers

Posted in Home by leahyetter on April 23, 2010

There has been a steady rainfall here since Wednesday. The cows are wet and grumpy.

I’m not so grumpy because when the sun finally comes out, there will be some beautiful green landscapes to photograph.

Patrick has to watch over the irrigation ditches and create dams in the river so we don’t have a  flood.

The water is high and the Laramie River is rushing. It is beautiful.

The wind is howling tonight and snow is in the forecast. Looking forward to what Saturday has in store.