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Breathing in an Autumn Sunset

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on September 24, 2015

I love a good walk by the river.

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The first signs of autumn are showing. It’s comforting to hear the trickle of the river and cottonwood leaves falling in the slightest breeze.

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Everywhere I turn, there is a calming beauty that surrounds us and I love breathing it in.

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Sunsets are becoming even more magical as we draw closer to the cool crisp air of the autumn months.

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Sandhill Cranes take flight once the sun is behind the mountains.
Look at that cloud down low. Looks like a funnel doesn’t it? Not sure what you’d call that but I know is wasn’t a tornado.

I hope you are enjoying the first days of Autumn. Here’s to colorful backdrops, rich sunsets and pumpkin spice everything!


 

Summer Days

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on August 28, 2015

Wow! What a wet and stormy spring it was and a dry summer it has become!

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Powerful rain and hail storms plagued us for weeks.

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The river flooded up into the road in the meadows. The cottonwoods sure loved the drink. It finally went down by mid summer but we still had a good amount of mist and fog and overcast days at the start of our summer.

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This golden eagle was onto something special because he didn’t move as I got closer and closer to take his portrait. Something must have floated down the river that he was intent on getting.

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Ol’ Gray wasn’t impressed with the bugs that all this moisture brought with it but as you can see by the looks of his belly, he enjoys the abundance of grass.

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This bull isn’t very impressed. Period.

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But the sun has finally come out and we’ve warmed right up with hot and dry temperatures.

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But along with the hot and dry temperatures, the horrific fires that are burning in the Pacific Northwest have blown smoke and haze into our state. There have been a couple of days that the smoke was so thick that staying inside was a must. We continue to have haze from it every other day or so. I pray for all of those in harms way out there.

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Summer evenings are just about the best around here. The sunsets are incredible and for the second summer in a row, we had a hatch of dragonflies hover in the shade of our home. They are everywhere! The cows are in the hills on summer pasture so the Sand Hill cranes and other wildlife are loving the meadows all to themselves.

That’s about it. I’ve had a lot of wonderful portrait clients come out (and more on the calendar for fall portraits) and have traveled a bit on assignment. Life has dealt us some lemons with the spring and early summer storms. Our roof and my car were totaled out by ping-pong size hail. Ugh. But this too shall pass.

Oh, and did I mention…

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…this little furry boo came into my life around Easter. She’s pretty wild but keeps the mice population in check. She isn’t an indoor kitty. She’s been through a couple of lives already and she’s barely 5 months old. But more on her later. If she sticks around…

Have a great weekend, friends! *Hugs*


Peeking Through the Storm

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on May 15, 2015

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Clouds briefly opened up at sunset during a downpour over the hills last night. We have more storms on the horizon for today. Might be a wet weekend for us here in the wild west.

Have a great one, folks! 🙂


 

a peaceful rainfall at sunset

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on May 1, 2015

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Beautiful light at sunset during a rainstorm last evening. It was such a peaceful and sweet sound.

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Have a wonderful weekend! It’s a busy one for us, how ’bout you?


A Pop of Spring Green

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on April 17, 2015

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I love how the deer gracefully tiptoe into my path some days.
Notice the buds and green grass. The rain is helping us make progress towards springtime beauty. Ahhhh. 🙂


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!


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. 😉

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

Cheers and seeya next year,
Leah


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!


Calm in the Cornfields

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on October 17, 2014

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Most of the corn has been cut throughout the county. Birds scavenge for leftover kernels and flocks of Sandhill Cranes stand in the empty rows and call out to one another.
Looking forward to a lovely weekend of portraits sessions as we all take advantage of this gorgeous autumn light.
Have a great weekend friends!


Fishing on the North Platte

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on September 5, 2014

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We spent a lovely sunset on the North Platte River last night waiting for the catfish to bite.

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Patrick loves to fish. I love watching his excitement when he catches one.

We were celebrating his cousin’s birthday and she sent us home with this catfish and others from the freezer. It felt like it was our birthday! Thanks for a wonderful evening guys.

Hope you have a great weekend friends! Thanks as always for visiting me here… 🙂


Tilda Tuesday: Sunburst

Posted in Matilda, Photography by leahyetter on September 2, 2014

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It’s getting to be that time of year again when Matilda rotates around the house throughout the day seeking out the sunny spots. 38 degrees this morning. Yikes!


 

Tilda Tuesday: Missing her Momma

Posted in Matilda, Photography by leahyetter on August 12, 2014

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Tilly misses me when I go out of town. This last trip really did a number on her so now that I am home she doesn’t let me out her sight much. We snuggle at sunrise, she sits in my office window all day while I work, and we watch the sun set after supper. It’ll get back to normal soon but for now, snuggle sessions are abundant! 🙂


 

Fort Bridger

Posted in Photography by leahyetter on August 1, 2014

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Fort Bridger began as a fur trading outpost established in 1842 on Blacks Fork of the Green River. Later it became a vital resupply point for wagon trains on the Oregon Trail, California Trail and Mormon Trail. The Army established a military post here in 1858 during the Utah War. The post closed in 1890 and the town of Fort Bridger, Wyoming, remains near the fort and takes its name from it.
I stayed after sunset for a torchlight tour around the fort and enjoyed skits put on by enthusiastic volunteers in 19th century costumes. Good times! 🙂


Guernsey Bambi

Posted in Nature, Photography, Wildlife by leahyetter on August 1, 2014

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Guernsey State Park is a beauty. Along with a large body water for sporting, there are ample opportunities for hiking, biking, rock climbing, and my favorite- wildlife spotting. I saw twin mule deer fawns hiding in the brush and they, of course, were precious. These little ones are growing fast but haven’t lost their fuzz or spots yet. Her mature eyes are mesmerizing… and those ears!! 🙂


Fort Fred Steele

Posted in Photography by leahyetter on July 31, 2014

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Named for Major General Frederick Steele, 20th U.S. Infantry, a Civil War hero, Fort Fred Steele is located on the west bank of the North Platte River. It was occupied until August 7, 1886 by soldiers who were sent by the U.S. Government to guard the construction of the transcontinental railroad against attack from Indians.
Unfortunately, many structures in the fort have suffered from repeated fires after being abandoned in 1886. In 1969 it was place on the National Register of Historic Places and is managed by the state.
This site is off the interstate near a rest area so it is easy to find. The interpretive center shows how the fort was built and objects found around the fort from that time. My favorite is the masonry detail.


Tilda Tuesday: Summer Evenings

Posted in Matilda, Photography by leahyetter on July 29, 2014

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Happy Tilda Tuesday everyone!
We’re not the only ones that love to watch the sun set. Tilly loves her summer evenings on the deck. I don’t normally let her sit on the picnic table but for portrait purposes, I let it slide this time. 🙂


Milkweed

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on July 3, 2014

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Milkweed in the evening light.


Bathed in Pink Velvet

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on June 19, 2014

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We’re still kind of waiting for summer around here.  Rainstorms have been blowing through weekly and temperatures are quite chilly some days.  At least the sunsets are consistently beautiful. Last night the clouds looked like pink velvet in the sky as far as the eye could see. Such is life in wonderful Wyoming.


The Laramie is High and the Sun is Bright!

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on June 4, 2014

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I got a call a couple days ago that reservoir #1 was so full that they would be releasing water down the Laramie River. They weren’t kidding! The river is really high and our meadows are full of lakes and streams. We moved the cows and calves out yesterday evening with help from the neighbor kids. It was a riot splashing through the meadows on our four-wheelers. We are again thankful for the moisture and with that and the blinding sun, the grass is really growing. Oh spring, how I adore thee! 🙂


Sunset over the Peak

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on May 28, 2014

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Not a bad view while doing yard work.
After a couple thunder boomers moved through our area yesterday evening, there was this gorgeous sunset over Laramie Peak.