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Winter Art Fair

Posted in Gilchrist Gallery, Photography by leahyetter on March 2, 2016

Gilchrist Gallery Art Fair

Our wonderful little gallery is putting on an art fair. We’ve never taken on anything this big before but we’re pretty excited. The wind here has been blowing 40mph with stronger gusts and it’s just been miserable. We’re inviting the community to come in out of the wind and surround themselves with colorful art, have lunch, do a little shopping, a little bidding, and learn more about the artists right here on their own turf!
So if you, my loyal blog readers, are interested in coming out and supporting us, you will be welcomed with open arms!! It takes about 3 days to travel to here by car from the eastern side of the U.S. More like two days drive from the Southwest I think. ūüôā Time for a road trip!

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I took this image and had it printed on maple wood. I wasn’t sure what to expect and when I got it back from the lab, I wasn’t wowed like I had hoped to be. But a great friend and local frame-maker helped create a beautiful frame out of oak to surround this lovely image. I can’t wait to have it on display. It was pretty costly and I’m not sure if I’ll ever do it again. I’ll just have to see the feedback I get from folks when it’s out there upon judging eyes.

If you check out our Facebook page, you will get a glimpse of the many different mediums that will be on display. And that’s not even the half of it.

I hope to see ALL of you out here in Wonderful Wheatland Wyoming for a lovely weekend of art and entertainment.


A Cowboy’s Vessel

Posted in Cowboy, Photography by leahyetter on May 4, 2015

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Happy Monday, friends!
We had an eventful weekend full of horses, cows, cowboys, snapping turtles, and good friends and it couldn’t have been better. The rain held off down here but the thick clouds drenched the hills. The river is high and muddy and since we don’t have a boat, Patrick had to cross it horseback to mend fence. Gray did well at a branding and on the ride home, helped us lead our bay horse to the barn so he could go home with the best horse whisperer we know. Oh, and speaking of the river being high, we, ahem, Patrick, captured two HUGE snapping turtles out of puddles in the meadow and relocated them. They are a danger to the cows and especially the calves. Anyway, that was an adventure all in itself. Those things are scary!!
Hope you are having a great start to your week. I’ve got a lot of images to share with you from the weekend, sans turtles. ūüėČ


The New Road Home

Posted in Home, Photography by leahyetter on September 27, 2013

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At the end and down the hill is where happiness lives. ūüôā
Have a great weekend friends!

Approaching Autumn

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on September 6, 2013

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Evening storms are pouring over us as autumn slowly approaches. Looking forward to cooler temperatures. ūüôā
Have a great weekend friends!

Nothing in Life Worth Having Comes Easy

Posted in Photography, Thankful by leahyetter on August 19, 2013

For 112 days, we continued to live in the hills at our former neighbors home after leaving the ranch while we looked for a new job for Patrick and while we waited for our forever home to be manufactured. If you don’t recall the reasons we lived in a temporary place, click HERE. (it’s a long post but the last paragraph explains it.)
I hasn’t been easy. And I’m constantly reminded that nothing in life worth having comes easy. But as of last Wednesday, we are living in our forever home!! There are some bumps and bruises that we are working out with the house but we are so happy to be in our new place before the first snowflake flies. Instead of running a 20,000 acre ranch as a full time job, we are on a 130 or so acre “ranchette” of our own. Patrick has gotten a great job with the state that allows him to ranch on the side and life is so good.
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Patrick has worked so incredibly hard to get us here and I couldn’t be more proud of him.
It is a bit of a mess since we are in the middle of moving but I did manage to get a few shots in the camera of our new surroundings.
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This is the view off of our north facing deck. The first night we could see storms over the mountains in the distance.

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The sunsets have been magical.

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Now we are hitting the time of year when foggy mornings are the norm. I can’t wait to gear up and trek down into the meadows to capture some foggy, misty mornings.
I’m looking forward to life settling down a bit as winter is right around the corner. I hope to resume to regular posts here very soon, once I’ve got my office set up on a desk and not on a stack of boxes! Opening all of these boxes after 100 days of not seeing my stuff is kind of like Christmas. I can’t wait to make our house a home and cozy up to a warm fire and watch the snow fall. See you soon, Leah

Vineyard Harvest 2012

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on September 3, 2012

I was so excited to be invited back to the Sybille Canyon Vineyard for the 2012 harvest. Because we’ve been in such a drought and have experienced heavy heat this summer, the grapes were ready a month earlier than last year.

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It was overcast when I arrived which was a great relief to the harvesters.

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Even though it’s been a tough summer to get anything to grow, the buckets of grapes kept filling up, one after the other. We are thankful for the full vines!

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The clouds moved out just as the sun was setting and lit the vineyard with a gorgeous orange and pink glow.

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Everyone worked until the sun went down. Then we sat together and enjoyed delicious homemade lasagna¬† as we celebrated Sally’s (the vineyard owner) birthday. Once again it was a beautiful evening with good friends, great food, and tasty wine.

Click here to see a few more images from the 2012 harvest. http://www.leahyetter.com/120824vineyardharvest/
Here is a link to the 2011 harvest. http://www.leahyetter.com/110923sanchezvineyard/


Posted in Nature, Photography, Stormy Skies by leahyetter on July 9, 2012

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After Patrick spent 6 days and nights on the Arapaho fire, he came home the evening of the 4th and said that the southeast side of the fire (our immediate threat) was out. The next day we went to the Laramie Plains to check the cattle and repair a gate that the elk tore down. On our way home we saw black skies, and it wasn’t from smoke. The closer we got we could see sheets of rain falling on and around the fire. There was flash flooding and a lot of the crew still out there took cover and waited it out. And now, because the last few days have been cool and wet, the fire is 70% contained. But not before it grew to over 98,000 acres. Dryer and warmer temps are on the way but the crews will continue direct attacks on the hottest spots.
No one lost their lives and only minor injuries were reported. My heart goes out to those who lost their homes, their pasture, and their livestock. But we are so thankful that relief from above has arrived and we hope it only gets even better from here.
Thank you for all of your kind comments and prayers. We appreciate each and every one of you.

Woe the Arapaho

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on July 2, 2012

Hello friends! I had the honor and privilege to be Freshly Pressed with Peekaboo Fawn and I thank you all for the sweet comments and emails. I am usually able to answer each and every one of you, and I will soon, but my time at the computer this weekend has been mostly spent watching the fire that is spreading rapidly toward the ranch. The Arapaho Fire started on the evening of June 27th and has doubled in size every day since. I got a call yesterday morning with a pre-evacuation notice. This means we need to be ready and when they say go, we gotta go. Patrick has been fighting the fire that has ravaged homes, livestock, and the gorgeous land we breathe and live off of since Friday.  He came home yesterday afternoon after 44 hours straight of fighting fire with little to no sleep.

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When he left on Friday afternoon, I stepped on the front porch and saw a plume of smoke rolling up above the hill.

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Then about an hour later I went to the top of that hill and saw this:

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It’s been so smokey and hazy and I’ve only left the house to feed the horses and dogs. The cattle are all on the Laramie Plains, out of harms way for the time being.

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When I went out yesterday morning to observe the haze and get ready for chores, ashes were all over the porch and stuck in cobwebs.

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On my way home after delivering prints to  a very favorite and happy client (which was the highlight of my weekend!), the air felt cool but the haze of a 75,000 acre (and counting) wildfire was still in the distance. Notice the plume and haze above the mountain tops in the image above.

Patrick went back out last night and who knows when he’ll be back. He is out with many brave and noble men and women and we pray for their safety and their ability to get this thing under control.

We are not evacuated yet but if I disappear from here for a bit, don’t worry, in the words of Arnold: I’ll be back.


Terror on the Flats

Posted in Photography, Stormy Skies by leahyetter on June 8, 2012

I was driving home from town after picking up some groceries and had my eye on the sky. It was dark and spooky and I just figured it was from the mountain fire burning near Laramie Peak. I thought maybe we’d get a sprinkle or two and that was it. Patrick left town after me and was about 6 or 7 miles behind. As I went through the entryway of the ranch, Patrick called and asked where I was. I told him “at the entryway” and he said go to the main house and take cover in the basement, there is a tornado on the Mule Shoe Ranch Flats. I looked to my right and saw this:

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He said he was turning around to go back to that ranch and take cover in their barn. I kept driving, pushing my little Honda hard on the rocky road. Scared, breathless and full of anxiety, I stopped for another shot.

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The wind started to blow harder and I could hear the roar of this funnel in the distance. Even though this was a couple miles away, the sound of it was clear and was kind of like a constant thunder roll.

I stopped for another shot and then pushed the pedal to the floor and ran inside our house to get my kitty cat.

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I put Matilda in her carrier and went to the main house and watched to see if it was getting close to us. It didn’t make it to the ranch. This was the first time when shooting an event that I’m glad I didn’t get a close up.

Once I knew we were safe, I took Matilda back home and watched the storm move all around us.

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It was a spooky hour in the afternoon, we are all okay and I’m so glad no one was killed. There was some structural damage closer to town and one injury but not a serious one. I heard this morning that a cow as killed. It could have been worse and I’m thankful that it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.

We had these storms in Georgia but I was fortunate enough to always sleep through them. I’ve never been this close to actually see the funnel. And out here, as a friend of mine pointed out, you can see a storm miles away and have time to take cover. Some towns aren’t so lucky.

If you were in or around Wheatland yesterday and want to share your tornado experience, please do so in the comments. Or any of you out there, if you have a storm story, share it. I’d love to hear from you all.

Godspeed Wheatland. Thinking of you who were closely affected.

Got Milk

Posted in Cattle Roundup by leahyetter on October 6, 2011

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We had a successful shipping of the calves yesterday. Well, to the cowgirls and cowboys it was successful. But the cows and calves don’t feel the same. This little guy finished his last breakfast with momma before he was whisked away to be weaned and taken to a new owner. Growing up is tough but it just happens.

We’re going back to check the momma cows and make sure they haven’t jumped the fence looking for their babies.¬† At least they have new ones in their bellies. I’ll share more on the gather tomorrow.

Vineyard Harvest

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on September 29, 2011

Last week, I was lucky enough to be invited to the very first harvest at a local vineyard. They harvested and I photographed¬† at sundown and it couldn’t have been a better time for us and the grapes. The weather was perfect and the company was even better. I made some great friends, ate some tasty food and drank delicious wine made right here in Wyoming.

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The first step was to get your clippers and remove the netting from around the vines.

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Sally, the owner, was telling us that last year she had a lot of grapes and came out to start picking when she noticed the vines were empty! When she looked down, birds were covering the ground, bloated and half drunk from eating all of her grapes. So this year, the investment for netting was imperative and it worked.

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They carefully clipped the grapes from the vine checking for bugs and removing leaves before tossing them into the bucket.

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Buckets and tubs holding twenty pounds and more were filled to the brim.

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It was such and awesome experience and I can’t wait to go back. Great company, great food, and delicious wine made for a terrific Friday night.
Thank you Sally and the Sybille Canyon Vineyard. I had a *hiccup* blast!

New Life Begins

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on September 13, 2011

One evening last week, I took a drive over to Squaw Mountain to survey the damage.

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It was sad to see only sticks poking out of the ashy ground.

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Chirping birds seemed confused and misplaced.

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Tears of sap oozed out of the charred trees.

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Not everything got out in time.

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Bare trees and singed pine needles filled this once lush and green forest.

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Singed buckbrush leaves clung to their limbs.

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But through the forest of bare trees, I could see green.

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Patches of grass were popping up everywhere. I even saw some pine trees still green seeming to have escaped the fire and wrath of the pine beetle.

Thank you again to all the fire fighters that battled this monster.
It will take her a while to heal but there will be another spring for Squaw. Things will be blooming, birds singing, and bees humming. Just wait, we’ll see.

See more  images from this shoot here http://www.leahyetter.com/11septnewlifebegins/

And in case you missed it, here is a link to the fire http://www.leahyetter.com/110821squawfire/

Wheatland Garden Tour

Posted in Local, Photography by leahyetter on August 26, 2011

I attended the 3rd Annual Wheatland Green Harvest Festival Master Gardens Tour last week. I was so happy to go with my friends Clark and Lynette to discover these hidden gems.

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Click on these fresh veggies to view the entire garden tour.

Nancy Munier’s garden was quaint and ever so lovely. She walked us through her minty ground cover, around her pot and container gardens and through a trellis into a small veggie garden.

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Click on the black raspberry to view the entire garden tour.

Next we went to the garden of LeRoy Jons. He has installed a moveable tunnel greenhouse with berries and veggies planted inside. He also has a field of many types of berries and various vegetables. He was kind enough to let us taste the berries. MMM MMM.

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Click on the young eggplant to view the entire garden tour.

Our third stop was the High Tunnel Greenhouse near the fairgrounds Their main objective is to demonstrate the benefits of extending the growing season for vegetable production here in Wyoming. They are having quite the success. The peppers and eggplant are unbelievable.

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Click on the farm Fresh Produce to view the entire garden tour.

Taylor Bush is a junior in high school who started his garden 3 years ago. He says it beats having a “real job” so he can have time for school sports. He sells from his home as well as at the Farmers Market every Saturday in downtown Wheatland.

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Click on the sweet lily pads to view the entire garden tour.

I could have stayed in this oasis all day! Lee and Ellen really do have paradise in their backyard. We loved viewing her overgrown yet lovely greenhouse, fragrant herb garden, and the pond filled with lily pads.

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Click on the vineyard grapes to view the entire garden tour.

As the sun was going down, we puled into the driveway of Sally Sanchez, owner of the Sybille Canyon Vineyard. I was surprised to learn there is a vineyard in Wheatland. She has approximately 400 plants and is having great success. She says she is selling grapes by the “bucket” to local winemakers.

Click on any of these images to view more images captured from these marvelous gardens. It was very inspiring and who knows, I may try one next year.

Have a great weekend my friends. See you at the market!

Squaw Mountain Fire Update- August 24

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on August 24, 2011
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nothing but haze over the mountain today

I’ve updated the image gallery of the fire. (click the picture above for the gallery) It moved to the other side and threatened the highway but¬† is now mostly contained.
I just got word from the Wyoming State Forestry Division so for those of you that are local and those that are wondering, here is a portion of the letter I just received.

Squaw Mountain Fire at a Glance

Personnel: 250

Size: 14,460 acres, 80% contained

Structures: 1 seasonal cabin and out building

Date Reported: Sunday, August 21 2011

Locations: 15 miles SW of Wheatland

Injuries: none

Cause: Lightning

You can read the full report on my Facebook page.

Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and comments. Photographing this monster and reporting to you has helped me cope with the devastation. We are not in the clear just yet. We still have wind. And we will be on edge for the next couple of months until the wet stuff starts falling from the sky. August and September are the hottest and driest months out here so we will be on our toes especially when there is a lightning storm. The binoculars are still sitting by the window.

Tomorrow I hope to return the blog to its regular scheduled programming. ūüôā

Love to you all,

Praying for a Miracle

Posted in Uncategorized by leahyetter on August 22, 2011

Plans have changed…..there is a fire.

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Click this image for the gallery of the progression of the Squaw Mountain Fire.

I wanted to bring you images and commentary on the Master Garden Tour that took place early last week but as we all know,¬† life happens. Yesterday, Patrick spotted smoke on Squaw Mountain and made a frantic call to the fire chief. He geared up and headed over. It was contained after about an hour, then suddenly a tree went up in flames and fell to the ground. With the August dry conditions out here, there was no time to prevent it from spreading. As of noon yesterday, Squaw Mountain is burning from a lightning strike the night before. We have an amazing volunteer fire department and trucks from all around have come to help. Today, the big guns have arrived and it is still a continuous battle. It has spread throughout the mountain and has destroyed cabins, pastures, and a lot of timber. No one lives in the cabins and no one has been hurt. Except out hearts ache when we look at this beautiful land screaming with smoke and red flames. I’ve started a website of images with descriptions and times. Click the image above to view them and I will continue to update this image site daily, God willing. You will notice the quick progression of this thing as I have put times in most of the captions. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.
PS: We are not in the path of this thing nor are any residences, as far as I know.

Platte County State Fair | Centennial Celebration

Posted in Local, Photography by leahyetter on August 11, 2011

Well, County Fair week is over and we topped it off  Saturday with a parade, a yummy Birthday cake, roping competitions, livestock from the 4H club, and even stick horse racing.

Golf carts, fire trucks, folks on horseback, all were throwing candy to the kids (and some of the adults joined in to the candy grabbing as well).

These guys were great on the drums. Er, um, they used trash cans, tin cans and buckets actually. Very talented.

Then we went to the Laramie Peak Museum for birthday cake. Platte County, my home now for a year and a half, turns 100 years old this year. The parade bussed in Platte County citizens that were 90 and older and we joined them for birthday cake and lemonade after the parade. This young lady pictured above turns 100 in February.

After lunch we went to the fairgrounds for roping competitions.

The 4H students raise livestock all year to compete for the biggest and the best. Then there is an auction at the end of the week to sell their animals to the highest bidder. They raised milk cows, goats, roosters, hogs, and steers.
I love the goats!

The stick horse racing was the cutest!

To see all of the images taken this past weekend, please go to the photo gallery on my website here http://www.leahyetter.com/110806plattecountyfair2011/index.htm . Hope you enjoy them!

Happy Birthday Platte County! Thank you for welcoming me into your fair town.

Honk Honk

Posted in Local, Photography, Wildlife by leahyetter on August 5, 2011

I’m in town today working at the gallery and I’ve got the doors open to let the cool Wyoming breeze through. Diesel trucks are growling and honking as they pass by on their way to the Platte County Fair. There is a lot going on in town this weekend and I hope we have some gallery visitors.

Have a great weekend folks!

Early Bird

Posted in Gilchrist Gallery, Nature, Photography by leahyetter on July 23, 2011

Got the worm.

I was early to the Gilchrist Gallery today to fulfill my second work day of the month and it has been a good one so far. As soon as I got here I sold a set of my postcards and an hour later sold another set as well as works from 2 other artists in the gallery. I’ve had some delightful visitors traveling from Wisconsin, South Dakota, and Colorado. I hope the rest of the day continues like this.

Happy Saturday my friends!

Gilchrist street Gallery dot Com

Posted in Gilchrist Gallery, Local, Photography by leahyetter on July 12, 2011

I’m so happy to announce the arrival of¬† www.gilchriststreetgallery.com .

I’ve been building a website for our local gallery for a couple of weeks now. Remember that I am a photographer, not a webmaster, and it’s been a little tough going so don’t be too harsh in your judgements. I’m still working out the kinks and image placement but I have to say that I am quite proud of the site and of our local artists.

We will have an artists reception on Thursday, July 14th from 1pm to 4pm to celebrate our 1 year anniversary. And you are invited! There will be refreshments, door prizes, and you will have the opportunity to meet most, if not all, of the artists with work displayed here. We will be so delighted to see you if you have time to stop by.

I’m excited to have some new prints hanging in the gallery and will have Wyoming postcards arriving from the printer tomorrow!

Abandoned Grainery in Chugwater, WY

I haven’t had this image on the blog but here it is framed and ready to hang on your wall. It is the old abandoned Grainery in Chugwater, WY.

Bald Eagle by the Bridge

And this fellow has been begging for a frame and wall space.


And of course, our favorite. I’ve printed, framed, and numbered Daybreak.

They are all 11×14 prints, matted and framed as 16×20. I’m in love with them and hope they will eventually have a good home.¬† Now, these quick shots do not do them justice. They look so spiffy behind glass and you’ll just have to come down to check them out in person.¬† Or place an order with me. You will not be disappointed!

I hope to see you at the gallery but if you can’t come, I will post pictures of the event so you won’t miss a thing.


Autumn Sky Reflection

Posted in Nature, The Ranch by leahyetter on October 5, 2010

The evenings are beautiful on the ranch with the changing of the season. I love taking walks around the property to find new spots to photograph the colorful sky. Tonight, I saw this.

–We’ll be moving cattle to new pasture on the Laramie Plains next week. I learned at Oktoberfest last week that I have a young fan of this blog that really loves the pictures of the cows, horses and cowboys.¬† I’ll be sure to have pictures just for her posted as soon as we get them moved.
Thank you to everyone for reading our blog!