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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.


Calm and Beautiful

Posted in Photography by leahyetter on December 21, 2015

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The snow is mostly gone and wind will be arriving soon. It’s our typical winter cycle but this past weekend was calm and beautiful. I took a walk to check on the cows just before sunset yesterday. Looks like we need to do some fencing. Such is the life of a rancher. 🙂


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!


Winter Coat

Posted in Photography, Winter by leahyetter on December 15, 2015

We are having a lovely, blustery snow storm today. It’s beautiful but it has already closed a lot of roads and I’m sure has disrupted a lot of folks. Fortunately, I don’t have to be anywhere today.
As I’ve mentioned before, I have this cat. She’s tame, as in loving and can be sweet at times, but she is a wild one. She spends the night inside sometimes but prefers to be outside. Even on days like this.

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I went to her regular spot this morning and there she was, dashing through the snow. The woodpile is her fort. Even though I made her an insulated house on our porch, she prefers the woodpile.

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She grew a winter coat when it stormed over Thanksgiving. We were back east for the holiday with my family and our neighbor took care of her. She said she never saw her but saw her tracks in the snow when she came up to the house to eat. When I got home I thought she was fat but in fact she’s just sporting quite the winter coat.

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Down the kitty hole she goes!

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It’s been a busy and wonderful portrait season. It’s winding down now but I have some brave souls wanting winter portrait sessions.

Happy snow day my friends!


Babyface

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on November 12, 2015

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We got our first snow of the season a couple nights ago. But yesterday, the sun came out and the wind picked up to rid us of the white stuff. That’s okay, I’m not quite ready for it… although the forecast says I better get ready.
Anyway, I took a walk to the meadows and this sweet baby-face peeked at me through the trees. She was born early summer and I couldn’t get close to her all season! So this was a nice surprise. 🙂


I’m Making a Quick Getaway

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

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Ello All! It’s been a busy couple of weeks and the weather has been splendid! We are anticipating the arrival of calves within the next few weeks but I am making a quick getaway before our place turns into a cow maternity ward. I am headed back east to spend some time with family and friends and I’m packing light; one camera and one lens. Oh, and a few pieces of clothing. I am looking forward to hugging necks and giving my nephews a bunch of sloppy kisses.
Take care my friends! Winter will soon be over and when I get back, I hope to have some brand new life to show off to you. The grays and browns of the landscape will turn to greens and yellows and little black calves will be frolicking in the meadow. As you should already know, those baby calves are so dang cute! You will be reminded of the sweetness by clicking this link: Tender Moments at Calving Time.

PS: Happy Fat Tuesday!


 

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!!


 

Plenty to Eat

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on January 16, 2015

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The grass has popped back up now that the heavy snow has either melted or blown away. We have to watch the grass carefully and determine if we need to feed the cows and horses with a bale of hay. We have plenty of grass for them to graze upon to fill up their bellies but when it’s hard for them to get to it, we roll out a bale of hay.

Anyway, I thought this was a neat perspective while I was sitting by the fence watching the horses.

Have a great weekend my friends!


 

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. 🙂 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. 😉

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.


The Jackrabbit and a Snowbank

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on December 29, 2014

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Our resident jackrabbit hopped right into a snowbank. Silly wabbit!
This Christmas storm is continuing on today. 3 inches of snow fell last night and it is still coming down. I guess we’re up to about 10 inches of the white stuff on the ground. I’ve got head out and feed the cows in a bit. I’m betting I’ll look just as confused and bright-eyed and covered in snow like the jackrabbit in an hour or so.
Happy winter y’all!!


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


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!


Snowy Tuesday

Posted in Photography, Winter by leahyetter on March 18, 2014

On this Tilda Tuesday, we have a very snowy Tuesday. Roads are closed and Patrick says they are a mess. So here I am as usual, home all day to watch over the girls and their babies. I just hope they don’t drop any new calves in this mess. Normally the mommas hide their babies and I have to look for them just to make sure all is well. But this morning they are all bunched together with babies in tow.

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Such a cold walk across the meadow.

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I don’t think this little one is thrilled with his first snow storm.
It should warm right up tomorrow and we’ll forget all about today. I hope.