Archives for July 2013
The association cowboys gathered up the forest cows to move to the next of their summer pasture early Saturday morning. It was a beautiful morning for a ride.
A bike ride that is.
I too headed out on the road, thinking that these cowboys were pushing the herd back across all of the fields instead of down the lovely paved highway that I had chosen to peddle my bike down.
As I just about to turn around I got a call from The Rancher. He casually asked what I was doing and where I was. I responded that I riding my bike down the road. Why? Well, they were heading down the road with the cows, were almost to the house and if I didn’t hurry I was going to get caught in the midst of them.
I should get a medal for how fast I turned that bike around and peddled back to the house. Just as rolled into my driveway the first of the cows came across. Phew… I made it.
And just in time for pictures too!
I quickly changed out of my stinky exercise clothes and into my stinky cowgirl clothes, loaded up The Rancher’s Sidekick and The Ranch Princess to follow the cow trail. Its kinda hard to miss… they leave digested bread crumbs along the way. Another good reason to not be riding down the road with the cows.
Remember this spring when I posted pictures of the newly sprouting grain? Well it has sprouted, grown, been swathed, raked, and baled. I was super lucky to get a few snaps before it all ended up in the stack yard.
There is something about men that when you say, “Tell me when you are going to ____ (fill the blank with whatever) let me know so that I can take some pictures.” that it totally escapes them. Cowboy Pete had just started swathing the last field when The Rancher called to say that if I wanted to get any picture it had to be NOW. But I must admit, I am grateful that he called. I really should give him a break because coming out to take pictures is a new thing this year. And I know that when there is a job to get done the work must go on, even if the picture taker isn’t ready.
Sadly, I didn’t get any of the baling… Yep we missed that… You will have to look forward to it next year.
|Here is the grain, just sprouting.|
|And here it is again as it is being cut down.|
This is a crazy photo but I was trying to show just how tall it had grown. But several factors kept it from turning out how I would have liked. And it was too tall to get all of it if I took the shot from the ground like a did for the springtime picture.
One fine day I found these cowboys down at the arena
messing horsing around (ha ha ha! Ok, I know its not funny…). They had loaded up the roping steers, put on the horn wraps, and rigged the shoot to open with some baling twine. A few friends had come over so naturally the crew had made their way to the arena.
I was really supposed to something domestic like dusting, laundry, dinner… But I didn’t want to so I meandered down there to take some pictures.
Now remember that I am not a photographer so these aren’t the best, but they do show what a fun time they had and what a good group of kids they are.
PS- if anyone out knows how to take a STELLAR picture of cowboys roping I would love to learn. They are just so fast that I can’t keep them in focus…
Cowboy E decided that these were more than just roping steers. Oh no, they are more like multi-purpose steers and that maybe he should bulldog one of them. Sadly we don’t have a bull doggin’ horse so instead of bailing off the horse he grabs a hold of the steer as it is coming out of the chute. That starts him with a disadvantage, don’t you think? Regardless of who is winning he still looks like he is in control for this picture. Do you think that he flipped the steer? You will have to ask him!
Cowboy Pete tried for the steer wrestling too. His turn didn’t end too swell… But at least his faithful pup is there to console him. (Just so you know, everything is OK- no serious injuries… we think)
The girls opted for using this multi-purpose steer for… I don’t know.. a trick steer? a bucking steer? I’m not really sure, but at least they are cute doing it!
How many of you watched the Superbowl this year? Now, did you skip the game for the commercials or skip the commercials for the game?
I do both. But I’m not here to
talk write about football.
What I have been thinking about it this cool commercial that Dodge put out. Do you remember it? It is a quote by Paul Harvey talking about that God created the Farmer on the eighth day, for so many reasons. But all in all its about that God needed a man that was hard working, that would make sacrifices, and be dedicated to the end. He wanted someone that was tough and could take anything yet still tender and understanding. It would be a man that would stand up for right in whatever circles he was in and be a proactive member of his community.
In the commercial it always says farmer but I like to slide in rancher too (and not often do I think that rancher and farmer are the same but this time I think we can get away with it). And they got it right on! This is what type of people ranchers and farmers are. And there aren’t too many of the good men left.