My Very Own Iron Man

We had a baby born the 14th. He’d be a full sibling to my colt, Fridge. He’s adorable, albeit a bit crooked legged. Because he’s windswept and a bit contracted he’s got a nice fluffy, confined spot in the calving barn. 

His dad is named Nukem, and his mother is Streakin Iron.  I sent photos to my family the day he was born, and my sister who is a first grade teacher, showed the photos to her class. Their name suggestion was that we call him Tony Stark and they went further to suggest that  we call him Iron Man. So he shall be registered as, DX Nuklear Iron Man. And I am calling him Tony.  Now, who wants to see photos of the adorable little mister?

Happy trails! 

Crazy days

To say that life here has been insanely busy, might be putting it nicely.  I’m sure everyone can tell from the lack of posts that I’m busy: it’s not that I’ve nothing to say. 

Here’s a quick rundown: 

Last weekend I ran all over the state chasing down barrels.  We won some money and had a great time! I literally went west and then back east before heading home. 

 First I ran in Rapid City (no video), only because I’m posting from my phone and the video is on my iPad. 

Then I headed across the state to run in Huron! (run #1) (run #2)

We’re calving pretty heavy and I’ve three orphan calves to feed, because we’ve had some sets of twins born. 

     This weekend the stepdaughter graduates from college. 

Monday, one of two ranch interns arrives.

Sunday, we move out of our current house into the barn house we’ve been building for the past two years. It’s not complete but the master bedroom and my photography studio/office are.  

And I’ve lost six pounds.  Probably from all the running around I’m doing, plus I’ve gone mostly gluten free, which is a post for another day entirely. 

How’s your spring going?!? 

Happy trails! 

Tuesday’s Tales: The Great Escape

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It was a lovely, unseasonably warm, early April Saturday night. There was extra family in from town, and plans were made to go to dinner at our local steakhouse, about 13 miles away, because what do ranchers eat when they’re not eating their own steak? Steak. I’d spent the day doing various chores, doctoring a […]

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Pretty light


Earlier this week as Zach and I were watering horses, I caught him coming through the door as the light from sunset flooded in.  This photo makes me happy. Does it you?     Happy trails. 

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An Invitation to a Date

Willis and Ethelyn in DC

My maternal grandmother died a few years ago and at the time my mother was still a busy choir teacher. She’s since retired and has begun the task of going through her mother’s things.  Two weeks ago, she found a box, full of treasures.  You see, Grandma never threw much away. Okay, I think she […]

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Foto Friday

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We had the most beautiful Sweet Clover this year because we had so much rain. In many places it was over 5 feet tall! I decided to do something a bit different than normal for me. I typically shoot with my aperture wide open. Depending upon the lens (f/1.8 to f/4) and rarely do I […]

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Foto Friday

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I am asked photography questions often. And while I wish I knew how to share the secrets of composition, it sort of just comes out of me. I’m constantly framing the world through the eyes of a lens, whether looking through one or not. Sure, there’s things like the rule of thirds, and color composition, […]

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Senior Portraits

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It’s time again — time to start planning your last minute sessions, or book a Summer Session for your 2016 senior. Here are some photos from a session I did earlier in the year. Is this girl gorgeous or what?   Isn’t this collage just cool? Please call or email to book your session: jennifer@thesouthdakotacowgirl […]

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The Colt Cam Chronicles

If you don’t follow me on Instagram or Facebook (though the two aren’t playing nice, lately), you’ve probably missed out on the snippets of video I’m posting. I wish every video editor was as handy to use as Instagram’s. Suggestions anyone? I’ve got three or four on my phone and I kind of hate them […]

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un-named mix breed rooster

It’s been a while since I shared any photos of my pretty chickens, and this year, there were no shortages of adorable, peeping chicks!  One of them has grown into a gorgeous rooster and I think he’s prettier because he’s a cross between a Red Sexlink and a Giant Cochin — because the only rooster […]

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