I’m sure my absence here hasn’t gone un-noticed.
I’ve been busy.
Our ranch intern is here; I’ve been riding my 4yo mare, Dolce, (and handling the other colts), going to barrel races and there’s been several brandings in the past couple weeks.
Yesterday I gave the camera to my niece and she and Ty, The Cowboy’s son, shared the photo taking duties. I have to say, they did a really great job! And because it’s raining this morning, I have time to share with you, so you have the chance to give these budding artists a word or two of encouragement, should the spirit move you to do so!
Part of the day I ran the branding iron.
And the other part found me on my good buddy, Gump, attempting to double hock a calf a or two. I did manage to get some caught, but I certainly need more practice. Good thing there’s some bovine critters headed this way, just for that purpose!
Without further ado:
There were a lot of shots of my backside for some reason. But the pockets on these jeans are cute, so I decided to share!
I really love this photo. It’s a great composition. I love the blurry ropes and how they sort of frame the shot.
Here is our ranch intern, positioning herself to remove the rope and hold the calf for the ground crew to work on.
I found a cute little field mouse in the branding pen. He had no idea what was going on in his home territory! He was literally stunned! I’m sure this photo will find some of you squealing. I don’t mind field mice. I do however dislike big barn rats. Which is why I’m perfectly fine having bull snakes hang out in our barn!
This is a good photo of how the brand goes on for this particular herd of cattle:
I love the expression on Ty’s face! Priceless!
Even though Gumpy and I are blurry, I still love this photo!
Here we are waiting on the ground crew to free up so I could bring out the calf:
And she took this one of me and everyone seems to like it, so here you go:
This is one that Ty took, and I LOVE IT! It’s probably my favorite from the day, but then they’re all so good, it’s hard to choose!
I also really like this one:
And that my friends, was our branding day in a nutshell!