2019 C&I Photo Contest

Every year I look forward to reading the Cowboys & Indians “Visions of the West” Issue. There are always so many beautiful photography submissions to look through. This year when the deadline for the annual photo contest was approaching, I decided it was time to submit a few photos of my own. That was in November, and since I hadn’t heard anything back I assumed my photo was just among those submitted that didn’t make the cut. Much to my surprise an issue arrived in the mail on January 15th and one of my photos had made the issue. I was thrilled to have one of my images be featured among so many beautiful shots! Below is the image that was featured in the Farm and Ranch Life category. The category is described as: Shots incorporating trusty farm animals and beloved family pets.

HELLO WORLD

Storms a Comin’

Today was one of those days where you want rain to come, but it’s also dreaded hail season. So in these times the only thing you can do is say a prayer and hope for the best.

Dear Lord Baby Jesus keep the tiny crops safe tonight during the storms, Amen!

Out to Pasture

The ladies and the babies are all out to pasture, and they are making themselves right at home. It’s pretty satisfying to see the sun setting over the pasture while the cows graze in the open space. Summer is pretty excited about this change of pace, cows in the pasture mean more walks and ranger rides for her. Anyone who says a free-range farm dog isn’t as happy as a house dog has never met our Summer. Just look at her smiling with pride as she watches the cows, farm living is the life for her. 🙂

 

 

Fertilizing the Pasture

Tonight another rain decided to come our way, so still no tractors in the field. However, we took advantage of the rain and put fertilizer on the pasture. Let’s just hope the sun starts to shine soon so we can get seeds in the ground!

Baby Jean

This little, spotted cutie arrived on 4-20, and I was so very excited to finally have a calf with some personality in her markings. However, what we didn’t know was that she would immediately become a magic escape artist, finding every way possible to escape and go find a place to lay down on the pasture lane. Hog paneling finally kept her contained and she gained the name, Jeannie (AKA: Baby Jean). Inspired by “I Dream of Jeannie” – because for a while it seemed she magically appeared and disappeared to wherever she wanted to go. At least her Mom was bellering loud enough to notify us of her mischevious behavior, so we could find her and return her to the patch.

Is this not the same face Simba makes in “The Lion King” when his Mom is cleaning him up? This little one is chock full of personality.

 

Spring Cleaning

What do farmer’s do when they’re not planting or harvesting? Well, there’s a variety of things and one of those is cleanup. It seems like there’s always a never ending list of overgrown trees to clean up, fence to fix, old buildings to take out and CRP to burn. Since this year hasn’t been ideal for planting yet, things are getting done!

Cleaning up trees in the South Pasture.

I am SO excited to see this old chicken coop go – it was beyond repair. Building #5 down … and several more to go.

Burning CRP.