Beaver Dam

This is the last Muddy Creek picture from my Nebraska trip … I promise.

There are many Beaver Dams along the creek.  Growing up my family always kept an eye on the dams and watched them grow and change.  We always thought it was neat and got excited when we saw a beaver.

March 5

I was super excited when I saw this guy.  I am so lucky I had my camera!  Mom and Dad were impressed with my photo captures.

March 5

Sunday was another busy day!  In the afternoon we sorted cattle and picked our replacement heifers.  It’s exciting to pick replacements as we get to look at all the heifers and choose which ones will contribute to the future of our herd.  We also had several first calf heifers calve!

Monday morning found us doing more cattle work.  We shipped a few steers and the non-replacement heifers.

March 5

Saturday and Sunday we saw highs in the low 60’s.  Sunday night the wind hit and the temperature dropped!  We also got a skiff of snow.   Monday greeted us with temps in the mid twenties, a lot of wind and flurries.  There were times when we couldn’t see across the yard.

This morning is quite brisk at a breezy 10*.

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J’s parents came home to help with the extra cattle work.  We are grateful for the extra hands!

Cousin T’s was lucky enough to have both of the kids home for spring break from college.  While working cows on Saturday, it hit me that this is what agriculture is about.  Families working together.  Watching kids grow up learning the value of a good days work, then spending school vacations to help work cattle and calve heifers.

I am not home on my parents ranch, but everyday I am practicing something Mom and Dad taught me about livestock.  At the same time, I am learning about the ranching business and expanding my skills.

March 5

Observing Cousin T and his family working together was awesome.  I felt lucky to be there to  observe and take in the full importance of being part of a family ranching operation.  It makes me proud to be actively ranching, continuing a way of life and family business.

What is something you have observed on your ranch that makes you proud to be doing what you do?


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11 Responses to Beaver Dam

  1. Janelle says:

    Just got back a bit ago from checking heifers so the guys can sleep a bit longer. Thanks for the beautiful image!

  2. Karen says:

    Very nice images – I love the one of the beaver swimming. It’s really great that you were able to observe Cousin T and his family working together. It’s nice to think there are still farms and ranches in this country being worked by families.

  3. Buttons says:

    Wow awesome shots they are so hard to capture on camera your Mom and Dad were right.
    I love farming you know that I am proud that we turned this rundown hunk of land into something with just lots of hard work and faith:) B

    • Robyn says:


      I know the hard work it takes to whip a rundown hunk of land into a working ranch/farm. A strong family can do it. Sometimes, the need to make this dream work results in building a strong family.

      The important thing is someone has the dream, desire, work ethic and support to take a risk.

  4. Candy C. says:

    Great captures of the beaver Robyn!! I’ve never seen one in the wild, lucky you!!
    It is a wonderful thing that the farming and ranching families work together to get things done! 🙂

    • Robyn says:

      I find it funny when I know something so true in my heart, then see/observe what I know in a slightly different setting. It was an AHH moment.

      The “slightly different setting” from last weekend gave me a deeper understanding of the importance of family and ag. I am thankful for my open mind and heart.

  5. LindaG says:

    Great photos!

    I’d have to say that watching my husband work his magic, even at less than 100%, makes me proud to be learning this way of life.

    Have a wonderful Wednesday! ♥

  6. Tanya says:

    i love this post, especially the part about families working together…that is what it is all about…awesome photos! lucky you!

  7. Good job! I know seeing and capturing one is not easy. We have some local here and we rarely see them, although find the trees they nibble on all the time!

  8. Roxi says:

    I once saw one cross the road, but only captured his rear end. LOL Great photos. Looks like home.

  9. Love those beaver shots… aren’t they such cool creatures??! As to your temps, it is that time of year for those huge swings… Thank you for joining in ‘Rurality Blog Hop #5’ Hope to see you next Wednesday for #6…

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