Spring Smiles

Just as we were recuperating from one Winter Storm the next is here.  Last night was another all nighter checking cows in the wind, rain and ice.  We are thankful for the moisture and that we had a chance to catch up between storms.  More importantly, the cattle had a chance to recover and rest.  I have a feeling it could be an interesting day.

The sun glows bright behind big puffy clouds and against a stunning blue spring sky.

April 14

This old bull stopped to stare at me, so I took his picture.  I added Kim Klassen’s “Return” texture to this picture.

April 14

Beyond the shadow of a doubt, The Rancher is a good stockman.  He has an instinct for cattle.  Sometimes, I find myself just watching him and how he interacts with the livestock.  I was lucky enough to capture these shots of J tagging a new calf.

April 14Nothing says spring like a brand new, still wet, baby calf on a warm sunny day!  I added Kim Klassen’s “1402” texture to the grass land.  On the upper right hand picture I also added the Skies Laundry Day texture from Nancy at A Rural Journal.

April 14

A black white-faced calf always brings a smile to my face.  We don’t get very many of them and I enjoy the added character a white face adds to the herd.

April 14

Spring is a season to celebrate!  Nature is awakening out of winter’s cold, plants are blooming and blossoms are showing their beautiful colors to the world.  Farmer’s are planting crops and ranchers are birthing livestock.  There is nothing like the glow a Rancher has when he goes to feed a bunch of cattle and watch baby calves run, jump, buck and play.  He silently celebrates good management, healthy calves, and the fruits of his labor.  He may even crack a smile.

Even though winter weather during spring calving is hard work, we celebrate moisture.  We know spring is just around the corner.


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21 Responses to Spring Smiles

  1. DrillerAA says:

    There is a home just down the road from us and they raise a few head of cattle. I love driving by when the calves are being born. It seems like there is at least one new lump in the grass every few days. Nice work. Have a blessed Sunday.

  2. Nicki says:

    Outstanding job with added textures this week. Hope better weather comes your direction soon.

  3. Patrice says:

    Sending you a warmer spring…great shots!

  4. Really love this post! I can identify from my childhood, even down to the cracking the smile.

  5. Karen says:

    You nailed both Old and the texture on your photo of the bull. I love the composition of it.

  6. Patti G says:

    New calves ARE a true sign of spring – such awesome captures.

  7. Buttons says:

    Oh so true. I love the black and whit we get one once in awhile. Yeah moisture. B

  8. emily says:

    Great texture work! That bull has quite the stare on you!

  9. Sandra says:

    Love the black and white face 🙂 adorable!

  10. Great set. Baby cows are sweet looking.
    Loved that shot of the Old bull and your Glow shot was very pretty. Hoping spring arrives for you soon.

  11. Carletta says:

    Lots in your spring to smile about! The little one with mama is a sweet shot!

  12. Kim says:

    You know I love black white-faced calves, too. Just another little something we have in common! I always enjoy seeing glimpses of your ranch, Robyn! Hope all is well after your ice, etc. We may get flurries in the middle of the week again. Spring just can’t get sprung this year. Have a good week!

  13. Candy C. says:

    What sweet little calves, love the white face! I really like that first picture with the sun behind the clouds too. 🙂

  14. Teresa says:

    That black white faced calf is adorable! Love the curls on the bull’s face.

  15. Earl says:

    Great photos. What a different perspective on life for a city dweller like me.


  16. Judy says:

    Sounds like you’ve been having the same kind of calving weather we have here in western Wyoming. East blizzards have hit us the last two weeks. We appreciate the moisture but the cold and wind could definately stay away.
    It is nice to have a calf with some white to take pics of. All black calves are hard to get good pics of, at least that has been my experience.
    Good luck with your calving.

    • Robyn says:

      Thanks for the comment, Judy! It seems funny to have green grass peaking through the snow. Hopefully this moisture will be enough to get a good start on the grass and hay.

      I agree white faces and non-black cattle are more fun to photograph.

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