Tuesday Thoughts

Wind is defined as air moving across the surface of the planet at a speed fast enough to be noticed.  Sunday was one of South Dakota’s infamous windy days. I heard it start whipping around the house at some odd hour of the early morning.  One good thing about the wind is it helped dry out the ground so maybe we can move some hay.

October 22

Our main task this week is bringing pairs home from summer grass.  J and I moved one bunch home yesterday morning.  This morning we are helping Cousin T trail a group home.  Wednesday The Rancher and I are combining two bunches of cattle so we can trail them home early next week.  This time of year the cows are ready to come home.  Once we get them gathered and out the pasture gate they almost trot themselves home.

October 22

Every once in a while I ride along with J when he goes for a drive.  I like to ride along to get out of the house, take in the wide open spaces and I hope to snag a picture or two.  J drives around to survey what is going on: he goes to see how much water is in the dams and creeks, to make sure the tanks are working properly and that the cattle have enough salt and mineral.  He surveys the condition the grass, hay and crops are in, counts cattle to make sure they are all home, checks the fences and more.

“Going for a drive” is an important part of what a rancher does.  J can tell you anything and everything about the ranch.  Observing and knowing a ranch’s environment is one of the most important tools to managing this business.

October 22

Last Friday J and I made a trip to the Big City.  We went to the new Wal-Mart and got there mid-morning.  I am NOT a fan of Wally World.  At least if we get there early enough the crowd is small and tolerable.  I am happy to report I found 2 pair of snow pants!  I plan on hanging on to my old snow pants and I don’t have the heart to dump my Old Blue Chore Coat yet.  They will be reserved for fencing projects.  Due to the fact that barbed wire is not my friend and I see a lot of fence fixing in the near future, I better keep the old duds around for a little longer.

October 22

“I often sit and watch the leaves change colour and fall from the tree.

To me, those leaves signify the constant change in our own lives and

all the beautiful colours signify our own emotions.

As the leaves, change and fall from the tree’s with such grace and gentleness, they’re reminding us to be gentle with ourselves as this chapter ends and the next journey begins in our lives.”

Annelee Hopkins

I saw this poem on a photography blog: Thoughts and Images Along the Way.


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11 Responses to Tuesday Thoughts

  1. Pat says:

    really windy days can be a challenge for a photographer (at least for me!)

  2. Viv says:

    Your life sounds varied so totally different from my home in the UK. As a student back in the 70’s I spent 3 weeks based in Spearfish at The Black Hills State College as part of a student exchange.

    • Robyn says:

      We are north of Spearfish a little over 100 miles. I have never been the the BH College Campus. We don’t go to Spearfish a lot as it is off our beaten path to Rapid City.

  3. abrianna says:

    Really like the second and fourth shots.

    When I was in the Midwest, the hardest thing for me to get used to was the wind howling even on a nice, warm spring day-and no tornadoes around either.

  4. Darcy says:

    Good {captures} of life on the ranch. Good luck with the fence fixing! (That’s such a chore, and while it has to be done, it’s probably one of my least favorite ones to do.)

  5. I’ve often wondered how you move your cattle Robyn — horses, atvs, on foot?

    Lovely poem to accompany your rural photos.

    • Robyn says:

      Good question, Nancy.
      We run all 4-wheelers all the time.

      J grew up on a horse. His Dad made the transition to a motorcycle, 3-wheeler and 4-wheelers. J sold the last horse shortly after we were married. We find 4-wheelers much more efficient than a horse.

      During calving season J made a comment that if he had to ranch and use horses he would quit. I thought that was a little cold hearted until I thought about it during chores the next day. Being the gate opener I thought about all the times I would have to get up and down off the horse to open gates. Also, being the cattle gatherer during feeding I thought about all the times I have to get off the 4-wheeler and push baby calves through the fence. I get lazy and often sit on my 4-wheeler “side saddle.” Getting on and off a hose umpteen time a day would be a workout for my short legs!

  6. cheri says:

    Love love love that last picture. Cows are so much smarter then people give then credit for. They know what time of year it is. Get rid of the kid, and start eating! 🙂

  7. Sharon says:

    You write so well about your life. I love reading your tales about ranch life. The third shot is my favorite — great angle looking through the grass up at the cows. Keep the photos and stories coming!

  8. Pat says:

    Beautiful shots.

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