Just Random Stuff

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Aspen chatting

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Carolina and “The Beast”

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The little red hen and a ridiculously fluffy rooster.

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Saturday morning scene during sleep over with Elaine and Josiah.

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Wondering Jew.

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Can you spot the spider web?

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Yet Another Sunset Post

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Monday, August 11, 2014 –

I’m sorry to keep posting sky photos, but it’s been a couple of summers since we’ve had so many nice clouds, and a good sunrise/sunset is 90% clouds. Today was another show-stopper. The first pictures are the sunrise this morning, and then come the sunset pictures. I had to hike into the pasture for the best shots.

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Ominous Sky

Sunday, August 10, 2014 –

This afternoon, Nathan, Laredo and I took a little journey over to around Paducah. While there, a storm brewed up and I got some interesting shots. When we got home, there were amazing clouds just waiting for me to photograph them, too.

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Breathtaking Colors

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Friday, August 8, 2014 –

Although we didn’t get any significant moisture out of these storms, I did get some great sky shots.

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SPLASH!

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Friday, August 8, 2014 –

Carolina and Stockton were having such a good time in the pool, I just had to grab my camera. The approaching storm gives a dramatic background to these brightly colored photos.

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Cloudy Blue Skies

Thursday, August 7, 2014 –

After the cool rain shower, we enjoyed a cool evening with beautiful skies.

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Workin’ Cows

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Thursday, August 7, 2014 –

We sometimes run the cows through to preg check them or worm them, but this time the guys were strictly working on the calves. They were being ear-tagged, branded, de-horned if necessary and in some cases castrated. They wanted to do it last weekend when the weather was cooler, but couldn’t coordinate it all with the helicopter pilot. Yes, you read that right. The cows were gathered this time with a helicopter. It’s done quite frequently in our area because of the rough terrain. We wanted to try and gather some wild yearlings that didn’t get caught last year. Our L-shaped place isn’t very easy to gather horseback because the pens are at one end of the L and the river is at the other. These yearlings were hanging out by the river in the wildest part of the ranch. Anyway, the helicopter paid off and the yearlings were caught.

The weather was so hot today, that the guys were getting dangerously over-heated. However, at just the right moment, a cloud built up and sent a cooling breeze and a little shower over the proceedings. This was just enough of a relief so that they could finish up the last bunch of calves. Our friend, Brent Brown, was also helping us today.

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Dendy Visit

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 –

My cousin, Kristin Dendy, and her two girls and Granny came down for the day. We had a lot of fun catching up on each others lives and watching the kids play and swim. They spent a lot of time battling the wasps that wanted to share their water.

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Checking Water

Sunday, August 3, 2014 –

Nathan and I drove over across the river to a place we and the boys have leased. I hadn’t ever been on this ranch before, so I knew I would be wanting my camera. It’s a very pretty place and the cattle seem very well satisfied.

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If you haven’t been out and about in the country around the rolling plains area lately, you may not have seen how the ranch land is now criss-crossed with high line wires. This has all happened just in the last 18 months. It’s such a shame that so much beautiful country has been so marred. I wish they would have at least kept to the main highways. Instead they follow whatever is the most direct line, even if it cuts right through tracts of land.DSC_0057 DSC_0060

Traveling Skies

Friday, August 1, 2014

The kids and I went to Lubbock today. Before we left, we took some pictures of the sunrise.

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On the way home, the evening skies were getting so pretty. I had Stockton snap a few shots out the window. When we got home, Carolina grabbed the camera and took a few more.

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