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Bald Eagle over Ladder Ranch

 

Bald Eagle soaring

harbinger of this springtime,

portending seasons.

 

 

 

 

 

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A murder of crows

 

 

A murder of crows
Seeking garbage, guarding trash,
St. Francis keeps watch.

 
 

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In Like a Lamb

Hampshire ewe with her triplets

 

 

Baby lambs arrive,
new mamas lick and snuffle.
The season begins.

Hampshire with new twins

Rambouillet mama with baby

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2022 in Animals, Poetry, Sheep

 

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Christmas blessings

old cow barn

 

 

Blessed light returns,
the sunset’s glow sliding north
painting Christmas Eve.

Squaw Mountain on Christmas Eve

Sheep Mountain

Sheep Mountain with sheepwagon

candle with hymnal

St. Paul’s on Christmas Eve

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2021 in Events, Nature and Wildlife, Poetry

 

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Ewe lambs in December

Ewe lambs in winter,
grazing below Powder Rim,
awaiting the snow

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2021 in Animals, Poetry, Sheep

 

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Elk on the Smylie

Golden December–
elk grazing hillsides laid bare
by drought, ground thirsting.

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2021 in Animals, Nature and Wildlife, Poetry

 

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Trailing the cows off the Routt Forest

Bubba and Eamon conferring with Leo

 

Trailing down, audibly OR The Silence of the Calf

Crunching as the calf dives into dry willows
“Quakey” aspens rustle up autumn, leaves flutter to the ground
“Hup, hup!” I holler, trying to spook the calf out of the willows
A thump on the ground as I dismount, followed by
more crunching as I thrash through the willows
A sigh as I realize the calf has somehow escaped me
“Hey there, pretty baby” as I push the filly aside
“Stand still, I said” to my mare as I mount
We sit very still, listening
to low bird song and the chuckle of aspen
but not the bawl of a calf
“Hey, you guys OK?”—our cowgirl come back to see what’s taking so long
“Holy cow, look at that!”
A smoke plume silently rises, signaling the faraway
crack and crash as molten trees succumb
as animals dash madly from the deadly flames of the Mullen Fire
Another sigh—of relief—that the blaze is far away
“That calf caught up”
“Oh good”
The quick clop of hooves as we trot up to the herd

“Come by! That’ll do!” Reluctantly the Border collie drops back
Mooing—meaning “get over here and stay by me”
Whinnying as the filly realizes her mom and I have moved to the lead
Clip-clopping as she races past the cows to catch up
They watch, knowingly
The distant rumble of cars, trucks, RV’s
The flash of my gloved hand
“Just go slowly. The cows will move. Watch the calves”
“Thank you”
Finally, the clank of chain and squeak of gate
as the cows and calves slip through
to green grass
The dark settles, birds silent

through the gate and off the Forest

headed down from the mountains

 

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Eruption

golden leaves
an eruption
molten lava
burns the eyes

orange searing,
so full, fulsome
can’t imagine more,
senses overflowing

perfect days
as ephemeral as
flowing rock
destined to cool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2021 in Nature and Wildlife, Poetry

 

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Fog over Sheep Mountain; First frost

cold tickles, first frost—
a fine sheen reflects stacked coins–
fog shrouds Sheep Mountain.

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2021 in Nature and Wildlife, Poetry

 

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Make hay while the sun shines

 

Stacked like golden coins,
summer’s promise, winter’s hope,
waiting to be spent.

bales on the Lemmons Meadow

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2021 in Farming, Poetry

 

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