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In Like a Lion

ewes in front of drift

Ewes eating hay on the Red Desert

 

March is here, but still thinks it’s winter. Lander Lil (Wyoming’s version of Puxatawny Phil) definitely saw her shadow, maybe two shadows on Prairie Dog Day. All our sheep are close to the Red Desert winter camp. Usually, they are separated by many miles on our winter BLM grazing permits. This year, we asked for an emergency declaration so that they can stay close to the corn and hay which is sustaining them. Most years, we only give corn until about February 1st, when most of the ewes have been bred. This year, we see no end in sight, although we are hopeful. We, the sheepherders and the sheep are all happier when they are out walking around and grazing. In the meantime, we bring feed in on the one plowed road into the permit.

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Winter quarters

unloading hay at Chain Lakes

Unloading hay

Oscar ands Tiarnan unloading hay

Oscar and Tiarnan with the stack

 

Tiarnan on haystack

Oscar loading bucks

Oscar loading the bucks

 

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Border collie in winter

Border collie looking for work

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2019 in Events

 

Blown In, Cyclone Rim

 

Blown in.

The County plows the road just far enough.

Ewes, lambs within,
stand with wooly backs to the wind,
withstanding the snow and blow.
We can get in behind the plows
with corn and hay, every few days.

Brave men, up from Peru,
Struggle through the snow
and spread the feed, while we venture
along roads, slick with ice, no visibility,
bringing food, wood, water, feed.

Antelope mill in ever larger herds,
hanging along the roads,
grass covered by endless drifts.
Winter, relentless in exacting its toll.
I hope they stay off the railroad tracks.

The BLM says move the sheep,
too many days along that plowed road,
huddled among the hard-drifted snowbanks.

Where?

How?

sorting the bucks

Guard dogs sleeping

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2019 in Animals, Poetry, Sheep

 

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Heifers in Nebraska

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2019 in Animals, Cattle

 

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some sheep, some cows and a coupla llamas

Some sheep, some cows and two llamas walked into a bar. . .not really, because they couldn’t get a ride to the Cowboy Inn

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2019 in Animals, Cattle, Llamas, Nature and Wildlife, Sheep

 

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Deer dreams

Mule deer watching

 

 

Mule deer in winter
prowling,patient in dry brush,
waiting for green grass.

mates

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2019 in Nature and Wildlife, Poetry

 

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Winter south of the Wall, no dragons

Sheep Mountain

long underwear weather

There MAY be dragons in that sky.

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2019 in Nature and Wildlife

 

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New Year’s dawn

New Year’s dawning, cold,
winter branches reach skyward,
seeking the future.

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2019 in Nature and Wildlife, Poetry

 

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