Tag Archives: Battle Mountain

Fall cow work (Almost Winter)


from the Forest to the corrals–getting ready for winter

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Posted by on October 22, 2019 in Animals, Cattle, Horses


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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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Ryan Fire

Ryan fire at night

It has been a summer of fire, with smoke hanging heavy in our Valley much of the time. Only one of these fires, on Baker’s Peak, was close to home. Some of our neighbors lost pastures in fires to the west of us. Fire crews have been hard at work all summer. Professional firefighters go from one fire onto the next, as they achieve control. Many local and volunteer firefighters have also stepped forward to protect their friends and neighbors, and their property. We are once again veiled in smoke, mostly  from the Ryan Fire, which is actively burning on the Wyoming/Colorado border about 30 miles to the west of us.

Current Situation

Total Personnel 223
Size 15,477 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 15th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Timber Fuel Model. Beetle-killed lodgepole pine and spruce/fir. Pine contains 40-50% dead standing and abundant down timber available to support surface to crown fires. ERCs are near the 97 percentile.
Terrain and fuel driven crown runs.

smoke over Battle Mountain

smoke rising over Battle Pass

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Posted by on September 23, 2018 in Events, Nature and Wildlife


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Last light on lilacs

Last light after rain,
a gift, a glow, glistening
drops on lilac blooms.

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Posted by on May 29, 2018 in Nature and Wildlife, Poetry


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Spring is rushing over us!

Spring has definitely sprung, if not with weather, then with spring work. After a dry winter, we have had series of spring rains and snows. In the meantime, we have lots of baby lambs and calves arriving. We are trailing sheep to spring country and preparing to shear.

Cows with calves at Powder Flat

Heifer eating afterbirth

Wild horses watering at developed well

windmill from the ground

ewes and lambs

docking the early lambs

bum lambs in a box

lambs warming up in a tub

rainstorm with Battle Mountain


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Almost time for fall romance

Sunset over the Lemmons Meadow


The purebred Hampshire ewes are down from their summer pasture on the Johnson Ranch in the Routt NAfational Forest. It is almost time for the bucks to join them so they can have baby lambs in After a few weeks of romancing the ladies, the bucks return to their bachelor ways.

Ladies in waiting


Hampshire ewes with Battle Mountain


Posted by on September 30, 2017 in Animals, Sheep


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Squaw Mountain with mist



In like a banshee,
Be wary—the Ides of March
And out like a mist.

Battle Mountain with mist

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Posted by on March 31, 2017 in Nature and Wildlife, Poetry


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Happy New Year

New Year's morning and Battle Mountain

New Year’s morning and Battle Mountain

The year dawns new
and clean
and full of hope.
Sunrise sending
gleams of light sparkling
across snowy meadows,
shining up like
diamond shards—
crystal glimmers pricking
cool frosting spread
smooth across the fields.
In spring, these hills hide
baby calves with mama cows
mooing softly.
Summer hums with
growing hay, and tractors
rolling past midnight,
scheduled by dew upon
moonlit windrows.
Autumn brings lambs,
deer, elk, grazing on
harvest’s aftermath.
Then the long brown
quiet awaits
snow, and silence
and the shimmering
pallet waiting for sunrise–
painting the
New Year.

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Posted by on January 1, 2017 in Nature and Wildlife, Poetry


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High water on Battle Creek

spring rains over Battle Mountain

spring rains over Battle Mountain

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Posted by on June 8, 2016 in Events


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On the move–must be Almost Spring



The elk are checking out the high country.

The elk are checking out the high country.



The elk are starting to check out the feed which is opening up as the snow melts. These elk crossed the road just as we were heading home. They have wintered well, partly due to raiding our haystacks!

One bull appeared to be white, although not albino. Go figure.

Elk hanging out near the Little Cemetary.

Elk hanging out near the Little Cemetery.

The white elk

The white elk



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Posted by on March 24, 2016 in Animals, Nature and Wildlife


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