Sunday, April 18, 2010

Behind the Lens Instead of the Sewing Machine

So I haven't been hiding behind my sewing machine ALL the time. Every once in a while I come out from under the stacks of fabric and participate in my real life. Grin!

Last week we cut some more Corriente bull calves and DH asked me to come take pictures so that we could send them to prospective buyers. Those particular pictures aren't that interesting since they are only pictures of the horns. When I loaded them on the computer I wanted to crop them a bit, but DH told me that they were not going to be published in a book or hung in any art gallery so there was no need to 'pretty them up'. Sigh. Apparently they were fine as is because we sold the steers! Yeah! Some are going to Montana, some to Colorado and the rest are already in North Dakota.

I always enjoy snapping pictures when the guys are working and I don't get to nearly as often as I would like, but this time I didn't have a big crew to feed and there were plenty of leftovers for dinner. I love it when things work out that way!

DD anticipating the moment she'll be called into action:

Duty calls:

Not many teenage girls would call this fun, but then again, this is not your average kid:

Teamwork is the name of the game around here:

Bringing in the next bunch:

It's nice having DS come home to help on the weekends:

Maybe these skills would come in handy in the UFC:

A few hours behind the camera lens is so relaxing and rejuvinating. I get lost in the view from the lens and rarely is there an episode where I don't end up getting in the way. When I start seeing this and hear the crew hollering at me :
Then I get shots like this:

I love that this lifestyle affords us the opportunity to work together as a family and we're thankful that Grandpa is still in good health. At 73, he's still spry and agile and can hop atop a fence at a surprisingly quick speed when need be. This is where DH gets his work ethic.
Work and fun are one and the same around here:

Just a swingin' (Hey, it's my blog and every now and then a little corny-ness may sneek in)

These Corrientes are ornery. They fuss and fight every second and it's a lot of work trying to wrestle them into submission. DS, at 6'3 and 190#, makes easy work of it:

I've had lots of questions about our way of life. Seems there is a common notion that a cowboy's life is romantic. Well, yes...and no. All depends on your definition of romance! As for me, it just doesn't get any better than this.

Just wish I could find a way to make this into a quilt!


Sewn With Grace said...

Thank you for your kind words on my blog today. We share a few common things, our kids are the same age and I've been married to my husband the same amount of years as yours AND we love to quilt! I've always wanted to live on a farm or ranch and you are! I'm enjoying reading your blog. Have a blessed Sunday!

Anonymous said...

Go girl! I go help neighbors brand on the 1st, it's the only time I get to brand since we run yearlings. Nice photos, thanks for posting!

Shelly said...

You are so right -- "work and fun are one and the same" on a farm. If you don't find farm work fun, you'll be in trouble, cuz there's always something needs doin'! I love our farm and our life -- wouldn't have it any other way!

agent713 said...

Definitely hard work but there is a certain romance to it. I have GOT to get down and join you some day!

Paula said...

If we didn't make work fun, how miserable we would be!!

Marli and Memory said...

I just found your blog today. I LOVE IT! You are living my dream. I am going to purchase some cattle some day (God willing). I am sixteen and I have two quarter horses. These pictures got my pulse racing! :) I want to be doing what you are someday soon! Thanks for giving me the excitment :)
Rodeo girl,
Hebrews 12:1

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