Wednesday, April 30, 2008

All in a Days Work

Sometime its really easy to tell which calves belong to which cows and other times its just not that easy since they don't "mother up" all the time. For instance, last time we were moving cows we had an little calf in the rear of the herd - he was less than a week old. He was having a VERY hard time climbing this steep hill, he was frightened, scared, shaking - in such an instance we usually turn back the momma and leave them behind and come back for them at a later date. We had a big debate on the side of the hill over which cow we thought was the mother - the calf was balling for its momma but none of the cows seemed the least bit interested. It was decided that we thought it was Cow #317 - well Hollywood2 turned the cow back to the calf but #317 wasn't the least bit interested in this little balling calf - she actually ran back up the hill with the other pairs. Then it was thought maybe one of those four cows that wouldn't cross the blacktop before we started up this hill could include her mother so Hollywood and I went back to herd those cows to some corrals and haul them to where we were driving the herd in an attempt to reunite the pair. The four cows that wouldn't cross the blacktop had already caused a great deal of trouble and we'd all cursed their bad behavior. As we herded them towards some corrals that Hollywood and I were unfamiliar with - it really didn't help that people kept stopping on road and take pictures of us which in turn would cause the cows to turn back on us. We got the cows corralled and rode back to the trailer. To be cont.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

One Way to Lose Your Lunch....

forgetting to buckle your saddlebags! Luckily my PB&J sandwich survived and didn't get lost on the trail though it looked more like a peanut butter & jelly roll after chasing cows. If you were only able to eat one type of sandwich for the rest of your life what would you pick?

Monday, April 28, 2008

Love Humor!

I emailed my girlfriend that we worked calves this past weekend and that I only managed to vaccinate myself twice (not really I just poked the needle into my finger!) well she wrote back "Maybe you're going to be sterile, or what if your breasts start producing enormous amounts of milk or your teats start dangling or you feel a desire to pierce your nose with w/ a hoop and tags for your ears or you suddenly start craving a grassy meadow to munch??? ever think about that chica???"

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Meete My Nemisis!

Studley Dudley here! OneCowgirl has finally quitee playin with that photo progrem and is lettin me bloge! This is OneCowgirl's Pussy - I shuld probably say cat? - here namee is
here name is Princess! She hase all sorts of prividledges that I dont't! which makes me madd. Though I lete you in ona litle secrete - she got her name becase she lookeed like a rat when shee was abondeoned as a kitten - OneCowgirl thoughte shee would have more self esteeme if her namee was Princess. She's actually a pretty cool cat but I"d neever let her know that becuase she gets to sleep with OneCowgirl!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Call me a Photo Nerd

The first photo is SOOC (straight out of the camera). The second one was my first attempt using Lightroom on it. I thought it looked pretty good until my girlfriend the professional photog. said - "Why on earth did you leave the bullet hole in the kid's head along with the kool aid stain on the t-shirt?" She always cuts straight to the chase - thats why we get along so well! So, there you have my second attempt using Lightroom. I won't bore you with the third picture I did in Lightroom - Dudley is getting irritated since he hasn't posted in awhile.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Hollywood 2

I am beginning to believe creating an image is half in the camera and half on the computer. I did this using Lightroom - what a difference!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Compare and Contrast

Ok, so I went a little overboard tweaking with the second photo - and I've lost detail in the cow...I'll quit with these comparisons and get back to work!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Endurance Riding

This past weekend I volunteered at an endurance ride. Why on earth someone would want to ride 30, 60 or 100 miles in one day is beyond me. If I were inclined to ride a long distance (which I'm not) I would likely ride from the border of Mexico to Canada - or follow the Santa Fe Trail. The American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) makes ever effort to ensure that endurance riding is safe thus all sorts of rules apply - some of which I got to enforce! This was an AERC sanctioned ride. The girls that put on this ride are top notch riders and have ridden in endurance rides all over the US and the Middle East. These pics were taken at one of the hold areas that all the riders had to stop at for a vet check and rest. The riders that competed in the 100 miles left at 4:30 AM and when I left at 10 PM they were still out riding - now, doesn't that sound like loads of fun?

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Lightroom Again

Do you like the SOOC (straight out of the camera) or the one I tweaked with Lightroom or neither?

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Playing with Lightroom

Do you like this photo?

Windmills 101

There are lots of these windmills on this ranch some work, some don't. The wells can still work without the actually windmill. Thus they are powered by either a generator, solar panels or electricity. Hollywood is putting in a solar windmill today.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Washe Me!

I'm reelly lookin forward to my first bath this spring and Isa hopen its sooon! I'm diirty, iitche and onecowgirl seys I'm smelly. Hollywit thinks Ima a sissy since I likee baths! If this hear tub were bigger Ida jump rite in!

Raider goes for a Swim

Its the second picture that disturbs OneCowgirl. The trend continues...Dudley, Cattle, Smiley Dog.....and of course, the all time favorite, "Can you do this?"
Stay tuned Dudley will be posting tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

No More Breaks!

Check out wikipedia for more info on windmills if you are inclined. I love wikipedia! Here Hollywood I & II are fixing the Windmill.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Cement Break!

We poured a cement slab for the calf table at the pens - I love mixing and spreading cement! You are probably wondering where the pics of that are but I thought this pic fit in nicely with the last two posts - so there you have it - you sit where you can - which isn't often on this ranch!