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20 July 2010 @ 09:30 am
Black and Whites in Life - Week 29  

  Black and Whites in Life
Week 29 – Leading off the Cattlemen’s Days Parade…

…not really, but wouldn’t that have been interesting if the Prowl and Jazz were real?

Cattlemen's was a busy week and why'll Jazz and Prowl tagged along to several of the events throughout the week, time and situations proved unfavorable to me for getting any really usable shots, let alone interesting. The only reason I wasn't in the parade this year and actually was able to play with the camera and Jazz and Prowl was because I was photographer for a couple of the groups this year.

Now...what to do for next week?    

Previous week:  Gunnison County Cattlemen's Days 

Next Week:  Pending     



mmouse: ProwlxJazz plushie OTPmmouse15 on July 20th, 2010 03:44 pm (UTC)
Ack! I'm glad they weren't there while the parade was going on! The horses would have stepped on them just for pure spite. I love horses, but they can be the most contrary animals around. Great shot, though!

Next week you should take a picture of them lounging by a creek on a blanket with a slice of watermelon. NOTHING says summer more than a creek-cooled watermelon that you eat right there, especially after spending time working in the heat and the sun.

ETA: or on the tractor baling hay. I don't know, do you just do one cut? My dad always did three cuts and if we were lucky, we'd get a fourth cutting. But we did the small bales and stored the first cutting in the barn to sell during the winter for $5 a bale twenty years ago. It was how he made money during the winter, and he never wanted to deal with the big rolls since he wouldn't be able to store them. Anyway...tractors mean summer to me!

Edited at 2010-07-20 03:52 pm (UTC)
cmdrtekkcmdrtekk on July 23rd, 2010 11:37 pm (UTC)
Yummmm! Creek cooled watermelon! That is a great idea that I will have to keep in mind. We actually typically do the watermelon that way on the 4H trail ride camping trip just before we go back to school. I don't have the time to set it up this week, and the pressure is actually off as after a very wet photo shoot yesterday I did capture the shot for Tuesday 31. I've narrowed it down from 44 pics to 7 at the moment anyway so I only need to eliminate another 6 pics.

I've been trying for a tractor shot since starting to prep fields at the beginning of the summer. Actually succeeded in the tractor shot but did not like any of the pics when I got them up on the computer and ended up going with a more scenic shot I had snapped at the same time. I still have hope for a tractor shot though.

We only get one cutting up here. Cattlemen's is over so its time to start haying and right on schedule the monsoon rains have started up here. It dumped, and I do mean dumped, for a good hour yesterday afternoon (hence the photo op yesterday).

Eagle Ridge Ranch bales small bales of native mountain grass. Average weight to our bales is 68-74 pounds. More and more up here are going to the large round stuff. Well the cattle ranchers are anyhow. At 30 bales to a ton we sell (typically) 1 ton for $120 you pick it up at the ranch or $130 a ton we will deliver in the area or $4.00 a bale.

Looks like I and the kiddo's will be up in Denver sometime Monday and will stay the week, leaving the following Monday August 2. Not sure what my/our schedule will be except that it will most likely include the usual/typical Denver summer attractions we don't have here, but if you are interested and your schedule permits I would enjoy meeting you to say hello in person.

AS always, thank you for your comments.
mmouse: Prowl AHM4mmouse15 on July 24th, 2010 12:00 am (UTC)
You know, it's absolutely crazy that you're selling hay for the same price my dad did in the seventies and eighties. Jeez.

Dad always insisted that our bales be at least 75# but under 85#. I was very strong as a kid/young adult from throwing all those bales around - my job was baling, my brothers ran the truck and later, the bale wagon.

I'd love to meet up with you! We can't on Thursday, because we're watching a kid that day, but we're wide open the rest of the time - would you like to meet somewhere and do something, or just meet at my house or your mom's? Think about it and let me know!