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Beautiful Weekend

Posted Monday, February 1, 2010, at 3:13 PM

Here are beautiful shots of my weekend.  Saturday was nice, cold but nice.  In the evening it started snowing, and of course Sunday morning the ground was snow covered.  By Sunday evening, it was nearly warm.  This was a hard weekend, and I have a question for you.

I have some pretty graphic pictures of calves being born, and some not so happy endings.  Should I post them? 

Jessie

Saturday morning on our way out.

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1. Here is Sam on his 3rd day of real work!  With his Mommy

2. Frustrating!  Our truck and trailer are stuck.

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How beautiful is this view?  Is it not great to be paid for doing this and having this for your office?

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My horse in trailer, waiting to go, and Wayne getting his horse ready to load

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Trotting across the "office" and going thru a messy gate.

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Really cold at the end of the day, looking across the river.

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1. Horse having well deserved meal time

2.  Our horses having their oats Sunday morning.

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1. Sunday morning view of the river

2. First calf tagged Sunday morning.

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A few really cold views.... brrrrrrrr  !!!

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1.  What do you suppose a cow and crow have to talk about?

2.  Geese in no hurry to fly with a flock that just took off. 

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1 A very stubborn cow

2 But she was brought in,  Rolly and Jeff Palmer looking on.

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And after an exceedingly long day, the sun starts to go down.  I am reminded how beautiful the day is.  Notice the snow has melted.  What a beautiful pink and purple sunset.

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Sun setting on river

Wayne taking the horses to their pasture.

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As always beautiful pictures Jessie.

Maybe ask the news first before posting pictures of the calfs being born? They don't offend me and I think as long as you put in the title "graphic Pics" it should be ok

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Mon, Feb 1, 2010, at 6:26 PM

Thanks Marilyn. Maybe the news will respond

Jessie

-- Posted by jessiemiller on Mon, Feb 1, 2010, at 6:42 PM

Jessie,

Here is my 2 cents. I tend to lean on the side of caution with this type of material. For the vast majority of people, this type of photos either would not be offensive or they would heed the warning and not look. Then there is the vocal minority, the tree huggers who would scream long and loud about animal cruelty and/or the kids who are forced to look. (I am not saying that this will happen, just that it could.)

If you are willing to subject yourself to the comments of the vocal minority, then I say show the pics of Mother Nature at work. Part of life is death, the survival of the fittest.

-- Posted by jtrotter on Tue, Feb 2, 2010, at 7:49 AM

Jtrotter, you hit the nail on the head. Though the pics would only be of still births that we had nothing to do with. (Were not there to assist or maybe the death would not have happened, or were there, but "Mother Nature" chose to twist that animal with deformity) Either way, it IS Mother Nature at work.

My thought was that the other day I showed assistance that kept life alive...and we did that this weekend too. We happened upon a calf that had literally "Just hit the ground" (actually saw it from a distance and saw his legs flailing somewhat unusually and galloped over) The "sack" was around his face/nose/mouth and he was suffucating, we simply got off our horses & jerked the sack back while Mama was getting up, hung him upside down & tickled his nostrils with weeds, which made him cough and clear his lungs. I actually thought for a few seconds we had been seconds too late..... but when we left, he was up and nursing his Mom. I've seen lots of this, but I am tense inside waiting to know each time. I know it's Mother Nature, but I want them all to live!

I just thought that maybe I could simply show the loss of life, and a bit more of the struggle that we do go thru in those cases. I don't want to portray 100% success rate. Out of 1700 we have only lost 3 so far.

I think you are right, I will keep those pics to myself.... I don't much care about all the negative banter (As some have seen I've had some on my own blogs that didn't affect me one way or another) But I don't want to offend anyone deliberately.

Jessie

-- Posted by jessiemiller on Tue, Feb 2, 2010, at 8:13 AM

I would post em! Put the warning out there like you did on the last one. It is life. We spend a lot of time "protecting" the young ones from real life stuff. IMHO, it is why some get into the trouble they do. Some do not get to see things like this (the city slickers). I think it is pretty neat stuff and should be shared.

People need to be accountable for what they choose to look at. They have the choice. Take the heat. It is real life and death.

-- Posted by OpinionMissy on Tue, Feb 2, 2010, at 2:13 PM

Look for more tomorrow. I will venture gingerly.

Jessie

-- Posted by jessiemiller on Tue, Feb 2, 2010, at 2:56 PM


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