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We welcome your pictures. We're looking for images that give a glimpse of the ranching, cowboy, and rural and working life of the West of today and yesterday. We're looking for vintage photos and contemporary photos: family photos, images of where you live and work, and the area around you. 

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Week of July 5, 2010

 

We welcome your photos.

We're looking for images that give a glimpse of the ranching, cowboy, and rural and working life of the West of today and yesterday. We welcome vintage and contemporary photos:  family photos, images of where you live and work, and the area around you. 

If you have a photo and story to share, email us.


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Montana singer and songwriter Stephanie Davis reports on the happenings at her Trail's End Ranch with periodic Ranch News postings at her web site, www.stephaniedavis.net. The entries are filled with characters (both human and animal), history, cowboy philosophy, humor, and her always-interesting observations.

We're pleased to excerpt that news now and then for Picture the West. Below are excerpts from some recent Spring and Summer entries. 

Most photos are by Rick Philipp, noted drummer, long-suffering Trail's End ranch manager, and manager of Recluse Records.

Read all of the Trail's End Ranch News here at www.stephaniedavis.net.


Signs of Spring!

New signs of spring appear daily at Trail’s End, and they couldn’t be more welcome. The first came in late February, when the male hoot owl in the old cottonwood just out my writing cabin window began “who-whooing” his lovely evening mating call. Late one night, I felt a thrill (as I’m sure the male did) at the faint, higher-pitched answer of a female from across the valley. I read that owls mate for life; here’s wishing this prospective couple a long, happy, and prolific one.

Another sure sign of spring around here are the adorable days'-old calves running and bucking in the neighbors’ pastures along the county road. I look for excuses to make the six-mile roundtrip to the mailbox, driving extra slowly so as to check out the latest babies and enjoy their antics.


This adventurous little guy broke out for a spring stroll....


While this one tries to get the hang of standing....

From chipmunks to bobcats, wildlife sightings are increasingly common. Both bald and golden eagle pairs circle the sky right out the living room window, and today Rick reported seeing some huge, fresh black bear scat piles, as well as fresh elk and mountain lion tracks.


Bobcat camouflaged in a Cottonwood
 

The horses are shedding their thick winter coats and enthusiastically filling up on all the new green grass they can find. The creek sings a little louder each day, robins call to each other from the feeders, and the lengthening days begin and end with the beautiful, delicate light unique to springtime in the Rockies.

I thumb through seed catalogues while mentally designing and arranging the garden I have learned not to even think about planting until well after Memorial Day....



June is Busting Out All Over

A green and gorgeous June here at Trail's End. Plenty of rain, hail, and even snow have kept the pastures lush and the creeks gurgling during the long days. Of course, it is the season of new babies, from turkeys to elk, with thrilling new sightings daily.


Lucky and Jed graze below the Beartooths

Talkin' Turkey: 

These baby turkeys are already able to fly well enough to heed their mama's warning clucks and head for the highest branch of the nearest tree when bobcats or other predators come calling.

So, How Was Your Day?  

No sightings of elk calves yet, but from the living room window, the Evening Elk Procession is a magical sight. Around sunset, the bulls and cows slowly descend single-file from the juniper-covered hills to the horse pasture in front of the house. They then stroll to the smooth-wire dividing fence, where they stand, touching noses across it, and, by all appearances, catching up on the news of the day. They could easily walk through the fence
or jump over it, but never do. Just before the last light disappears on the horizon, they return to their well-hidden calves and their beds deep in the canyons.



 

From the "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished" File:

Of course, not all wildlife encounters have happy endings around here. Yesterday while weed-whipping in the yard, Rick glanced over to see a sizeable rattler packing a live grosbeak in its mouth. Fueled by adrenaline, Rick walked over to it, cranked the weed whip to "high," and administered what he thought was a "Drop The Bird Or Else" lash to the snake. In hindsight, he says, a lower setting, or even a different tactic might have been more effective. Let's just say the grosbeak's official cause of death was "consumption." And the rattler? Haven't found a piece big enough to make a determination...

 


Stephanie Davis has contributed previous ranch news:

  Winter, 2009 at Trails End

  A look back at Summer, 2009

  A June, 2009 installment of Ranch News from Trail's End

 


photo by Clark Marten

Read more about Stephanie Davis in our feature here.

Read more Ranch News here at Stephanie Davis' web site.


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