Thursday, May 13, 2010

Any thoughts on the color change?


Changed the background to black, whad'ya think? I'm not sure if it's too hard to read, but seemed like it was time for some change.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

April photos

Some fun images taken with my new Sigma 10-20mm

I survived my 5th branding, although it wasn't without soreness. We ended up doing 185 head, all Charlet. This number was down from the usual ~250 head. But this year with the mild winter and good feed, the calves were big. I asked the ranch manager what he thought the weights were on a few calves, the bigger ones were 300-320lbs! If it wasn't for the real cowboys that come over from Mountain Sky Guest Ranch we would have got absolutely worked over. They've got technique.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Spring storms in Western Montana

Did winter just start? Huh, kinda weird we are getting our biggest dumps of the "season" and it's May 1st. The Stuart Peak SNOTEL shows they got 27" of snow and 4.4" of SWE (snow water equivalent). Translation = a lot of heavy snow. Ideal conditions around here are 12" of snow = 1" of SWE. But we need the moisture and the snow for the rivers this summer, otherwise we may not be fishing or floating. The local snowpack was at about 50% average before this last storm.

We've had some great weather, shorts and flipflops. Lettuce, onions, peas, and broccoli were planted well over a month ago and seem to be doing well. I had my doubts when T was putting things in the grounds mid-March. They seem to be holding up well to the frosts we've had since then.

I've got a new lens and should be putting up some more images soon. I'm loving the Sigma 10-20mm.