Saturday was branding day at our ranch. It takes a small village and we have great friends and neighbors that joined in to help out.
Spring means branding and vaccinating time for calves before they get turned out with their mamas to summer pastures. We were fortunate to have some very patient friends who offered to let our kids join their kids to learn the ropes of branding over the weekend. It was meant to be a learning experience for all them (and a test of patience for the adults!)
The kids each took turns in the catch pen; two in at a time roping until they caught one. You could almost see the gears smoking in their minds as they tried to remember what to do once they had a calf on the end of their rope – dally (thumbs up), steer the horse (but not too fast) (but not too slow), take the corner wide, keep the rope taut…and BIG smiles as they drug one to the crew. It will be a few years before this crew hires out, but you’ve got to start somewhere.
All in all, awesome way to spend a Saturday afternoon!
When the “First Nice Day” hits in South Dakota, everyone is appreciative. We had several inches of snow fall earlier in the week and more is in the forecast for later next week. But, today? Today is 65º F. Today we celebrate spring with friends.
In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt. ~Margaret Atwood
Right in the middle of the dog days of summer, Clint and Kaitlyn celebrated their wedding. I loved how they chose to focus many of their wedding portraits on her family’s ranch.
It’s hard to capture the authenticity and sincerity of Darin and Lana’s wedding. It was one of the largest weddings I’ve captured, yet all the details felt wonderfully simple and intimate.