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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sunday Stills ~ Summer

We're right dab in the middle of summer...and the theme of "Summer" for this week's Sunday Stills photo challenge couldn't be better! Thanks Linda!

The challenge is to show what "summer" congers up in your mind and to show our summer shots. Ha, I wish I could say it was just a refreshing, ice cold lemonade...but we work hard and play hard too!

So, I picked the three things that are special to me in the summer here at the Rough String...

Summer Morn Irrigation
Summer Mornin' Irrigation

We get three cuttings of alfalfa hay for the year. Starting as early as the end of May we start irrigating; up at 4:30 AM and changing the lines by 5:00 AM, and changing them again at 5:00 PM...it makes for a very long summer.

Next...

Ranch Hand Rodeo Collage
Rodeos!
We don't get to go to as many rodeos as we used to, but we always take in the Harney County Ranch Hand Rodeo (photos from this year in a collage above) and the Pendleton Roundup.

And last...

Cuttin' the Cow
Trainer Bob Kerby at a practice at the Bell-A Ranch
...but definitely not least, is cutting and working cow horse. This is where all my time and money goes to!!! Riding a good cow horse is the ultimate adrenalin rush!

Want to check out some more "Summer" photos?!? Head on over to Sunday Stills~Summer and go to the comments.


17 comments:

dibear said...

Great shots Karen. Linda could always use you up at their spread. :)

Jeff and Meg said...

Nice pictures! I especially love the first one.

henrygl said...

the summer morning irrigation shot is awesome, the tones and lights are amazing

Shirley said...

Looks like a great summer at the Rough String; love the last shot, I'd like to be doing just that!

Sarah said...

great photos as usual! I love seeing your hay fields and your rodeoing experiences

Sydney_bitless said...

mmm irrigation. We haven't had rain in weeks we desperately need it.

picturesbybrenda said...

I just love watching a good working cow or cutting horse! I've never had the chance to ride a cutting horse, but we have a reiner who does working cow. I love the pic of the little boy sitting on the rail at the rodeo.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Your first photo is very well done:)

Holly said...

I love the first shot, outstanding lighting. However, the last photo of the working cow horse....that one hit me in my heart.

Ed said...

Great shots, the irrigation shot is fantastic! :-)

morephotosplease said...

Nice pictures, like how the light reflects off the water in the first one. Regular Guy.

Linda said...

Yep, that could be mu summer too! Great shots.

Tracey said...

Love the expression of Bob's horse!

Judy said...

Looks like we love some of the same summer things! Rodeos, horses, our places! Nice photos!

thecrazysheeplady said...

The irrigation shot is fabulous!

thecrazysheeplady said...

Just wanted to let you know that I've embedded your picture of Bob Kerby in my mind - worth a thousand words. I'm stuck with two green horses right now and coming from my 20 something wonder horse (now retired), that's a huge transition...and I ain't as young and brave as I once might have been. One is a really sweet, but spooky, reining bred paint horse (dumped on us). The other a saddlebred - supposed to be my next carriage horse. Sigh. Anyway, the ASB pretty much let's me know something's coming. The APHA is usually a big surprise. I just keep trying to channel that "sit back and ride" shot and it's helped...some. Unfortunately I really like both of these horses or I'd move them and try to find an appropriate old lady horse.

gtyyup said...

Well crazysheeplady...between your sheep, bees, and wool...I don't know how you have any time for horses!! But, yep, the thought of sittin' the butt in the saddle firmly helps...keep your back relaxed so if there's a big move to left or right you can go with it. And hey...I'm older than you...so you'll hit the ground much easier than me!! Seriously, that's no fun at any age. Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, a horse just might not be the right horse. My friend found that out after 5 years of struggling. His new owners think he's the neatest thing since peanut butter...so...keep in mind your safety...and enjoyment.

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