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Friday, July 1, 2011

Before Dawn

"Up before the sunrise
it's a rocky way back home
and the dust won't be near settled
as where we just come from..."
Lyrics from Don Edwards' song Say Goodbye to Montana

That is one of my favorite songs from Don Edwards...and changing wheel lines as the sun comes up over Hat Butte always brings that song into my mind.

Participating in

Golden Sunrise
Golden Sunrise

While I'm gettin' at least one cup of coffee in me...My Man goes out at about 4:45 to shut down the two lines we change in the mornin'.

Steppin' out into the fresh new day's air...scents of horses, cows, hay, sage brush, and the dew wake me as good as a second cup of coffee.

Walkin' out to the field I'm greeted by views of the rim rock, the valley going east with horses and cows grazing, the neighbor's pivot moving slowly across the green alfalfa...another day of livin' the dream...

Before Dawn
Before Dawn

First cutting is done...and the temperatures are supposed to warm up in the next week...our alfalfa will be growing like'd swear you can see it grow with the hot weather and lots of water!

I have to throw in one more photo from the Stackin' Hay day...

The RattieRanchDog Nose
The RattieRanchDog Nose
If Cindy Sue could reach the floorboard, she'd like to drive semi truck!!'s Friday...have a great holiday weekend!!


Allison at Novice Life said...

Beautiful! I too share a love for those early morning on the farm, walking out to the smell of horses, hay and dew :)

sylvia murphy said...

My partner and I were looking into ranch property in eastern oregon. Nice to see your photos from that area.

Shirley said...

What lovely photos, it's a blessing to wake up to such beauty and know you're living the life you love.

Lesley said...

this is certainly a dream view...

Maia said...

I love your predawn shots. So well done.

Cheyenne said...

Great morning. As you say, the smell of horse, coffee and fresh country air? Totally exciting!

Rhonda said...

Enjoyed this post - you all have a good weekend & holiday, too! I liked your "morning" description. :)

Mary said...

Yep! Totally awe inspiring, once again. I always look forward to your posts.

Linda said...

That top AMAZING!!

wendy said...

That first photo was gorgeous. I am glad your crops are doing well. Some of our farmers here have had a rough time with all the rain and cool temps. we have been having.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Getting up and out really early often results in getting some stunning shots--as you demonstrate. Nice work!


The sky’s a most wonderful thing,
Enjoyed by both peasant and king;
No matter the eye
That sees the bright sky
The proper response is to sing!

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Stormy Sky

thecrazysheeplady said...

Those are wonderful!!! The quality of the photograph and also the story they tell.

Alana Jo said...

Beautiful Sunrise.

Val said...

So nice to enjoy your morning with you!

We had record heat and high humidity.

Cindy Sue, we love you!
Val & Morris.

Anonymous said...

Love the pictures! Certainly is beautiful there.


Crystal said...

I love Mirror shots, I take them all the time when I am helping Neil.

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