I love my new Canon EOS 60D I bought myself for Christmas. And I love every new opportunity I get to use it. So when I was packing for my trip to Oklahoma, of course my camera was one of the first items packed. Afterall, it wouldn’t truly be a Pioneer Woman Adventure without photos of cows and pastures, cows and friends, cows and maybe a horse or two and probably some more cows. So here are a few of my favorite photos I’ve taken (or had taken of me) thus far. Sometimes my camera was used, and sometimes I just relied on my trusty iPhone.
Yes, we did find the entrance to the Drummond Ranch. No, we didn’t find Ree. We thought driving 5 miles up the dirt road might make us look like stalkers and get us arrested (because tagging and Tweeting along every aspect of this adventure isn’t stalker-ish at all). Anyway, my friend, L, was snapping shots of me in front of the Drummond Ranch entrance with my iPhone, while I took photos of her in her car. I only wish I hadn’t been so excited that I forgot to take a photo of L under the sign. Sorry L, but I did get one of you at Sister’s Attic and not me, so does that make us even. 😉
Of course, there were cows at the Drummond Ranch. These were across the road from the ranch entrance, and because the Drummond’s have thousands of acres we though it was a good bet these cattle belonged to them. But we could be wrong.
Only five minutes away from L’s house in Calvin, Oklahoma, I couldn’t resist snapping this shot of a sunset over the river.
And then this was my view when we first drove into L’s driveway. Can you say stunning?
L and her husband, R, have just acquired a dozen or so pregnant Mama cows, and all but one have had there calfs (I’m hoping the last one has her baby while I’m here, but it’s not looking good). And of course, with cattle, comes lots of work and feeding. I snapped this photo of R and his trusty companion on their way out to feed the new bull, or El Toro as he’s called.
As you saw up top, the sunsets are amazing, but sometimes on Three Ponds Ranch when it’s cloudy, the sun peaks through spreading her rays across the pasture and the site is absolutely spectacular.
OK, this shot is hysterical especially if you know the backstory. You see every morning R goes out to feed El Toro at this gate. On this particular morning we woke up to see him laying wait, much like my dogs do at my house, for someone to come out and feed him. And there was no way R was going to miss him in that position.
R and his two “puppies” spending a little time bonding in the morning.
L and her favorite cattle dog and barn cat share a little snuggle and a few kisses.
We didn’t make it to an official rodeo, but this is the next best thing. Many local towns in Oklahoma have arenas where kids hone there skills in barrel racing, rings and other rodeo events. Each Friday through the spring and summer, I believe. These kids compete at night in what is known as a Play Day. On this particular night we swung by just in time to catch the kids practicing for the beginning of Play Day season in their final event, the rings.
When the sun begins to go down on Three Pond’s Ranch, the cattle (especially the calfs) begin to get a little frisky and I caught these shots two nights ago of a calf nursing, the cattle chilling, head-butting and reminding the geese exactly whose pasture they were hanging out in.
I went to visit El Toro and give him a few head scratches. I snapped a few photos as in his excitement, he began charging at me. I was extremely grateful for the barbed wire fence between us. But after a few scratches, we were on a first name basis and on our way to becoming friends.
He liked me even more once R brought out some treats, of which he fed him some and so did I. Several times just so I could experience his large scratchy tongue. But we forgot to take photos. *sad face*
And then the two puppies tried to determine who was the Alpha Dog. It still remains to be decided.
And as I walked inside after some bonding with the bull, I captured another sunset. Can you see the little calf on the left. Amazing!