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Summer scenes

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Pollination
Upper Smylie Place, Home Ranch
photo by Sharon O'Toole

If tomorrow were the 4th of July, I would feel like we were almost caught up. As it is, we are haying away, with more in front of us than behind us. The ewes and lambs are on the forest, and I spend a lot of quality time in discussions with the trappers and the "bear guy" who confirms kills. The cows and calves are minding their own business and getting fat, which is their summer job. The scary thing is that we had a light frost this morning--and our last snow was the 11th of June. It is cold and raining now, so I feel like we had a very short summer and we will soon see yellow leaves and the entry of autumn. Before it gets away, here are some images of summer 2008.
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Seeking romance
Dudley Creek, Routt National Forest
photo by Pat O'Toole

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Counting on, Government corrals
Savery Stock Driveway
photo by Sharon O'Toole

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Uncle Eamon helping Siobhan with her pig
Dixon rodeo arena
photo by Sharon O'Toole

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Eamon & Megan in the ribbon roping
Dixon rodeo arena
photo by Sharon O'Toole

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Seamus & Meghan preparing for the chicken chase
Dixon rodeo arena
photo by Sharon O'Toole

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Siobhan practicing for mutton busting
Routt National Forest
photo by Sharon O'Toole

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Tossing the garter
Ten Sleep town park
photo by Angeli Skalburg

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Waiting for the garter
Ten Sleep town park
photo by Angeli Skalburg

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Sharon dancing with the groom
Ten Sleep town park
photo by Angeli Skalburg

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Pat checking the hay
JO field, Home Ranch
photo by Sharon O'Toole

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Big Round
JO field, Home Ranch
photo by Sharon O'Toole

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About Pat & Sharon O'Toole

Sharon O'Toole
Pat and Sharon O’Toole are ranchers in the Little Snake River Valley near Savery, Wyoming, right on the Colorado-Wyoming border. They raise cattle, sheep, horses, dogs and children. Pat “immigrated” from Florida in 1970. He attended Colorado State University, where he met Sharon when both worked for the campus newspaper. Sharon grew up on their ranch, where they live and work with her father, their daughter, son and granddaughter (soon to be grandchildren!). Pat is a “water buffalo” and has served in the Wyoming House of Representatives (1986-1992), on the President’s Western Water Policy Review Advisory Commission, and is the current President of the Family Farm Alliance, which advocates for farmers, ranchers and irrigators. Sharon is an author, poet and journalist. She writes extensively on Western issues and is a columnist for “The Shepherd” magazine. Pat and Sharon are the parents of three children: Meghan, 27; Bridget, 26; and Eamon, 20.
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