Cowboy hat with snow

Western Lifestyle 365 Photo Challenge: Week 6

Camera lens with image seen through lens

Day 36/365: Layers
Well, thanks to inspiration from Landon I have a photo! I really struggled to find a photo to represent the world of the day but ultimately got the job done.

Black and white spotted dog wrapped in a blanket

Day 37/365: Action
To preface this, I have to admit that I fell asleep on the couch editing photos. My dear sweet, hilarious husband first took a picture of me sleeping, then took one of my photos, edited it and posted it for me. When I woke up I grabbed my own “real post for today”. This pretty much sums up my mood and any amount of action taken for the evening. I fell asleep shortly after this…I was real ambitious. 

Old hat with turquoise squash blossom necklace

Day 38/365: Turquoise 
A little gritty and a little pretty. A few months back I stole grandpa’s old hat out of his closet (Ok, I didn’t steal it. He let me take it.) I told him I needed it as a photo prop. I haven’t used it until now but I think it makes a pretty awesome backdrop for this necklace.

Cowboy hat with snow

Day 39/365: Structure
I wanted to take a close up photo of the structure of a big beautiful snowflake. Unfortunately the snow today is not cooperating with my plans. Teeny tiny snowflakes are all we have gotten here today.

Man in a blue coat very cold

Day 40/365: Cold
Landon went outside during one of our cold snaps here in North Idaho to get his photo of the day. He was very cold after his little picture taking adventure.

Cowboy standing in a dark barn

Day 41/365: Product
Landon and I decided to kill two birds with one stone today. We got our word of the day photos along with some product shots for a fun new project Landon and I are working on. I was also trying to kill a third bird by getting a photo for another project; a back-lit, moody photo of a person. I am not sure that I nailed that one though.

snow covered mountains and field

Day 42/365: Fence
“Don’t fence me in!” I’ve been feelin’ a little fenced into my house taking care of my sick kiddos. Getting outside for a bit to take pictures was a much-needed escape from the house.

Pat Wyse

Pat Wyse Clinic Notes

Since my childhood, Patrick Wyse has been the horsemanship mentor to myself, my family and many of my friends. His yearly visit to Sandpoint, Idaho for a four-day community clinic was anxiously awaited and highly anticipated.  After many years of traveling the country teaching clinics, Pat announced his retirement from traveling to teach community clinics. He informed us that he would continue to teach summer clinics at his ranch in Townsend, Montana.  We were thrilled this Spring, after years and years of begging Pat and his wife Doreen to come to our ranch, to get the green light from them for a wrangler training clinic taught by Pat.

What follows is my clinic training journal from the Pat Wyse Basic Handle clinic at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch.

Horsely Product Review

Horsely Product Review

It continues to be a winter wonderland here in the mountains of North Idaho. Yes, another week, another snow storm. Mountain Man and I were just having a conversation today about appreciating all the seasons this area has to offer. Although summer here is fabulous and the beauty of the area is (in my humble opinion) unmatched by any other part of the country, it lasts only a short three months. My personal goal is to appreciate every season for what it is; the unique beauty and list of activities it has to offer. Winter brings with it this desire to hibernate. I am a really good hibernator. Give me a good book, photos to edit or a blog to write and I can hunker down next to the fire for days.

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch Family

What is Western Pleasure Guest Ranch? A job and a lifestyle.

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch is truly a family owned and operated ranch. The owners, Roley and Janice, will likely cook and serve you breakfast each morning. Their children will saddle your horse and guide you through the valleys and vistas of the ranch that was their childhood playground. Their grandchildren will play with your children when you stay at the ranch, teaching them where the best hiding spots are for a game of Sardines, and sharing their favorite horse with your child. There is no corporate safety net, trust fund, or bottomless pocket. What you see here on the ranch is us sharing our home and our love of the western lifestyle with you.