Rancher Tom Frank rides Yahoo, whose cloud of exhalation indicates the cold morning temperatures on the ranch. (Mandy Frank)

When it’s cold enough to see your breath, it’s just another winter morning in Wyoming. Just ask Yahoo the mare, whose puff of exhalation was captured by photographer Mandy Frank on a recent morning near Lysite.  

Frank and her husband, Tom, who are ranchers, were bringing cows in for sorting when something caught her eye, she said. 

“I looked over and was just watching that mare make those big puffs of breath,” said Frank. 

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Frank, who describes herself as a hobby photographer, pulled out her camera and snapped a picture. The resulting image of Tom Frank astride Yahoo captures the brittle quality of a cold Wyoming morning in a moment of life lived outdoors on the high-desert prairie.

Katie Klingsporn

Katie Klingsporn is WyoFile's managing editor. She is a journalist and word geek who has been writing about life in the West for 15 years. Her pieces have appeared in Adventure Journal, National Geographic...

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