It is spring and here in ranch country that means spring works. This is the busiest time of year around our house and I know chances are unlikely we will get a break until the works are over.
Last week some neighbors to the south of us had their works and hired me to come and document the day with my camera. My husband was day working for them as well so we hauled together. It was the first time I have taken my camera working horseback. Usually I am actually working cows and can’t be distracted by taking pictures. Imagine my delight when I got to go work and just take pictures. It was wonderful! And to make it even more special, I was hired by one of my favorite families!
The day started early with breakfast and coffee at the camp house. We hauled to where we were going to start the gather and trotted from there. I did the best I could to get some fun shots of that but it is big country out here and I had a lot of it to cover to get from man to man. We gathered to the pens where we started the branding. They used a wood branding fire to heat the irons which made for some authentic branding shots. We were plagued by some fierce wind this day and I struggled to hold my camera still. When a big gust of wind would come up, it would grab my lens and pull one direction or another!
Here is a sneak peek from my day at Calamity.
I was so honored to have been asked to document this day. Preserving this western lifestyle and documenting the reality of ranch life is something I had only hoped I could do!