Working the Cows by rvwalker

Working the Cows

CW. The cows and calves are separated at branding time, and the cows are run through a chute where they are immunized. The two people on horses are father and daughter. She was once a college rodeo national champion breakaway roper, and is now a wife and mother. Her father has another ranch where I have had a great time taking photos on several occasions.
Really interesting shot and read.
April 5th, 2014  
Bob
A cool shot of the "wild" west.
April 5th, 2014  
Neat photo. I really like that you shot them coming to you.
April 5th, 2014  
Nice story telling photo Ross. Really gives the feel life on the ranch. Looks like you caught the eye of the cattle. Were you inside or outside the fence?
April 5th, 2014  
A great shot which reminds of reading 'Animals in Translation' by Temple Grandin, the animal behaviourist. So much detail in your shot and a scene which I would never have seen otherwise - so, thanks for sharing!
April 5th, 2014  
I am enjoying seeing these photos so much. To me, it's like you live on a movie set! It's interesting as I think about what you can shoot on a 'walk about ' in your neighborhood (probably a drive-about) and what I can!
April 5th, 2014  
@mccarth1 Oh, I was definitely outside the fence, Kerry. These cows are docile, but they weigh 1500 pounds, and when they are on the move accidents can happen.
April 5th, 2014  
@taffy Great comment, Taffy. I sometimes feel the same way, but the photos exaggerate the story. I don't often hear about these things ahead of time, so I only see stuff like this a couple of times a year when I get a tip or an invitation. Also, there are a lot of wide open spaces here, so nearly all my photos are from drive-abouts.
April 6th, 2014  
@macromover @bobhuegel @nanm @quietpurplehaze Thanks, everyone. This stuff will never be great art, but I love sharing the story.
April 6th, 2014  
Nice trio of men and beasts, and a nice sense of forward movement. I wonder if you might crop the green post at the left edge. It is a little tight, but once eliminated, it makes your eye move to the action in the center.
April 6th, 2014  
I am loving your farm scene shots. Love this one and the timeless story that you tell us too. A fav.
April 6th, 2014  
@falcon11 Aha! I was wondering if anyone would make that suggestion because I was really undecided about that post. I cropped out a lot of junk both left and right, and tried it with and without the post. My decision was probably made this way because being there, I knew the cattle went into an opening behind the post, so I felt the image was incomplete without it. From another viewer's perspective, it may not belong there. Thanks for your comment, Allison.
April 6th, 2014  
@sansjuan Thank you for the fav, Nita. I think this one works better than the branding photo, which had much harsher light.
April 6th, 2014  
Hard work. Great documentary photo
April 6th, 2014  
Love this capture. Brings great memories of childhood.
April 6th, 2014  
great action shot! Fun to be in on the action!
April 6th, 2014  
Great shot Ross. Love these farm scenes. Those cowhands sure are dressed up fancy. It makes for a very colorful scene and so much action. fav for me.
April 6th, 2014  
Great pov, a nice shot of ranching life
April 6th, 2014  
@peterdegraaff @anazad511 @trinda @soboy5 Thanks, everyone. These people absolutely love what they do, and often help out on neighboring ranches.
April 6th, 2014  
@libertylady Thanks for the fav, Alice. There was one young lady who really had fancy gear, and she will probably be featured in a photo soon.
April 6th, 2014  
gorgeous shot!
April 6th, 2014  
Lots of feel and information, nicely composed image.
April 6th, 2014  
Lovely pov and cowboy capture
April 6th, 2014  
Super shot of your Ranch working life,I really enjoy these photo Ross.
Your story's behind the photo's help pave the pictures.
Fantastic,those Cow's sure are big & I can see those ear tags.
This is a FAV for me too.
April 6th, 2014  
Great ranch action shot. Still looks a bit cold.
April 7th, 2014  
@monkeykid @ivan @kbird61 @tesssa Thanks, everyone. I feel privileged to see these ranchers at work.
April 7th, 2014  
@skippysue Thanks for the fav, Suze. I really appreciate your comments and interest in these photos. This was a special opportunity for me, and I think you can sense some of that too.
April 7th, 2014  
Wow, what an action packed shot. I love it. You captured so much detail. FAV
April 7th, 2014  
@darsphotos Thanks again for the fav, Darlene. Everything was happening fast.
April 7th, 2014  
What a fun shot. Thanks for sharing this shots.
April 8th, 2014  
Thanks, Shelley. I sure have fun at these ranch events.
April 9th, 2014  
Deb
I think I was born to live on a ranch but someone forgot to tell my parents. I would love learning to ride and rope the way this young lady obviously does. Oh, I can ride - and practically grew up in a saddle - but I can't ride like they do on a working ranch. I've enjoyed your series of photos of branding time. My heart is out west.
April 9th, 2014  
@dejongdd Great comment, Deb. The truth is, not many people can ride like Daysha. She is as good as anyone gets in a saddle. I'm an easterner myself, but I love it out here and will never go back.
April 10th, 2014  
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