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This is Page 107.

See some past photo entries below.

See an index of all past photos here.

See Page 1 here with the current photos.

 

We welcome your pictures. We're looking for images that give a glimpse of the ranching, cowboy, and rural and working life of the West of today and yesterday. We're looking for vintage photos and contemporary photos: family photos, images of where you live and work, and the area around you. 

If you have a photo to share, email us for information about sending it to us.


 

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We welcome your photos.

We're looking for images that give a glimpse of the ranching, cowboy, and rural and working life of the West of today and yesterday. We welcome vintage and contemporary photos:  family photos, images of where you live and work, and the area around you. 

Share your part of the West or the West of your past. To send photos and their descriptions, just email them to us.   


previous  photos

index of all photos

June 4, 2012

We asked Wyoming cowboy, singer, and songwriter Daron Little to share some recent branding photos.

He sent a couple of his favorites and commented:

The photos were taken at the HQ division of the Silver Spur Ranches near Encampment, Wyoming, Spring, 2012...pictures taken at one of the typical twenty-some brandings we do each year up here in the Wyoming portion of our ranches.


"Heeled"


"The Works"

 


Daron shared photos previously for Picture the West:

   Driving pairs to cow camp, June 2011

 

Find more about Daron Little in our feature here;
at his web site, www.ranchcowboymusic.com; and on his Facebook page.

 


   Share your photos for Picture the West.

Send your views of the West.

We're looking for images that give a glimpse of the ranching, cowboy, and rural and working life of the West of today and yesterday. We welcome vintage and contemporary photos:  family photos, images of where you live and work, and the area around you. 

If you have a photo and story to share, email us.


 

May 29, 2012

Last week New Mexico cowboy, poet, singer and songwriter Mike Moutoux shared photos from the recent New Mexico Centennial Cattle Drive. A few weeks before that ride, he included a more personal cowboying account on his web site's Ranch Notes, which he refers to as the "old guy story":


I was down at the Billings’ ranch in southern Grant County to help gather and brand a few head and we had all but one of the few cows and calves separated into two corrals. One cow was determined to stay with the calves so we left her with them. (Often the presence of a momma cow or two has a calming effect on the little ones). We were planning our next move when my host and ranch owner, Wayne, noticed that the stubborn Angus cow was giving the evil eye to one of his boys we had with us. He told the boy to get out, which he did. It was decided to go ahead and move the cow out of there, but now our horses were out of the corral, so we tried to move her out on foot. She was supposed to see the open gate and I let her look for it while giving her some space. I misjudged how much space she wanted and when she charged, I made a beeline for the nearest fence. You’ll have to ask Wayne how close she got because I was totally focused on the top rail of the corral.

Cowboys have an expression for these cows, they say, “Be careful she’ll want to blow snot in your pocket!” I don’t think I got a pocket full, but I did get a few splinters from the corral board which I never even came close to clearing. Weighed down with chaps, boots, spurs and 55 year old legs of course didn’t help. All’s well that ends well, I guess, and we cut her out on horseback. I’ll bet Wayne still smiles when he thinks about the old guy trying to clear the corral.
 


This was a particularly good day; including a chance to visit the old ranch house at Cow Springs which still has one of the old Butterfield Stage stop buildings on the place. This part of New Mexico is just full of history and stories about the past are not hard to find. Working down there makes me feel like I’m part of a continuing story that includes Apaches, Buffalo Soldiers, homesteaders, outlaws, pioneering ranchers and ranch families like the Billings. My part is inconsequential, but the story is one in which I’m proud to be a part.

Here are a few photos that tell a small part of my story. That’s me in the blue shirt helping in the branding pen; there’s also a photo of Grandpa Jerry and young Justin who both helped one day, and then just me on Brownie at the end of the day. Wayne’s wife, Lucinda, took the shots in the pen and Wayne did me the favor of taking my picture on his horse. Why am I on his horse? That’s a different story; I’ll just say, “Thanks for the ride, Wayne.”

Mike has shared other photos for Picture the West:

New Mexico Centennial Cattle Drive

Cowboying in the Pecos Wilderness in northern New Mexico

  The New Mexico range where he works, near Silver City




Find some of Mike Moutoux's poetry and lyrics
 and more about him here and at his
web site.

 


   Share your photos for Picture the West.

Send your views of the West.

We're looking for images that give a glimpse of the ranching, cowboy, and rural and working life of the West of today and yesterday. We welcome vintage and contemporary photos:  family photos, images of where you live and work, and the area around you. 

If you have a photo and story to share, email us.


Memorial Day, 2012

See the 2008 Picture the West tribute to Cpl. Josiah Hollopeter



Memorial Day
observed May 28

 


   Share your photos for Picture the West.

Send your views of the West.

We're looking for images that give a glimpse of the ranching, cowboy, and rural and working life of the West of today and yesterday. We welcome vintage and contemporary photos:  family photos, images of where you live and work, and the area around you. 

If you have a photo and story to share, email us.


May 21, 2012


New Mexico cowboy, poet, singer and songwriter Mike Moutoux took part in the recent New Mexico Centennial Cattle Drive. From the official site:

In honor of New Mexico’s Centennial, we’re going back in time with the Cattle Drive of the Century. The cattle drive will start at the Pitchfork Ranch in Lea County, New Mexico (about 30 miles west of Jal, NM). Over the next four days, the drive will trek across open country to Carlsbad, NM in Eddy County. The drive will include 100 head of Longhorn cattle, each branded with a special Zia brand in honor of the centennial. The cattle will be auctioned to the highest bidders at the end of the event.

Entertainment along the trail included Michael Martin Murphey, Andy Wilkinson, Andy Hedges, Mike Moutoux, Glen Moreland, and others.

Mike shares photographs and his comments:

With New Mexico celebrating its 100th anniversary as a state, a cattle drive was planned as part of the year's festivities. Nearly 100 Longhorns were driven 50 miles from the Pitchfork Ranch near Jal, New Mexico to Carlsbad. The trip took just over three days to finish with about 70 riders in all.

Each night a chuck wagon dinner was served up and people were bussed in from nearby towns to enjoy the cooking and live music. While I enjoyed the chance to entertain, I especially enjoyed being part of the crew that actually moved the cattle.

One of the other fun things that happened was that the drive stopped traffic here and there including the Governor’s entourage which just happened to be passing by. I got to to meet Governor Martinez and gave here a CD right out of my saddle bag. I’ll let a few photos tell the rest of the story.

Each day the longhorns stepped out real well; this breed can really walk without ever seeming to get tired.


Our trail boss and drive organizer, Bert Madera, looks things over as we approach Carlsbad.

The noon lunch break: a few cowboys held the herd while all the others ate. Easy to do when they lay down like this.


 

Just a few of the Dutch ovens used to feed the crowds:
 




It rained one day; most of the time the weather was absolutely gorgeous.



How camp generally looked. I often heard cattle right outside the tent at night.

 

Find more in Mike's "Ranch Notes" here at his web site.



Mike has shared other photos for Picture the West:

Cowboying in the Pecos Wilderness in northern New Mexico

  The New Mexico range where he works, near Silver City




Find some of Mike Moutoux's poetry and lyrics
 and more about him here and at his
web site.


 

 

 


   Share your photos for Picture the West.

Send your views of the West.

We're looking for images that give a glimpse of the ranching, cowboy, and rural and working life of the West of today and yesterday. We welcome vintage and contemporary photos:  family photos, images of where you live and work, and the area around you. 

If you have a photo and story to share, email us.


 

May 14, 2012

Albertan Nola Kirby shares these vintage photos of her father Allan M. Kirby, yodeler, singer, songwriter, radio personality, and performer known as "The Black Ace."

She tells his story at here, at the Calgary Stampede site, from which these comments are excerpted:

Allan M. Kirby of Richdale, Alberta began his career in the 1930s, travelling throughout Western Canada, with his guitar, harmonica, mouth harp, and autoharpsinging and playing at rodeos, theatres, the Great Canadian Barn Dance, western events, and at the Calgary Stampede.

He also broadcasted his talents on these radio stations CFCN, CFAC, and CJCJ in Calgary, Alberta.

On May 26th, 1939 "The Black Ace" had the honour of performing for the King and Queen of England [
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth] during their royal tour visit to the Calgary Stampede.

Allan was a regular at the Calgary Stampedeeach year singing and playing his instruments for all to hearfrom the tower of CFAC to the free pancake breakfasts around town.


photo courtesy of Nola Kirby; reproduction without permission prohibited
1935


photo courtesy of Nola Kirby; reproduction without permission prohibited
Calgary Stampede


photo courtesy of Nola Kirby; reproduction without permission prohibited
Calgary Stampede


photo courtesy of Nola Kirby; reproduction without permission prohibited
1934

 


photo courtesy of Nola Kirby; reproduction without permission prohibited
 

From ladies who wanted a photograph of him, to men that enjoyed his singing, fan letters came in daily.

Allan, also known as "Mick," "Blackie," or "Ace" by his friends and co-workers, enjoyed the wide variety of friends that he had the pleasure of knowing: Guy Weadick, Dick Cosgrave, Ernie McCulloch, Will Taylor, and Herman and Warner Linder to name a few. Ace very much enjoyed his time with all the families of the Chuckwagon community.

He continued to be a part of “The Greatest Show On Earth” up to his untimely death in 1972.

 


photo courtesy of Nola Kirby; reproduction without permission prohibited
 



Nola Kirby is the Founder and Director of Bless the Animals Foundation.
 

 


   Share your photos for Picture the West.

Send your views of the West.

We're looking for images that give a glimpse of the ranching, cowboy, and rural and working life of the West of today and yesterday. We welcome vintage and contemporary photos:  family photos, images of where you live and work, and the area around you. 

If you have a photo and story to share, email us.


 

May 7, 2012

South Dakota rancher, poet, songwriter, musician, and writer Robert Dennis shares photos from April, 2012. He writes:

Well, we have been calving. I kicked out some pairs the other day and took these photos. For those who don't know, we move the cows with calves into a different pasture, away from the cows who have not calved. Makes it easier to check on the ones who might be having any trouble. There is an art to kicking out pairs. Slower is better, like all things when working with cattle. "Slow is smooth, smooth is fast."

In these photos, you see a red white faced Corriente cross cow and her baby being followed by a Red Angus cow and her baby. And the little black white face cow is a first calf heifer. She is also a Corriente crossed with Angus. All of the calves are out of Angus bulls.
 





 

 

Robert Dennis has contributed many other interesting photos to Picture the West, including:

  Spring ranch photos, 2012

  Haying, August 2011

  Winter at the ranch, January, 2011

Black Hills trail ride, November, 2010

  Spring works, May, 2010

  "Cowboy farming," April 2010

  Winter pasture, January 2010

Moving heifers home in October, 2009

Moving moving a few first calf heifer pairs in June, 2009

  Mijo, his "ex-stallion"

2009 calving and branding on the Dennis Ranch

  Summer ranch photos

Photos taken while he was "out riding on yearlings"

Photos of his mares and colts

Family photos from the 1920s and 1940s

Photos and stories from his ranch and Red Owl

Area photos from the early 1900s

rdfatheruncles.jpg (54358 bytes) Family photos from the 1920s


Photo by Jeri L. Dobrowski; see her gallery of western performers and others here.

Read more about Robert Dennis and read some of his poetry here.

Visit his blog: dennisranch.wordpress.com

 

 

   Share your photos for Picture the West.

Send your views of the West.

We're looking for images that give a glimpse of the ranching, cowboy, and rural and working life of the West of today and yesterday. We welcome vintage and contemporary photos:  family photos, images of where you live and work, and the area around you. 

If you have a photo and story to share, email us.


 

 

See an index of all past photos here.

Find the current photos here.

 

 

 

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