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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. 

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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.   


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Week of February 11, 2013

Working on a tourism board photo shoot, Colorado photographer Kathryn Bronn (simplelifeke.com) photographed Andy Nelson—second-generation farrier, cowboy poet, emcee, and co-host of the popular syndicated Clear Out West (C.O.W.) radio showand two of his horses, Lovie and Blue, at his Wyoming home.


© 2012, Kathryn Bronn, simplelifeke.com

Andy has commented about the photo above with Lovie, "That little horse is one that my oldest boy started and finished from a baby… more than just a horse to me."

 


© 2012, Kathryn Bronn, simplelifeke.com


© 2012, Kathryn Bronn, simplelifeke.com


© 2012, Kathryn Bronn, simplelifeke.com


© 2012, Kathryn Bronn, simplelifeke.com


© 2012, Kathryn Bronn, simplelifeke.com


© 2012, Kathryn Bronn, simplelifeke.com


© 2012, Kathryn Bronn, simplelifeke.com

Andy Nelson also shares his poem, which he says, "...is how I feel when speaking of horses."

A Whole Man

The daylight calls me from my bed,
With a gentle, waking ray;
It peels the sheets from o'er my head,
And I start another day.

As I sit for eggs and side pork,
I am just an empty soul;
When I step aboard that slick fork,
The equine makes me whole.

As I pack an empty saddle,
I am never quite complete;
'Til the time I am astraddle,
And I'm set there in that seat.

I walk outside just half a man,
Then I swing upon a horse,
I'm transformed to a ranahan,
And I set out on my course.

Then at long last I am fulfilled,
All together and intact;
My wanton spirit can rebuild,
When we finally interact.

In a pickup I am only
a day-working absentee;
I am fidgety and lonely,
With no horse to comfort me.

Behind the wheel, I fail to thrive
and I lose my sense of pride;
The day may come when I won't drive,
But I'll always need to ride.

The hours I spend upon a steed,
Are hours suspended in time;
That fills my void and every need
and grants reason to my rhyme.

My travels have no direction,
Work has no purpose or care;
Life and death make no connection,
With no horse to take me there.

The horse will bolster my trials,
As age takes freedom away;
He will bear my burden of miles,
A debt I'll never repay.

As I play out this mortal plan,
And end up weathered and worn;
The horse will make me a whole man,
'cause that is why he was born.

© 2012, Andy Nelson
This poem may not be reprinted or reposted without the author's written permission.

Find more about Andy Nelson and his poetry in our feature here and at www.cowpokepoet.com.

 


© 2012, Kathryn Bronn, simplelifeke.com

 

 

Kathryn Bronn is a portrait and lifestyle photographer, located in Denver, Colorado. She was educated at the Art Institute of Colorado, loves the mountains, and loves working with the unique characters found in the American West.

Visit her web site, simplelifeke.com, her blog, kathrynbronn.com, and find her on Facebook at facebook.com/simplelifephotography.

 

 

 

 

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