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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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index of all photos

See an index of all past photos here.

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July 16,  2015

 

Oregon poet and horseman Tom Swearingen shares some photos from September 2014, and a poem. He writes:

Last September my wife Carla and I spent a wonderful week helping Tim and Susan O’Crowley gather several dozen remnant pairs and a handful of bulls off summer range at the base of the Steens Mountains in Diamond Valley, Southeastern Oregon.

This is Oregon’s buckaroo country. Nearest “town,” Diamond, population 5. This land is also home range to the Kiger Mustangs. In exchange for a place to operate their Steens Mountain Guest Ranch (facebook.com/pages/Steens-Mountain-Guest-Ranch and oregonguestranch.com).

Tim and Susan look after 600 Red Angus cows and their calves for the Otleys, a local cattle family. Their lease is three canyons wide and 25 miles long running right up to the breathtaking Steens Mountain Wilderness Area.

 


© 2014, Susan O'Crowley, oregonguestranch.com; permission required for reproduction

 


© 2014, Susan O'Crowley, oregonguestranch.com; permission required for reproduction
Heading out for a week in cow camp.


© 2014, Tom Swearingen; permission required for reproduction
Tim O’Crowley and his helper Rosie leading the way.

 


© 2014, Tom Swearingen; permission required for reproduction
Susan saying “There are cows down there and we WILL find them and bring them up and out.”




© 2014, Susan O'Crowley, oregonguestranch.com; permission required for reproduction
Picking' up the strays in Wildcat Canyon and pushing them home.


 


© 2014, Susan O'Crowley, oregonguestranch.com; permission required for reproduction
Tom and Carla, bringing them home from the Kiger Gorge


 

Tom adds, "I wrote this poem as a reflection on our cow camp week in some of the prettiest and most remote country we’ve ever ridden in."

Steens Mountain Cow Camp

We've been working out of cow camp
Up at Cucamonga Creek
On a late summer gather
For now going on a week

My wife and I are helping out
A friend named Tim O'Crowley
He and his wife Susan run
The cattle in this valley

Each day some dif'rent work to do
Maybe ailing cows to tend
'Course rounding up the strays and
There's a fence or two to mend

Diamond Valley lies before us
On spectacular display
A big 'ol slice of heaven
On a bright September day

Southeast Oregon high desert
Where the Kigers still run free
Among the sage and paintbrush
And the quaking Aspen tree

Looking southward up the canyon
Miles of rimrock walls our right
To our left windswept mesas
Not another soul in sight

Steens Mountain in the near distance
Just flat takes our breath away
Beauty on the summer range
Makes our work feel more like play

More than once I've heard Tim share a
Thought that I now know is true
Cowboying is easier
When it comes with a great view

© 2014, Tom Swearingen
This poem may not be reprinted or reposted without the author's permission.


 

 

 

 

Find more about Tom Swearingen here and at www.oregoncowboypoet.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 a around you. 

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


 

 

June 1,  2015

Cowboy, horsewoman, and writer Deanna Nelson-Licking and her husband Tyrel, professional horse trainer and all-around cowboy, recently moved from Nebraska to Colorado. Deanna shares some photos of their new country, all taken in April, 2015. She introduces them:

Tyrel and I are currently living near Mancos, Colorado, he is starting cutting horses in the shadow of Mesa Verde. I am working in the training barn with the horses as well. We are enjoying the pleasant weather and the beautiful views.

 


© 2015, Deanna Nelson-Licking; permission required for reproduction
Spring moisture!

 


© 2015, Deanna Nelson-Licking; permission required for reproduction
Bringing in the steers to starting cutting for the day. 
 

 


© 2015, Deanna Nelson-Licking; permission required for reproduction
Cutting under Mesa Verde

 


© 2015, Deanna Nelson-Licking; permission required for reproduction
Penny having fun!

 


© 2015, Deanna Nelson-Licking; permission required for reproduction
Spring arrives in the beautiful Mancos Valley

 

 

Deanna Nelson-Licking has shared many of her outstanding photos previously for Picture the West:

 Horse training photos

  Moving pairs

 

  Winter photos

  Summer and fall images

  Branding photos

  Ranch photos

  Winter photos

  Cattle and other critters

  Ranch images

 

 

Deanna Nelson-Licking cowboyed for a living on a South Dakota cow-calf outfit. She now lives and works with her professional horse-trainer and all-around cowboy husband in Colorado.

 

 

 

 

 


   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 a around you. 

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


 

 

May 19, 2015

 

 

Colorado rancher Valerie Beard shares branding photos and captions. She told us they are photos, "...that I've taken at branding over the past few years. The herd was moved to Northern Nebraska due to drought in Southeastern Colorado. Each year we join our daughter's in-law's family for the annual branding."


This is our daughter, Laneha Everett, getting ready to saddle up to gather the herd from the pasture.


© 2014, Valerie Beard; permission required for reproduction

 

The herd is moved from the pasture to the branding corrals.  You can hear them coming and then they just boil up over the hill and through the gate.  It's a welcome sight.


© 2014, Valerie Beard; permission required for reproduction

 


© 2014, Valerie Beard; permission required for reproduction

 
 

Before the calves are branded the cows are sorted.
 


© 2014, Valerie Beard; permission required for reproduction
 

 

We all take turns but everyone has a job. 


© 2014, Valerie Beard; permission required for reproduction
 

 


 

I've been taking pictures at our ranch events over the past several years.  Each year I look for a new or different perspective for shots.  My husband, Floyd Beard, is a rancher and cowboy poet.  We have a cow/calf operation on the plains of Eastern Colorado.  More of my photographs can be seen at floydbeardcowboy.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 a around you. 

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


 



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