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See some past weeks' photos below.

See an index of all past weeks' photos here.

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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. 

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

Each week, we'll post selected photos from those received. We'll also share some photos posted previously elsewhere at CowboyPoetry.com.

 

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Week of April 5, 2010

 

Oregon poet and sheepman Tom Nichols' bio tells, "Always too poor to raise many cattle and too proud to raise goats, I have made my living with sheep for the past twenty years. I have a town job as manager of Oregon State University’s Sheep Research Unit. My evenings and weekends are spent helping my wife with our own sheep which we run on leased permanent pastures and Willamette Valley grass seed fields..."

He recently shared these photos and his poem, "Imagining Sheep":

Imagining Sheep

I want you to imagine,
A few moments if you will.
A lambing barn at midnight
When the ranch is still.

See steaming newborns
And not an empty jug.
Assist a yearling
With a gentle tug.

Glimpse twins nursing, tails wiggling,
Colostrum provides their every need.
Watch lambs jump and race
Through mixing pens as you feed.

Check pairs and new spring pastures
While taking an evening stroll.
Send your border collie "Way Back"
To gather a clover covered knoll.

Concentrate at the dodge gate,
The first fats are ready to sell.
Here comes the little bummer
He’s grown so you can barely tell.

Trail a flock of old crops
On a crisp frosty morn.
Spy a speckle-eared lamb
You revived when it was born.

Recall when the wool market
Wasn’t such a wreck.
Hear the thunder of hooves,
Across a shearing deck.

Listen to the rhythm of the machines,
Hanging oiled, ready for the first blow.
Dream you could shear them yourself,
If only you weren’t so slow.

Feel your leg muscles burn
From tromping wool all day.
Then sit back and smile
While puppies frolic and play.

Images like these,
Keep my passion for sheepherding alive.
I hope you share this same passion
For the industry in which you strive.

© 1998, Tom Nichols
This poem may not be reprinted or reposted without the author's written permission.

Tom comments:

I used the poem in 1998 to start off an oral presentation during a job interview. Maybe it worked too well. My wife and I both were selected for interviews and I was hoping she would get the town job.

I often use the poem while teaching ANS 121 [Introduction to Animal Sciences] labs and occasionally while speaking to livestock groups.
 

 

 

Tom Nichols has shared other photos in Picture the West:

 

  photos from Oregon's Rogue Valley...

  photos of lambing sheds in Klamath County, Oregon...
 

Read about Tom Nichols and more of his poetry here.

 


   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.

 


Week of March 29, 2010

Shirley Morris's forthcoming Oh, You Cowgirl! (thecowgirlmovie.com) film documents early rodeo and Wild West show cowgirls. She shared some of the stills from the film, highlighting Irwin Bros. Wild West show.

She comments, "One of the largest of the Wild West shows to entertain the country, C B Irwin was a master showman as well as an accomplished rancher and cowboy." Following are the photos and her comments and captions:

With the success of Cheyenne Frontier Days and Rodeo Los Angeles, various versions of the spectacular rodeos and round-ups began popping up all over the West. Each one boasting the biggest and best cowboys, cowgirls, unrideable, mean wild ones, Indians reenacting famous attacks on stagecoaches, sharpshooters and more. The organizers of these extravagant  events called upon the talent and services of many large wild west shows traveling the country.

Irwin Bros. Wild West was one of the largest, employing the best cowboys and cowgirls money could buy, including Rose Henderson and the Prairie Rose, two of the characters making up the legend of Prairie Rose Henderson. C B Irwin and his show would cross the country by way of the Union Pacific Railroad to thrill audiences from Pendleton, Oregon to New York City.


C B Irwin riding in front of his troupe of performers, ready for another exhibition, performance and sometimes, competition in yet another rodeo across the country.
 

The best of the best worked for Irwin Bros. Wild West. Some were better known and a few were better cowgirls ...


Fox Hastings, bronc rider, bulldogger, Joella Irwin, champion relay racer, Tillie Baldwin, first woman bulldogger, bronc rider, Ollie Osborn, first woman professional rodeo rider, Rose Henderson, bronc rider, Gladys Irwin, relay racer, Pauline Irwin, relay racer

 


c. 1909 Members of the cast, Irwin Bros. Wild West
Clayton Danks, Hugh Clark, Marie Danks (Clayton's wife), Frank Carter, Floyd Irwin, Rose and Jimmy Danks. Seated, left to right: Joella Irwin, CB Irwin, Jane Bernoudy, Charlie McKinley, and Pauline Irwin.
 

See a trailer for Oh, You Cowgirl!—which is narrated by top singer and songwriter Juni Fisherhere.

A portion of Oh, You Cowgirl! is featured at the Oregon Historical Society's exhibit, "Tall In The Saddle, 100 Years of the Pendleton Round-Up" (March 5-July 4) in downtown Portland, Oregon at the Brooks Julian Gallery. Learn more about the exhibit here at the Oregon Historical Society web site.

Find more Shriley Morris and Oh, You Cowgirl! at the film's web site,
thecowgirlmovie.com, and on Facebook.

 


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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.

 


 

   

        

       

     

       

     

     

     

    

     

   

     

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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