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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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Picture the West can be a weekly feature only if you share your photos. Help show a worldwide audience the real West.

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Week of September 6, 2010

Nevada poet and writer Hal Swift shares photos and some history of a Nevada city park. He writes:

This little old brick building in Sparks sets in the middle of the lawn of a neighborhood park. Children enjoy the park's playground equipment. Mothers prepare picnic lunches to be served on the several plastic tables scattered about the lawn. Fathers lounge about on the comfortable benches, waiting
for the announcement that, "Lunch is ready!"

The building's heavy, metal-strapped door, is not much more now than convenient billboard space for passing graffiti vandals. A nearby resident said he believes it was some sort of school building. Once in a while, someone will stare curiously at the old brick structure, wondering what it is—or was, but most don't seem to know, or care.

If you were to ask most any old-timer in the area, however, they could tell you. This is the abattoir, or slaughterhouse, where the Ghiggeri brothers, owners of the ranch that once stood here, processed the cattle they sold to a long-gone market, in a long-gone era of Western history.

Nowadays, the lonely little building is the only indication that families once lived here, engaged in the hard work of ranching, and then moved on to another life, here... or in the hereafter.

Hal's article appeared previously as one of his columns in the Nevada Observer. Then-editor Johnny Gunn added to this piece:

In the mid to late 1960s Hal Swift and I worked at a radio station that sat in the middle of a pasture, directly across the old two-lane Prater Way in Sparks where that park is today. The entire area is
covered in homes, businesses, and major thoroughfares today. I have seen deer, bobcat, rabbits, dove, quail and other wild animals, even fed the family on some of those dove, quail, and rabbits, within throwing distance of the radio station control room. As Mr. Swift said, the times they are a changing.

Find links to all of Hal Swift's Nevada Observer columns here.


Hal Swift has shared other interesting photos in Picture the West:

   1940s photos from his service days

 


photo by Johnny Gunn

Read more about Hal Swift and some 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 August 30, 2010

California poet, writer, and horsewoman Janice Gilbertson shares photos from a recent Versatility Ranch Horse Competition. The photos are by Cindy Fichter of Best In The West Photography (www.BestInTheWestPhoto.com).

Janice writes:

These pictures were taken recently at my very first official Versatility Ranch Horse Competition.


photo by Cindy Fitcher, Best In The West Photography, www.BestInTheWestPhoto.com

That's Zan's 00 Buck, AKA Danny, I am riding. We have been busy all summer practicing, practicing.

This ole cowgirl had to learn some new tricks, the hardest being roping. When I was a kid, my father roped, as did the neighbor kids I rode with, and I longed to know how to handle a rope back then. My father wouldn't let me rope because he was afraid I would get hurt. He didn't want me to "lose a thumb." Now I would be happy to consistently throw a nice loop over an ugly plastic steer head.


photo by Cindy Fitcher, Best In The West Photography, www.BestInTheWestPhoto.com

Maybe by next summer Danny and I will be a team to reckon with.


photo by Cindy Fitcher, Best In The West Photography, www.BestInTheWestPhoto.com

This particular show was in Carmel Valley, a beautiful place about an hour north of where I live. It nestles itself along the Santa Lucia Mountains and behind the Sierra Salinas range. The Carmel river runs through the property there and we can ride in the river to cool off and water our horses. Getting to show there is a bonus.

Cindy Fitcher  of Best In The West Photography, www.BestInTheWestPhoto.com, comments, "I love animals and people and photography, and I'm so lucky to be able to do something in my life that combines all three. I love taking photos that capture those special moments in our lives, at weddings, at horse shows, at the beach, anywhere, that when seen, will bring a smile, or a sigh to the person viewing it. My company mottos are 'People, Pets & Events...We Do It All' and 'Your Special Occasions are our Specialty.'"

Janice Gilbertson has shared other interesting photos in Picture the West:

  spring in the Santa Lucia mountains

   life in 1955

jggrandmother1918.JPG (33601 bytes)  her grandmother, circa 1917, West Texas 


photo by Jeri L. Dobrowski

Read about Janice Gilbertson and more of her 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.


   

        

       

     

       

     

     

     

    

     

   

     

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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