Sunset Ride

080904 littlefield 224Our photo shoot was finished, and Chris Littlefield and his family headed back to the barn. As I followed behind on foot, I captured this image of Littlefield's step-daughter, Calico, riding toward the sunset in Henrietta, Texas. Sometimes you think a photo shoot is over, but there are still great scenes to capture.

Beast Mode

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At the moment, I was thinking, "Thank God for long camera lenses and sturdy panels." I was at the Rafter G Ranch in Terrell, Texas, photographing Neal Gay and his family for an article that appeared in the January 2017 issue of Western Horseman. Neal's son Jim was moving young bucking bulls into a pen, and I was most assuredly outside the pen, aiming my camera through the panel. In reality, these youngsters were probably just as jittery noticing me as I was watching them. But they certainly had their intimidating glare down pat.

Brown on Brown

130607 austinbrown 127aCuatro Brown rides his sorrel gelding to work cattle on his family's operation near Beeville, Texas.

Bugs and Boots

120525 boots oneal 083Cameras love Boots O'Neal, and Boots has never been shy in front of a lens. Not many cowboys have appeared in more magazine and newspaper articles than the popular West Texas cowpuncher. We published a feature article about Boots in the June 2013 issue of Western Horseman. I took this photo of him and the Four Sixes crew shipping cows for the article. It was dry, hot and the flies were bad, but at age 80 he was still enjoying his job. Not only has Boots lived a fascinating cowboy life, often shunning higher-paying occupations in order to stay in the saddle, but he is beloved because of his genuine, amiable personality.

Unsuspecting Target

In the shadow of the Steens Mountains in Oregon, Wade Black tosses a loop on an unsuspecting calf.In the shadow of the Steens Mountains, Wade Black tosses a loop on an unsuspecting calf. The horseman was helping brand calves on the Alvord Ranch, a multi-generational family ranch in southeastern Oregon.