One of the greatest privileges I have in this life is to care for these little critters. There’s little I find more rewarding than putting in the labor and the hours, and seeing them thrive as a result. I just really really love cattle, okay? ❤️❤️❤️ #cattle#bottlecalf#ranching#justranchin#calf
Over the next few days I’ll be sharing some work from my 'Out West‘ Portfolio. 'Out West‘ is a homage to the American West, what it means to me and the way I experienced it over the last decade.
It connects back to my childhood, when I was dreaming about horses and Cowboys and wide open prairie land.
I began turning these dreams into reality by working as a Cowboy out in Wyoming and discovered photography as the way to tell my story.
Inspired by Cormac McCarthy's 'All The Pretty Horses‘ and
William Albert Allard's 'Out West' portfolio, it drew me out there.
I went to find Wim Wender's 'Don‘t Come Knocking' in Butte and followed Jack Kerouac's 'On the Road' in an old '67 Dodge Dart in the search for the rough and rugged beauty of the West.
For more pictures and info of this series check my website rainerwaelder.com (link in bio).
NEW PODCAST! Charles Post (@charles_post) is an academically trained ecologist with a gift for communicating complex and sometimes emotionally charged issues in a thoughtful manner to diverse audiences. Whether he’s discussing the intricacies of ranch management, the ecological implications of ethical hunting, or controversies surrounding the BLM’s wild mustang program, Charles has honed his ability to consider all sides of issues, then educate the public in a style that is positive, comprehensive, and intellectually honest. His academic credentials, combined with his photography, writing, filmmaking, and popular social media channels have made Charles a rising star in the world of conservation.
Born and raised in northern California, Charles has enjoyed a deep connection with Western landscapes for as long as he can remember. He grew up hunting, fishing, and exploring the seascapes and mountain ranges of the West Coast, then earned both a Bachelors and Masters in ecology from UC Berkeley. After considering pursuing a PhD followed by a career in academia, Charles changed course and pursued a less traditional track that melded his two passions of science and storytelling. Since then, he has settled in Bozeman, Montana where he works on a wide range of projects that all tie back into conservation and stewardship in the American West.
Charles and I talked for well over an hour, and could’ve easily continued for several more. We discuss his recent work for Filson covering Ranchlands, a progressive, forward-thinking ranching operation in southern Colorado. We also chat about the ecological importance of ranching for Western landscapes and the progress that Charles has made trying to change some of the unfounded negative impressions of ranching and livestock. We talk about his recent elk hunt, and how that adventure was one of the richest, most meaningful experiences of his life. Charles speaks fondly about his relationship with @bencmasters, who helped him break into the filmmaking world. As usual, we discuss favorite books, films, and the best advice he’s ever received. Enjoy!
Photos courtesy of @rachel.pohl / Link in profile
REASON #562 to hire a professional photographer:
Here’s the thing. We all are living on a budget. We’re saving all we can to afford holidays, vacations, clothes......having kids. I am right there with you. With everything we (moms) have to buy for our families and ourselves, it has blurred my vision for quality, while I often settle for convenience. Because STUFF is every where. In our faces. All. The. Time. We have to be mindful. We have to train our minds to not revert to “I’ll just replace it later.” Make the most of what you do have. Earlier this year we welcomed our second child into the family. For her newborn photos, I hired another professional photographer. It took me setting aside money to afford the session. I had to plan ahead and sacrifice some fluff. And it was money WELL spent. I still love flipping through the album of our session. You know what other things I’ve spent money on and haven’t given a second look...... fancy lipstick, magic hair stuff, even holiday decorations..... F L U F F. Those things may be afforded at another time, but right now my intention as mom, are to capture the memories as much as possible. By investing in things for my family that later generations will look at and cherish themselves. Something tangible and timeless. Those are my goals. I have to keep them in check all the time. Recently (because as I mentioned we already paid for a family session this year) I had my mom take our family photos. What was supposed to take 30 minutes took 2 hours. And what was supposed to be fun, turned into me getting really frustrated and saying rude things to my mother. (Family photo attached. Steve can’t believe I said that) So don’t put yourself in that position (or your poor mom) Don’t attempt to have whoever capture your family’s beauty while you fake your smile or force your kids to do the same. Don’t say rude things to your mother. Hire a professional photographer. Thats our job. That’s all there is to it. Thank me later. I’m gonna go write my mom an apology letter now, and tell her how pretty she is. I don’t deserve her. She still does my laundry when she visits. #momsareamazing#bekind#momentsnotthings#heirloomquality
Day 1 of Road To The AQHA Youth World Finals:
Today was a fantastic day! I found out that I placed 12th in the program over all, then Kayos and I had a great lesson! I used the lead to imitate a chain with Kayos like it was a show halter. We worked on setting up, pivoting, as well as some variations of trotting in hand.
Some of the trotting in hand work that we did include: • Trot to whoa transitions.
• Trot to walk and vice versa. • We worked on trotting in different size circles to work on getting Kayos to move off of my body movements better. • We trotted circles, than transitioned to a halt, performed a 180 degree pivot, then trotted off the opposite direction and repeated. • We then worked on trotting a circle, stopping, and backing up energetically.
We also worked on backing up along the fence to back straighter. Kayos has pretty much forgotten how to pivot, so it's back to square one with that 😐. Overall though, it was a very good day!
Autumn grasses 🌾🍂🌤 I love these wild grasslands. I believe this is what’s called Indian Grass and it’s gorgeous this time of year. 😍 Changing colors isn’t the only thing grasses and trees have in common. Grasses are also really efficient at cleaning our atmosphere of pollutants, just like trees. That’s why cattle grazed on well managed grass are actually great for the environment ❤️ These Kansas prairies were created for large grazers 🌾🐃 #farmlifebalance#teamworkmakesthedreamwork
We are thrilled to launch our holiday fundraising campaign which allows you, our dearest supporters, to create fundraising teams and earn rewards.
This year, give a little back to the planet for the holidays. 'Tis the season of grazing!
Link in bio: http://www.savory.global/fundraising-landing/