The Working West in Photos

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Old West meets New West

Old West meets New West

by — Sheep drive on the road near Durango Co.

  • Branding Day
    by 37
  • Fiddleneck? Fiddlesticks.
    by 20
  • Hang On!!
    by 20
  • Duck Cover
    by 16
  • There's work where we play
    by 13
  • Grand Canyon Trust " Spring Steward" volunteers
    by 12
  • Taking a break from work
    by 11
  • Cowboys in Hooper, Utah
    by 11
  • Fishing Sitka
    by 11
  • The Sweet smell of success
    by 11
  • Grand Canyon Trust volunteers in Paria Canyon
    by 9
  • Oops!
    by 9
  • Working the water
    by 9
  • Wheels that keep on Working
    by 8
  • Vineyard Beest
    by 8
  • "Desert Bloom"
    by 8
  • Biologist and detection dog descend.
    by 8
  • Rhubarb Pie
    by 7
  • Sheepherder at work in Idaho
    by 7
  • Cattle Drive
    by 7
  • High Plains Legacy
    by 7
  • Branded For Life
    by 7
  • Brew Pup
    by 6
  • The First 10 Seconds
    by 6
  • Monitoring Bats
    by 5
  • Adjusting Cinch
    by 5
  • Grand Canyon Trust volunteeers celebrate end of day's work
    by 5
  • Working for buckle and check
    by 5
  • Retired
    by 5
  • Working to Survive
    by 5
  • Storm Comin'
    by 4
  • Firefighter - Idaho
    by 4
  • Cattle Crossing
    by 4
  • Leather Tooler
    by 4
  • Bridling
    by 4
  • Singing Wren
    by 4
  • Rockslide Brew Pub, Main Street Grand Junction
    by 4
  • some driveway work
    by 4
  • spring time
    by 4
  • Crossing the Colorado
    by 3
  • Salute the San Juans
    by 3
  • "Business is a Little Slow"
    by 3
  • Wild Bighorn
    by 3
  • Day Off
    by 3
  • Firefighter - New Mexico
    by 2
  • Rookery
    by 2
  • Hikers by Balanced Boulder
    by 2
  • Taking a Break
    by 2
  • Gonzales Pass in Bloom
    by 2
  • weathered wooden western wagon wheel
    by 2
  • leaning power pole
    by 2
  • snake and mouse working hard
    by 2
  • Bed and Breakfast
    by 2
  • hello goat!
    by 2
  • wood all in. it was a lone day
    by 2
Branding Day

Branding Day

It's getting steamy at a branding on the Carrizo Plain in central California.

Fiddleneck? Fiddlesticks.

Fiddleneck? Fiddlesticks.

CarolAnn and Kelly pull the invasive and toxic fiddleneck weed from a California cow pasture.

Hang On!!

Hang On!!

Taken during a calf round up on the Salt River Pima Maricopia Indian Community, Arizona

Duck Cover

Duck Cover

The physical reminders of an emotionally exhausting morning slaughter on a small poultry farm.

There's work where we play

There's work where we play

Helicopter Rescue in the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon Trust " Spring Steward" volunteers

Grand Canyon Trust " Spring Steward" volunteers

Grand Canyon Trust " Spring Stewards" volunteers learn water quality protocols in Grand Canyon

Taking a break from work

Taking a break from work

Basalt, Colo., rancher Francesca Fender laughs with her daughter Lauren while the two help herd calves into a chutes for vaccinations and branding.

Cowboys in Hooper, Utah

Cowboys in Hooper, Utah

Rodeo competitors wait on the top of the chutes for the annual Bullnanza in Hooper, Utah, to begin.

Fishing Sitka

Fishing Sitka

A fishing trawler heads out just after dawn at Sitka, Alaska.

The Sweet smell of success

The Sweet smell of success

Local Colorado tank cleaner company cleans out the restrooms at Animas Forks, CO.

Grand Canyon Trust volunteers in Paria Canyon

Grand Canyon Trust volunteers in Paria Canyon

Grand Canyon Trust tamarisk removal volunteers consult map in Paria Canyon

Oops!

Oops!

A calf roper at a round up on the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community misses his calf.

Working the water

Working the water

Deputies with the Coconino County Sheriff's Office patrol Wahweap Bay on Lake Powell

Wheels that keep on Working

Wheels that keep on Working

Palouse country, Eastern Washington Dahmen barn fence

Vineyard Beest

Vineyard Beest

Who works harder than worker bees? This transient swarm of honey bees attached itself to a dormant vine in the vineyard as the bees prepared to establish a new colony. The swarm took the shape of a horned "beest."

"Desert Bloom"

"Desert Bloom"

Carnival as a part of the O'odham Wapkial Ha:Tas, 72nd Annual Tohono O'odham Nation Rodeo and Fair.

Biologist and detection dog descend.

Biologist and detection dog descend.

During a training exercise, wildlife biologist Lacy Robinson descends the walls of Idaho's Main Salmon River Canyon with her detection dog Mojo, Mojo is trained to detect bighorn sheep carcasses, which are then collected to determine cause of death. Too often, pneumonia transmitted from bighorn's domestic sheep cousins, is the cause of death.

Rhubarb Pie

Rhubarb Pie

CarolAnn roles out the dough for a strawberry rhubarb pie from the first fruits of the season.

Sheepherder at work in Idaho

Sheepherder at work in Idaho

Whether or not you like grazing on public lands, sheepherders work hard in the American West. Here, in the foothills of the Boulder Mountains of Idaho, on the morning of June 30, 2010. Photo by Nils Ribi, Sun Valley, Idaho

Cattle Drive

Cattle Drive

A border collie spots a wayward cow en route to summer range near Maudlow, Montana.

High Plains Legacy

High Plains Legacy

Old farm equipment sits idle in a field near Centennial, Wyoming.

Branded For Life

Branded For Life

A calf shows its displeasure while being branded by Ted Potter at the McNulty Ranch in Missouri Heights northeast of Carbondale, Colo.

Brew Pup

Brew Pup

A handsome canine sits patiently outside a bar in Virginia City. Wolf-like facial features and yellow eyes hint at a Canis lupus heritage among his more dog-like traits.

The First 10 Seconds

The First 10 Seconds

Two US Forest Service Smoke Jumpers exit a Douglas DC-3.

Monitoring Bats

Monitoring Bats

Setting up a net to catch bats to monitor for species on The Valle Grande Ranch owned by The Quivira Coalition on Rowe Mesa, NM

Adjusting Cinch

Adjusting Cinch

A wrangler at Triangle X Ranch in Jackson Hole saddles up one of the ranch's horses for morning ride.

Grand Canyon Trust volunteeers celebrate end of day's work

Grand Canyon Trust volunteeers celebrate end of day's work

Grand Canyon Trust volunteers from Northeastern University celebrate end of hard day's work

Working for buckle and check

Working for buckle and check

Bareback Rider--Senior Pro Rodeo, Fallon, Nevada

Retired

Retired

Vintage truck from a few decades ago

Working to Survive

Working to Survive

American Buffalo rom the Badlands National Park

Storm Comin'

Storm Comin'

Thad Englert loads hay bales before leaving for the pasture to feed the heifers.

Firefighter - Idaho

Firefighter - Idaho

This was taken on a prescribed fire on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Cattle Crossing

Cattle Crossing

A herd of cattle being moved from one valley over the Cumberland Pass

Leather Tooler

Leather Tooler

Saddlemaker and leather tooler Jack Sept works in his Bellevue, Idaho shop

Bridling

Bridling

A wrangler at Triangle X Ranch in Jackson Hole is reaching to get the bridle on one of the ranch's horses.

Singing Wren

Singing Wren

Cactus Wren singing a spring song.. Superior, Arizona

Rockslide Brew Pub, Main Street Grand Junction

Rockslide Brew Pub, Main Street Grand Junction

Grand Junction Colorado Rockslide brewery boys hefting hops upstairs

some driveway work

some driveway work

up keep on the driveway

spring time

spring time

the horse is nick,

Crossing the Colorado

Crossing the Colorado

Mule Riders on the Grand Canyon bridge over the Colorado

Salute the San Juans

Salute the San Juans

Top of Cork Screw Pass... between Ouray and Silverton, Colorado

"Business is a Little Slow"

"Business is a Little Slow"

A product of the recession in Nevada?

Wild Bighorn

Wild Bighorn

A wild bighorn sheep fights through deep snow in the Wallowa Mountains of northeastern Oregon.

Day Off

Day Off

Trucks lined up on a Sunday during Togwotee Pass, WY road construction.

Firefighter - New Mexico

Firefighter - New Mexico

This image was taken on a prescribed fire on the Lincoln National Forest in New Mexico

Rookery

Rookery

Herons nesting along the Green River in Brown's Park, UT

Hikers by Balanced Boulder

Hikers by Balanced Boulder

On the trail to Fern Lake in RMNP

Taking a Break

Taking a Break

Hikers at Mills Lake in RMNP

Gonzales Pass in Bloom

Gonzales Pass in Bloom

"Spring 2010" What a Beautfiul Spring this year.

weathered wooden western wagon wheel

weathered wooden western wagon wheel

This wagon wheel has clearly seen many long, hard days under the great western sun. Big Bend National Park, Texas.

Bed and Breakfast

Bed and Breakfast

After morning feeding--Lemhi Co. Idaho

hello goat!

hello goat!

A colored Angora goat purposed for fiber production. I now own this goat but purchased her from an ag producer in Pinedale, WY.

wood all in. it was a lone day

wood all in. it was a lone day

use the skid to get wood in and some fun after a lone day

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