1. the Proposition

  2. Utah

    “Late in August the lure of the mountains becomes irresistible. Seared by the everlasting sunfire, I want to see running water again, embrace a pine tree, cut my initials in the bark of an aspen, get bit by a mosquito, see a mountain bluebird, find a big blue columbine, get lost in the firs, hike above timberline, sunbathe on snow and eat some ice, climb the rocks and stand in the wind at the top of the world on the peak of Tukuhnikivats.” 

    ― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire


  3.  Canvas bedroll covers or tarps offer protection against dirt and the elements while the bed is on the ground or being transported. They are sold by supply houses and mail order stores like the J.M. Capriola Company of Elko, Nevada, the leading regional supplier of cowboy gear. In Capriola’s 1982 catalog, the “Cowboy `Bed Roll’ Tarp” is described as a seventeen-by seven-foot piece of 15-ounce, untreated canvas. The tarp is priced at $77.50, with straps costing an extra $19. The catalog description uses the term “old time,” and Les says he thinks of them as a mark of the “old-time buckaroo.” Bedroll contents and folding techniques vary. Some buckaroos use a thin mattress and blankets; others, including Les, use the tarp to enclose a sleeping bag. Clay’s bedding is unusual in including a cowhide. When Les saw this footage, he pointed out that he folds his tarp so that the long flat section remains at the head of the bed, where he can pull it over his head if it rains. Clay’s tarp could not be folded in this manner unless the snaps were moved. 

  4. Basque-American Cowboys

    Pardise Valley, Nevada

    People in photograph: Fritz Buckingham at Extreme Right; Man Seated at Left and Children Unidentified; Ben Echeverria; Lena Echeverria; Marie Mendiola; Augustine Mendiola; Fritz Buckingham.

  5. Fort McKavett, circa 1890,

    Photographed after civilians had moved into the buildings of the abandoned post and established a town named after the fort. The photograph appears to have been taken from atop the two-story commanding officer’s quarters. The building in the center of the photo is on the end of “lieutenants’ row,” the main parade ground is beyond, and the post headquarters building is in the upper right corner.

    Photo courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife.

  6. Turning Over Sod, Montana 1908

    Farm-derived units of measurement:

    The rod is a historical unit of length equal to 5½ yards. It may have originated from the typical length of a mediaeval ox-goad.

    The furlong (meaning furrow length) was the distance a team of oxen could plough without resting. This was standardised to be exactly 40 rods.

    An acre was the amount of land tillable by one man behind one ox in one day. Traditional acres were long and narrow due to the difficulty in turning the plough.

    An oxgang was the amount of land tillable by one ox in a ploughing season. This could vary from village to village, but was typically around 15 acres.

    Tagged #old english
  7. Tolling on the Shoe Bar

    A calf so young it is following a horse looking for its mother, while the mounted cowboy is tolling it out of the herd to get it out of the way. 

    Shoe Bar Ranch, Texas 1912

    photo Erwin Smith

  8. Aerial view of Castleton Tower, the Rectory, and the Priest

    Photo Louis J. Maher 1966

  10. Two common methods of hauling water

    Encinal, Texas, 1905

  11. Sundown

    The Ranch, Ocala

  12. Suninyoureyes

    shipping out to Kentucky

  13. Sunday Shade

    High temp 98 with a heat index of 122 and humidity at 95%

  14. The Ranch, Ocala

  15. Evening Camp

    artist Jessica Garrett