The spirit of the cowboy remains the spirit of America. 

 

"Go West, young man ..." 

Melody Ranch, Jackson Wyoming. Thank you to working cowboy and Guggenheim grant-winning photographer Jay Dusard for arranging access to the branding. 

Melody Ranch, Jackson Wyoming.

Thank you to working cowboy and Guggenheim grant-winning photographer Jay Dusard for arranging access to the branding. 

Family table, Aztec Restaurant, Aztec New Mexico. Walking across the restaurant to look at a painting, I saw this family talking at the dinner table like we all did back in the day before cell phones.  

Family table, Aztec Restaurant, Aztec New Mexico.

Walking across the restaurant to look at a painting, I saw this family talking at the dinner table like we all did back in the day before cell phones.

 

Cow boss,  Bondurant Wyoming. Gerry Endicott graciously posed for a picture before telling the crew: "Guys, we're wastin' daylight!"

Cow boss,  Bondurant Wyoming.

Gerry Endicott graciously posed for a picture before telling the crew: "Guys, we're wastin' daylight!"

Born to be a cowboy. Right after this young cowboy ran across the frame, a steer got loose and his Dad and I helped wrestle it to the ground. 

Born to be a cowboy.

Right after this young cowboy ran across the frame, a steer got loose and his Dad and I helped wrestle it to the ground. 

Michael Pearson, Bondurant Wyoming. While shooting still lifes in the barn, the cowboys came in and saddled up their horses. The soft even light inside the barn was perfect for a quick portrait.

Michael Pearson, Bondurant Wyoming.

While shooting still lifes in the barn, the cowboys came in and saddled up their horses. The soft even light inside the barn was perfect for a quick portrait.

Great Gray Owl, Dairyland, Wisconsin. I took this photo during the 2005-2006 irruption, when thousands of Great Gray Owls migrated from Canada searching for food after the summer drought deprived them of the mice and voles they eat.  A portion of the sales of this image are donated to the Owl Research Institute.

Great Gray Owl, Dairyland, Wisconsin. I took this photo during the 2005-2006 irruption, when thousands of Great Gray Owls migrated from Canada searching for food after the summer drought deprived them of the mice and voles they eat. 

A portion of the sales of this image are donated to the Owl Research Institute.

Diamond Belle Saloon, Durango Colorado. While waiting for my bison burger, I asked the server (Chloe, on the right) if she would pose for a picture. The answer to the unasked question will always be: "No."

Diamond Belle Saloon, Durango Colorado.

While waiting for my bison burger, I asked the server (Chloe, on the right) if she would pose for a picture. The answer to the unasked question will always be: "No."