Do you ever just take a step back from life’s happenings and really take in the moment? Sometimes it takes going through a storm to realize how amazing life truly is and the blessings God has given us.
Last weekend I had some time off from rodeo and my family and I were invited out to help a family friend gather bulls and move cows onto a new pasture. I figured it would be a good idea to get out of the house and enjoy some time horseback while I wasn’t busy with other adventures.
Don & Kathy Weber are the typical older couple, heckling each other while sharing life stories from days I only wish I could experience. The chatter isn’t about the weather but the cattle market, the water and of course some politics.
While I was riding along I got drawn in to the incredible landscape in the place I saw everyday growing up. I know I took that view for granted because as we rode through the wildflower fields with neon green grass all I could say was , “Wow..,”. As I reached for my cell phone to snap a quick photo, I thought to myself, could you image these views 100 years ago. There are so many memories the Weber’s must have that are never caught on camera that they probably thought was ordinary, but I know to most they were most definitely extraordinary.
I lugged my Canon camera along for the ride and captured some of the fun. When I looked back at them the next day I began turning each image black and white. There is so much more emotion in a black and white photo. Each image began to look like it was right out of a museum.
I am so thankful I got to experience that day, it was something we have done many times before but I think for the first time I truly appreciated the experience. It wasn’t just work, it was a lifestyle. Watching a couple in their late 70’s-80’s ride and handle cattle better than some of the cowboys you see at rodeos.
Enough chit chat, here are a few images from my time along the mountains with the Weber’s. Just like we went back in time.