Another branding day in Owyhee county, this one on the historic Joyce Ranch (established 1865). It's a tradition of hard work, skill, camaraderie, family, and culture, handed down through the years and generations - herding, sorting, roping, branding.
It's working art on horseback.
Here are a few shots from the day:
up top: a bit of silver
a bit of color
Fred - what're'ya doing down there??
Hmm, should I stay or should I get outta here?
The Joyce Ranch brand: MJ for Matthew Joyce, the founder in 1865
Neighbor Rocky on his Blazer, Comet. You don't see many Blazers working cows. You don't see many Blazers!
Dallas hunts through the herd of cows and calves
There's always a good cow dog or two around supervising
Holding a calf
Ed aiming for one
Missed! Ed said "My timing was off today!"
This guy on the left was totally suspicious of my motives
Here is the complete gallery: