This is southeast New Mexico
land of cattle ranches, oil fields and rattlesnakes
barren, wide open ranges
bright blue sky's, where you can see for miles
sometimes a land of drought, grass fires and wildfires
a beautiful country of magnificent sunrises and sunsets
a country filled with friendly, helpful and sincere people
a place I love to be.
The photos were taken on branding day on the north pasture where seven riders set out on horseback at 6am to drive the cattle into the pens from hither and yon.
The cattle are herded into the pens and the calves are separated from cows;
then the roping, tossing, inoculating, and branding begin.
This is a family event where all participate; the lawyers, the doctors, the bankers;
the granddad, the kids, and the grandkids!