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Range Rovers: A Ranch Life Photo Essay

Photography by Wes Walker

Emmie Sperandeo, an itinerant ranch hand, packs out for an overnight ride in Northern Montana.

Updated

17 Apr 2024

Reading Time

2 Minutes

PHOTOGRAPHER WES WALKER WEAVES HIGH-PLAINS MYSTERY INTO HIS IMAGES OF AMERICAN RANCH LIFE: BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPES, MAJESTIC ANIMALS, THE GRIT AND GRACE OF THOSE LIVING OUT A GREAT AMERICAN MYTH.

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Prepping for a ride at the rodeo grounds outside the Blue Moon Nite Club in Columbia Falls, Montana, which hosts a weekly rodeo all summer long.
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Horses gallop across the Zapata Ranch at the edge of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado's San Luis Valley.
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Will Driscoll- an East Coaster by upbringing, five years into Ranch Life- builds a fire on a summer night in Northern Montana.
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Ranch horses, like this one, photographed in West Texas, might be any breed: Quarter horses, paints and Appaloosas are among the most common.
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In Northern Montana, a cowboy in the twilight.
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At Chico Basin Ranch in Colorado Springs, Ranchlands Cowgirls meet up with the ranch boss at the end of a long day's ride.

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