A train derailing between Havre and Chinook Montana. It amazes me how the train cars so massive can be broken and tossed about like a toy train suffering the wrath of an angry child.So as we go back to work on Monday just remember even if you have a bad day at the office somebody else probably had it a little worse lol
I tried to capture different moments showing the overall feel of the rodeo. I shot the action scenes at a slow shutter speed. I know its cool to “freeze the action” but I felt the blurred effect of the action shots gave a more realistic image of the speed,power,violence,and physical stress the riders and their mounts face.Ready to ride — first riders ready to get the action started and here we go.The shot above I think is perfect for showing the physical challenges face by both rider and horse. The horse bent forward back high in the air nose almost to the ground and the cowboy bent complete back over the horse. Rodeo aint for sissies.Cowgirl up!!! Goat ropin competition on a hot dusty night.You know your a true cowgirl when you can ride, rope, and still come out looking like a lady.Rodeo GroundsTheir event over these cowboys and cowgirl are relaxing and watching the competition through the dust turned golden by the sun going down.Rodeo is a tough tough sport as the following shots show. You wanna live that life you better know how to put your big boy pants on and Cowboy or Cowgirl up!!A series of shots showing the action away from the action.End of a long night.Ghosts Riders.Cowgirls ridin off into the sunset
Thunderstorm rolling across the Montana plains
Ranch and Farm in North Central Montana between the Milk and Marias Rivers.
Getting together on a Friday night to fire off spud cannons nothing like firing a cannon for fun. They are muzzle loaders so here is my brother ramming home the “ammo”A perfectly timed shot with the potato exploding out the end of the barrel.The cannons were launching the spuds 150′ or more it was an awesome time with family and friends.Range master directing the shot lol.Potatos can fly!!!!!!!! not bad for pvc pipe,potatos,and hair spray.Everyone had their own style from shoulder launch to classic bazooka man stance.Also a lot of fun was the potato slingshot my sis-in-law made.We drew attention from the neighbors who rode over to add some four wheelin fun to the mix.
The Farmers Market in Havre Montana featuring a variety of food offerings from local farmers, Hutterite Colonies, and crafters. This basket of gourds makes me think of fall. Below are 2 pictures of the Hutterite booths its nice see a cross generational sharing of work and knowledge.The following booths are some random shots of the crafts booths that help add diversity to the market.Even trappers which is still a source of provision across the mountian west come down from the hills.Next is one my favorite places at the market when they fire up the grill the whole downtown smells like the best cookout ever. For several years I sold my photographs at the Market a lot of my profits went to these guys.Their pig on a pole makes for great eating while walking around exploring the market but as their signs show they have a great variety of products.So if you find yourself on the high plains of Montana near Havre some Saturday stop at the Downtown Farmers Market grab some good eats a huckleberry lemonade and grab some great bargains. Don’t forget to explore the little shops around the square either as a parting shot here is a great display in one the shop windows.