Great Northern Rodeo 2013 wimpy people need not apply


Had an awesome time at the Great Northern Rodeo at the fair in Havre Montana:

Opening Ceremony:

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Bareback Bronc Riding: tough sport tough men rough rides.

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Barrel Racing: the speed power and grace of the horses and riders is amazing:

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Juniors Barrel Racing: the skill of these young riders is awesome

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Calf Roping: the horses ability to go from run to stop and to back up to keep the rope taunt was very cool to watch.

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Steer Wrestling: To dive off a horse going flat out to tackle that steer impressive.

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Team Roping: a lot of coordination and teamwork to make this successful

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Shots from around the rodeo:

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Random Shots


Just a few random shots from an outing on Sunday.

First my plum tree is in bloom yes!

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Next are some shots from the River Break Outfitters and Book Store in Ft. Benton the store has a little bit of everything!

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This cat and me have the same idea for a good way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

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Horses in the window lol

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“Yup Kitty Cat” I agree I don’t call 911 either

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horsin around lol

 

 

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Next is a cool picture of a door and a handy idea if you don’t have real windows why you can just paint them on.

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And last but certainly not least an old stern wheel steamboat, in the middle of a field, not something you see everyday for sure!

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Preserving the Past


Within this post are some of my favorite shots which are also available on my web store. zazzle.com/shadowriverphoto  I don’t try push my family and friends into buying my photo artwork and I consider my WordPress followers part of my extended network of friends but I am working very hard to bring awareness to the  need to preserve the history of the American West. The old west pioneers and the native american cultures are a period unique in our history and really unique to the world. Most of my pictures are done in small towns are deep in the back country which don’t see a lot of visitors and yet have so many stories of our shared history that are being lost to time, the elements, and development. In these tough economic times with limited budgets most of the preservation dollars go into sites that bring in the tourist dollars and never reach the smaller towns and communities. Just this past year a bank built in 1913 and one of the origional log cabins in Ft Benton Montana were lost to fire. As these buildings are lost and the children and grandchildren pass the stories, the history of these places becomes lost to all us of. I work as a patient representative to pay my bills so my sales from the web store allow me to travel, take the photographs, meet with newspaper representatives and preservation societies and local communities to help promote, preserve, and protect these places.

The web store offers Canvas Prints, Framed Prints, and Posters to fit any budget and decor. You can also take the prints and create your own postcards with your own text (less than 2 dollars) and create unique products like kindle or Ipad covers. Like I said I am not pushing my Word Press friends to buy the products although if  you want to well Yippee but if you no someone who is looking for photo art from the American West or who wants to help preserve history send to the blog or directly to the web store. From the blog you can follow the link in this post or go to the order prints page and click on the link there. If there is a photo in my blogs that you are interested in that do not appear in the store (I am constantly updating) let me know I can usually have it posted in the store for sale withing 48 hours.

Thank you so much for your support to all my followers and viewers from around the world thank you for your likes, views, and comments they mean so much to me and I love reading your posts and try to do it as often as possible.

Early 1900s 1 room schoolhouse at Loma, Montana

Early 1900s 1 room schoolhouse at Loma, Montana

The Next Generation

Native Dancer Chippewa Cree

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Ft Benton, Montana (teaser)


I will be heading to Ft Benton, Montana in June to do a full story on the town for the blog. I did a little scout trip this morning and thought I would give everyone a little teaser of some of the sights you will see when I do my full story.

Along the way I stopped to take some pictures of the Lone Tree Casino, I love the two neon palm trees out front, probably the only two in Montana real or neon.

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I took a little break in the small town of Loma, Mt to take a pic or two of some buffalo and the Marias river near Decision Point. Loma has two claims to fame, Decision Point which is where Lewis and Clark camped and debated which river was the Missouri. The Marias flows into the Missouri just east of town. The second is the World Record for a temperature change in a 24 hour period. On January 14th 1972, the temperature was 54 degrees below zero (f) that night a Chinook Wind began blowing the recorded high on January 15th 49 degrees above 0 (f)  Meaning the temperature change was 103 degrees in 24 hours. It broke the previous record change of 100 degrees set where? Browning Montana in 1916. If you don’t like the weather in Montana just wait half an hour it will change.

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WELCOME TO FT. BENTON

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Ft Benton Montana established as a fur trading center in 1847 and bills itself as “The Birthplace of Montana” Ft Benton began to prosper in 1859 with the advent of steamboat traffic. It was as far up river as steamboats could navigate. In addition to being known as Montana’s birthplace Ft Benton used to hold title to being “The Bloodiest Block in the West” People were advised to “….Walk in the center of the street and keep your mouth shut.

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Today is a much more friendly town, loaded with history, culture, several museums, the old fort, cafes, bars, and a lot of really nice people.

The only unfriendly resident I discovered was this angry hissing goose 😛

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He was located on the old Ft Benton Bridge which was made by the Milwaukee Bridge and Ironworks in 1888 and rebuilt after the flood in 1908

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The steamboat journey ended at the beginning of the Mullan Road.

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After these photos I broke for lunch at the Wake Cup Coffee House: Really good food (cheeseburger and sweet potato fries for me) awesomely nice people staffing the restaurant, friendly and fun, and epic awesome décor. Tables made from antique doors (cool) and absolutely beautifully designed inside with a local interior decorator. I will get the full story when I go back in June…just a teaser today. Here are some photos of the restaurant, If you are in Ft Benton stop in Mon-Sat 7-4 and Sunday 7-3 for a great meal with great people in an amazing atmosphere!

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And my order number ticket –a piece of an old license plate- how fun.

After lunch I finished up with some quick street shots of the down town area. I can’t wait to go back do some serious photos and get the backstory and history on a lot of these buildings and talk to the people.

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Above the I.G. Baker Company that rivaled the great Hudson Bay Company. Below the Benton Bank Building now home to Ft Benton Realty

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And while in rained in front of me and behind me I had sunshine my whole trip it was awesome considering the spring storms that were rolling across the plains all around me. Hope you enjoyed this teaser and be sure to check back in June for the full story.

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Rodeo Circuit


ImageRodeo night for the MSU-Northern Rodeo Team in Havre, Montana. Geared up and ready to ride.

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.ImageReady to ride — first riders ready to get the action started and here we go.ImageThe 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.ImageCowgirl up!!! Goat ropin competition on a hot dusty night.ImageYou know your a true cowgirl when you can ride, rope, and still come out looking like a lady.ImageImageRodeo GroundsImageTheir event over these cowboys and cowgirl are relaxing and watching the competition through the dust turned golden by the sun going down.ImageRodeo 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!!ImageImageImageImageImageA series of shots showing the action away from the action.ImageImageImageImageImageEnd of a long night.ImageGhosts Riders.ImageCowgirls ridin off into the sunsetImage