Updates from the mountains

A lot of people have been asking me what the heck I've been doing since I graduated back in mid-June. I've spent the past few months working as a ranch hand out in rural Montana. I've taken this opportunity to also further my photographic works in my free time. We have zero cellular reception for an hour in any direction out here and the internet in the housing is powered by satellite, which is not only reminiscent of the speeds of old school dial-up but is also very costly... reasons why I haven't been in touch with most of the world. 

It's been a wild time out here working with cattle while fighting the elements. We had a forest fire finally fizzle out just a few miles from the ranch which meant few hectic days of moving cattle and helping neighboring ranches. Thousands of acres, reduced to ash. It's quite terrifying to think about a fire that spreads faster than you can sprint! For a week, we'd go to bed looking at the glow of that fire—just waiting for it to come over that hill you see in this picture I've attached. By the Grace of God, we had a week of rain and sleet that put the fire to rest. Amen! 

Whether its forest fires, rounding up loose cattle, or getting trucks out of ditches all day, we keep ourselves busy. We currently are working around 500 head of cattle and we just completed our fall roundup last week. This consisted of re-documenting every last animal, applying new ear tags, rebranding the entire herd with the new owners' brand, and conducting many veterinarian checkups such as pregnancy checks! Lots of new operational changes to come as these winter months have arrived. Things went from 85 and sunny to freezing and six-inches of snow in matter of 72 hours, so we're now scrambling to collect and chop wood in preparation for these cold months to come. I came into this knowing absolutely nothing of what I meant to be a rancher and it was a bit of an adjustment, but I've learned a lot and there is still much more to come! 

I honestly went to bed terrified that I'd wake up to the house and fields on fire. Without a landline connected to local police or fire departments, we had no way of receiving warning from the authorities. We were on our own. 

I honestly went to bed terrified that I'd wake up to the house and fields on fire. Without a landline connected to local police or fire departments, we had no way of receiving warning from the authorities. We were on our own.