Sorry I’ve been away for awhile! 🙂
This image is of Charlie Trayer and was taken on the Cottonwood Ranch near Emporia, Kansas. It was one of the few shoots I’ve done on slide film and had digital not come a long, I probably would have switched all my shooting over to slides. I love the feel of the vivid colors and natural saturation slide film gives.
The dog in this photo — and you may have to look a little to find him — is named Smoke. He was Charlie’s right hand man at this time and the two of them could handle any cattle task that presented itself. Watching a good cowdog work is truly amazing — and what they do completely embodies the quote that goes with this photo — they do their job for the love of the work, not because it will gain them a reward. There’s a lot to be learned in this concept and if we’d only apply it to our human lives, think of all that we could accomplish.
Anybody who lives around dogs and horses (well, animals in general) will tell you they (the animals) are their greatest teachers. I wholeheartedly agree. Watching a cowdog love his job — revel in it, live for it — can teach us mere humans how to open our hearts to the passion of the world around us.