20 X 40 Oil on Stretched Canvas
Contact Artist for AvailabilityEvery year a local rancher friend holds a "calf working" where he hires cowboys for the whole day to rope, brand, castrate and vaccinate his calves. They have to start early to get the whole herd done and he generously feeds the cowboys breakfast and lunch. The event evolved into an opportunity for grandkids to participate in the event (the kids get to practice roping, brand and give shots!) and some local neighbors and fellow rancher friends are invited, too. I was first invited several years ago to take photographs (you bet!). This April will be my 4th year and I am looking forward to it.
I really enjoy visiting with the cowboys - who are the last of their kind. Not too many guys can actually make a living at their trade. Like farming, the weather often dictates whether you can work or not, and most often bad weather DOESN'T interrupt plans - the show must go on, because other ranchers already have their dates scheduled and cannot be put off.
So April 9 is this year's "Calf Working" - rain or shine. I have frozen and sweated in April in Texas...and I'll be prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws at us. Never a dull moment in that month!
Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.
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