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13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
Happy cowgirl

I was a guest at the K Bar Z Guest Ranch & Outfitters, a small, family owned operation in the high country. Majestically set against the backdrop of the Beartooth Mountains and near Yellowstone Park, this is where our photo workshop took up residence for the next three nights and where we photographed working cowboys and cowgirls as they went about their daily chores. From riding and roping to corralling and cavorting, the romanticism of the Old West seemed very much alive as we photographed wranglers at work - corralling their team of horses across streams and valleys. Through cold, heat, smoke, dust, and sweat, we captured those moments with our cameras. The tools and garb of cowboy culture were as much iconic elements of the American West, and proved to be good subjects for still life photos - from chaps, boots, and stirrups to cowboy hats and boldly-colored scarves tied securely around the neck. Old barns and homesteads were fair game as well.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2013
Date Uploaded: 06.2015
Photo Location: Cody, Wyoming, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D7000
Copyright: © Karin Leperi