Even for a short blip of time, cattlewoman,  Laura Sword,  stands in as “mother” for this leppy calf, “Heidi” who follows ...

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Follow Mother

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“Cows are not our pet’s, they are our livelihood.” -Katie Baltzor The business of ranching is one that stretches back several genera...

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The Business of Cows

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John and Laura Sword on the Sword Ranch devising a plan on how they were going to harness an injured calf on this big and wide open hillside outside D...

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Humanity of Ranching

Repairing fence line, miles of it, is just one of the chores a rancher will face year round. Snowing, raining, or if the sun is out fence line repairs...

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Fence Line

What makes ranchers equipped to remedy most anything? Ranchers are faced with life and death daily and learn that many times what they do and don̵...

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Second Chances

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Ranch Life:  “women are more accepted as an equal in the ranching world if you can demonstrate you know what you are talking about” -Katie Baltz...

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Equality Ranching

Mid-summer to late Fall is haying season and when hay is flying, few ranchers are sleeping.  Hay production and harvest, colloquially known as “...

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1500 Pounds

Baling twine can be used for so many different projects that you might never run short of things to do with it. From practical applications baling twi...

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Rounding Out Twine

The filmmaker or the cow dog – which will get to the sandwich first? Katie was great to make the sandwich and then place it plain view but now i...

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Cow Dog or Filmmaker

  I received a lovely email today from a film supporter who loves my photography of Harney County and is looking forward to seeing this film. Tha...

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I was about to write about haying season when I was diverted to all the types of hay that exist. Maybe not all of them. When city folk think of hay I ...

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Hay

In case you missed it on the film’s Facebook page, I created a collection of images in the Alvord Desert with cattlewoman, Becky Kingen, of Harney C...

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On Location Alvord Desert

All greased up, cattlewoman, Katie Baltzor cuts hay until sundown then does general maintenance on her tractor and mower. Baltzor says, “keeping...

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Jack Of All Trades

I spent a day catching up with Laura Sword who was cutting hay outside Princeton, Oregon. She was in a nearly new single-seat orange tractor and I was...

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Defeating Nature

French it’s les écrous frits de veau, in German it’s Gebratene Kalbmuttern, in Swedish it’s suxna kalvnötter, in Italian it’s le noci di vit...

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Mouth Watering Fried Calf Nuts

A Monday morning in Harney County unfolded nearly seamlessly with four cowdogs, three cowboys, a double load and one cattlewoman. Jake gets out just t...

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Turning Out

With an array of methods for branding cattle either through chutes or holding an animal down, a ranch outside Drewsey, Oregon expedites the branding p...

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Branding The Drewsey Way

Frequently we experience nature at its finest, an animal nurturing another of its genus, and sometimes learn about a rogue animal caring for another o...

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Poetic Composition of Animals

Ten at night is usually a bedtime or a time when some may watch a late night movie but at the Sword Ranch ten at night is one of the times throughout ...

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Ten At Night

Maternal behavior actually begins prior to calving. Cows do not prepare a birth site per se, but they demonstrate some tendencies to select a birth si...

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Etiology of Mothering Up

During my research about pioneer history in Harney County, Oregon I found these excerpts from the Claire McGill Luce Western History oral history proj...

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Jack Rabbits Out Of Gas

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Harney County ranchers utilize airplanes in the management of cattle in the vast open spaces of eastern Oregon. Harney County is the largest county wi...

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Airplanes Over Cattle Ranches

After 557,648 acres, the Long Draw Fire rewrote the record book, racing across range lands of the high desert to become the largest blaze in Oregon...

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Where Are They Today

Out here in Harney County we have creatures that like to bite, like the horse that bit my backside while I photographed the Sitz homestead, or the cow...

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Rattlesnakes And Stovepipes

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Beautiful Wagontire Mountain in the distance is a privately owned piece of land in eastern Oregon and is filled with homesteads, sparkly rocks, views ...

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Beautiful Wagontire Oregon

Bomb Proof Horse, the advertisement reads: he is absolutely bomb-proof (and I don’t use that term lightly!) ANYONE can ride him, my kids have be...

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Bomb Proof Horse

A day of filming started out almost as planned except I couldn’t find my underwear (it was dark, no lights, no flashlight) (I was camping) so wi...

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Unshucked

Five in the morning on the main drag in Burns, Oregon en route to check on cows, water troughs, and feed. This day I am filming on horseback … u...

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Headed North