The Ranch...

I still haven't gone back out there. The contest ended on June 11, 2017. Hurricane Harvey came on August 25, 2017. Two significant events... two separate reasons!

I fell in love with the Ranch the very first time I went out there in 2012! It was beautiful... 3000 acres of diverse South Texas land. It has fields, hills, streams, lakes, forests, barns, fences, and even a river with a resaca. Truly a "little slice of Heaven right here on Earth!"

I was pretty burned out when the contest ended. I had a lot of "shooting days", and it took a toll on me. As much as I loved driving through the gate and being "OTR" (on the ranch), I was tired. It felt like going to work... and it was work. I needed a break...

And then Hurricane Harvey came in August. My life and the Ranch will never be the same for going through that experience. I'm bouncing back and have returned to a more or less normal life. Yes... they're putting a new roof on my house as I write this. And yes... there is still a LOT of hurricane evidence remaining all over this town. But I can see things getting better every day.

Wade (owner of the Ranch) tells me how bad it is out there on the Ranch. The hundreds of very old oak trees that have been growing out there forever took a real beating. Two barns and a house were lost. It's bad. I need to get out here and see it for myself. I'm just not ready...

This is an image of one of my favorite places on the Ranch. These Live Oaks have provided canopy from the hot sun for both humans and animals. I haven't the slightest idea of how it looks today. All I know is that on this morning when I stood there and watched the rising sun cast those long shadows I knew I needed to make this image. I'm glad I have it...

The Ranch  Refugio County, TX