The Story Behind the Photo

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“Tools of the Trade”

Well worn chaps, a comfortable saddle, lariat, and a good horse. Just a few tools of the trade for a true cowboy. These basic tools have remained the same from generation to generation.

This image was captured in Casper, Wyoming at the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds as several Casper College Rodeo Team members prepared for the “Ropin’ & Riggin’ Days Rodeo”.

I chose to use a tight crop on this image to focus more on the detail and textures of all the items. A subtle effect was then applied through editing to create the look of a detailed painting. It is one of my all-time favorite images that I have created.

You can purchase several different items featuring “Tools of the Trade”, by clicking on the link below. It will take you to the “Rustic Western” section of my Etsy Shop.

Purchase “Tools of the Trade” items here: Paws Fur a Moment Photography – Rustic Western Items

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Snowy Sunset on the North Platte

Thursday afternoon, we were hit with an unexpected little snowstorm that dropped a blanket of about three inches. It was so beautiful! Every branch on every tree was dressed with pretty white accents. I absolutely love to photograph following such a storm.

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Since the storm let up just shortly before I left my “day job” for the day, I decided to stop along the North Platte River on my way home and snap a few shots of the newly fallen snow. I’m so blessed to live where I can do that so close to home.

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Later in the evening, it seemed like everything would be perfect for another beautiful sunset. So, I decided to go back to the area I where I stopped after work and try to get some sunset photos. It was chilly, but oh so worth it.

Everyone is wishing for Summer…and I’m over here grinning from ear to ear at the sight of new snow!

Saturday Morning Photo Excursion

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~~the photos in this blog post were all captured with my iPhone…photos from my Canon T3i will be featured in another post to follow soon~~

As we were eating breakfast this morning, the clouds started rolling in along the top of Casper Mountain here in Casper, Wyoming. I love this view from our kitchen window. We are truly blessed to live where we do.

I knew the rolling clouds wouldn’t last long…so I grabbed my camera (Canon T3i), hopped in my Chevy Trailblazer I call “Blaze”, and took the short drive to a favorite area across the highway.

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Just a short three and a half mile drive from our house, I had the area to myself, the meadolarks were singing, bluebirds were flying around, and the clouds continued to roll across the top of the mountain.

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It was just a short photo excursion…but a great way to start the day and get away from things for a few minutes. And there’s no shortage of photo oportunities in this area…or any area…if you just learn to see them.

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On my way back home…I stopped to take a photo of this fence post. As I composed the shot in my viewfinder, I noticed the vertebrae bone someone had placed at the top of the post! It made me laugh and say to myself “well, that’s cool!” Once again…something I’ve seen by just taking time to look and notice.

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Thank you to whoever placed the bone there.