Posts Tagged ‘Western

20
Apr
16

not another mile…

“There will be a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.”

Louis L’Amour

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16
Apr
16

Once upon a time…

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08
Apr
16

Rustic wheels…

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28
May
14

Giddy Up Cowgirl

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20
May
14

‘You want another one sweetie?’

“Work is the curse of the drinking class.”  Oscar Wilde

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“But the greatest love–the love above all loves,
Even greater than that of a mother…
Is the tender, passionate, undying love,
Of one beer drunken slob for another.”
–Irish love ballad

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24
Nov
13

Photography (An Old Handle & A Western Poem)

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THE CHUCK WAGON By Bruce Kiskaddon (1935)

I liked them old hands with their gaze cool and level.
They furnished the subject fer many a tale.
It was little they feared either man, beast or devil,
Them riders that follered the chuck wagon’s trail.

But the time I liked best, as I clearly remember;
Is one every cow puncher likes to recall.
When the work was all finished along in November,
And he follered the chuck wagon home in the fall.

11
Apr
13

Photography: Wagon Hardware, Mojave Desert

An old freight wagon setting alone off a back road. Stark wood grain (I love that weathered wood grain) held together by rusted steel hardware. The steel hardware beckoned consideration this time.

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08
Apr
13

Old Movies: I Recognized Those Rocks

When I toured the Joshua Tree Nat’l Park, I remarked that the rock formations were so reminiscent of what I recall seeing as a young boy in the mid 50’s. The old Western movies often had these unique rock formations in the background as White hats chased Dark hats, single action six shooters blazing.

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I did a little research and discovered a little spot near the Joshua Tree N.P. named Pioneertown. This was where many older Westerns were filmed. Roy Rogers, Cisco and Poncho, Gene Autry to name a few rode through these badlands in the day. And, if you are probably 60 or older and watched those Westerns you will recall those special rocks in the background. Watch Cisco & Poncho here (scroll into the movie to 9:15 up to 11:20 for the rock formations…in the rest of the movie, the old buildings were part of the movie set for Pioneertown).

20
Oct
12

Saddles: No Wonder Their Rear End Hurts

Here again, I see but don’t really look. I have little understanding of what’s in a saddle’s makeup or the variety of saddles for various needs. I saw this old saddle and took a photo. Is this really the internal workings of a saddle? This is the beauty of travel and photography…to observe and learn. Observations beg more research and study. And, I am happy my skinny ass isn’t bouncing on that saddle and my knees banging into that “undercut swell”…yep, I did some research. 

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