From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

An interesting place to lurk

Life in the Nebraska Sandhills... The Rural Life... Another Trip Down Memory Lane...



Ranchers.net's Bull Session Forum

Here's an interesting glimpse of what it's like to be a rancher nowadays. I have some knowledge of ranching because I grew up on a Nebraska cattle ranch. My brother and sister-in-law still ranch in south-central Kansas. However, a lot of what I know about ranching is at least one generation old, maybe more than that. Things are changing all the time. Even on the remotest of ranches, technology advances.

Some things don't change much though! See this beautiful photo.

Seeing that mama cow and baby made me think of being a little girl, taking a ride through the pasture with my Daddy to check the cows and calves. He always referred to those trips through the pasture as "counting the dead ones", which was his way of saying that he was braced for the worst, while hoping for the best.

These photos
-- and these -- look like home to me. Black Angus cattle in the Sandhills. It makes me a little homesick.

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