Blackjack

Blackjack

30x30 (other sizes available upon request) - Available onsilk, metal or canvas

 

This work here is from my adventures on the Ginther Stables Ranch where they not only raise wonderful horses but also run some pretty cool Buffalo, this is my story of that day...

 

I remember so well that day, riding out there with my good friend Terri who was friends with Ginthers, it was a warm summer afternoon, one that could have used some rain.

 

JR was more than happy to put up the younger horse he was training and jump in the pickup to show me around the huge ranch along the Sappa Valley.... we spoke with his wife before heading out and she asked me to "if you can, get a good picture of Blackjack..." 

 

"Okay, I'll try" I said, armed with two camera's and several different lenses. "Who is Blackjack?" I thought but didn't say.

 

JR has given many tours of their ranch in years past, the buffalo always a huge fascination. He filled me in with details such as telling how old a buffalo is by how curved or straight their horns are, how even though they may be "domesticated" they are still wild creatures and very unpredictable, how working buffalo is SO much different than working cattle, which is my comfort zone. 

 

We drove over all the kinds of hills, through some ravines and came up to a crest on top of a hill where we stopped. He said that there was a sand pit on the other side of the crest which they liked to "bathe" in and that that might be where they were... 

 

We rolled down the windows and listened, there was some grunting in the distance, some odd sounds that must have been the sand... JR called to them, then again... and slowly, one by one, the cows started coming up over the ridge with their calves... just wandering around us, between us and the truck, more and more of them came up over the ridge filling the space between us and the edge of the drop off... 

 

I'm keeping my eyes open all around me while trying to capture different aspects of each buffalo, making sure that I wasn't too close and listening closely to where they were - And where JR was!

No one ever told me exactly "Who" Blackjack was, so I had no idea what I was looking for... and then, as I watched the ridge and the dust, I saw him, or at least I thought it might be him... I held my breath as this giant black head came up over the ridge and appeared out of the dust... it was one of those moments when time stands still and things move in slow motion... a movie type of slow motion that makes your heart stand still...

 

Blackjack came up the ridge slowly, like a huge train engine, he stood and looked at JR and me, I silently gulped and took a breath while snapping more pictures than I can count... JR broke the silence by shouting "Hey! He even dressed up for you!! He's wearing a sunflower in his hair for his photoshoot!" and he laughed... 

 

I smiled and agreed, how cool is that!? I couldn't get enough pictures of this giant! I kept shooting, low, then high, then directly on, catching his small eye in my lens, thanking God I had taken my 70-200 with me.

 

By this time, the sd card was full and I had to trade it out for a new one so we headed back to the pickup. As we sat there, JR telling me more stories of his buffalo adventures through the years, he asked me if I wanted him to call Blackjack over, that he would stick his head right into the pickup window if I wanted him too... 

 

I politely declined that offer reasoning that I had my long lens on and that there would be no way I could get a good photo. Something inside makes me wish I had, just for the experience of it... 

This I can tell you though, is that my visit to the Ginther Stables was truly a one of a kind experience, arriving I stepped into another world where cell phones don't work, where peace, quiet, and respect for nature surrounds you... it truly was a slice of heaven on earth, and I give a shout out to JR Ginther, for his knowledge, his respect, his courtesy, his love for horses and animals, he is I believe, one of the last true cowboys out there today. It was a privilege I will never forget.

 

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