art, photography, travel

ranch HAND | the goosewing ranch

we traveled back up to wyoming in june to service ranch HAND | photographic’s¬†newest client, the¬†Goosewing Ranch.

just minutes from jackson, wyoming, the Goosewing is a phenomenal guest ranch for the whole family. ¬†they offer phenomenal views, amazing wildlife, horseback riding, daily activities, and even the finer amenities like massages and fine wine. ¬†they have their own trout stocked pond, and the gros ventre river right in their front yard; a true angler’s paradise. ¬†they are also at¬†the doorstep of grand teton and yellowstone¬†national parks!

here are just a few of the images we captured for them this summer… and we can’t wait to go back in september to shoot their fall photos.

all images © andrew r. slaton | photographer & ranch HAND | photographic 2012

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wyoming: day 2 (riding the drift, etc.)

we woke before the sun came up… it was a big day. ¬†i made some coffee and we set off to meet Mike and Ellen at kendall bridge.

from there we would follow the horse trailers towards union pass, then off-road in the direction of a cow camp near a bend in the green river.

we finally stopped.  all in all, there were 4 or 5 trailers and about 8-10 cowboys/ cowgirls.

Mike helped saddle pistol pete for Elle, and they were off! ¬†riding the drift…

my Elle was kind of easy to spot with her sombrero and bright green patagonia jacket…

the two Ellens riding together…

now that’s some real cowboyin’!

can’t have a true cattle drive without the iconic western dust haze backlit by a slowly rising sun!

so they rode off deep into the sunrise… and Mike and i decided to go look for bears, like we’ve done so often the last 6 years.

good ol’ squaretop… such a handsome mountain. ¬†i really don’t think i’ll ever get sick of looking at and photographing it.

we ended up seeing more dogs that morning than bears.  and i saw my first ever river rafting dachshund!

the Ellens finished their cattle drive early… round about noon, and my Elle was exhausted.

so after eating a little peanut butter and honey tortilla lunch, she caught  a nice afternoon nap.  much needed.

Mike and Ellen came back again that evening to have dinner with us. ¬†we took a few more campfire photos… like we did the year before.

Elle got a really cool shot of me…

then i got a shot of her, and made a ghostly appearance in it…

and then i got to shoot another squaretop star photo.

it was another great day in our favorite place in the world, doing all sorts of fun things.

man, if you ever hear me complaining about anything at all, just punch me right in the jaw.  seriously.

all images © andrew r. slaton | photographer 2011

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4 weeks in vermejo

this summer i was hired by ted turner’s vermejo park ranch to photograph landscapes and wildlife.

and yes, i had to pinch myself every day…

vermejo is over half a million acres of mountain wilderness.  it is some of the most spectacular landscape in all of new mexico.

all images © andrew r. slaton | photographer 2010

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vermejo, nm

this week i was invited to vermejo park ranch in northern new mexico to shoot phenomenal scenery, fly fishing, and wildlife.  no complaints here._MG_6803AS

ted turner’s private home near the main lodge is quite impressive. ¬†but even more awe-inspiring is the sheer size of the property. ¬†at just under 600,000 acres,¬†vermejo is the largest privately owned parcel of land in the u.s.

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aside from the common bee, vermejo is home to elk, black bear, mountain lion, and one of the largest herds of american bison in the world.

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our view from the front porch of costilla lodge.

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the crew (minus the photographer)…

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the art of fly fishing.

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jim and i went for a drive down to one of the lower lakes to meet folks that were already there fishing.

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we found their truck recently ransacked by a bear.

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we must have scared it off when we pulled up, judging by the minimal amount of damage done to the refreshments.

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looked like he climbed up the side of the truck-bed to get a better look.

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it started to rain. ¬†and as jim and i scanned the lake, i noticed another bear heading toward us…

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he got within fifty feet of me before he ran away.

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back at the lodge, some of the fattest chipmunks i have ever seen hang around for handouts.

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nick was the star of the bunch. ¬†he was named “nick” by the kitchen staff who noticed a chunk taken out of his ear.

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believe it or not, nick actually comes when you call his name.

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no wonder they’re so fat…

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saturday morning before sunrise… ¬†time to head out. ¬†off to telluride, colorado!!

all images © andrew r. slaton | photographer 2009

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