In the high deserts of southeastern Colorado, rolling tumbleweeds give way to open pasture. Bordered by the jagged teeth of the Rocky Mountains, these flat, dry plains are home to deadly rattlesnakes, vicious coyotes and an unforgiving landscape. In a fast-paced world dominated by technology, this bare patch of land is home to an old way of life. The Chico Basin Ranch stretch across more than 80,000 acres of this rustic landscape and is one of the last remaining cattle operations run exclusively on horseback.
The Duke family, with the help of their friends and neighbors, keep this ranch fully operational year-round. I was fortunate enough to spend a frigid season watching these tough-as-nails cowboys ride, rope, and wrangle their way through a wild, western terrain. These films were shot on a 7d handheld, mainly because I wanted something small and compact because I still had work to do as a ranch hand. This film is a composite of multiple films I created for the ranch.