let’er buck! (part two)

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about the Pendleton Round-up. Let’s finish that story, shall we? The moment I saw this roll developed I thought rodeo’s should always be shot in black & white. Don’t you think?

Maybe it’s that it gives it that wild west feel. Maybe it’s just that black & white film is epicly awesome. Maybe it’s both.

Fashion-wise, Pendleton is a whole different world. I actually bought boots and a hat to fit in. I love this guy’s overalls and peacock feather in his hat. A true country man if I ever saw one. He also looked like he could be Kris Kringle in the right outfit. Ha.

There was this one event where the cowboys had to chase down a cow with their horse, hold it still and milk it. The first guy to get a certain amount of milk won. It was actually really silly to watch.

There were tons of other people shooting the event too. So many long lenses. I had moments of envy but was happy overall that my 50mm was so easy to carry with me.

There was a collision at one point. A couple of folks got hurt and we thought that maybe one of the horses broke a leg but in the end they all were ok. It definitely got a bit scary. We were relieved that nothing catastrophic happened.

I really love their logo. It’s so lovely and fitting and classically simple.

The (in)famous Let’er Buck Room was crazy. All hard liquor, people getting drunk and eyeing you, sometimes trying to grab you. It has a crazy history. I thought it was funny when I first got there and there were signs that said “KEEP YOUR CLOTHES ON” but honestly, things got a bit scandalous towards the end of the rodeo. I tell you, Country folks know how to party. They out-partied me by a lot!

The native americans put on a show too. It was cool to see all the traditional outfits. It was clear that it was a show and not really their way of life anymore. Made me a little sad to see the culture dying in a way. It was also beautiful to see.

Oh how I loved the tepees that surrounded the stadium. So cool to see they’re still using them. I want to stay in one.

Anyway, overall it was a blast. We lived it up. I am really glad I went. It was a fascinating cultural experience. May just have to do it again next year!

What are your thoughts about rodeos? Do you think they are barbaric? Or kinda cool? I’m undecided but I can’t help but enjoy the spectacle.

let ‘er buck!

Hi friends!

Long time no blog. I guess I needed a break, an unexpected one. Nothing happened really, I just haven’t feel like posting. But let’s put that behind us now, shall we? Let’s get back to the picture show. I promised rodeo shots and I’m here to deliver.

Have you heard of the Pendleton Round-up? It’s actually a bit of a historical Oregon tradition. It’s been happening yearly for a 101 years. Pretty amazing, huh? This is the West, after all, and it’s still a bit Wild. (Dorky, I know. I couldn’t help myself!)

They had a parade before things got started. Aren’t these old wagons great?

And off we go! Check out the colorful starting pens.

Occasionally, a horse got loose and things had to stop until they got it under control again.

That’s Ms. Rodeo Oregon. I liked her hat!

The people-watching was just as entertaining as the rodeo.

This was my first time. The weather was amazing. Warm and sunny the whole time. Could not have asked for better weather.

I shot a roll of B&W while I was there. So this rodeo tour ain’t over yet, cowboys and girls. See you again soon. Thanks for visiting!

(this is my 101st post! whoa!)

fenced in

A couple of shots that I took through a fence while in Pendleton last weekend. I still owe you a rodeo post… check back here next week!

I haven’t felt like shooting much since we got back. I’m hoping this is just a short term funk. Maybe the weekend will help.

Happy Friday, folks!

Pendleton, OR | September 17, 2011 | Olympus OM-2n


Hi! Just stopping in to share some late summer cloud shots I’ve taken recently.

I love a good cloudscape, don’t you? The skies are always a-changin.

Only from the heart can you touch the sky. { RUMI }

Don’t forget to look up sometimes.