Something there is about going home, sagebrush and barbed wire, whether thirty years have passed or three, the mountains always in your blood, your collective memory, where wild mustangs run free.
Danes passed through here, and Scots, wayward sons of pioneers, just off the Lander Cut-Off of the Oregon Trail, where the Green River winds lazily in front of rosy cliffs. One camped up, the other down. Only the hardy stayed.
Some journey onward, and some return. The land remains.
All photos and video taken in Sublette County, Wyoming, July 2011, while on a journey home.
Key: Horses grazing at sunset in Marbleton, Wyoming; detail of fence at rodeo; saddle bronc pickup; local photographer angling for the best shot; at the rodeo; leaving the fair grounds; near the Lander Cut-Off; horses grazing above Big Piney; sagebrush and barbed wire; local rancher and philanthropist Marj Guio; split rail along Mickelson Road; the Wind Rivers; white horses at nightfall; there will be fireworks.
Video of saddle bronc riding, Chuckwagon Days Rodeo, July 4, 2011, Big Piney, Wyoming.