What could be funner than watching a real Idaho cowboy herd his cattle?

One beautiful, sunlit, Idaho morning this summer my husband and I were traveling home from a short getaway in Sun Valley, Idaho, on a scenic back road. We were blocked by a large herd of black cows. How fortuitous! I pulled out my camera to take a few pics while we waited for them to move. But when I saw this cowboy and his two helpful dogs emerge from behind a clump of trees, I got excited. The light was perfect and I loved how the dust clouds framed the cows when the dogs yipped at their hooves. Once the cows got off the road, I was able to coax my husband to travel along our gravel road slowly as we followed the progress of this migration. I shot all these from the window of our pickup. At one point one cow got away and so we watched as this cowboy masterfully used his lasso and dogs to get things back under control. This was one of those times when you just know you are capturing something great. What I like about these images is that this same scene will never exist again in this same way. Photography is about capturing a moment in time and when you can tell a story with your camera, the images come alive.

Cowboy Up - Idaho Cattle Drive - Herd - Dogs - Cows

Caryn Esplin - Cowboy Up - Idaho Cattle Drive - Herd - Dogs - Cows - Lasso
Caryn Esplin - Cowboy Action - Idaho Cattle Drive - Herd - Dogs - Cows - Lasso
Caryn Esplin - Cowboy Up - Idaho Cattle Drive - Herd - Dogs - Cows - Lasso
Caryn Esplin - Cowboy Up - Idaho Cattle Drive - Herd - Dogs - Cows - Lasso

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