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Earl McKee Photos 9

Dear Earl,

More than any other, your pictures in Greasy capture the grace of a branding. You have refined your focus on the loop and rope to show just how beautiful branding calves can be—to show how we feel, why we love to go. The photos from Wednesday’s Dry Creek branding are great, but the location in Greasy, the perfect shape and size of those corrals add so much to the feeling of that slideshow, a dance I’ve never quite seen captured before in Western photographs, and I’ve seen a bunch of the great ones. It shows that you have to have been there and done it to get it captured in a photograph. Anyway, thanks so much for sharing both for now, and for whomever is lucky enough to follow us.

I would like your permission to use some of these on the blog while Robbin and I are gone to Elko. One of the mistakes I’ve made by posting something damn-near everyday, is that when I don’t, everyone knows I’m not home, including the criminal element, assuming they are more intelligent than we generally think. I’m guessing in this day and age when even the audience at Elko has ever-ready access to the Internet, your photographs will get lots of views. Your pictures really reflect well on our business, more insightful than most as to what we’re all about. I would like to schedule a few each day, give you credit, etc., if it’s OK with you.

Thanks again for the slideshows, for your help, and for being there for me, for a long time now.

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Earl McKee Photos 8

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Earl A. McKee, Jr. Photos

Earl & Pinky

Earl & Pinky

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It’s nearly impossible to discuss the Greasy Creek watershed, or even the history of Dry Creek, without mentioning longtime cowman, Earl McKee. Going four-score strong, he’s been my neighbor for over forty years as well as a surrogate father from time to time.

Among his many activities, like playing the tuba in the well-traveled High Sierra Jazz Band, he’s been photographing brandings for many years now, focusing on the lariat loop. In coming days, we will be sharing some of these.

December Sycamores

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December 8, 2010