This Father’s Day we are honoring rancher, Frank B.
Photography and story by Jesse Cornelius.
A father of 3 daughters, Frank, and his wife raised their family on a small ranch nestled right outside of the Santa Monica Mountains.
The family’s ranch is a rich mixture of different animals and ongoing projects. Horses, donkeys, and llamas are in their respective areas, while a small pack of Australian Shepards are free to roam and guard the nooks-and-crannies of the grounds. Dust covered sheds and terra-cotta potters line the ranch.
The landscape surrounding the ranch is a combination of rolling hills, chaparral, succulents and coastal sunshine. An unadulterated California scene that is reminiscent of the early West.
Frank has raised his daughters in this setting giving them a knowledge of, and heartfelt care for the animals and landscape alike. The bold and loving character he holds has been imparted to them, reaching far beyond the fences of their ranch and extending into all areas of their lives
Frank and his youngest ride through the surrounding hills outside of the ranch. Riding together they share a special Father-daughter bond that many have before them.
“When you’re young, you think your dad is Superman. Then you grow up, and you realize he’s just a regular guy who wears a cape (Stetson).”