It’s the Saturday before Easter and the clouds are rolling in.
“Branding still on?” I texted Wes of the Dalles Ranch. “Yup.” Was the reply. It’s that simple.
The Dalles Ranch is owned and operated by Wes, Brian and Mike. It’s been in the family since 1903.
At this year’s branding, there were about 60 people attending to help out with various tasks. That’s fewer than usual on account of the bad weather rolling in but as they say, the show must go on.
Wes stays busy this time of year. Next, he’s heading to Sheridan, Nebraska, and then to Colorado, all for brandings. The ranching community appreciates it’s web of people who show up and help out across the nation.
Photography by Joseph Haeberle. Follow him here.