Rural landscapes: a glimpse of farming history


Founded in 1882 as the Northwest Cattle Company, the Bar U was one of the first and most enduring of the large corporate ranches established in southern Alberta. Among its owners were two founders of the Calgary Stampede – George Lane and Senator Patrick Burns.
I’ve found it’s a great spot to learn the ranching history of this country, especially what happened after fencing came in and radically changed the work of cowboys. It doesn’t hurt that the ranch still has a great collection of colourful buildings within sight of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
Nikon D7100, tripod, tripod, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky

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