21st Century Cowboy

by Ariel Ramchandani
Photography by Marlon Krieger
21st Century Cowboy by Ariel Ramchandani

In November of last year I went on-assignment for Intelligent Life Magazine to photograph Ariel Ramchandani's story on the modern-day cowboy. This was my first time into the Saguach River Valley in Colorado and I was immediately stunned by a dramatic landscape awash in bold, rich colors.

Julie, George and Drew of The Blue Range Ranch are your classic cowboys, redefined. We spend a wonderful three days with our hosts, talking and learning. We covered, everything from Buddhism and holistic land management to gun rights and foreign policy. They opened our eyes to so many challenges facing ranchers in the midwest and gave us an intimate look into their lives on the ranch.

Read Ariel's story published in the July/August issue, you can pick it up at news-stands or online at moreintelligentlife.com.

"The soft San Juan range rises to the west; to the east, the spine of the Sangre de Christo mountains, with the low curves of the Great Sand Dunes National Park in front like a ghostly shadow…The modern cowboy has a lot on his plate, including climate change. Ariel Ramchandani stays on a ranch high in the Colorado desert" 

The Sangre de Christo Mountains
George Whitten outside The Blue Range Ranch
Julie moving the electric fence, part of a holistic land management system, it helps control over-grazing 
Drew chops wood for the stove on which meals are cooked and by which the house is heated
Drew outside the Whitten home

Read the whole story by picking up the July/August issue available in news-stands or online at moreintelligentlife.com

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