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EveryMilesAMemory
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Mar 19, 2009 23:19 |  #1

Traveling through South Florida, we recently spent some time with an amazing family who lives in Okeechobee Florida. For those who arent familiar with the area, it's in the middle of the state and takes its name from the second largest in-land lake (Lake Okeechobee) in the United States that happens to be right beside the town.

This town is also Cattle Capitol of the South, and cowboys and rodeo is a way of life in this area.

Its hard to believe that within an hours drive you can be in posh Palm Beach or a bit further south and you'll be in the model capitol of the states in Miami

We were introduced to this couple, Reed and Shannon by good friends of ours who live over in West Palm Beach area. We were to all go camping in Okeechobee on a large ranch where the couple lets their cattle graze before sending them off to market.

In this modern day life of everything being run with motors and electronics, it was very refreshing to meet people who still do it the old fashioned way. Reed is a real life cowboy who rides his horse daily, roping, working and tending to his herds of cattle. He uses words like "Yes Mam" and "No Sir" both said with a heavy southern drawl. He wears his spurs on his well worn boots at all times and when asked whey they're sideways, his smirk and reply is "Well, Ive always been known to be a little sideways" His wife Shannon isnt just another pretty girl, she told us stories of roping the cattle, branding and working right beside her husband tending to the ranch anyway they needed too in order to make it work. Shannon also happens to be a photographer and their house is decorated with amazing pictures of their teenage kids who are both talented rodeo riders.

Here are a few shots I captured over the 4 days we spent in their presense. It was one of those experiences I'll never forget, and meeting them and becoming good friends was an honor.

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Reed's Boots and Spurs

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Ferrier shaping a set of horse shoes for one of their horses

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Ferrier mounting the shoes on the horse

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After a 10 hour day with temperatures reaching 89 degrees, Reed cools his horse down after 15 miles of working the pastures

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Of course the first thing the horse did was go take a Dirt Bath

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Another one of the horses running across the pasture - Look at the muscles in this beauty!

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Their sons Brahma Bull charging at the camera! Luckily I was behind a fence

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The daily tools a real life cowboy uses to work the ranch

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Mar 20, 2009 15:51 |  #2

really sweet set, love them


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Mar 20, 2009 17:10 as a reply to ViciousCircle's post |  #3

Thanks for the comments!


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Mar 21, 2009 01:08 |  #4

nice shot..........


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Mar 21, 2009 01:11 |  #5

Excellent Documentary series Pat...

Most would probably never believe how much cattle are actually in FLA.


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Mar 21, 2009 12:37 as a reply to FlyingPhotog's post |  #6

Cindy and I lived in West Palm for 8 years, which is only an hours drive from Okeechobee, and I never knew that Okeechobee was as big with cattle as it is.

I guess you learn something new every day!!

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Mar 21, 2009 12:44 |  #7

These are awesome. Love the one with the horse taking a dirt bath. You have really captured the moment in these shots.


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Mar 22, 2009 18:44 |  #8

4mykids wrote in post #7569033external link
These are awesome. Love the one with the horse taking a dirt bath. You have really captured the moment in these shots.

Thank you Tracey!


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Mar 22, 2009 19:23 |  #9

Pat, loved the images. As someone who grew up in Florida, I can really appreciate your comments. There is a lot about Florida that folks don't know and cowboys, horses and cows are just a small part.


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Mar 23, 2009 01:11 |  #10

Very cool shots. I love the story and the photos both.


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Mar 26, 2009 00:43 as a reply to Morlow's post |  #11

Thanks Hinson and Morlow!

Hinson, the cowboy culture in Okeechobee is amazing, and rivals anything I encountered while roaming the western states where you expect that sort of lifestyle.

It was shocking to me since I lived only an hour away in West Palm for so many years and never knew what the middle part of the state was all about


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