Lost Valley Ranch

October 29, 2014  •  1 Comment

I have just had the experience of spending a week at Lost Valley Ranch which while it wasn't a photography holiday, it was actually a great place to take photos.

The ranch has a selection of weeks with themes around riding horses and driving cattle. Many weeks are family oriented but the week I chose was a Horsemanship week for adults only. The aim being to learn how to be comfortable and balanced on a horse, how to move a horse and how to move cattle. Activities were either in the arena where the horsemanship skills were taught or out in the wilds on a ride.

The landscape of the ranch was spectacular and it would have been easy to make many great landscape photographs but it was the horses, people and cowboy paraphernalia that really drew my eye. Below is a selection of my favourite photographs from the week.

Lost Valley, Snowy Morning

Blue & GoldBlue & Gold Green & GoldGreen & Gold

Lost Valley RanchLost Valley Ranch
Snowy MorningSnowy Morning Sheep RockSheep Rock SaddlesSaddles JeffJeff Frosty MorningFrosty Morning
Lost ValleyLost Valley Frosty GrassFrosty Grass

BridlesBridles Flag & SaddlesFlag & Saddles Spencer & Hadyn bringing them in.Spencer & Hadyn bringing them in. Starry Night over Lost Valley RanchStarry Night over Lost Valley Ranch BootsBoots
Stars & StripesStars & Stripes DonDon Trail Riding Under Goat RockTrail Riding Under Goat Rock CharlieCharlie
Evening CloudsEvening Clouds
Crossing the streamCrossing the stream
Saddle RoomSaddle Room
HadynHadyn PetePete

  In the saddling areaIn the saddling area
The Lost Valley Ranch BrandThe Lost Valley Ranch Brand
Farrier ToolsFarrier Tools
AnvilAnvil 20141016~10320220141016~103202
Breakfast Smoke SignalBreakfast Smoke Signal
Crossing the streamCrossing the stream
Uncle BuckUncle Buck
SpencerSpencer SpencerSpencer
Erika & BreezyErika & Breezy Don, Dogs & DougDon, Dogs & Doug Lined upLined up
Dante & PilgrimDante & Pilgrim
KnotKnot SpursSpurs CorralCorral Charlies saddleCharlies saddle
The riders and ridesThe riders and rides


Jim Evenson(non-registered)
Mr Thompson, my name is Jim Evenson and I'm a friend of Charlene and Paul Allen. I was checking out some of her photos and there was a comment from her to check out your ''seriously good photos''. I started coming to Lost Valley ranch in the late 90's and went back several times a year until 2004 when I stayed close to home to take care of my son until he died in 2008. I finally made it back to the Valley in 2009 to do some healing and writing. I'm in the process of writing my second book on my journey through grief and how God brought me through the dark valley I was in. Looking at your photos of the ranch makes me think it's time to start going back on a regular basis. I brought my eleven year old granddaughter Trinity to Lost Valley in June 2013. I retired a month earlier and decided it was time she experienced the Valley and we both had a fabulous time. I have horses back here in Minnesota and we ride often. Thank you for these beautiful photos. Blessings to you.
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