Bull rider at Darby Rodeo, Montana

I took this shot at the Darby rodeo up the Bitterroot Valley, south of Missoula, Montana. The original rodeo date had been cancelled because lightning struck the bleachers! The contest was moved to the next day and this is one of the riders on a massive bull. I feel like this particular angle and subject matter seems to capture the essence of rodeo. It’s tough going!

About the author

My original inspiration for landscape and wildlife photography began in northwestern Wisconsin, where I was raised observing the hilly farm and lake country landscapes. I was drawn to the Rocky Mountains and Montana in the mid 90s, when I relocated to Missoula to pursue photography. I have been fascinated with the land and with photographic opportunity since. I attended the Rocky Mountain School of Photography in 2003 and 2004 and since graduating, have enjoyed incorporating photography into my every day life. I spend virtually all of my spare time outdoors, where the natural world continues to be a source of creative inspiration for me.

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