This is a working farm. It's not pretty in the sense that it doesn't look like a picture. Some of the equipment is very old, none of it is new. It's all functional in that it can get a job done. Work like this is hard. It's not rewarded by much money. It though is what makes a person stronger and live with a sense of real values and consequences. There are no pretty words to cover up work that didn't get done.
The creek is also a functional part of this operation. This place, an original homestead where the first owners had to work to earn it, applied for the first water rights to it. That doesn't mean the farm can take all it wants. Responsibility goes to management of it as well as the grass and the animals that live on it.
Some think that ranchers are never environmentalists. They are the real environmentalists, in my opinion, in that if you don't take care of the land, it won't take care of you. It's dangerous and sometimes not the healthiest work to do but even small places like ours are part of what feed a nation. Yes, I feel proud we've done this for forty years. We probably won't be able to do it many more given our ages; but while we can, the work will get done and the land will be preserved for whoever comes next.
You wonder why I am a conservative. You see the reason below in these pictures. I've always lived the conservative life. I just hope someday there will be a real conservative party for which I can vote. I don't see it now in any of the main two.