The Carpenter Ranch and Hayden Station Coal Plant

I spent the month of September 2015 and two weeks in January 2016 as an artist-in-residence on the Carpenter Ranch, a working cattle operation and conservation site in the northwestern reaches of the Colorado Rockies.  The Nature Conservancy, one of the co-sponsors of my stay, bought the property twenty years ago with the goal of protecting two things simultaneously:  the cultural heritage of the ranch and the rather rare example of riparian forest shouldering the stretch of the Yampa River running through the property.  Because so much of my current photographic work explores the intersection of human institutions and wild nature I was thrilled to have the chance to work in a landscape where that subject is a central focus.