Ranches of the Wet Mountain Valley Photography Workshop Winter Session
Dan Ballard Photography
March 17 - 19, 2017
COST: $1365 ($300 due upon registration, balance due by Feb 16, 2017)


FULL (ONE SPOT JUST OPENED!) (Send an email to dan@danballardphoto.com to clam the open space)

A herd of horses running against a mountain backdrop at sunrise, old barns, cowboys, homesteads, natural grasses, streams & so much more will all be a part of this fun exciting 3 day winter workshop!  During the course of the workshop we will be visiting 2 beautiful ranches.   The 1st, nestled at the foot of the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains,  sits at an elevation of 9,000 feet & is a true Colorado working cattle ranch.  The picturesque 4,000-acre, Music Meadows Ranch, is operated by third generation family rancher Elin Parker Rusher.  She  works and manages the ranch and  she prides herself on staying true to her roots and land.  We will be visiting Elin on Saturday morning (very early).  She will run her horse herd for us for some great sunrise shots, followed by the chance to photograph working cowboys.  We will be having lunch with her in the ranch house. The 2nd ranch we will visit  is The Historic Pine Ranch.   The former dude ranch is now ran as an event center.  We will be photographing their horse herd on Sunday morning.  During the evenings we will photograph old barns in the Westcliffe area & depending on the light may pay a visit to the historic 1900's restored Beckwith Ranch.

Located in south-central Colorado, the Wet Mountain Valley may be the state's most beautiful and unspoiled mountain valley. The Valley is bordered on the east by the Wet Mountains and on the west by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains: the longest and straightest mountain range on earth. The Sangres' string of 13,000 and 14,000 foot snow-capped peaks tower over the 7,800-foot valley floor.