One of the joys of working with the national Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum (judging non-fiction for the Western Heritage Awards, and writing for Persimmon Hill), is attending the big events. Every year I end up buying books from the Western Heritage Award winners, usually the photo and the poetry winners...and I get the authors to sign them.
This year, a brilliant book on Ghost Ranch in New Mexico won the photo award, and the photographer lives not too far from my uncle Mike in Santa Fe. He's spent years studying the area, which was made famous by Georgia O'Keefe, and his black and white photos, made with a 5 x 7 view camera and almost 100 year old lenses. I took students there on a study tour a few years ago. He captures it in "Ghost Ranch and the Faraway Nearby," which includes interesting essays.
Her poetry speaks to me of family and travels and life of working people, and I'll quote some soon. But here are the two covers, the photography copyrighted, with the Western Heritage Award winning seal on the front. Fantastic reading and memories. Links to their sites are: