This must have been a prosperous ranch, due to the size and quality of the big house. I am wondering if the building and the barn like structure, directly behind the big house might not have been the original house and barn. I think this must have been a ranch for quite a period of time, due to the number of out buildings. I would guess that on this side of the house is the "kitchen garden".
Is this a stream in the foreground? I don't see where it goes, it if is, when it gets to the tree, unless there is a well or some sort of holding area that it goes into.
Wonder what butte that is in the back ground?
Great overall photo of that type of ranching, but give me my trees.
charlott on 5th September 2014 @ 7:12am
Growing up on the "west side", I distinctly remember by first visit to an "eastside" ranch. It was in the Prineville/Madras area. I was 14 and we spent several days there visiting friends. Waking up in the morning, the smells and sounds were totally different from what I was used to. The air was crisp and it smelled of Juniper. I could hear quail outside my bedroom window.
Trees are wonderful but they do tend to block the view. No problem of that in this photo.
I'm surprised there aren't some big shade trees planted near the house. Definitely a creek running through and it looks like hay ground out behind the house.
Stage stop? Sheep Ranch? Cattle Ranch?
l.e. on 5th September 2014 @ 7:26am
Several of the buildings look to be built for human habitation. Maybe for the wranglers for cattle and/or sheep? And were the people 'staged' for the sake of the photographer?
nels on 5th September 2014 @ 9:14am
No place like home. Tried living in the desert once. But anywhere the biggest crop is rotten rocks was not for me. Back to the coast.
Buzz on 5th September 2014 @ 10:10am
That is Grizzly Mountain in the background. And it still looks like that today - the entire Prineville area. Tom McCalls mother loved it and they hosted many week-long parties at their "ranch under the rimrock". Pheasant and snake shooting were featured, along with deer and elk.
Jill on 5th September 2014 @ 4:19pm