Having grown up among sheep and cattle in rural Australia I expected to feel at home in Montana, but I was completely unprepared for the magic I experienced last week. Horses, cattle, vastness - this is the story of the J BAR L ranch in Montana's Centennial Valley.
It was the first time I'd been on a horse in over 20 years but memories of my childhood, and the feeling of connection with the land came flooding back. The majesty of the hills, the vastness, the gentleness of the horses, the kindness of the cowhands - all of this bough back memories of a simpler time in my life.
I left the ranch humbled by the people I met. Their care for the cattle, horses, wildlife, and environment is something that will stay with me always. My only hope is that these images do the Centennial Valley and the J BAR L justice.