Let ‘er buck! That’s the phrase that rings throughout the small town of Pendleton, Oregon during the second full week of September where over 50,000 people descend to watch or participate in the Pendleton Round Up Rodeo. This rodeo is unique in that since its inception in 1910 it has included a large Native American presence. Over 300 tee pees are set up on the rodeo grounds where members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla gather to visit with one another and participate in displays of their culture. One of my favorite events was the Indian Relay race where members of several tribes compete in a bareback horse race around the track. It’s mind blowing to think that these athletes are able to ride at tremendous speed without the need for saddles, spurs or any of the other trappings of horse racing to which I am accustomed. On the Saturday morning of the big rodeo weekend, the tribes invite the public to come down to the grass field of the stadium and watch as the tribal dance competitions take place. There is drumming, singing and dancing where contestants are divided up by age and gender, then judged on their dancing skills. Below are some of my favorite images from the 4 days that I covered just last weekend. Enjoy and let ‘er buck!
Pendleton has long been known for the Round Up, a rodeo that has been drawing thousands since its inception in 1910. The city as a travel destination unto itself is a relatively new phenomenon. Situated about 3 hours east of Portland in the high desert, Pendleton is a classic Western town. One of the biggest draws is to visit the Pendleton Woolen Mills. Now, you can sample craft beer, order custom cowboy boots, shop the antique stores, have a great steak dinner in a beautiful, Western themed restaurant and visit a contemporary art space. I recently had the chance to spend some time there photographing a story about some of the city’s craftsmen. Below are a few of my favorite pictures from the shoot. Check out the story online at TravelOregon.com.
This week I was given the keys to Smithsonian Magazine’s Instagram account. My home base is Portland, Oregon and I love this city because not only is it beautiful, the community here is full of interesting and engaging people. This week gave me an opportunity to share with the world some of the iconic people and places that I hold near and dear to my heart here in the Pacific Northwest. Below are a few of the images from the project. Please continue to follow me on my Instagram account @susanseubert
Have a beautiful summer!
Greetings! I’ve written a few posts for National Geographic’s On Assignment blog covering my story that is in the November 2015 issue of National Geographic Traveler Magazine about a train trip on the Rock Mountaineer. You can read them here:
I’ll be writing about this assignment and more in the coming weeks, so please be sure to follow me here and on Instagram (@susanseubert).
Thank you and happy trails!
Tanque Verde is a beautiful cattle and guest ranch just outside the city of Tucson, situated on 60,000 acres of gorgeous desert landscape. The property also is located adjacent to Saguaro National Park, home to its namesake cactus.
The property boasts all the amenities of a luxury hotel, however the authentic American West experience is what really drew me in. I’ve loved horses since I was a child and take every opportunity to pack my riding boots for a shoot. The desert landscape is expressed beautifully at Tanque Verde.
The ranch offers walks with a naturalist guide who can identify the myriad native plants and animals that you’ll see either on foot or on horseback.
Certain nights they offer an outdoor bbq, complete with fire pits and margaritas – their signature prickly pear margarita is not to be missed! You can get those at the Dog House saloon which is open daily. If you want to take your holiday relaxation to the next level, check out their spa offerings.
I could have easily spent a week photographing at Tanque Verde, and I look forward to my next visit!
A photograph from a story I shot about Idaho, Wyoming and Montana for the Dutch edition of National Geographic Traveler was recently named one of the top 6 images published by the magazine in 2014. When I think of the thousands of images each photographer shoots and submits for each story, I feel humbled to have an image so honored. I can only marvel at the editorial work needed to winnow so many images into just 6 for an entire year.
The image that was chosen is a picture of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, (shown above). There are two Amish girls skipping stones on the lake. I remember this moment vividly. The editor and I had stopped for a break. I noticed a group of women and girls reading the interpretive signs next to the lake. These women were so striking in their dresses and head coverings that I couldn’t resist making some images of them. The color of their clothing seemed to come out of the landscape itself, which had a very blue cast that afternoon. I thought my timing was off as they were just leaving when I started to approach them, but luckily I had started to take pictures of the unfolding scene while on my way over to where they had gathered to admire the lake. I had my regular, two camera set-up at the time: one 5D Mark III with a 70-200mm and a second 5D Mark III with a 24-105mm. First, I began using a 200mm to photograph the women from the back, which made a very pretty picture. However, I had gotten close enough to use a shorter lens when I noticed the girls skipping stones. Although I was only able to take a few frames before they darted off, I managed to get the shot. This experience was a nice reminder that it only takes one frame to capture a beautiful moment.