Adventure: Spring Hill Ranch

I grew up in the outskirts of Salinas, CA, an area fueled by agriculture and livestock. Throughout the years I watched cattle meander down the trails alongside the highway and sheep graze along the hillsides. This interplay of nature co-existing alongside daily life always fascinated me and I deeply missed it when I moved to Silicon Valley. In January of 2015, for my birthday weekend, we traveled up to Spring Hill Ranch in Petaluma, CA where I got to work alongside the family running the ranch and snap a few pictures. It was a spectacular adventure to say the least!

I’ve always thought of myself more of a hands-on type of person, so rather than just observing the activity around the ranch prior to taking pictures it was a treat to get to actually work a weekend on the ranch loading the feed, riding the tractor through the pasture, and grooming the show Highlands. I even managed to overcome the horrible fact of having to wake up at 5:00am! I look forward in the coming years to get to shadow some of the wonderful Texas farmers, ranchers and craftsmen to document their skill and my adventures.

You can see images from our Spring Hill Ranch trip and other adventures in my Streets & Adventures gallery. You can also purchase prints of some of my Spring Hill Ranch images.

Author: Matthew

Matthew Basile is an Austin, TX based portrait photographer focused on fine art and stylized glamour, boudoir, beauty and high school senior portraits as well as professional headshots. A self-admitted photographic nerd and overall creative geek on an everlasting mission to capture images that elicit emotion, whether taken in the studio or on the street.

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