Steens Mountain Iron Tractor

At the foot of Wildhorse Canyon in Harney County's Steens Mountain lies this beautiful iron tractor, burnished to a wonderful patina by the desert sun

On the remote eastern side of Steens Mountain, five thousand feet below the head of Wildhorse Canyon, is farmland, or at least these evidences of someone's fantasy that this arid but magnificent land might thrive. Although one can imagine the din this iron beast might have made on the land, now, at the new millenium, the silence in this land is so deep it is positively unsettling. The nearest real town is over 100 miles distant.


..........................................................Lonely Buggy

Nearby rests the horse-drawn buggy that transported the hopeful farmers to such destinations as the schoolhouse in Andrews, to the south, or northward to the Whitehorse Ranch on the shores of the Alvord Desert for conviviality. The scene in the 1990's is sad; the buggy is parked probably forever in this quiet aspen grove, Time has left it lonely.


Pronghorn Antelope at Malheur Refuge on the west side of Steens Mountain

Speedy desert pronghorn looks shaggy in it late winter coat at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon

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