The word alpine often conjures up the image of mountainous landscapes—usually the kind with snow, evergreen trees and ski slopes. Well, Alpine, Texas, certainly has its share of peaks and valleys, but they are a little more rugged in the high desert climate of the state’s Big Bend country. It is also home to the legendary o6 Ranch, established by the Kokernot family during the 19th century. In 2008 I was assigned to photograph working cowboys on the ranch for a special tack and equipment article, which appeared in the May 2008 issue. We coordinated with Big Bend Saddlery and Chris Lacey of the o6, and we got help from real deal cowboys such as Larry Baldwin (left) and Mike Capron (right).