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The Texas Badlands

Wyman and his posse gather round the campfire outside his dugout in an undisclosed location outside of Benjamin, Texas.
Storm clouds brew over Benjamin.
You’ll rarely find Wyman without his W.C. Russell Boots and a film camera (Canon F-1).
Wyman caught (and later released) this western diamondback which are plentiful but precarious in the badlands.
Armed with his Hassleblad 501 and Winchester model 92 Wyman roams the badlands.
In 1841 a member of the Kendall expedition rode through this spot on the Sante Fé Trail and later exclaimed in his journal: “I saddled a horse one evening after making camp and rode in the wide dry torrents in search water.”
A storm is coming so it's time to take cover.
Terry Porter, a native to these badlands, sits in the cockpit of his 602 Air Tractor.
Mike Moorhouse, a cowboy and former Marlboro man, walks the streets of Knox City on his way to dinner at Isabella’s Cafe.
On to the next adventure Wyman gets a lift from Terry in his 1986 GMC 4x4.
Chances are good that any given aerial photo by Wyman was shot with pilot Knute Mjolhus, seen here at the controls of his Robinson R66. Wyman and Knute were college roommates and have flown together from the mountains and deserts of Mexico to the wilds of Ontario. Here they are in Caprock Canyon.
Wyman mingles with the descendants of the Goodnight bison herd, the last remaining native wild bison who were saved late in the nineteenth century by legendary Texas Ranger and cattleman Charlie Goodnight.
There is always laughter and a bit of mischief when Wyman and Knute are together.
A longhorn steer makes for a useful fixture in Pate Meinzer's (Wyman's son) tack room.
On a visit to his son Pate’s barn, Wyman encounters the newest member of the team.
Wyman with his son Pate. Pate grew up in Benjamin hunting and cowboying. Now he earns his living training horses, guiding hunters, and running about 300 cattle in the badlands.
Lightning strikes in Knox County.
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Fall 2017, The West Texas Badlands

Photography by Jason Frank Rothenberg

Wyman Meinzer owes his eye for light, color and movement to his boyhood on horseback in the West Texas badlands–scanning the
horizon for the first hint of sunup, searching for skittish cattle, catching the flick of a coyote's ear above the bluestem. He spent
winters trapping while living in a remote dugout on the Pitchfork Ranch and this toughened him up and instilled in him patience,
humility, and a reverence for wild things. At Texas Tech, a professor loaned Wyman the camera that set his course. His photos
have appeared on the covers of the world's most prestigious magazines and on the walls of a presidential library. In 1997,
the state legislature named Wyman Official State Photographer of Texas. Even after his extensive travels and accolades, Wyman's
heart belongs to the rough breaks and pastures of Knox County, Texas, his home on the range.

Words by Henry Chappell