horned locust goatscaping
Most mornings in the summer, around dawn, give or take, Amanita, her horse Dunny, herder dogs and "Horned Locust" herd of goats set out for work. The work: to curate the landscape and reduce fire hazards through the systematic consumption of weeds, invasive and otherwise problematic overgrowth. It's an amazing and gratifying sight - using nature with nature to solve problems. On the morning of the shoot, the primary target was ragweed - known to New Mexicans as an incredibly virulent weed and an agressively irritiating allergen. Little known fact: ragweed is also high in protein and goats find it scrumptious. This series is part of an ongoing project of portraits on "Working Dogs."