Farewell from the ranch

Jim's oldest sister lives on a ranch outside of Hot Springs, South Dakota. My sister-in-law's property has been the scene of many a family celebration over the past 20-plus years.

Last Saturday it was the spot as many extended family members as could make it gathered to celebrate the life of Granny, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother to all who were there.

In between taking hundreds of photos of the family, I wandered here and there to shoot a few shots of the spot that holds so many cherished memories.

ranch life 

The expansive, history laden property has always been breathtaking. Yet it seemed even brighter, more brilliant that day as Granny's light and love surely shined down upon her many loved ones sharing smiles, stories, hugs, and tears as we bid our family's most extraordinary woman a final farewell.