In the summer of 2015 Cindy hosted a film crew for the BBC while they were filming a segment featuring stacking hay in the Big Hole Valley in Montana.. “America’s Wild West” is a 3 part series featuring America’s Western mountains, coastlines and deserts. It will be released soon in the US. Stacking hay with the Beaverslide is a subject well known to Cindy, who has actually worked on the hay crews and published many resulting images. You will see her images of stacking hay in giant 20 ton stacks as well as the segment from the BBC.
Symposium Session Details
Stacking Hay in the Big Hole Valley with the BBC
Saturday, March 11th, 2017
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Cynthia Baldauf has been traveling to the Big Hole Valley in Montana since 1999. Her passion for western photography has grown out of her love for the tenacious people who work the valley and her commitment to documenting their joys and travails.
This award-winning photographer has been recording the traditions of the West’s beautiful Big Hole Valley, which is also known as “the land of 10,000 haystacks.” These traditions extend from the use of antique Beaverslides to stack hay, to the use of magnificent draft horses to pull hay-filled sleds and wagons—both symbols of an earlier time. Cindy also appreciates and reveres horses, tack, labor, land, and the wonderful, generous friends who have welcomed her into their lives.
Cindy’s photos have been published in many magazines, including Country, Country Extra, Farm & Ranch and RANGE. And they have appeared in books including “Montana 24/7,” “America 24/7,” “Cowboys & Country”, “Cowboys and Critters”, “Wild for Horses” and “The Romance & Reality of Ranching.”.