The area around Wickenburg, like most of Arizona, is open range. Cattle graze unattended in the desert year-round, eating the grass and other small plants that emerge after a rainfall. Water can be found in man-made ponds known by the locals as “cattle tanks” scattered throughout the desert or in more elaborate corrals like this one, with windmills pumping water into tanks and drinking troughs.
A few times a year, the cattle is rounded up for branding or transport to feedlots and markets. It’s then that these pens become busy, filled with cattle awaiting their fate. But on this lazy autumn day in 2009, a handful of cattle were simply resting in the shade near a favorite water hole.
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