Raindrops | Omak, WA | August 2019

Rodeo #2 | Drizzle intensifies the scent of lariats, leather and livestock. As one female rodeo fan yelled, “Hoo-wee! Do I smell wet cowboy?” Bronc busters and bull riders aren’t fazed, of course, by sporadic sprinkles. When you’re straddling a 1,500-pound dynamo, rain and the resulting aromas are the least of your concerns. It’s the spectators — some in $300 hats, some in $4 t-shirts — who scramble for shelter. I speak from recent experience: Not every rodeo buff smells nice and sweet when dripping wet.