by Angelika Ursula Dietrich
by Angelika Ursula Dietrich
Our Feature Presentation and for the first time ever, a short film “2017 at Highview Angus Ranch ~ “Our Business — Our Life” by Angelika Ursula Dietrich of Eagle Cap Media Productions.
Come along with us as we capture the scenes of our daily ranch work, animals, mother nature, and the incredible vistas that surround us each and every day.
“Our Business—Our Life” not only reflects our mortal existence and spirit but a lifestyle that is utterly embedded deep into our being. The extraordinary dedication to all our animals no matter the weather or circumstances might seem peculiar to some but is just something we are deep down to our core.
We also include a “Tribute” to two of our very beloved animal friends: One who left us after 17 wonderful years of doggie life, the other too soon after only 18 months in his playful and precious equine life. Their impact will be forever engraved into our hearts and our memories will never forget them.
We hope this short film also serves as a testimonial and recognition beyond our own for everyone in American Farm & Agriculture who help produce the safest, most abundant, affordable, and yet enjoyable food supply in the world.
Highview Angus Ranch has been family-owned and operated below the Wallowa Mountains near Enterprise, Oregon USA since 1960. Please enjoy an inside reflection of who we are and shall continue to be…2017 at Highview Angus Ranch ~ “Our Business — Our Life”
A pesonal note from Angelika:
Videos like these are made possible when one lives 12 months a year 24/7 on-site 🙂
Given that I never leave home without at least one camera and two extra batteries, I shot uncountable video segments, took more than 5,000 pictures throughout 2017 of which less than 1,500 survived.
I’ve been known to run outside in my Pajamas and slippers or even barefoot only to stand in the ice-cold snow to capture one of those “Oh my God” moments 🙂
What I seek to experience behind my lens is what the rancher intimately feels through every vein in their blood. I know I probably got something right when I experience goose pumps or tearing up while capturing a moment; especially when Jeff just offers a simple “WOW” when reviewing the footage.
One of the scenes that really got to me this Christmas when standing outside in the snow realizing that the cows had started to fall into a slow trot coming directly toward us with the lead cow “marching” her herd forward as soon as we opened the gate.
Of course, my [other] life evolves around my horses who are truly “the mirror to my soul”.
Thus, it was heartbreaking and total devastation when I lost a very young and promising horse this year who was foaled at the ranch in 2016. Tristan was the most unique horse I have ever had in my life, letting me know from Day 1 that he was indeed a stallion. He is embedded in my soul forever.
John Wayne once said: “Courage is to be scared to death and saddling up anyway”. With that said, I shall continue to believe in the plan that the great Devine has in store for me by carrying on to champion “the right to farm”, animal husbandry, and standing up for human rights for all – by means of life behind the lens and otherwise…
ANGELIKA URSULA DIETRICH, owner and publisher of Wild Horses Thunder and Wild Horses Media Productions, is a professional Photographer, Videographer, Publisher, Writer, Social Media Consultant, and Website Developer.
Angelika's photography work has been displayed on the front cover of Idaho Magazine (2022), the Nimiipuu Tribal Tribune, Cowboy Lifestyle Network (2021), Cowboys & Indians (2016 & 2018), and in various Oregon and Washington entertainment and vacation publications, Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Program and website (2012-2020), at Art Gallery Festivals, private businesses, as well as for display advertisement for many clients in and out of Wallowa County including the Wallowa County Chieftain (2003-2007). Between 2007 and 2009, Angelika worked in radio as the news and sports director for owners Lee and Carol Lee Perkins at KWVR Radio in Enterprise, Oregon. After the station was sold, she created Wallowa Valley Online, an independent online news magazine publishing and writing news and engaging in photojournalism. After ten years of Wallowa Valley Online, Angelika decided to concentrate on her professional photography, write more human interest stories, and volunteer at the Nez Perce Wallowa Homeland.
Regarding my writing: "As a grandchild of post-war Europe (ethnic ancestry Bohemian/Austrian/German) and former Army spouse, I have lived and visited many places across the globe. Wallowa County, Oregon, has been my home since 2002. I am the daughter of a mom whose country violently vanished post-WWII. Her family was forcefully removed from Bohemia in 1946 when she was only six years young and sent to West Germany in cattle wagons. Her life story has tremendously impacted my own and formed my views on humanity and, at times, the lack thereof.
My formal college education is in the nursing field and psychology, which finds itself in my work as a writer and photographer. I am a humanitarian by heart and soul." ~Angelika Ursula Dietrich