Sunday, April 18, 2010
Why the Longhorn?
Real live longhorns are not hard to find in these parts. Not far from my house, the Flying D Ranch offers longhorns for sale. Some folks refer to these iconic bovines as “pasture ornaments”—and when I get a Rancho of my own, I intend to have a longhorn steer as a pasture ornament, along with a few horses. I have always been a cowgirl at heart.
That’s why I paid for the chance to straddle a longhorn and have my photo snapped (with the Lone Star flag as a backdrop, natch) at last year’s Houston Rodeo. Not to mention that those steers are HUGE—and I’m not a petite girl.
I have an alter-ego who appears in some of my digital artwork. Her name is Kactus Kate—she’s rides a longhorn steer and runs the Kactus Kate Cattle Driving Company. Here’s her business logo:
Kactus Kate's Motto is "Steering the Herd Since 1986", and she is a tough, no-nonsense Trail Boss with awesome skills. She carries a compass, always has an extra bandanna to share and knows how to yodel. She’s always welcome to visit me! Do you have an alter ego? What is she (or he) like? Leave me a comment and let me know.
Artwork: Kactus Kate, Photosphop sig designed by me; constructed by my son, circa 2006.