From the book review of Michael Crouser’s “Mountain Ranch” at the Summit Daily News:
Crouser captures the most significant and iconic scenes of western ranching: Life, love, birth, pain and death are all vividly evoked, as are the daily rhythms of the landscape against which Mother Nature acts out her seasonal dramas.
The livestock that are the lifeblood of the ranching business feature prominently in Crouser’s storytelling, as well. Cattle, horses and dogs grace the pages, both in their most tender moments and their most fearful and trying moments. There is an austerity to the imagery, a stylistic simplicity that penetrates directly to the heart of the subjects, whether be men, women, beasts or the land upon which they all depend.