Writing a biography, I bet this is the number one hardest thing I have ever had to write… but here it goes, my name is Diane Bohna Crisp and I was born in Coarsegold, California many, many years ago. My life as a child was made up of working with my father, Henry Bohna, on our cattle ranch and going to school. We drove our cattle seven days cross country from 1500-ft. elevation up to our mountain USFS permit at 8,000- to 11,000-ft. This may not sound like much, but I am sure this lifestyle is what has made me who I am today. My life’s lessons were determination and never give up no matter how hard things get.
I know this is a strange biography but this is how I have looked at life throughout my years and it seems to help me put things into perspective. I still lead cattle drives cross-country with my family to the high country of the Sierras to spend the summer months in the lush, green mountain meadows.
I picked up a camera on one of those trips to document my experience and I have not put the camera down. I realize that what I do as a way of life on the ranch is very special and warrants time and energy to preserve. The style of camera might have changed, but the reason remains the same, I am dedicated to the preservation of the true “American Cowboy”. So I have made it my life’s mission to follow the cowboy code and capture that way of life through my lenses.