By Charles Lohrmann
6666: Portrait of a Texas Ranch
6666 is etched deeply in Texas lore, conjuring the steely-eyed gaze at the far horizon, the rawboned, high-rolling battle with the elements that is ranching and the salt-of-the earth toughness required to make the business work. 6666: Portrait of a Texas Ranch (Texas Tech University Press, 160 pages, $45, cloth) evokes this ranch’s 19th-century legend —as well as the 21st century reality — in crafted text and stunning photographs. The book captures all of 6666 life, from the starting of the chuck wagon fire at 2 a.m. through branding, herding and even a glimpse of a jet on the ranch runway.