The author and photographer Ursula Tillmann was born and raised on a country estate in Germany near Düsseldorf. As a teenager she came on a scholarship to Canada where she initially worked on a farm in the Peace River region. Later she studied journalism in Calgary. She worked as a reporter and editor for more than twenty years in North America and Europe focusing on history, politics and human interest stories. She has published several photography books as well as the novel "Undressing Shadows", the non-fiction book "From Hell to Freedom" and poetry "Gemaris".
Western Canadian Cowboys taking a break from work. At right: Rodeo (bull riding) at Bragg Creek in Alberta. During the summer lots of small communities organize rodeos. The biggest event, the "Stampede" is yearly in July in Calgary, where millions of visitors come to admire the way of the North American cowboys.
Caught between two worlds. Buffalos roam the prairie beside electrical posts in southern Alberta.
Aboriginal Canadian girl in her traditional clothes.