The sheep are owned by the women of the Navajo tribe and young girls, sometimes under ten, are found tending the flocks. Lillie and Ethel One Salt pose with their sheep as a result of a request from the editor of Arizona Highways Magazine, Raymond Carlson, for Barry to fly to the reservation and capture Navajo children tending their flock in the snow.
Color and black and white photographs were taken of these two Navajo girls near Navajo Mountain. One of the color photographs was selected for the cover of the first all color issue of Highways Magazine, December, 1946. The separate black and white photograph was used as the cover for the September, 2010 issue, 64 years later as a tribute to the photographer.
The December, 2011 issue of Arizona Highways contained their selections for the 50 greatest photographs ever to appear in the magazine. Dad’s color photo of the girls used as the cover in 1946 was one of the 50 chosen. The magazine asked its readers to tell them their favorite out of the 50, and the readers selected Barry Goldwater’s.