A self-described nude rancher has won hundreds of Instagram fans while exploring the outdoors without clothes.
Dick Powers, 36, is from Montana and spends his days herding cattle, chopping wood and fishing on his family's 1,800 acre property.
He has declared that he is naked, "frees his spirits" and hopes one day to expand his ranch business by offering tours to other naturists.
He said, “I love to be naked and I love to be a naturist. For safety reasons, I avoid anything that involves a blade.
Dick Powers, known to his Instagram followers as the Naked Rancher, posts pictures and videos of himself tending livestock, chopping wood, and fishing his family's 1,800 acres
The 36-year-old has been helping run his parents' ranch in Montana, USA, since 2017, where he first discovered his desire to ditch the formal wear of his birthday suit
He shares his bare efforts on his Instagram account, which has more than 1,000 followers, even though his parents don't know that he's a naturist and loves taking care of their country
“I'll chop wood with an ax, but I'll go that far – I don't want to cut anything! I once wore chaps and a helmet to use the chainsaw for an Instagram picture, but if I'm honest I regretted it.
"All of my posts are usually organic and natural, while this one felt mostly for my followers."
Dick, who is now the ranch manager, says his love for the outdoors was born in Florida's Everglades as a child.
"When I grew up, I did a lot of sports and was part of the American Indian Scouts – much like regular Scouts, but much more primitive," he said.
“You are learning how to survive on the land in a more traditional way than the Native American people do.
The naturist said he likes to keep his social media content as natural as possible and once stated he had decided to wear chaps and a helmet to use the chainsaw for an Instagram picture but regretted it soon. Pictured: Dick drives through the ranch's mountain ranges
The ranch manager said his love for the outdoors began as a child growing up in the Florida Everglades and learned how to survive in the wild as part of the American Indian Scouts. Dick imagined an ice-cold bath
The avid naturist, who admired the spectacular views, began studying geology at the University of Wyoming in 2007 – where the Rocky Mountains were just a short drive away
"That's where I began to connect with nature."
Brainy also loved science and Dick won a place at the University of Wyoming in September 2007 to study geology.
He said, "I had always enjoyed the outdoors and science was my preferred subject at school, so I wanted a job that allowed me to do both."
With the Rocky Mountains only a short drive from his university campus, Dick threw himself into his studies for the next three years.
In early 2009, Dick's parents were impressed by their son's beautiful surroundings and decided to leave Florida and move to the border state of Montana.
"It was always a dream of my father to move into the mountains and have his own ranch," said Dick. "He had been a businessman all his life and it was his time to enjoy his golden years."
After graduating in 2010, Dick worked on an oil rig for three years to pay off his student debt and save.
He said, “I was a rig geologist, but honestly I didn't really like it. I would help with drilling before the oil was upgraded.
After visiting Dick at university, his parents were so impressed by the scenery that they decided to leave their Florida home in 2009 and buy a ranch in Montana instead
His father had always dreamed of owning a ranch and when they came to visit they decided to change something. They moved to Montana and Dick started working on an oil rig in 2010
He worked on the oil rig for three years to pay off his student debt and save some money before returning to the University of Montana to study renewable energy development
"I was in my late twenties and enjoyed how much money I made, but after three years it was time to get out."
In 2015, he used his savings to finance a postgraduate course on renewable energy development at the University of Montana – just a stone's throw from his parents' ranch, where he worked the land on weekends.
"It's a big old piece of land that the old man can manage on his own," he said.
"We have 200 cattle that need to be looked after all year round. We have a huge haymaker and the logging season is a hell of a lot of manpower."
He has lived in his parents' five bedroom guest wing since graduating in 2017 and became a ranch manager the following year. Despite their close relationship, he didn't tell his parents that he was a naturist.
"Instead of graduating, I became a pretty practical man, and that eventually led to me taking over my father on the ranch," he said.
“This is where I discovered the wonders of geothermal hot baths as there are dozens of these incredible hot water holes in the Rocky Mountains and most of them have clothing optional signs.
“We used to run around naked as children, so I was never shy and there is nothing better than taking a bath completely naked – you feel at one with the world.
During his studies, he worked at his parents' ranch on weekends, looked after the 200 cattle, monitored the haymaking and helped with the logging season
He has lived in his parents' five bedroom guest wing since graduating in 2017 and became a ranch manager the following year. Despite their close relationship, he didn't tell his parents that he was a naturist
"Once you've been through it, it's hard to go back."
Soon it wasn't enough for Dick to swim in his birthday suit.
He said, “In the summer heat it can get incredibly hot to work the land. One day I was in the field working on a trench for the irrigation system and thought, "Fuck it – I'm going to get undressed."
So I stripped down to my underwear and worked in the field. After a few days, I thought, "Damn it, I need to get rid of these brown lines" – so I got naked. It may sound funny, but it's the honest truth. & # 39;
Now he does everything from mowing grass on his tractor to digging trenches and watering fields.
Dick said he started swimming naked and described how he felt "one with the world" before he was soon naked all over the ranch
His nudity soon escalated after realizing he was in the sun all day and decided to bare everything. Pictured wearing chaps while chainsawing
And in May last year, he took up his friend's suggestion and started posing pictures of himself working naked on Instagram under the pseudonym The Naked Rancher.
& # 39; My friend thought it was a good idea and I thought, & # 39; Why not? & # 39; & # 39; he said. “It turns out she has a lot of gay pals and they were all crazy about it. They all liked and shared the photo and before I knew it I had hundreds of followers.
“I'm straight, but I find it very cute and very flattering. There are cases when people, mostly men, send me a message or comment on a date. This thought doesn't intimidate me as I have a lot of gay friends.
“I may live in a conservative area, but I have an overwhelming desire to be myself no matter what the environment dictates. I never liked being a stereotype. I like being the weird ball and I like being naked – it liberates my mood. & # 39;
Soon over 1,000 Instagram followers will gather while his pictures make you laugh. Dick says ranching is hard work.
"I usually wake up around 6 a.m. and have a coffee before I go into the barn and see what work needs to be done," he said.
“It's always about getting on the tractor and chasing a few loose cows.
In May of last year, he took up his friend's suggestion and began posing pictures of himself working naked on Instagram under the pseudonym The Naked Rancher
In the future, Dick hopes to be able to expand his bare ranch repertoire with tours of the region and perhaps one day offer visitors the experience
“I take a short lunch break and work well into the evening before taking a break with my people, who have no idea about my nudity.
“I go out fully dressed every morning and then undress when I get to what I need to do.
“I've never been caught before, but if you find out you will probably blush first before making fun of me.
“We're a very close family, and I know it wouldn't bother them deep down.
"It's just not something I've ever found necessary to speak to and share with you."
In the future, Dick hopes to expand his bare ranch repertoire through tours of the region – overall.
He said, “It's an amazing part of the world and all of these beautiful places are literally in my back yard.
“I would love to show people the best things the area has to offer with guided tours to hot springs, wooded trails and the like.
"At first I would probably do it in clothes, but who knows, down the line I can see this place is a beautiful nudist retreat."
Follow him on @thenakedrancher to stay up to date on Dick's latest Instagram posts