PlainSky, Nebraskans: Bench, Early Morning at the Westerner Hotel

Bench, Early Morning at the Westerner

Bench, Early Morning at the Westerner

Photographers–especially landscape and documentary photographers–are well known for their early rising, a product of ensuring they are in the proper position to embrace the dopamine-inducing light just before sunrise. In late May, that meant leaving the Westerner Hotel in Chadron at 4 a.m.

As I loaded gear into the truck in preparation for the hour drive to the scheduled location for the morning, I found myself staring at the bench across the parking lot, fascinated with its romantic interplay of light, texture and shadow.

And for a few moments, I stalled my sunrise addiction to make this photo.