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PlainSky, Nebraskans: Horses and Building Storm, Grant County

Horses and Building Storm, Grant County

Horses and Building Storm, Grant County

As I pursued a storm moving east through the Sand Hills, hoping for more images, these two horses staring down at me from the top of a grass-covered dune stopped me in my tracks. I scaled the 30-foot dune, and as I did… the horses fled.

No matter.

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Wall, Jay Em, Wyoming

Wall, Jay Em

Wall, Jay Em

A fascination for many of us born and raised in the West is the ghost town; not just because of the history the place contains, but also, the shared connection with our very recent forebears, a testament to their constitution, resilience and determination.

But for the photographer, there’s more: cool stuff to shoot.

I’ve done a lot of work in ghost towns, photographically speaking, over the last 15 years; textures, doors, boardwalks, reflections, colors and settings are too much to resist in these places.

So, a few weeks ago when I was in Wyoming for a shoot, my assistant and I made time to make pictures in a fantastically preserved town called Jay Em.

PlainSky, Nebraskans: Sand Hills Train, Grant County

Sand Hills Train, Grant County

Sand Hills Train, Grant County

The Sand Hills (or, as Nebraskans do it, the Sandhills) are a challenging, subtle place to photograph; few trees or geographic landmarks exist to help define a sense of scale in any photo. That may be why I’m so drawn to the area: It’s a challenge. But, I think it is more the immense expanse of the sky, the clarity of vision and the openness of the landscape that simply tantalizes me with the question, “What if?”

Help Harrison Build a New Fire Hall

Young Cowboy, Harrison, Matted

"Young Cowboy, Harrison" is the 2-foot-wide print I've donated to Harrison as a raffle grand prize in an effort to help raise money for the town's new fire hall.

Harrison, Neb., is hoping for a new fire hall in 2013, and I couldn’t just stand by and watch as 275 people tried to finance such an endeavor all by themselves. Continue reading

PlainSky, Nebraskans: Sumac, Hall County

Sumac, Hall County

Sumac, Hall County

Fall is a wonderful time in Nebraska: No, I’m not waxing poetically about Husker football, but about the fall colors. Autumn is dry here, chilly and clear, while the colors are vivid and the harvest dust luminescent; roadsides offer their own version of micro-scenery, as if the plants themselves are trying valiantly to contribute something to the already vibrant hues of the season.