One of the main subjects I am drawn to now in my journey to photograph the beauty of the natural world is the prairie, and the amazing textures and colors of grass that make up this often unappreciated environment. True, the prairie and plains are relief challenged environments and they may not bring to mind the incredible vistas of rugged alpine terrain, but I personally have found that if you take the time to experience the prairie and really see it you would be astounded at the beauty that is present. One of the goals of this web journal will be to highlight my vison of the prairie and hopefully illustrate that the beauty of nature extends well beyond spectacular the red rock country of the southwest or the unquestionable grandeur of the mountain environment. To that end I present the next image from my recent Midwest trip.
Photographed in the Sand Hills of Nebraska in Crescent Lake NWR, this image highlights the luxuriant growth of grass surrounding one of the many lakes in the refuge. I was blessed with great clouds and soft light and the different layers and textures as well as the near-far composition help to make this a satisfying image.