Art of the Prairie: A Nebraska Sand Hills Grass Photograph


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.

Smooth broomgrass grows thickly around a lake in Crescent Lake NWR, Nebraska

Smooth broomgrass grows thickly around a lake in Crescent Lake NWR, Nebraska ©Stephen Weaver

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.

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4 responses to “Art of the Prairie: A Nebraska Sand Hills Grass Photograph

  1. Very beautiful…I love Crescent Lake. Its a great area to photograph. I happen to live 40 miles from here. If your ever in the neighborhood drop me a line. Love the Nebraska Plains.

  2. Mr Weaver,
    I’m from the sandhills and it’s where my family lives now, but I am currently deployed and miss home every day. I stumbled upon your photos and looking at them made me so happy, it was like having a little visit back. Thank you so much for the beautiful work that you are doing and this little moment of bliss for a girl overseas.

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