It's hard to believe that it has been almost ten years since I first set out to explore Nebraska and began work on what would become ninety-three. In the years since, I've continued to photograph every corner of Nebraska, keeping track of every place I've visited along the way. The result is the following map:
The blue dots represent places I've visited, from towns to natural areas to cemeteries to state-lines and more. The red dots (of which 16 remain!) are the few towns I've yet to visit in my travels. As with the ninety-three project, it would have been a heckuva lot easier if this is what I had planned from the beginning. Despite that, it's been a fun journey and I'm looking forward to completing this personal challenge in the next year or so.
All that remain: Amelia, Brownlee, Chambers, Champion, Cummingsville, Elsmere, Huntley, Johnstown, Lamar, Lebanon, Milburn, Milligan, Naponee, Palisade, Purdum, and Wood Lake.
Photographs from an unseasonably cool July 3rd along the edge of the sandhills...
This was my first visit to the Olson Nature Preserve near Petersburg, a small, semi-remote public nature reserve along Beaver Creek. It's one of the more fascinating natural places I've found in the state. The area around the creek is a wetland, with tall Cottonwood Trees and tall native prairie grasses. Along a ridge, there is a cool, dark woodland full of tangled old Oak trees. And on the other side of the ridge are the start of the sandhills complete with cacti and more desert-like grasses. And all of this within a mile or so walk from the parking lot.
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