Nebraska

This day could someday be an anniversary

June 20th marked the tenth anniversary of the day I began exploring Nebraska for what would eventually become ninety-three. To commemorate the anniversary, I traveled the same path, starting at the graves of the first Vavaks to come to Nebraska and traveling along US Highway 30 to Grand Island.

Here is what I wrote after that first day..

Today was the first day of my yet-to-be-titled photographic foray into the state of Nebraska. The whole project is still up in the air as of now, but I'm sure it'll eventually take shape over the next few months. This will mark the first project that I will reveal as a whole in some way, hopefully in a gallery or other space, rather than showing an image here and there in this journal.

I hope to have at least 50 solid images by the time the whole thing is done. After today, it feels very possible, if I can put a finger on exactly what it is I'm trying to do.

The end result was a multi-year project featuring one photograph for each of Nebraska's 93 counties. And my first solo exhibition, and my first self-published photo book. Looking back at the pictures from that first day, there are a lot of misses, but there are also a few solid images that made the final draft and are still among my favorite photographs.

I've compiled twelve pairs of images showing what has (and hasn't) changed between 2007 and 2017. The first six are posted below with the rest to follow later this week.

    Saunders County

    Saunders County

    Morse Bluff

    Morse Bluff

    North Bend

    North Bend

    Schuyler

    Schuyler

    Schuyler

    Schuyler

    Schuyler

    Schuyler

Post title: Jets To Brazil - Sweet Avenue

It's Crane season...

This weekend finds me headed to the last few places in Nebraska that I've yet to visit. Tomorrow, I'll return to Valentine once again. Today, the afternoon was spent chasing and admiring Sandhill Cranes in the Platte River valley.

I witnessed the cranes once on a family trip many years ago, but had not been back to see the migration since I started photographing Nebraska. This always surprises people.  I did my best to get some interesting photographs with my limited gear, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It's an amazing site to see thousands upon thousands of these elegant birds flying through the sky and coming to rest on the Platte River at night.

West and home

Photographs from a Sunday afternoon in southwest Nebraska before hitting the road home...

Lamar, a tiny place located a mile or two from the Colorado border off of US 6, marked the last town south of the interstate that I had yet to visit. This leaves me with just 9 more towns to visit on the official Nebraska highway map. One obsession leads to another, from a random photo project documenting Nebraska to visiting all 93 counties to exploring every single town.

Lamar, Nebraska

Trenton, Nebraska

Venango, Nebraska

Nothin' but blue skies from now on

One last road trip before fall arrives, a quick tour of the southern border of Nebraska along US 136 and NE 89 to McCook. I'm crossing off the last few towns I've yet to visit south of I-80 and stopping by a places I haven't seen since my initial travels for ninety-three back in 2007. Returning to some of these towns, like Wilsonville, is like seeing an old friend, even if we only met for a very short amount of time several years ago. Not much changes in these parts.

Tomorrow I'm headed towards the Colorado border and then back home across the state. 

near Dorchester

Bloomington

Wilsonville

Visited: Milligan, Superior, Abdal, Red Cloud, Bloomington, Naponee, Harlan County Lake, Republican City, Alma, Orleans, Stamford, Beaver City, Hendley, Wilsonville, Lebanon, Danbury, Marion, Grove Cemetery, and Culbertson, Nebraska. Oberlin, Traer, and Herndon, Kansas.

Post title: Willie Nelson - Blue Skies