The Truly Awesome Nebraska Sandhill Cranes – A Day Trip Photo Adventure With Nikon and Fujifilm

Around 20 years ago I headed out west to photograph one of the most stunning scenes you can imagine: the Sandhill Crane migration. For the month of March, these beautiful (but also kinda goofy-looking) birds fatten up in the corn fields along the Platte River before they head on out to their next destination. Photographing them isn't easy, and I remember taking my really crappy 70-300mm consumer…

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A Portrait of a Sandhills Cattle Rancher

When a rancher in a truck pulled over and asked us what we were doing, I'm pretty sure he was being protective of his land. He might have been a bit suspicious although he was too polite to say so. We explained to him that we were from Omaha and just appreciating the beauty of the Sandhills. I was out with @kurt_johnson_photography on a mini two-day photo…

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Photo Gallery: Historic Beetison House in Ashland, NE

Some of the Last Photographs of the Israel Beetison Home in Ashland, Nebraska https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_IIreTfE7AThe Beetison House in Ashland, Nebraska burned down recently, and I'm beyond sad. This place held five generations of the same family. It stood tall on this hill for many, many years, and I'm lucky to have have recently gone out to photograph it's historic ruins. 

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The Fujifilm X100v: Telling the Story of Rural Nebraska

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18vLdgBvbi0&t=5s This old church is close to my heart. She’s an example of the beauty that one can find even in your own “back yard.” This place is a well-known and photographed place in Nebraska and we are all watching and waiting, kind of like a slow-motion car wreck, for her to fall down. We don’t want it to happen, but it’s inevitable. At least we have…

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Fujifilm X100v and X-E4 Photo Adventure in Nebraska

The Fujifilm X100v just may be my favorite camera of all time. It's small, compact and can go almost everywhere with me. The X-E4 is almost as small, but can use different lenses. I think there's room for both, so I took them along with me for a photo adventure in Nebraska. Nebraska is full of "treasure" like what I found here, including an old fire truck,…

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Is It Okay To Love Broken Things?

I was driving down a country road going a bit too fast trying to make it to a destination I had on Google Maps that I had researched months ago. From the corner of my eye, just at those trees you see here to the left, I spotted this house. I hit the brakes like so many of my fellow photographers have done and shifted into reverse.…

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This is Why Nebraska is as Beautiful as Anywhere on the Planet…

I’ve lived in Nebraska my entire life, going on 45 years now.  Nebraska is situated right in the middle of America, and there was a portion of my life when I wanted so badly to move out of the Midwest and get to one of the coasts.  I thought Nebraska was nothing but a vast, flat emptiness.  Most people call it “flyover” country and the sights people…

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A story with heart and a focus on sustainability: Pasture 2 Table Farm

I've been interested in the idea that the food we eat should be something more meaningful in our culture for a while. I was researching local farms online and found this powerful quote on the Pasture2Table website: "There came a time for us to question where our food comes from. After some research we decided we wanted to raise animals in a way that was healthy, ethical,…

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Branched Oak Farm provides insight into why our food choices matter.

Every time we eat, we're making a choice and answering the question: "what kind of world do I want to live in?"It's why restaurants like Kitchen Table in the Old Market in Omaha are important.  Not just because the food they serve is delicious (and the Kitchen Table's food is a certain special kind of delicious), but there is a consciousness behind it that serves as a distinct contrast from…

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