Despite everything going on this year, there was still a lot of beauty to be found in 2020. I saw it in the small acts of kindnesses between people, regardless of a global pandemic and widespread political and cultural division. I was also very fortunate to be able to capture the splendor of Nebraska prairies, though I ranged less widely than I have in other years. As 2020 comes to an end, I’d like to put together something that reminds others of the beauty around us, particularly in prairies. I’m hoping you can help.
In the coming weeks, in addition to other blog posts, I’m going to share some collections of prairie photos from 2020. I hope you enjoy seeing all of them, but I’d also like your help in choosing the ones you think are the best. I’ll try to incorporate those select images into some kind of project (still in the design phase) that both highlights the beauty of prairies and helps people feel better about the world in general. With each collection I share, I’d love to get your feedback about the images. If you’d like participate, just go to the comments section at the end of this post and list the numbers of any images that resonate particularly with you. Thanks in advance for your help, and I hope you enjoy the photos.
Oh my! Put these together in a book and I would happily buy the book.
I particularly like #5 and #12. Maybe a calendar?
1,5,7,10 for me. No.1 is spectacular.
1 and 2. Be nice to see a sunrise–sunset pair to bracket a day
Numbers 1 & 5. Really like the way you have the plant tapping into the sun on #5. It’s a very symbolic reminder of the connection of our Earth to the Sun.
#1 and #11 are my favorites
1 , 3, 8, 9 12
7 and 9
Great idea, Chris! Number 1 is the standout in this group for me, along with 12.
1, 5, 7, 10 are all inspiring. All the ice and snow “bubbles” would fit into their own category, not sure what to call it. The dead critters would probably make some people sad, although we should all be mature enough to know about “ashes to ashes and dust to dust.” All of your stuff is good, Chris!
1, 3, 5
1, 3 and 11 are standouts for me. And if I picked an ice bubble one, 12 definitely stands out. I like the grouse tracks quite a bit – the prairie in winter is often a portrait of stillness and hibernation, but that one is a reminder that some critters are still busy out there.
1, 3, and 11 are standouts for me. If I picked an ice bubble one, it would be 12. I like the grouse tracks quite a bit – the prairie in winter is often a portrait of stillness and hibernation, so it is nice to be reminded that some critters are still actively making a living out there.
1,2,5,10,12. Really love the ice bubbles!
1,2,3,5,7, and 9 if I have to pick. I’m always inspired by your photos!
3, 7, 8, 12.
Hi Chris, They are all quite wonderful, but 1, 5 and 12 are our favorites!
1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 10
Really, all of them, but I know you wanted us to make the hard choices.
I like the pastorals the best not as interested in the minutiae as you. Still l look forward to each week’s offering I like 1 3 and 7. This week and have thought many of your shots up the Niiobrara River should be in Print. I would purchase in a heartbeat. Those shots capture a longing for adventure and instil a sense of peace. Keep up the good work. I read your square meter book the day I received it. Thank you for your thoughtfulness
I like 1,3, and 7.
Thank you for all you do!
It’s 2 and 3 for me, although I could split hairs and add a few more….
Photo 3 reminds me of how the year was going one way and then upon hitting an obstacle, made a U-turn. This is the same pattern a boat makes on a windy day when the motor goes out and it is, dangerously, let loose, into the wind and waves, from the pressure that drives it.
I like that!
1, 5, 7, and 10. Definitely not the frozen frog, although that one has made the longest impression.
I really loved #1, and also #3, #10 and #12. From the majestic to the intimate, these are beautiful photos of beautiful places. I agree Nature has the power to heal, and look forward to future posts!
3, 7, 10, 12
1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 12
All excellent! Enjoy the communiques and photo art – thank you for availing them to us!
1, 5, 7, 10 – guess the sunshine and light play resonate with me today.
#5 is my favorite of this group.
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All cool pictures and inspiring- 1, 3, 5 and 9.
1, as it’s classic, like the ones used for ‘Inspirational’ works.
3. as it shows signs of life moving on
Yes, the others are wonderful in their way, but don’t fit what I understand you’re looking for.
I’m not personally fond of sunbursts, but #7 is a winner in all respects. I’d certainly include #11 for its uniqueness. It puts me in mind of poor Yorick and his skull. “Alas, poor Froggie. I knew him, Chris — a fellow of infinite hops!”
5, 7, 12. I enjoy all the close ups of the ice and who is trapped in the ice. They make me ponder, and be amazed what nature does. The 3 I chose lit more of a spark.
My favourite is 2
Wonderful observations from capturing stunning landscapes to minute details! I feel sorry for the beetle but the frozen frog is remarkable! I expect he may thaw out in the melt and regain life, they are very resilient. Lovely post :D Greetings from Tasmania.