We arrived at the Niobrara Valley Preserve yesterday in pouring rain. The road in from the south was nearly impassable and our data collection plans were scrapped for the day. As evening neared, though, the rain started to let off, and just as the sun was nearing the horizon, it popped out from behind the clouds. Suddenly, the entire Niobrara Valley was bathed in gorgeous golden light. I scrambled to get the drone up into the air.
The Niobrara Valley Preserve is already magical, but when you add that kind of evening light, it just becomes absolutely spectacular. Below is a 30 second video showing more of a panorama view of just one small part of the 56,000 acre property.
Thank you to everyone who supports our conservation work, both at the Niobrara Valley Preserve and elsewhere around the state, country, and world.
Special thank you to the Nebraska Environmental Trust for funding this effort through a PIE (Public Information and Education) minigrant, administered through the Nebraska Academy of Sciences.
I’ve often said that Interstate 80 through Nebraska is a great population control mechanism for our state. While I actually enjoy much of the scenery along the interstate, it’s particular route helps feed the widely held stereotype that Nebraska is a big flat state with nothing to see but corn and cows. We certainly have lots of corn and cows, but if you take the time to explore beyond the interstate, you quickly see that Nebraska is anything but flat.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not promoting Nebraska as a place that you should move to. In my personal opinion, we have plenty of people here already. I happen to love that there are still large areas of the state where I can drive for miles without ever seeing another human being. I’m sure that’s not a universally-held opinion among our tourism board or chambers of commerce, but that’s how I feel. I’m going to show you a few photos of a non-flat Nebraska today, but please don’t take those as a personal invitation to move to our state. I guess you could come visit, but you’ll be much happier living in your own state.
Anyway, I bet your state is really pretty too. You should live there. Thanks.