Traveling along the back roads in Cherry County, NE, I came upon this horse feeder. No horses were in sight, but I needed this picture to explain what a horse feeder looked like. I had used a horse feeder in an earlier blog about a prairie landscape I shot in northeast Nebraska near Niobrara. The … Continue reading Horse Feeder
Branding cattle is still alive and well in western Nebraska. Just outside the bank in Merriman, Nebraska, is a large sign that identifies all the brands used in the Nebraska Sand Hills in 1964. Below each brand is the name of its owner. I saw many of these brands during my wanderings through Cherry County, … Continue reading Cattle Brands
Just west of Ord, Nebraska on state highway 11, near Elyria, NE (pop. 51) is a prominent sign for a pick-your-own pea patch. You can't miss the sign, famous last words, but the American Flag wind sock and broken down pick-up truck are there to wake up the heavy-eyed drivers coming out of Cherry County. I … Continue reading Patriotic Peas
In the northern part of Cherry County lies Eli, NE on US 20. The town is still shown on the state highway map, but no population is given. This town is so small it doesn't even rate a standard green sign for the highway that says "unincorporated". The town had to make its own sign. But, … Continue reading Eli, Nebraska
The Nebraska Sand Hills are basically a grass-stabilized desert, with gently rolling "dunes" that cover a quarter of the state. As barren as the land appears on the top, below it sits the Ogallala Aquifer, which is the largest body of ground water in the world. The hardy prairie grass is well suited for the … Continue reading Uber Sand Trap
Say whaaat? Does this sign make any sense? Do you see any trees? In the middle of Cherry County, Nebraska, known for its wide-open spaces, I came across this sign. I double-checked the map and made sure of my position. Yup, smack dab in the middle of Cherry County. Then, I took a 360 degree … Continue reading Liar!
What's it like to be alone? Really alone. Not sitting by yourself at the bar, but really alone. That feeling struck me when I was driving on a county road in the middle of Cherry County, Nebraska; Nebraska's largest county of over 6,000 square miles. I left Merritt Reservoir at sunrise and hadn't seen a … Continue reading Alone
Cherry County is the largest county in Nebraska . Covering over 6,000 square miles, this county is larger than the state of Connecticut, and has a population density of less than one person per square mile. Bounded on the north by South Dakota's emptiness, the other three sides are bounded by even more wide-open spaces. … Continue reading Tiny Town, NE