Farmers specializing in native grasses burn off last year's stubble every spring, killing all the weeds and invasive species that invaded the field during last year's growing season. This allows a fresh start for the new crop of native grass, providing an almost pure product of grass seed. Thought for the Day: No road is … Continue reading Prairie Burn
November Bonfire It was still dark as I plodded through the kitchen to check the outside temperature. A cold front was predicted last night, and I could tell it had arrived by the ice cold tile under my bare feet. My reliable thermometer, with digital readouts looked different to me, like it was missing something. … Continue reading Cold Front
This is another photo from the Prairie Burn I witnessed and wrote about last May; to see blog titled, "Burn, Baby, Burn" click here. Actually, the burn took place in the morning, but I thought a night shot would look more dramatic, so I played around in Photoshop for awhile. Now, the photo has more depth to … Continue reading Hot Times!
Prairie Burn Earlier this week I had the opportunity to document the controlled burning of 35 acres of native grasses and wild flowers. What was once left to Mother Nature, with lightning strikes and wildfires, today's prairies are nurtured with periodic, carefully-planned and controlled burns. Native grasses can grow over six feet tall. … Continue reading Burn Baby, Burn!
Elkhorn Lanes, an iconic landmark of Elkhorn, NE. burned to the ground in the first week of January, 2010. The temperature was in the single digits and the winds were gusting at 30 mph when the fire broke out in the kitchen after it had closed. It took the firefighters until noon the following day … Continue reading Elkhorn Bowling Alley Fire