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Old Aug 3, 2010, 2:27 PM   #1
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I got these shots today during an early morning hike on one of the trails at the Konza Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in central Kansas. It was a great sunrise and a generally beautiful early morning to be at such an unspoiled location.
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Old Aug 3, 2010, 4:34 PM   #2
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I particularly like #2. Having grown up in the midwest I know it's not easy to capture a good photo of a prairie. You found a location that's not totally flat and the lighting is excellent - good three-dimensionality of the scene. Well done.

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I too like #2, well done Angie .... Ted where in the midwest?
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I too like #2, well done Angie .... Ted where in the midwest?
The Chicago suburbs, which I know is just the start of the midwest. Illinois is as flat as a board until you go to the southern part - liking the outdoors I moved away as soon as I graduated from college.

Angie caught a more typical prairie scene - very gently rolling hills.

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Looks a lot like what I see driving between Dallas and Wichita Falls, Texas to go see my parents...right on the border between Texas and Oklahoma, except you almost can't shoot anything like that without at least one oil well, cow or windmill in it!
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Looks a lot like what I see driving between Dallas and Wichita Falls, Texas to go see my parents...right on the border between Texas and Oklahoma, except you almost can't shoot anything like that without at least one oil well, cow or windmill in it!
That cracked me up! I suspect Angie found one of the only prairie views that didn't include the obstructions you mentioned, as well as highways, 18-wheelers, buildings, articulated tractors, and so on.

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Edit: and grain silos - what was I thinking, to forget them?

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It can be hard to find this kind of scene around here also. Windmills are common with occasional oil wells and lots of cattle; but more recently cell towers have sprouted up everywhere. You can always tell the highest point of each area because there will be at least on tower perched at the top.
The area of tallgrass prairie where I was today is a protected area, it is largely used for scientific study of how the tallgrass ecosystem works. Hikers are allowed on specific trails. People are asked to stay only on the trails, to not bring dogs and no bicycling is allowed. People occasionally abuse these rules but generally everyone respects the importance of preserving the prairie in its pristine form. It's full of seasonal wildflowers, birds, many small wild animals and a pristine small creek is entirely contained within the preserve. A delight to the senses.
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Hi,

I'm a sucker for a good sunrise image. And this one is particularly good.

Well, actually, both the images are fine-I just happen to like the 1st is all.

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I agree with zig: I really like the sunrise shot and the way the light strikes the bottom of the clouds.
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