Beeswing

Oh, she was a rare thing
Fine as a bee’s wing
And I miss her more than ever words could say
If I could just taste all of her wildness now
If I could hold her in my arms today
Well, I wouldn’t want her any other way

Beeswing” by Richard Thompson

Kodak Portra 160 35mm film

Amazing

“I’m on the Great Plains! It’s amazing here! The sky is like a person yawned and never stopped!”

– Friend of Ian Frazier, as quoted in his book Great Plains

Pawnee National Grassland, Colorado

Hiker’s Paradise

Harsh country, yet incredibly beautiful. These are the badlands of the North Dakota’s Little Missouri National Grassland; my first visit to America’s largest National Grassland.

Wandering across the grassy slope in the photo below, I spied three rocky peaks poking above the ridgeline. I decided to hike to the summit on the left…

Like so many other slices of North American wilderness that I’ve been fortunate enough to explore, roaming through this area is a sublime experience. Nothing is more rewarding to me than the opportunity to revel in the silence and solitude of the natural world.

You can follow this Vimeo link to watch a slow rotation atop the butte and enjoy the sweeping view of this amazing landscape. (Video duration is 40 seconds.)

Over one million acres of wild beauty…hiking opportunities to last a lifetime. I’m sure that I’ll return to LMNG again and again.

Sea of Grass

The biggest lawn I’ve ever seen. Yes, there is a rancher’s home on the horizon at the center of the frame. Wonder how they’d feel about having a long-term houseguest…

Buffalo Gap National Grassland, South Dakota