Driving Nebraska

March 28, 2015

Sunrise near Kearney, Nbraska

Sunrise near Kearney, Nebraska

Nebraska is flat!  I was struck by the wide open landscape and the dearth of trees.  You could understand why early settlers resorted to building sod houses, for wood is scarce.  When we saw trees,  often cottonwoods,  it signaled a river or natural water source.

Nebraska landscape along I-80

Nebraska landscape along I-80

The Great Platte River Road

The Great Platte River Road

Sun halo (sun dog) we saw at a rest stop along I-80

Sun halo (sun dog) we saw at a rest stop along I-80

Huge fields with nary a farmhouse in sight

Huge fields with nary a farmhouse in sight

Irrigation machinery

Irrigation machinery

A whimsical Nebraska practice -- capping fence posts with old, discarded boots

A whimsical Nebraska practice — capping fence posts with old, discarded boots

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Power lines across the Nebraska landscape, near sunrise

Power lines across the Nebraska landscape, near sunrise

Nearing sunrise, Nebraska

Nearing sunrise, Nebraska

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When we left Kearney, we drove north and west through the sandhills of Nebraska.  This is the mid-grass prairie, but the grass grows in clumps rather than in waving expanses, on undulating low hills.  It is range country.  I was surprised to see windmills dotting the range every couple of miles.  I was also surprised at the hundreds of ponds and rainwater basins dotting the land, many with sapphire blue water.

Sandhills (with pronghorn)

Sandhills (with pronghorn)

Horse with cotonwoods

Horse with cottonwoods

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The ubiquitous windmill

The ubiquitous windmill

Sandhill region of Nebraska

Sandhill region of Nebraska

I had not seen such natural blue water since Crater Lake.

I had not seen such natural blue water since Crater Lake.

Train tracks (we saw so many trains carrying coal -- I counted 120 coal cars on one train.)

Train tracks (We saw so many trains carrying coal — I counted 120 coal cars on one train.)

 

 

 

 

3 Responses to “Driving Nebraska”

  1. shoreacres Says:

    That’s my country, and it always makes me homesick to see it. Of course Iowa’s landscape is more corn than wheat, but still… If you’d turned east on I-80, eventually you would have come to the little Iowa town where I used to sit on the front steps and listen to the traffic on the newly-opened interstate, and dream of going somewhere.

    • Rosemary Says:

      I always think of Minnesota and Iowa as Midwest, but parts can be considered Great Plains as well. My childhood landscape was definitely small farms, gently rolling hills and not the huge expansive ranches of the Great Plains.

  2. Diana Studer Says:

    that electric blue water is amazing


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