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Midland Musings with Jenny Nguyen – “The Search For Coolness”

The title was Jeff Kurrus’s idea. Lame, huh? Anyway, here’s what Jeff and I did this past Monday: NOT ruining a $400 GoPro camera. Although, I almost wished we had because it would’ve been so doggone funny. My only job was to push the button and to stand back. It wasn’t my idea. What do I care? I can see Jeff trying to explain that one. Fortunately for him, the camera survived. We did get this really cool photo below. It …

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Midland Musings with Jenny Nguyen – Fresh Powder

As much as I don’t like the cold, I must admit… I had a TON of fun this past weekend! Below is a photo taken from inside my apartment in Northeast Nebraska last Thursday. The snow did not fall until after 1:30 PM, and once it did, it kept falling and falling like nobody’s business. But nothing catastrophic happened. My windows did not shudder. It was hardly  the “blizzard,” “storm” or “snow-mageddon” as projected. To me, it was a nice …

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Panhandle Passages with Justin Haag – She’s a Butte

What can I say? I kinda like her. She was a little roughened up last year and she has a sketchy history, but she still looks great. Considering that my wife is probably reading this, I’d better explain. I’m talking about Crow Butte – a true jewel of the Pine Ridge and an object of my affection. One of our jobs as members of the magazine staff is to produce pretty photographs – it’s an exciting but intimidating task when …

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In the Field with Jeff Kurrus – Preparing for the Storm

Over the last couple of days Nebraska has been preparing for Winter Storm Q (a terrible name by the way). I have also been preparing, but of a slightly different sort than many of my neighbors. I was handed a GoPro camera two days ago and told to have fun. My version of fun quickly became trying to figure out how to record a timelapse video of the impending storm. But I have little if any mechanical or technological know-how, …

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Midland Musings with Jenny Nguyen – Niobrara SP In the Winter

If you’ve been paying attention to the forecast, you’ll know that we’re in for some real winter. I can’t say that I’m excited, but I am certainly curious. The guys at the Norfolk office have been telling me to stay put and to stock up on food and water, and to keep my phone charged in case if anything happens. I feel like I’m preparing for an earthquake, or something! Anyway, all this talk of winter reminds me of last …

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Waiting for a mink

Well here I sit waiting for a mink. I so wanted to get some awesome pictures of this mink that was diving through open holes in the ice and swimming under the water and ice in search of a tasty meal. The mink came up through the open hole in the ice with a small bluegill. Believe me it was soooo cool to watch. The snow is coming down this morning and I am starting to get cold waiting to …

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Panhandle Passages with Justin Haag – Looking an Elk in the Eyes

The opportunity to get up close with Nebraska’s wildlife is a key incentive that attracted me to this job. Ordinarily, for me, bringing the wildlife closer is a feat aided by the use of a long telephoto lens. Last week, however, I got close enough to the live version of Nebraska’s largest big game animal that I didn’t need any magnification to get a good look. Todd Nordeen of Alliance, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission district wildlife manager, invited me …

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In the Field with Jeff Kurrus – An Afternoon at Wehrspann

Wehrspann Lake in southwestern Omaha has one of the city’s best hike/bike trails in eastern Nebraska. With more than 5 miles of paved trail next to water, tallgrass prairie, and an array of wildlife, the area is perfect for an afternoon jaunt. But while Madeline, Eli, and I were there, strollers and stuffed animals in hand, I came across one question I didn’t know the answer to.  Hopefully someone out there (Hint, Hint Daryl Bauer) can answer it for me: When …

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Thank Goodness for Boxelder Bugs

Find out why boxelder bugs might not be the pests many people think – and why they are great to have around for frustrated insect photographers.  Click below: http://prairieecologist.com/2013/02/18/thank-goodness-for-boxelder-bugs/

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