Prarie Burn

March 20, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Last Saturday turned out to be the coldest day of the week and my wife and I were scheduled to participate in a Photo Workshop hosted by Craig McCord and Jason Soden. The workshop was included both a day and night prairie burn in the KS Flint Hills. We dressed in layers and had enough clothes on that made it difficult to move with ease. We left home about 09:30 am and arrived in Wamego, KS about 2 hours later and had lunch in this old Western town. Then we met Craig and Jason and about 18 other participants at a pre-designated location and then headed off to a 1,000 acre family cattle ranch about 25 miles NE of Manhattan, KS. When we arrived the winds were too strong to do the afternoon burn so we sat around the fire for a couple hours trying to stay warm. We subsequently had a Cowboy style pulled-pork dinner cooked over hot embers and finally about 6:00 pm, a late afternoon burn was initiated before sunset; the burn continued into the 9:00 pm hour. During this time it never rained but it did hail . . .  boy was it cold. My camera batteries lasted fine, though.

We drove home after the shoot and got there about 01:15 am on Sunday. The below slide show depicts some of my 1st attempts at photographing a prairie burn . . .



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