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In the kingdom of grass

Author: Margaret A MacKichan; Bob Ross
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©1992.
Series: Great Plains photography series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Nebraska sandhills are ancient sand dunes of mysterious origin that have been conquered and covered over by grass." Thus begins writer Bob Ross's description of this geologically and biologically unusual part of Nebraska. These dunes are no desert, though, but comprise some 20,000 square miles of both wetlands and rangeland - part-time home to the sandhill cranes and full-time grazing and feeding ground to
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Genre/Form: Pictorial works
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
MacKichan, Margaret A., 1948-
In the kingdom of grass.
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©1992
(OCoLC)609336101
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Margaret A MacKichan; Bob Ross
ISBN: 0803231598 9780803231597
OCLC Number: 24430158
Description: xi, 130 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 x 27 cm.
Contents: Map of Nebraska --
About the Sandhills --
Driving on Gravel --
Above the Horizon: Cranes, Sunsets, Clouds --
Fence --
Branding --
Photographs by Margaret MacKichan --
Boys --
The Lost City --
The Virtues of Abandonment.
Series Title: Great Plains photography series.
Responsibility: Margaret A. MacKichan, Bob Ross.

Abstract:

"The Nebraska sandhills are ancient sand dunes of mysterious origin that have been conquered and covered over by grass." Thus begins writer Bob Ross's description of this geologically and biologically unusual part of Nebraska. These dunes are no desert, though, but comprise some 20,000 square miles of both wetlands and rangeland - part-time home to the sandhill cranes and full-time grazing and feeding ground to herds of cattle. It is a place of startling contrasts.

Mountainous thunderclouds can dump tons of water on craters sandblasted out of the earth, transforming them into lakes, or pass maddeningly by, leaving the smoke of prairie fires: cruel winters can freeze livestock and chill the soul, and yet give way to gentle springs that bring forth delicate wildflowers and renew the spirit. In this volume of the Great Plains Photography Series, an acclaimed photographer and an award-winning writer combine their perspectives, acquired.

Through intimate acquaintance with the sandhills. Margaret A. MacKichan lived with ten different families in north-central Nebraska over a period of two years. In sixty-five photographs, she shows us the open spaces and turns of the seasons of the sandhills, along with the ranching families, hired hands, and cattle buyers who inhabit the region. Bob Ross grew up in the town of Ainsworth, and in seven prose sketches gives a poignant and affectionate portrait of the.

Loneliness and joys of small-town and ranch life.

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