In mid-October, when COVID-weariness and ZOOM-aversion seemed to be peaking (how little we knew then), Elizabeth and I made another 6-hour trip to the Hutton Niobrara Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary in far north-central Nebraska. Even though Kansas and Nebraska were hot zones for COVID at the time, we can make this trip, stay a few days at the guest house where we can cook all of our own food, and get back without seeing anyone else except at the gas station on the way and way back. I had never seen fall in the Sandhills of Nebraska, and Elizabeth was anxious to get out of the house, so we headed north. Here are some images from that trip; there will be another batch next week as well.
The iconic tree of the Great Plains is the Plains Cottonwood (Populus deltoides), and this magnificent specimen was collecting the early morning light on the sanctuary. It was surrounded by deep red Staghorn Sumac plants (Rhus typhina), which were quite stunning in their own right if you got close enough to see them.