This is my Kansas from Scott Bean on Vimeo.
It is my Kansas as well. As a rather good photographer, Scott Bean has an eye for the natural beauties and wonders that are contained within our state.
From his website:
I have to say something about where I take photographs, my home state of Kansas. Many people think that Kansas is simply one large, flat wheat field. Certainly wheat is important to Kansas and wheat fields hold their own beauty, especially with a gentle breeze blowing across them right before harvest. But that is not everything that Kansas has to offer. Kansas actually has many diverse landscapes across the state. And as for flat, well most of Kansas is not that flat. I’ve now lived in the Flint Hills longer than any other area of Kansas and I’m constantly stunned by the beauty of this area. If you haven’t experienced the different landscapes of Kansas then you are missing out on something special.
I know it is cliche, but I sincerely hope my images will inspire you to "stop and smell the roses." We are surrounded by beauty but seem to rarely take time to notice it. If we aren't careful it is going to be gone before we know it. I can be so attuned to the light and shapes, texture, and colors when I'm out photographing and feel so alive...only to be lost in the noise of our ever increasingly complex world when I return after a session of shooting. I hope you can find some time to get away from the rat race with me and enjoy these photographs.
He has plenty of other photos on his site as well. Worth a look.
Scott Bean does have an advantage living in the Flint Hills - that is probably the most scenic of all the areas in Kansas.
But I still love my prairie, and while we don't have much in the way of waterfalls around here, we do have a lot of deep creek channels cut over the centuries through layers of limestone bedrock, creating imposing structures lording it over the valley below. The varied flora, fauna and wildlife are an integral part of that tapestry. The open vistas of the flat prairie expose much of the more interesting features, and yet, headed across said flat expanse will uncover a hidden valley, surprising in it's mere existence.
Well, anyways, I hope you enjoy his pics as much as I did.
H/T Jade DeGood