Sunday Snapshot: Golden Grasses, Winter Sun


Kansas photographer Stephan Anderson-Story, who shot many of the present-day photographs for Shadow on the Hill: The True Story of a 1925 Kansas Murder, told his interviewer in a short documentary that he liked taking pictures of Kansas in the winter.

“What I liked was when the grass in the Flint Hills would turn a really nice brown, and oranges, and reds. It always looked really nice with the sky, the contrasting colors.”

As Jim and I went for a drive last weekend, I saw what Stephan saw in the winter Kansas landscape and made Jim stop so that I could take a picture.

Shot as the sun was setting in eastern Franklin County. If you look carefully, you'll see it's sort of a self-portrait.

Shot as the sun was setting in eastern Franklin County. If you look carefully, you’ll see it’s sort of a self-portrait.

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5 thoughts on “Sunday Snapshot: Golden Grasses, Winter Sun

    1. Diana Staresinic-Deane Post author

      I just read O Pioneers and My Antonia for the first time a couple of years ago, and I thought they were incredibly right in their descriptions. Some critics out there think that Willa Cather was too sentimental, but I thought that she did such an amazing job of showing heartache and disappointment and this connection we form with the ethereal beauty of the plains.

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