Nebraska Sand Hills

The Nebraska Sand Hills is a region of mixed-grass prairie on grass-stabilized sand dunes in north-central Nebraska, covering 19,600 sq mi (50,764 km2), just over one quarter of the state.  They sit atop the Ogallala aquifer, the major source of fresh water for the High Plains.  An environmentally-sensitive area, they are protected by a combination of State and Federal laws and regulations.

The Sand Hills are deceptive.  They seem at first to be boring, rolling, dry grasslands.  You have to spend a while before you begin to see the tremendous diversity of plant and animal life.  The small lakes in the Sand Hills are of enormous importance as a breeding ground for waterfowl and other birds, and are home to a variety of indigenous species of birds and animals found nowhere else.

We spent a half-day there during a flying trip through the High Plains in August of last year.  Here are some photos.  Enjoy.  I’ll be going back.

5 thoughts on “Nebraska Sand Hills

  1. Brett Erickson

    I’ve been photographing western Nebraska for 25 years, and indeed, there are some intensely beautiful chances for photos all over the state.

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  3. ldsrr91

    You know Bill, they say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and you certainly have found it. I have driven thru the sandhills twice in my lifetime, and both times found it incredibly dull and boring, but you have shown me a piece of it, I did not even realize existed.



    1. Bill Post author

      Hi Don,

      Our itinerary was planned with the understanding that Dad/Grandpa could get out and take pictures and poke around in the weeds whenever he wanted to. If we’d been traveling it might have been another matter, but being there was the whole point. Parenthetically, the Everglades is pretty boring, too, except for a couple of spots where the tourists go — unless you stop and poke around in the weeds.


      PS: I shot nearly 1800 pictures. Poked a lot, too.

      1. ldsrr91

        We went up to Grand Island one year to see the Cranes and their roosting area’s on the river, and the other time was a blow-by short cut up to Montana, viewing most of it just out the window with an occasional stop for fuel or gee-dunk.

        I suppose it could be like anything else, if you really got into it and discovered the hidden treasures and truly unique characteristics or geographical features of that area of the country.



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