Wind farm near Rugby, N.D.

While I appreciate landscape photography and hold nature photographers in high esteem, I find myself drawn to making images that show a relationship between the natural world and man-made objects. I came to this conclusion after putting together another set of images from a recent road trip around North Dakota. My primary task on the trip was to create a collection of portraits for a client. However, as time allowed I photographed a handful of roadside attractions and other items of interest.

The photographs above and below were made outside of Rugby, N.D. Wind farms are becoming an increasing addition to the state’s landscape.

Wind Farm near Rugby, N.D.

North Dakota State Capitol Building

The North Dakota State Capitol Building [pictured above] stands 241 feet, 8 inches tall.

'Geese in Flight'

The Enchanted Highway is without question one of my favorite roadside attractions in North Dakota. Small metal geese like the ones pictured above and below line a dirt road that leads to a parking area and the base of “Geese in Flight” – a massive metal sculpture created by Gary Greff. There are at least half a dozen different creations spread along a 32-mile stretch of highway. The Enchanted Highway begins at Exit 72 on Interstate 94 and continues south to the charming community of Regent.

"Geese in Flight"

As an aside, I must be in the habit of looking down at the ground. That’s how I noticed the worm featured in an earlier entry and how I came to photograph the remains of a blueberry muffin [pictured below]. Guess the muffin wasn’t very good… .

Muffin + Dirt

Richardton, N.D.

I’ve been on the road A LOT over the past couple of weeks photographing all over North Dakota for a client – more on the specific project after it is published later this summer.

Most recently, I logged 1,200 plus miles over five days. The road trip took me from Fargo on the east side of North Dakota to Beach on the state’s west side. From there, I headed north to Williston with stops in Minot, Cando, Devils Lake and a few other places before returning home. So, basically I crossed the length of North Dakota twice.

While my shooting schedule was tight, I grabbed a few shots here and there. Rural North Dakota provides endless photo opportunities.

HAMBURGER MEATS [pictured above] is located in Richardton. The landscape [below] was found along Highway 16 north of Beach. The remaining two photos depict a hotel parking lot in Devils Lake and the efforts of a worker at a state rest stop.

An alternate route to Williston

Devils Lake, N.D.

Along Interstate 29