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July-August 2012

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“Phenomenal” Photos: Plains Photo Project Captures Awe-Inspiring Weather Moments

When looking at a beautiful photograph of an exciting weather event, one might ask which is more spectacular—the photo or the weather phenomena depicted in it? A collection of photographs created by the Plains Photo Project at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas, prompts just such a question. The project is devoted to Great Plains life and culture, and has expanded since it was launched in December 2007 by the university's Center for Great Plains Studies. As more photographers have discovered the gallery, or as the Center has approached new photographers, the list of artists and their work has grown. The group of photographs published here ranges from foggy sunrises to gorgeous sunsets to ice storms.

GREG WAXBERG is a writer and magazine editor for The Pingry School, and is an award-winning freelance writer. Visit the Plains Photo Project at to view photos by and comments from more than 25 photographers. Anyone interested in submitting photos to the Center for Great Plains Studies for inclusion in the Plains Photo Project may contact Susan Brinkman at

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