Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge is one of the largest Wildlife Refuges in the lower 48 states and fairly remote. The landscape is dominated with rolling sandhills with nestled lakes, animals of all type, and many, many windmills. These windmills play an important part with delivering water for ranching in this region. They dot the scenery all over the sandhills, and in fact, they identify where you are on a map. Each one is adorned with a number and if you get lost, you can look at the number and correlate the location on a map. Luckily, I didn’t have to do that, but it’s nice to know they are there in case I did. I did take this beautiful morning to capture one of these remote windmills under the morning clouds and the sloping sandhills in the background.
MEET THE AUTHOR
While growing up, Derrald’s parents took him on several trips across the United States to numerous national parks. It was on these trips that Derrald grew a love for the outdoors which we wished to explore and share with others. Photography was a natural result, an endeavor that Derrald began at a young age and continued to explore in years to come.
While pursuing a Bachelors degree at Creighton University, he enrolled in all of the photography courses. With these courses he learned the fundamentals of chemical darkrooms, light, balance, and exposure. After college he continued to explore the art and develop his own technique and style and choose to focus on nature and scenic photography as his primary subjects, although he is not hesitant to point the lens at anything.
Amongst the images of majestic mountains and the crashing waves of the ocean, one can find photographs of the prairies, lakes, and wetlands of the American Great Plains and Midwest. Some of these images are the artist’s favorites as they show the expansive heartland of the United States and the subtle beauty of the area surrounding his home. Through the right balance of subject, composition, and light, Derrald strives to transport the viewer into the composition.
Derrald has won numerous awards and exhibited in several solo and group shows regionally. His work has also appeared in several regional and national magazines, calendars, websites, and postcards. He continues to live and work in Omaha with his family.