Line Shack

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Comments (8)

Daniel Dunlap on November 26, 2008

Fantasic shot Blake! Happy Holidays to you and yours.


Idawriter on January 21, 2009

I'll second that; awesome colors! -Malcolm

Blake of the Bluffs on January 22, 2009

One of my favorite parts of Colorado...most people prefer the mountains, but the high plains is the place for me. This is in the Pawnee National Grasslands; we had an amazing drive from Fort Collins to Sterling this time around, saw a thunderstorm roll off the Front Range, then a rainbow on the plains, and then this amazing sunset.

PatHemming on June 13, 2009

Right on Blake. I prefer the plains and the Pawnee Grasslands also. As a matter of fact I live 1/2 mile north of Buckingham where you took this photo. The old building has been reported to be an old one room school house, but was actually the teacher's house for the Buckingham school. Several of Buckinghams buildings were lost in a prarie fire on June 1st, 2002, but this one stands tall for now.

Blake of the Bluffs on June 26, 2009

The highway that runs from Sterling to Fort Collins is a great drive, and a real shortcut if you're going from Omaha to Fort Collins. I just assumed this building was an old line shack that ranchhands would stay in, since it was all by itself. Thanks for filling me in on the real story.

em_mar_10 on November 27, 2009

Ooo... amazing. I usually forget to Yellow Star things on here, but this one is so good it reminded me. :-)

NMPlantLady on June 11, 2012

What a poingant photo ... to think of the cowboys that would stay there ... in the middle of literally nowhere ... and the dangers they faced ... Indian attacks, perhaps ... blinding snow and maybe snowed in for long periods of times because of drifts, winds and white-out conditions ... just ... WOW ... although from reading the posts I see it could have been a schoolhouse ... another WOW ... if I recall descriptions of line shacks, they actually were a lot smaller than this. But, it's a GREAT shot!

Blake of the Bluffs on October 1, 2012

Thanks, I was reading James Michener's book 'Centennial' during this trip, so the image of cowhands holed up in a line shack during a March blizzard was stuck in my head when I took it. I was looking west when I took this, but the view to my east was even more WOW - a rainbow arcing out of the tail end of a thunderstorm! I wasn't able to capture it as well on film (this is a scan of 35mm print), because the light towards the east was less than ideal (and, perhaps, because I'm not as good a photographer as I sometimes think I am!), but it was kind of an unforgettable moment.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on November 25, 2008
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Blake of the Bluffs
    • Camera: OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. Canon PowerShot A75
    • Taken on 2007/07/29 21:08:10
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 5.41mm
    • F/Stop: f/2.800
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash