Great Plains scenery/landscapes

Jeremy Perez

These are great! Exploring all these views is a big part of the chase for me.

Cheyenne Wells, Colorado
One of the endless streams of hazy tree & water tower silhouettes on the horizon that gradually resolves into all the little places where the local PD like to see if you're going to slow to 35 in time.

Route 8 — North of Athol, Kansas
Straight roads draped across green hills—another favorite.

Route 3 — South of Lavina, Montana
And the Cliff Swallows losing their minds and swarming like bees at river crossings.
What a cool thread! The scenes which present themselves across the Plains are, in my mind, very much part and parcel of the whole experience of chasing - and I try to spend a bit more time taking them in and getting some pictures.

From this year - looking into the yonder from a rest area along US87 between Clayton and Raton, NM (I really love that stretch!):

No trip around the Plains would be complete without some kind of local 'interest' - this, the VW Slug Bug Ranch, Conway, Texas.

Fighter jet at WaKeeney, KS:


Drew Terril

Staff member
These aren't from the plains, but some stuff I did on film during one of my trucking runs to California last year.

This was sitting in the Los Angeles area at a shipper during sunrise. I fouled up the settings a little on the camera as that was the first roll of film I'd shot in probably a decade or longer.

I-40 somewhere between Barstow and Needles. I took advantage of when my co-driver was driving to snap several pictures while it was still daylight.

This was either in Eastern Arizona or Western New Mexico, I don't recall which.

The chase rig in front of the historic Route 66 bridge over the North Canadian River on the north side of Lake Overholsen.

The film SLR comes with me any time I take the DSLR anywhere these days, so I hope to run through multiple rolls of film during the upcoming spring.
Apr 10, 2008
Tulsa, OK
This first photo was taken winter 2018-2019 of the bridge that crosses the Arkansas River near Fairfax, OK. This bridge was used in the movie Twister for a scene when Bill and Jo's chase team crosses the river at sunrise before intercepting the F5 tornado.

This second photo was taken in 2019 in the Tallgrass Prairie Reserve near Pawhuska, OK. These buffalo grazing the open prairie harkens to a bygone era of what life on the Great Plains used to resemble.

This third photo is from November 2020 from a chase in western Oklahoma. I managed to capture the sunset illuminating the backside of the shelf cloud "Whale's mouth" as it moved over Hinton, OK.

This fourth photo is from 2017 near Cedar Vale, KS. A rain/hail core looms over this dilapidated farm house. This scene is quintessential Great Plains nostalgia.