Bull Bash is February 10th

WOW!!! Can you believe it??? It is almost time for the Bull Bash in Valentine, NE. Sugar Creek Photos will be set up with prints and canvas at Viaero Wireless during the 17th Annual Bull Bash in Valentine, NE. I will have 25% off during the day. I will also be having a drawing for a FREE 8x10 print and a FREE Magic Mug. Stop by and sign up between 11:00 am until 3 p.m on Saturday, February 10th. Until then here are some pictures from last year to remind you that Valentine's Bull Bash is the place to be. Hope to see you there!

Winter Can Be Brutally Beautiful!!!

Here in North Central Nebraska winter can be long. I mean super duper long and holy moly, IT CAN BE REALLY COLD! I am a fair weather girl and these really short cold winter days make me long for warmer weather. I can hardly wait!!! That includes springtime storms, warm summer nights and picnics at the river. I recently went through the archives for some magazine work and found some of my favorite cloud pictures. I shared some of those on my Facebook page along with some spring and flower shots. The warmth I feel in them will get me though.....but not gonna lie...praying for a warm chinook wind here.

However, in the meantime, I do love to take snow pictures. I know, I know, how can I love snow pictures but not love the cold? Welcome to Nebraska friends. Can't have one without the other. Just gotta suck it up buttercup and get out there.

Every year I have an ongoing evolving list of places and locations that are on my list of goals to shot. A good portion of my list includes fresh snow on some favorite hidden out of the way spots. So despite the fact that I would rather lounge in my jammies all day with a cup of coffee liberally laced with Rumchata and a great book, I still go out in the wintertime to shoot. I bundle up in layers for warmth but I need to still be able to move and quickly. So I have light weight layers, then wind and waterproof layers which are my best friends plus I had new snow boots to try out. So earlier today, January 14, 2018 I headed out in the morning. Thankfully hubby was able to go with me and be my driver. By time I had been out for about an hour, I had rain. Light rain in January....GREAT! JUST GREAT! I was expecting snow as weather had forecasted but not rain. But I shot along the Niobrara River for a couple hours and got some snow and ice shots. Most of my concerns today were keeping water drops off my camera lens. I looked like a crazy photographer lady who had a facemask kinda like Darth Vader would wear. Glad I didn't have to worry about style points. FYI....my new boots kept me warm though. Not once were my toes cold. HURRAH!. Stylish? The boots yes. The rest of me not so much. Warm and dry? Yes. Anyone who said being a photographer is glamorous.....not so. Check out some of the shots hubby got of me with my cell phone. Wow! Like I said...Glamorous!

Winter can be brutually amazing. It is so pristine with fresh snow. My favorites spots to view are generally the same areas I shot during the warmer parts of the year. Those same locations with a light snow on it are transformed. If you know me one of my favorite places to be is near the river. That said, the river with snow and ice can be FABULOUS! Be sure to check out the gallery attached to this blog post or the go to Facebook posts I posted earlier from today's shots.

Stay safe & warm friends....in the meantime I hope you enjoy some of the snow pictures I'm sharing with you today.

Janette shooting at the Norden Bridge on January 14, 2018 shooting along the Niobrara River in the rain. Like I said....glamorous! That's me.

Janette shooting at the Norden Bridge on January 14, 2018 shooting along the Niobrara River in the rain. Like I said....glamorous! That's me.

Me with Hubby on January 14, 2018 shooting along the Niobrara River in the rain.

Me with Hubby on January 14, 2018 shooting along the Niobrara River in the rain.

Janette shooting on January 14, 2018 shooting at the Norden Bridge along the Niobrara River in the rain. Check out my new boots. They really kept me warm today.

Janette shooting on January 14, 2018 shooting at the Norden Bridge along the Niobrara River in the rain. Check out my new boots. They really kept me warm today.

I gave my hubby thumbs up after shooting at the Norden Bridge on January 4, 2018. I had been out for over 2 hours and blessedly still wasn't cold. Layering works! LOL!

I gave my hubby thumbs up after shooting at the Norden Bridge on January 4, 2018. I had been out for over 2 hours and blessedly still wasn't cold. Layering works! LOL!

Art Show Season is here!

So I've been super busy and just trying to stay on top of all of my late summer adventures plus having art entered in a few area art Shows in which I did pretty well. I received a 3rd place award from the Thedford Art Show for my print "Moon Over Merriman". I received a 1st Place award at the Jane Keller Memorial Art Show in Bassett for "Moon Over Merriman". In Broken Bow at the Arrow Artist Show I received a 3rd Place for "Suits & Chaps" and An Award of Excellence for "Moon Over Merriman." In Valentine at the Sand Painters Open Art Show at the Cherry County Fair I received an Honorable Mention for "Suits & Chaps" and I received the Doug Ballard Memorial Award for "Moon Over Merriman". Next week I plan on having entries at the open show at the Keya Paha County Fair in Norden, NE. Until then I plan to keep shooting and editing. Added bonus for all of you......Don't forget to stop by the Valentine Public Library during the month of August to see a wide variety of photos in my portfolio from last few years. Vote for your favorite to be entered into a drawing for a free 8x10. Hope you are having a great weekend!!

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Moon Over Merriman

I was able to capture this show last November on my way home from Alliance last year when I was part of a show at the Carnegie Art Center. I was driving east on Hwy 20 and just kept watching this awesome moon. When I got to Merriman I seen this and knew I had to get it. So I quickly turned, went around the block and shot this over the top of my car. This is pretty much straight out of the camera. One of my favorite shots form 2016.

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Suits & Chaps

Great shot from Interior, SD during the Stasche Bash in 2016. This is why you always keep shooting even after the ride. Love this shot!! Only one thing would have made it better.....this would have been my husband when he was still riding broncs. One of my favorite rodeo pics for sure!

Received ANAC Award

"Suits & Chaps" received an Honorable Mention at the 2017 ANAC, the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs state art show. This piece was chosen to represent the Sandpainters Art Club. The show is held in York, NE and is June 7-10th. One of my favorites shots from 2016!!!!!

Another one headed to ANAC....

Here is one of my pieces chosen to go to ANAC, the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs state art show to represent the Sandpainters Art Club. It will be held in York, NE on June 7-10th.

Heading to ANAC.....

Here is one of my pieces chosen to go to ANAC, the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs state art show to represent the Sandpainters Art Club. It will be held in York, NE on June 7-10th.