This past summer, after Roland Sherman's death last year, saw the creation of the Roland Sherman Memorial Area, one of many gems available in this corner of Nebraska. I am therefore pleased to have nominated this special place as one the Seven Wonders of Southeastern Nebraska.
And on December 6, the announcement came that The Trace Trail and the Sherman Memorial Area earned a place as one of the Seven Wonder. Please visit the preceding site and thank you to everyone who supported the Roland Sherman Memorial Area and the Trace Trail.
In a follow-up article on the Seven Wonders context, the Lincoln Journal Star published a piece on the results and devoted a paragraph to the Roland Sherman Memorial Area and the Trace Trail. You can read the article here; the author includes for the interested most of the links on this page.
And on Sunday, May 25, the Lincoln Journal Star included this article by Kendra Waltke on Roland Sherman's sculptures. I am pleased to note that the article's slide show includes three of my photographs. This article should interest many in paying the area a visit.
To view the 1,000-foot Roland Sherman Memorial Area requires only a fifteen-minute walk along the Trace Trail southwest of the Trail Head in Peru. This area along the trail features Sherman's sandstone sculptures, from the skeleton of The Golden Arm to the colorful Genie Hollow 12; the Genie appears in an area recently open to the public. These sculptures merit your visit, where while appreciating Roland Sherman's creations, you can also enjoy a pleasant walk or bike ride along the beautiful Trace Trail.
The slide show at this site (which I revise on a regular basis) includes pictures from the Trace Trail but features shots of the various sculptures the Roland Sherman Memorial Area celebrates, including the Peru State Bobcat pictured here.
On Tuesday, October 23, while walking again on the trail, I saw for following two sculptures that have recently become more visible and that I had never photographed:
The Sherman family informs me that Roland Sherman did not create the following sculpture; if anyone knows the artist, please let me know.
Fun with the Roland Sherman Area continues. Toying with a new software program and with iMovie, I experiment with a video of the many sculptures in the Roland Sherman Area. In general, the video follows the course of the trail from north (Peru Trail Head) to the south, the end of the memorial area.
The family of Roland Sherman recently gave me a disk with many images from the Trace Trail and Roland's sculptures right after he made them between fifteen and eighteen years ago.
I continue to work on my videos and completed in February the first version of what I call for now The Trace Trail Trilogy. You can view the latest versions of the trilogy by scrolling down to the concluding section of this (always getting longer) post, where you will find the three films in shortened form. I hope that you will enjoy them all.
The Trace Trail Trilogy
I created over the past month, three video presentations that use my photography in the form of movies to celebrate a bit the Trace Trail, a beautiful place to visit.
Part One: The Roland Sherman Memorial Area
Part Three: Common Birds of the Trace Trail and Area
This movie contains pictures of birds photographed in my back yard here in Peru, NE, that I have also seen on the Trace Trail.