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Scottsbluff photographer captures Capitol Christmas Tree passing Chimney Rock

November 21, 2018

Sharon Henderson, a photographer from Scottsbluff who has chronicled Chimney Rock, photographed the Capitol Christmas Tree as the truck carrying it to Washington, D.C., passed the monument Monday morning.

Sharon Henderson has been taking photos of Chimney Rock for a long time. In 2016, she and another area photographer set out to take pictures of the landmark every day for a year.

Last week, Michelle Coolidge, the mayor of Bayard, reached out to Henderson with an unusual photo opportunity: to shoot the landmark at dawn as the Capitol Christmas tree passed by on its way to Washington, D.C.

Each year, a massive tree is harvested from a different national forest. This year, it’s the Willamette National Forest in Oregon and the trip to Washington is retracing the route of the Oregon Trail.

The tree’s path went past Chimney Rock — so enter Henderson.

Coolidge worked as the liaison between the tree caravan and Henderson, prepping both for a sunrise shoot. At about 6 a.m. Monday, they converged near the monument and about 30 minutes later, had crafted the shot.

Because of the size of the extended trailer carrying the tree, Henderson had to take the picture from almost 100 yards away.

“It worked out beautifully,” she said by phone Monday evening.

The tree traveled through Lincoln on Monday afternoon on its way to Nebraska City, where the truck was parked for an event Monday night.

23 photos of Chimney Rock

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