Big cow

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Salem Sue – North Dakota


– from High Plains Artifacts

16″ x 20″  ed. 10


This is Salem Suea large fiberglass sculpture located just off of I-94 in beautiful New Salem, North Dakota.

She was built in 1974 for $40,000 and put up by the New Salem Lions Club to honor the local dairy-farming community.


As I was putting the lens on the camera to make this image, the two Stetson wearing  cowboys you see in the photo above, walked into my frame.

They stood there for a only few short minutes admiring the great bovine sculpture and I was able to make this image.

Sometimes, the photo Gods like you and want to help you make better images.

I heard one of them say to the other, “Well I’ll tell you what, Reece – this is a helluva thing you got right here, boy.”


Apparently there are a lot of giant sculptures in North Dakota.

1891 map of North Dakota  from


photo details:

Nikon F5 w/ Nikon 24mm f2 AIS lens on Fuji Velvia 50

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