There’s a certain spirit to the Texas Panhandle that’s unparalleled elsewhere in the state. Heritage, stereotypical ‘Texas’ landscapes, and wildlife prevail proudly over acres and acres of fire-washed, sun-clad grassland. The region is home to ranch legacies, unending, undulating views and - of specific interest to myself - the lesser prairie chicken. I spent many cold mornings next to leks (display grounds) during my years as a wildlife management undergrad at Texas Tech but never had a camera. Ten years later, now armed with that camera and a healthy thirst for wildlife and nature photography, it was time to return to the region. This gallery reflects four days of extremely early mornings and incredibly rewarding opportunities. This particular trip was made infinitely better by a handful of friends and fellow alumni who helped me realize my dream of photographing lesser prairie chickens in their habitat - my sincere thanks to all of you. All photos are all rights reserved © 2019 Rita Frey and may not be reproduced without written consent from the photographer.