Ralph Kohler, 94, has had three great loves in his life: family, hunting waterfowl and ballroom dancing.
As last fall’s hunting season wound down, I spent a couple days with the professional guide in his blinds near Tekamah, Neb. Unfortunately, the hunters didn’t get any birds. In fact, they fired their guns only once. But Ralph didn’t mind so much; he called the sunrise we saw the best he had ever seen.
Through a little bit of luck and our nice camera equipment, I was able to get a few usable frames as he looked around before the sun broke the horizon. (Technical notes: 1/15th at f/1.4 @2500 asa. I used my head lamp to fill in the shadows of his face a bit.)
His wife of 76 years, Dorothy, isn’t a hunter, but she was also a crack shot back in her day, winning a number amateur trap shooting titles in the late 1940s and 1950s. Ralph calls her quite often from the phone in the blind.
The couple can’t ballroom dance anymore because Dorothy broke her back, so now they play cards.
Watch below as they discuss some of the experiences in their very full lives, and read more about Ralph and see more photos here.