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Photographer hopes to change people's minds about Kansas scenery

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Red Hills near Medicine Lodge (Scott Bean) Red Hills near Medicine Lodge (Scott Bean)

One Kansas photographer did not take too kindly to a recent poll that ranked his home state as one of the ugliest landscapes in the country.

Scott Bean said when he heard the results of the Business Insider poll, he wanted to do something about it so he quickly pulled some of his most breathtaking photographs of Kansas to prove his state's scenery is worth a second look.

The sunbeams lighting up the Kansas sky remind Bean of his childhood.

"I grew up hunting and fishing a lot in Kansas," he said.

Landscape photography is his second job. He spends most of his time working as a chemist, but Bean said capturing Kansas scenery isn't just a profession, it's a passion.

"I think so, I think the landscape of Kansas is very breathtaking," he said.

A recent poll didn't agree. The Business Insider asked about 1,600 people to rank numerous states. Kansas was voted the state with the worst scenery.

"I think my first reaction was, 'that's just not right.' There is no way we are the least scenic state in the country," Bean said.

So the chemist decided to present some proof.

"I think Kansas gets stereotyped a lot as being one flat, dry field. They don't realize how diverse landscapes in Kansas really are. A lot of exposure of Kansas is through driving across I-70, which isn't a good way to see the landscape of any state," Bean said.

Bean wanted to the world to see the Flint Hills, the Red Hills and the unique rock formations found in western Kansas.

"I think there is a lot of beauty out there that people aren't aware of," he said.

He posted photographs in a slideshow on the Vimeo (click here for the slideshow). In just three days it was viewed nearly 30,000 times.

"I named the slideshow, 'This is my Kansas and it is beautiful.' It was just to put out a different viewpoint," he said.

Bean hopes anyone who voted Kansas at the top spot for ugly scenery will reconsider.

"Give our state a chance, come out and spend some time with our landscapes and see for yourself how beautiful it can be," he said.

According to the survey, Colorado was ranked the state with the most beautiful scenery. New Jersey took the No. 2 spot when it came to the worst.

Other states who may be less than pleased with the poll's results were Mississippi, who was voted the dumbest state, and New York, who was voted both rudest and most arrogant of the states.

Click here for Scott Bean's website.

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