I had a wonderful lunch with my beautiful daughter yesterday and then decided to go wandering around the countryside again.
I have three farm images for you today and of course one of them is a barn.
One of the things I enjoy about this time of year is that the soft light comes early in the afternoon.
There is a barn that I have wanted to photograph for sometime and I saw it again on the way to Mason City Wednesday. After driving for sometime I realized that I was only a few miles away from the barn so I decided to go there.
This is not that barn. Unfortunately when I arrived at the barn the sun was in the wrong location to photograph from the road. So after some debate I decided to drive about a mile down the road and take the gravel road to the farm-house. I went to the door but no one was home. I realize I could have taken a few minutes and got the shot that I wanted. But I do not trespass and I can’t imagine how awkward that would have been for the owners to pull into their property to see some stranger walking around their buildings.
So I’ll try again another day. This barn is in its original state including original roof. It isn’t going to be around for ever so I want to capture some images of it. It’s 48 miles from home so I’m not inclined to go there on a regular basis to try to find the owners home.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have three images to show today. Yesterday afternoon I went roaming through the countryside. Went to some places I haven’t been in several years. The light was not great but the sky was full of big puffy clouds so it was a good trade-off. You can click on the images to make them larger and see more detail.
Found this old windmill minus the fan blades. It was keeping watch over the hay bales.
I found an old road guard rail that had fallen down the side of a hill and I stopped to take some images of it (I didn’t like any of them.) As I was getting back in the car I happened to glance behind me and there was a large buck dear slowly crossing the road. By the time I turned the camera back on and got it to my eye he was gone. 😦
I love old barns and I found this guy sitting next to an abandoned farm home. There were all kinds of no trespassing signs around so I could only photograph it from the road, which really didn’t give me the best angle.
Felt good to be out with a camera again. 🙂
Enjoy your day.
Happy Thursday! I had no lunch meetings or engagements yesterday and that means I’m going to lunch with my camera. So a quick stop and Subway and then out to look for some harvest images. I was very lucky yesterday as I headed West out-of-town I saw some dust clouds and when I went down the road to see where it was coming from I found two different farmers harvesting their corn crop.
These are twin combines and they apparently had stopped for either repairs or for lunch break because they were just sitting there with no activity. I imagine they were getting a bite to eat.
Across the road and down a little bit was this single combine working on the corn. He had just finished unloading his hopper and as soon as he was empty he was back at it. As I drove some of the back roads around Maquoketa I was impressed with just how much crop is still in the field. It looks like a lot of the bean crop has been harvested but there is still a fair amount of the corn still standing.
I’m sure some of these farmers wonder who the guy in the suit is taking pictures of them working in the field. Is he some government spy or some large corporate buyer looking over the land. I just smile a lot and wave. Occasionally a farmer will come over and ask me what I’m doing. Once I explain to them about my passion for photography they are happy to let me shoot away.
I have made many images of this barn. I have been tempted several times this Summer to shoot it again because it got a fresh coat of paint. Yesterday coming back into town the brilliant red mixed with the gray clouds, green grass, and golden corn stalks was just too good to pass up. I hope you like it as much as I do.
That’s it for today. I may not have a blog for Friday as I’m teaching a class early Friday morning. I’ll see if I can find something worthy of your attention tomorrow.
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day. Please be careful.
The usable sunlight on my commute home is getting to be less each night. That means in a couple of short weeks it will be dark on the drive home for several months and no more after work scenery shots. I’ll just have to find other things to amuse me. 🙂
I went to Anamosa yesterday for a meeting and on the way back found some interesting harvest scenes. I love shooting combines in the field. I do not like to follow them on narrow two lane roads. I had to follow one on the way home last night for about five miles. They move kind of slow compared to my normal speed so it took a little longer to make the commute.
I really enjoy watching the entire harvest process. Every time I see a combine I think about a trip I had with my Dad when I was very young. I believe I have told you that one of the things he did to try to make a living was selling farm equipment. Apparently he sold a combine to a local farmer and he had to get it from another dealer that was in a town some distance away. I wasn’t really old enough to be all that aware of the details other than of course if my Dad was going somewhere I wanted to go with him.
We drove the old blue station wagon to the other implement dealer and picked up the combine. Jimmy Triplet, a retired friend of my Dad, went along to drive the station wagon back and Dad drove the combine. I suppose as I think about it now, if he had the combine shipped in he would have probably lost money on the deal. Anyway it was a very long trip (as you can imagine) and if memory serves we were late into the evening when we finally arrived back in Ridgeway.
Dad raised the intake head so that it was level. Mom had given me a blanket and my ever-present little cars and apparently I amused myself for hours and hours playing with my toys on the blanket on the combine. Amazing how some memories stick with you for ever. 🙂
I’ll leave you with this wonderful sunset I encountered on my homeward commute. I pulled off the road and shot for about 15 minutes so I have some other perspectives of the sunset I’ll show you at another time.
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a productive, safe and enjoyable day. Be careful.