Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Across the gravel road . . .

The beautiful, ever-changing view across the gravel road from our farmette.
This scene moves easily from full on snow in January and February to patchy snow in late winter, pale greens in the spring, tall Big Bluestem in summer months, and the eventual blonding heads turning rusty red when summer's over.
I love every month and season of this view and have been thankful for every year we have lived here that the land is protected CRP, never having been broken.
To think that this is the same field that was burned off in the spring to eradicate weeds and was so soon green again is wonderful to have witnessed.
I will be painting this same scene again with the fall colors and quite possibly a few of the blackened earth during the spring burn.

Monday, September 5, 2016

The last days of summer . . .

The light is different.
The sky is different.
The clouds are different.
Late summer is still warm (hot!) and humidity from the fields is high.
Yet like the ant, you know that you have precious little time
to store things away before there is snow and it's too cold to work outside for long.
These are the days when I want to capture as much of the light, sky, clouds, 
heat and humidity as possible for my winter work.
Like taking out a jar of canned tomatoes in January that were put up in September, 
there will be days that I will need the photos 
to remind me of these beautiful days.