|Here comes the sun (encroaching sunrise, November 2015).|
Isn't it surprising how the plainest of statements and the briefest of moments can make a lasting impression on our lives? The longer we live, the more meaning some memories take on, becoming the permanent mile-markers or snap-shots in time that continue to shed light on our journey. Truth is, any seemingly inconsequential encounter can inadvertently plant a seed, open our minds to new possibilities, introduce us to something new (usually something that's right under our noses), enhance our powers of observation, or make us more aware of what's around us ... what's in us ... and what's been given to us. For instance, sometime last year I read advice from a photographer who wrote that instead of focusing on objects, we should instead focus on taking pictures of the light, e.g. choosing the camera settings that will best capture the light in the frame rather than the objects.
|The lighting effect in this photo looking out from the front stoop of our old farmhouse is due to the time of day (sunrise) and atmospheric conditions of frozen fog or hoar-frost (note how it covers the tree branches, February 2010).|
|November sunset behind our garage (2015)|
|One of my all-time favorites - the sun rising behind the Jacksons' barn (December 2007)|
Following are some scenes of the the winter prairie that I hope you will enjoy.
|Another favorite, our neighbor's barn against the horizon just before sunrise (February 2011)|
|Beautifully-lit clouds mark a dramatic January sunrise (2015).|
|Sunrise, sunset - the front of the house and the sky beyond pick up the delicate colors of dawn (left, 2006); the house stands in silhouette against a dusky western sky which still shows traces of the sunset (right, 2007).|
|Frosty and snowy sunrises (January - March, various years)|
|Colors of the dawn (2015)|
|This December sunset after a rainy day was captured with an iphone (December 2015).|
|Winter sleigh ride 2011|