Change to winter in the landscape

We’ve just returned from a trip south to Missouri for a lovely family wedding. When we left our home in Minnesota the snow was flying and the plows were out clearing the roads. As we drove south the snow depth seemed to diminish with the miles and the sun would peek through the clouds as they were blown across the sky. A few miles later and we’d be surrounded again in a snow squall.

We crossed the border into Iowa and the scenario continued (actually, it continued the following day too!). I am always amazed to see the cleared fields outlined in snow. The geometry of the land becomes accentuated and so much more noticeable. In this instance, all those field lines are in a direct contrast to the roundness of the clouds. It’s a beautiful time to be out on the road and observe how the seasonal changes affect our view of the landscape.

Pivot sunset

Pivot sunset 5748 49_StaatsMy intention was to photograph the full moonrise, yet sometimes the best intentions don’t work out — as was the case when a layer of clouds hovered on the horizon to the east.  After this change of plans, I decided to concentrate on the sunset that was about to take place to the west.  We were south of the Twin Cities by 35 miles, but we were in the heart of an agricultural area.  Minnesota farmers have been late getting their crops into the ground this year because of the rain, but it was good to see the corn pushing up.  The pivot outlined the hillside in the distance, and the sun set to the side of the silos, glowing brilliantly before slipping past the horizon.  Sometimes a change of plans creates new opportunities.  (PS – On this Fathers’s Day, a thanks to my dad for nurturing my sense of adventure and optimism.  Miss you, Dad!)