Yes, I know, most folks claim that this face is one only a mother can love. And, I understand that sentiment but, for a couple reasons, I am quite fond of the shot. Why? First, the subject is unusual, and, second, I am actually in the photo. If possible, enlarge the image and notice in the turkey's eye a reflection that includes the snow-covered landscape and me. More interesting than you first thought, right?
Have you purchased a bag or two of your favorite Valentine sweet treats? Immediately following Christmas, this stuff invaded the shelves of most retailers and tempts us each time we walk through the door. The bright, cheery, pink and red and white packaging also gets our attention and soon we find ourselves scooping it right into our carts. Go ahead and indulge a time or two -- just be sure in a few weeks to have a little left for your sweetie.
Look closely. Under the trees. Notice the two unusual shapes among the tall trunks.
In these parts deer in residential areas is quite common, especially during the winter when they easily find food at bird feeders. In our neighborhood we often see a pair strolling through the edge of the cornfield, drinking from the retention ponds and resting under these trees. One early morning when my husband stepped out to get the newspaper, he heard a clippity-clop on the concrete -- these two were leisurely crossing the street.
Know any of these men? If so, then you understand why 'orange' is everywhere in the photo. Essentially, for decades this farm family has primarily had Allis Chalmers tractors, and each year in their town's annual celebration, they proudly drive some of their fleet in the parade.
"A farm includes the passion of the farmer's heart, the interest of the farm's customers, the biological activity in the soil,...-- it's everything touching, emanating from, and supplying that piece of landscape..."
Due to the extreme cold and recent snowfall, these parts of Iowa, along with much of the USA, have felt like living in a freezer. This black and white image gives the viewer a taste of the harsh conditions and helps one focus on the parts of the scene that truly appear frozen. The snow pack along with a clear sky help temperatures fall to double-digits below zero...not including the windchill.
The Maquoketa River passes through my hometown and provides a wonderful backdrop for photography, including images captured in the fog. Recently this particular shot received Honorable Mention in an online art exhibit that featured the four seasons. To view several outstanding entries in this exhibit, visit the following site: www.lightspacetime.com/seasons-art-exhibition-january-2015/
Happy New Year! This photo is an inspiration as it reminds me to take time to just enjoy life, to spend time with family and friends and to sometimes laugh and play like children. So, make a splash in the new year and have fun along the way.