Driving through farm country today I was enjoying the beautiful sunshine and blue sky. I came upon this old farm house amongst a plethora of wind turbines. Technology has come a long way since the day this house was built. What was once perhaps a dairy farm with livestock such as cows, horses, chicken, pigs, sheep, and goats; is now a wind farm with no live stock and from all appearances, no human inhabitants. If only houses and walls could speak, what tales they would tell.
The moon was amazing tonight and the sky was very clear. I took the camera out in the field and set up the tripod to try and “shoot the moon”. As bright as the moon was, I still needed a very long exposure and had to bump up the iso to 1600 so there was more noise than I wanted. The first picture has processed with surreal settings in Photoshop. For the second shot, I moved out to get more of the willow tree, going for a silhouette of the gnarly, twisty, branches of the willow.
The tree in the field looks so lonely, yet somewhat majestic with it’s outreaching branches. I like to see the lone tree out in the middle of a farm field. It’s like the tree has earned the respect of the farmer. Kind of brings that saying to mind, “only the strong survive”. The surrounding colors, or lack there of, make for a melancholy message, winter still has a grip on Michigan. Winter in Michigan is pretty dull and gray when there is no snow. Rarely are we treated to a sunny day in February. This is a typical winter day, gray sky, brown dirt or mud, and hardly any green. Today we had temperatures in the 40’s again. We have had minimal snow this winter and most of us Michiganders feel that “the big one” is still lurking. Just when you think you are out of winter and heading for spring; bam, a blizzard hits and we get buried when we least expect it. I enjoy the big snow storms that catch us by surprise. They help to brighten the gray days of winter.