"Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art." Ansel Adams
Spent a day on the road in unfamiliar territory in Southwest Iowa just to get a change of scenery and to see a part of Iowa that I have only sped through on my way to Texas and other points south. It was a journey of some surprises and disappointments, but impromptu planning is often full of such issues.
One thing I did manage to understand is that the rural scene is changing and along with that change we are losing some architectural heritage such as barns, silos, farm houses and windmills. I hit the brakes hard when I passed this scene as these "wind pumps" are becoming a lost character of the rural landscape, especially ones in such good condition.
This is a capture done with an HDR edit in mind as the contrast was extreme. Photomatix was the choice for HDR conversion and then other editing was done in Adobe Photoshop and NIK products. In the end I was glad I stopped, but I wonder how many people will see the beauty that compelled me to pull over.
Tomorrow I will be hanging a new exhibit in the Dickinson County Nature Center in Spirit Lake, Iowa. The nature center has developed a program named eARTh, which I found to be a really cool name for a program that invites local artists to create art about the environment, whether it be landscapes, animals, flowers, etc. I will put up 15 framed pieces of natural scenes from several different states that I have visited in the last couple of years. I still find that America has an incredible treasure of ecosystems that many are unaware or may never experience.
This show will not have any boats, or windmills, or people, just open space from many corners of our land. Many of the spaces have been protected due to efforts of people of great foresight, one of which was the master photographer, Ansel Adams, who spent much of his life gathering evidence (his amazing art) and speaking with those that had political power to develop our national park system.
Have a great weekend and spend some of it outside.
Sic 'em Bears".
For more views of my work visit;
Arts On Grand, Spencer, Iowa http://www.artsongrand.org/
Lanesboro Art Center, Lanesboro, Minnesota www.lanesboroarts.org
Side Street Gallery, Arnolds Park, Iowa www.okobojiimages.com