Living on the Edge

I have the fortune to live in a comfortable suburb, within easy reach of a small city, and just around the corner from the countryside. The best of all worlds! The Lens Artists challenge this week is about the countryside, so here are a few photos taken just minutes from my house.

A large red barn, with close-cropped fields in the foreground and a cloudy sky aboveThese neighbors of mine grow the most delicious corn and sell it in a roadside stand. In late summer and early autumn we try to have fresh corn on the cob often.

Under a bright blue sky, a farmer is tilling a field, with some farm buildings in the backgroundThis is one of their fields. You can see that barn in the background on the left.

A closeup of a field of sunflowers, with one huge blossom right up frontSome years, they grow sunflowers in that field. This is a picture I took there a couple of years ago.

Bare tree branches reach up into a cloudy skyThis was taken in November a couple of years ago in a bit of woods just down the road. I like the moodiness of the bare branches and the cloudy sky.

Posted in response to Lens-Artists #64: Countryside, with thanks to Amy for posting this week’s challenge.

Working Together

Sunflower with bumble beeLast summer I took dozens of photos of sunflowers, but this one was my favorite. It’s got the glorious golden color of the rays and the intricate swirl of the central disk, but can you see what else it has? That dark dot just off the bottom of the disk–that’s a bee. Bees and flowers: a really important partnership. Continue reading