July 14

Field of endless barley

I asked a friend of mine to pose for me at sunset. She’s from California and hasn’t had that “first hand” experience with North Dakota’s small grain crop.  This barley field is one of many acres that makes North Dakota the lead state in the nation for barley production.

Okay, that’s enough hard news. Now for the soft news:  The evening colors of the “golden hour” provide the right contrast for the field surrounded by windbreaks or shelterbelts. I love the way the soft heads of the small grain crop feather out the landscape.  My model walked through the field with the palms of her hands turned down to feel their light stroke on her flesh.

For a photographer, the Golden Hour provides the relief from the blinding mid-day sun that overexposes photographs.  It provides a color and softness that I find inviting.

The wide open vastness of North Dakota’s landscape give a wonderful balance between the isolation and independence of a sole figure against the seemingly endless fields of small grain.

I’m grateful to this model who expressed the childlike wonder of the soft small grains and the vast wide open spaces.

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