Drawn to the simplicity…

of this rural farming scene.

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Simplicity is the glory of expression.

Walt Whitman

I would have loved the opportunity to move around and set up the perfect composition for this shot but sometimes you just come upon something that grabs your attention.

With the rapidly sinking sun I had but a moment to get this shot and something about its simplicity appeals to me. It’s not a grand bridge, a lone tree or a craggy mountain backlit by the sun; some of the things I would ordinarily seek out for a sunset.

It’s just the end of the day in a farming community where the days are long and success depends on the vagaries of nature.

Scenes like this one remind me to be grateful that I live in a country with vast, beautiful open spaces where every inch is not covered in concrete. As the light faded and the temperature cooled I was left only with the sound of grains rustling in the faint breeze and small creatures settling in for the evening…

sim·plic·i·ty
[sim-plis-i-tee]
clear and uncomplicated.

13 thoughts on “Drawn to the simplicity…”

  1. it really does give you pause to be grateful….we need more moments like that. this image is beautiful in it’s simplicity…and the Whitman quote is such a great reminder for me….especially when i’m approaching a painting!

  2. “Simplicity, patience, compassion.
    These three are your greatest treasures.
    Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
    Patient with both friends and enemies,
    you accord with the way things are.
    Compassionate toward yourself,
    you reconcile all beings in the world.”

    ― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

    I love the squiggle in the cloud; adding a little movement to the static scene. Beautiful. I enjoy the feel of that kind of space at sunset. While it is totally peaceful, there are many voices in the rustling of the grain, and the soughing of the wind around the silos.

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