Standing out on my quiet gravel road with a cup of coffee, my dog and listening to the pheasants crow in the field as the sun makes it's grand entrance, that friends is good living. This view down my gravel of the sunrise is one that never gets old for me out here on the farm.
There is just something about watching the sun slowly creep over the horizon that gives me a certain feeling of hope for the day. I don't know what it is but when I experience a beautiful sunrise, it seems that anything is possible in the day ahead. I get focused, plans are aligned coming together and everything just makes sense in that moment. Fear, doubt, and uncertainty are washed away and replaced with a big wave of, " Hey, we can do this!"
Looking back on the countless sunrises and sunsets I have witnessed, I finally figured out what it is that makes it all tick and come together for me. There has been one thing I have noticed as a constant in all of this for me. After years and years of watching sunrises and sunsets, the amazing sights, sounds, smells, and that sense of hope that washes over me, I have indeed figured out what pulls it all together and makes it all possible! It has to be the one constant throughout all of this...A great cup of coffee! ☕☺
Life is better with a cup of coffee, get out there have fun and enjoy it! ☕☕ #butfirstcoffee
I had to stop and take this picture out on my rural Iowa gravel as a storm was pushing thru the other day. The creek was running full from the rain and the dark clouds contrasted nicley with the blue skies much like a scene from a good vs evil thriller. The smell of the flowers filled the damp heavy air and the bees were floating all around. The sound of the water moving, the smell of the rain and nature all around me was yet another reminder of just how much I love the rural life and all it has to offer.
Sure, my truck may be dusty but that just reminds me wherever I go of just how lucky I am to get to come back home. ☕
Beautiful sunset over the Southeast Iowa bean field, out on the farm tonight. A great cup of coffee in hand and loving the rural lifestyle, this never gets old. If you get the chance, add some gravel travel to your day, your soul will thank you.
This was a super fun two-family shoot I got to do when I was in Ohio a while back. Two brothers and their families, which combined for a total of five kids under five years old! 🙃🤪🤤 The kiddos had a great time exploring the farm and chasing bubbles, and I had a great time chasing them. The goal was an image to give to their dad as a Father’s Day gift, and from what I hear, he was thrilled with the result!
Another perk of the rural life was watching this beauty of a sunset storm roll through the fields of Southeast Iowa. With a sky full of angry clouds, just kissed with the warmth of the setting sun it made for some nice contrast with the bean field. Heavy rain was marching in from the left and completely blocking out the warm amber glow of the sun.
I'll get to that later... Out wandering around an abandoned farm I was given permission to explore, I looked inside one of the old barns and seen this. While not near as much as some, this barn had things of all sorts, odds and ends saved for "another time". Doors and windows leaned against the wall, old bits of houseware items, buckets, an old ironing board, car parts, kitchen caninets, several bike parts, old lamps, canning jars, brooms..on and on. I see this all the time out visiting these abandoned farms, a lifetime accumulation of "stuff" that is fully intended to be used at a later time, yet here it sets frozen in time today with nobody around. Many of these old places are left full of yesterdays intentions, hopes and dreams that were counted on, but never realized. Life marches on and has a funny way of making you belive you will have more of it, than time itself will allow. None of us know how much time we have but we always seem to count on more than we get. I lost a friend the just the other day and today, it is his birthday. He had plans for today as many of us do but life does not always go as planned.
Much like these old boards slipped up in the rafters to be saved for a later time, we all do the same with things in our lives. One never knows what curve ball life will throw at us and catch us not looking, taking away our " I'll get to that later". Life is short friends, go enjoy it today ☕
More snow!? ☃️ Happy Monday! Is it snowing where you are? It looks like we already have another 6 inches or so out there so far. I am actually one of those weirdos who loves when it snows. I only get sick of winter when it's April and I'm ready for spring. 😆🤷♀️ #vermontfarmers#letitsnow ❄️