Thursday, December 30, 2010

Sunset Near Keystone, Iowa

Two days ago the three day old snow cover made for interesting photography near 42N's Keystone, Iowa. On December 28th within 30 minutes of local sunset the sky conditions changed so much between sun angle and cloud cover as evident in these 42N team photos of farmland. This particular area of the country is largely used for grain production and livestock feedlots. Many farmhouses and barns can be dated to the beginning of the last century. Silos at these farms often date to the mid-1900s. Windmills like those seen in the last photo are quickly fading from the landscape after years of neglect following rural electrification in the late 1940s which made water pumping easier than wind powered pumping. Know that.


  1. I love to see the light cast by the setting sun onto trees and buildings, like in your middle picture.

    The last picture, while beautiful, makes me feel lonely somehow.

  2. Beautiful!

    Stopping by to wish you a happy new year!