This is Iowa

Autumn Iowa Fields

Autumn Iowa Fields © 2007

This is central Iowa, north of Iowa City.  This part of the state is mostly fields and farms, but there is a quality that gentles the mind in these particularly pastoral settings. Perhaps it is that there is no place for the eye to stop, so the mind just continues to travel endlessly and peacefully along.

Photographed from car on a trip heading “back home.” November 30, 2007

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Comments

  1. The vastness is quite striking.

  2. A beautiful photo. A very interesting shot with the farm down there. Almost like it is in the palm of a hand. I like this very much

  3. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a totally blown sky look so absolutely stunning. What a gorgeous image!

  4. Amazing photo for sure! I have never been in Iowa before!

  5. Laurie: the land does simply keep rolling away.
    David: I like the “whole world in a hand” idea
    Jules, Mon@rch: Really amazing taken flying down the highway. 🙂

  6. I really like that photo! It made me relish the memories from the year I spent in Iowa long ago.

  7. Your quote was nice, but I liked your words even better,

    “..but there is a quality that gentles the mind in these particularly pastoral settings. Perhaps it is that there is no place for the eye to stop, so the mind just continues to travel endlessly and peacefully along.”

    That picture looks to me like a painting. The lines. I can’t seem to trick my mind into believing it is a photo.

  8. Very cool Barbara. Love the colors.

    R(etc…)

  9. montucky, rtd: Iowa is pretty amazing for a state that gets bad-mouthed a lot.Thanks for commenting.
    montucky: you LIVED in Iowa. Now that’s a bit of trivia for the blogging photographers to note.
    amuirin: Those words fell out of my pen and onto my paper. Sometimes that happens. I happen to like the feel of the photo and words together, too. Thanks.

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