Wednesday, November 6, 2013

For Amber Waves of Grain

America the Beautiful  - Words by Katharine Lee Bates in 1913

O beautiful for spacious skies, 
For amber waves of grain, 
For purple mountain majesties 
Above the fruited plain! 
America! America! 
God shed his grace on thee 
And crown thy good with brotherhood 
From sea to shining sea! 

Continuing my photo essay from our cross-country road trip....

Although I didn't plan to illustrate America, the Beautiful, I realized I had. Yesterday was Spacious Skies. Today....
For amber waves of grain.

Our travels occurred throughout September and October and the fields of America were golden. We were captivated by the gold and blue combinations that passed by our car window. 

The simplicity of the endless fields and the empty horizon were, to me, breathless. And so different from my native New England. The combination of rich textures and simple lines grabbed the attention of my camera lens over and over.

The farms would jump into view and add to the the image.

The richness of the blue against the amber prairie as the sun would start setting was amazing.

Even up close the fields drew our cameras.

Hay bales were worth a photo essay of their own.

And it wasn't all sunshine. The fog added some drama.

As did the snow!

Interested in our cross country journey?
Here are some additional posts about this adventure. More are yet to come.
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  1. What perfect timing for your trip! We used to live in north central Washington state, and I did a lot of traveling on the farm roads through the high plateaus in the wheat country there. It feels like the top of the world.

    1. We hadn't realized the impact of choosing September and October to travel. We figured it would be the best weather. We hadn't anticipated the beauty of harvest time.

  2. Such a variety of weathers and more amazing photos.