An ocean of golden wheat
Checking the weather forecast last night I had a hunch that this morning, Sunday might be good for photos. It’s been a few days since I have photographed anything during the daytime. What was surprising was how many wheat and barley crops were still standing. It’s the end of the first week of September and I expected to see a few fields of standing wheat but not as many as I did.
I was up at 5:30 am already a nice change from two months ago when being up before the sun and in the country meant waking at 4:00 am. I almost didn’t need the alarm clock this morning.
By 6:00 am I was out the door and driving toward the city limits. The sky overhead was clear and cloudless. Was this a mistake I wondered? Ten minutes later I was in fog so thick that I was driving 60 km/hr on the highway and still had to be careful about not going too fast.
It’s funny how many different kinds of fog there are here on the prairies. From the low lying kind that just lies in the low spots in fields and valleys to the walls of fog that envelop everything almost like a low hanging cloud.
Minutes later the fog lightened a bit and I could see a city block ahead of me. The sky above was still cloudless and clear but far to the north it looked like there were regular clouds up high. I stopped and photographed a few hay bales in the almost dark and drove on.
By 7:00 am the few clouds above me were starting to catch the rays of the sun and warming up. A delicate red/magenta color washed the clouds. It was then I decided that it was best to get out of the Rav and start taking pictures. I photographed in one spot for maybe ten or fifteen minutes and turned the vehicle homeward now that the sun was rising almost above the fog. In no hurry I continued on and came across a field of wheat that was in places flattened. The sun was glowing through the morning mist above the standing/flattened wheat.
I photographed a bit, drove another hundred or so meters and stopped the vehicle again. I do that alot when taking pics. The next best spot is always just ahead. LOL
It was here that I took the picture above. I’m always looking for shapes to add movement to the landscape.
An hour later I was home and doing my first rough edit in the camera. View. Delete. View. Delete. Repeat.
I processed a few promising images and then came upon this one. I did a quick once over and left it. I would work on other photos and kept coming back to it. With each opening of the image I tweaked and adjusted bit by bit and then I looked at the photo for really the first time. It looked like waves of wheat in a golden ocean.
It’s funny how sometimes when looking at your photos you don’t really see them. Instead for me at least I remember what I was looking at when taking the photo. I didn’t see a sea of anything just shapes and forms.
Now the skies have clouded over and it’s totally gray outside and I have my ocean of golden wheat.