Happy Moments in the Sun
August 2005So far we’ve had good weather this summer—a few heavy rainstorms and a lot of sunshine. We’re pleased to have some lovely photographs to celebrate the season. Our cover image, “Deer in Woods” by John Hayes, is a great way to express our appreciation. It’s something of a miraculous photograph—catching the deer standing for a moment in the one sunlit spot in the middle of the woods, turning his head for an instant to look at the photographer, who was standing nearby ready to press the shutter. A wonderful piece of luck and a great eye!
Robert Goldwitz also had a good eye when he photographed “Cow and Stream.” He found an opening in the woods with a winding stream in the middle, and as he looked through his lens, there was a cow bending down and drinking the fresh water. It was a different kind of moment when Richard Schepper found the ”Hay Bale in Mist.” Everything was still in that scene, nothing was moving. But the photographer had a painterly eye, and he recognized that the image in his lens had a beautiful quality that he could capture on film.
It was a magical instant when Claudia Kuhn found the “End of the Rainbow” in her camera viewfinder. There was the barn and silo on one side of her composition with the rainbow just above. And the sky had cleared so quickly after the rain that she was able to get the bright blue sky in the background.
Claudia Kuhn also found a “Lone Tree” in the midst of a green hillside, with drifting clouds above. The darkness of the green below on the curving hill provided an ideal contrast to the bright blue above. And Gary Kitchen had a sharp eye as well to find the one sunlit side of a barn gleaming against the dark green of the forest and the blue mountains in the distance. Even the way the mountains seemed to slant down to the right as they receded into the distance and the curving lines of the foliage below created a harmonious composition.
In “Circular Rest,” Stas Kmiec created a wonderful composition from the circular forms of the wheels of an idle piece of farm machinery and the branches of the tree nearby. The colors of the grass and the bushes were an ideal highlight for the composition. And finally Ellen Kristofik captured a fence crossing a hill twice on its way to a barn, with the sunlight brightening the whole field. The dark trees in the background provided a strong accent for a delightful landscape image.