Picture of the Day - September 11, 2009
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Today's picture comes to us from Special Contributor Winston
Rockwell, and it is the third photograph in the series entitled
"Americana". As with the
second Americana images, this one
features a beautiful farm that well-represents both our great
nation's rural heritage and its agricultural roots - Americana at
its best! Here is Mr. Rockwell's story behind the image:
"Coming home from a day of photographing white-water rafters
You'll find many more of Winston Rockwell's magnificent images in his
weekend, I passed this farm in the rural countryside southeast
Seattle. The sun was low in the sky, evening was coming on, and
light was perfect. The crimson barn with its neatly painted
and the deep green of the grass made a wonderful counter-
point to the
mound of clouds piling up in the background.
Places like this are vanishing all across America. In many
family farms like this have been sold to make way for
strip malls and
housing developments. What was once a way of life
for many families
is rapidly becoming almost a rarity in some parts
of the country, and
land like this is valued more for potential
subdivisions and shopping
centers than for the history and the
lifestyle it represents. I'm always
sad to see pastures and orchards
and farms for sale, because I
know they'll soon be replaced by
stores and condos and fast-food
I know a lot of people who don't much care about farms like this
one, but having grown up with barns and animals and orchards and
vegetable gardens, I am always saddened to see them disappear.
Cities have their place, I suppose, but they have no soul. To me
are little more than overcrowded rat-warrens filled with people
are so worried about catching the next bus or making it to the
meeting on time that they have lost sight of what's important
Country folk live different lives, close to the earth, and
the things that matter; they know the rhythms of life,
the cycle of
the seasons, the rituals of growth and death and
rebirth, the value
of home and family and friends - things many
forgotten, if they ever knew to begin with. I
just hope that when
my grandchildren are old enough to appreciate
places like this,
there will still be some for them to enjoy...
This photograph was taken with a Canon EOS 5D and Tamron
lens at 41mm, 1/250 @ f/11." --Winston "Rocky"
Name: Rick Rouse
Town: Abingdon, VA
Great job as always Rocky!
Name: Ed Morrison
Town: Dunwoody, GA
Rocky, in this picture and narrative you have managed to succinctly
capture the true essence of rural America. My hat is off to you
for contributing yet another outstanding piece of work to this
Name: Eva Legard
Town: Minnetonka, MN
I agree - Americana at its best. Mr. Rockwell, your images always
Town: Spokane, WA
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this photo Rocky, and as always, your comments are
right on the money!! We live way out in the country and I would not
trade it for anything. Yes, we do put a lot of miles on our cars and
pay more for gas, but we have peace and quiet at night. Maybe a
coyote or a Hoot Owl at night, but we can see the beautiful stars
and Milky Way at night and enjoy the produce from our own garden.
I read an article a couple of weeks ago, where a dairy in our area
was sending their cows in to be slaughtered, because milk prices
have dropped to the point that they canít afford to keep them. I am
sure that I do not understand all of the ins and outs of this, but
when I saw this picture with the dairy cows, I immediately thought
of this story. My children are sure growing up in a different world
than I did and it is just plain sad. Anyway, I really do like this
photo a lot.
Name: Harry Noonkester
Town: Warren, OH
Superb photo today Mr. Rouse. I'm often rather amazed at the quality
of the images featured on this site. Great job! And kudos to Mr.
Rockwell for capturing such magnificent images on a regular basis.
You sir, truly ARE a master.
Name: Juanita Ruffner
Town: Negley, OH
Truly, truly beautiful!
Name: Jim Housewright
Town: Jackson Hole, WY
Another beautiful "country" scene from Gordon Rockwell. Even here in
Wyoming we're beginning to see a lot of farms go out of business and
the farmland put to other uses. How sad.
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