Fall has always been a special season for me. I grow up in central Wisconsin and northern Illinois, surrounded by the canopy of vibrant colors, walking the carpet of crunchy leaves and inhaling the intoxicating scent of their decomposition.
Now having lived 20 years in western South Dakota, I’ve learned to be intentional about finding fall. It can be viewed in pockets of creek draws, river bottoms and the Black Hills. The prairie has shown me that brown comes in hundreds of shades and yellow is it’s most frequently seen autumn color.
” The sea, the woods, the mountains all suffer in comparison with the prairie… The prairie has a stronger hold upon the senses. “Albert Pike
I spent an evening exploring the fall season with the Reynolds Barn in view. Often, a certain pasture, piece of land or homestead is given the name of a past owner as a reference. Such is the case with the Reynolds barn, no longer owned by the Reynolds family but very much remembered.
The sky is very much a part of my photographs, for on the prairie it is magnificent! I will alter my composition to include portions of the sky I find to be captivating. With this the perspective of the landscape can change.
A few years ago I photographed the Reynolds Barn in the summer (click here to view) and the clouds were so dramatic in the early morning light that I needed to compose the image from the ground. This perspective looks as though the barn is surrounded by flat prairie when it fact, to the north are beautiful rolling hills.
“Photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place. It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with how you see them. “Elliot Erwitt