Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Cloud chaser


I was focused on something else, turned around and this was behind me.

Yesterday the sky was facinating; blue sky filled with huge black, white, navy and grey clouds. I thought about those yellow soybean fields I’d seen on my drive home from our latest camping adventure. I thought about housework that needed to be done.

I thought about it for approximately 2.4 seconds.

And then I picked up my camera, wrote a note to my husband and hit the road with no particular destination in mind. Well. I did think I might head right back toward the campground, but that was three hours away, and the clouds were moving fast. I was worried I’d miss the dramatic sky if I stuck to the freeway and drove for that long.

See that dark streak of clouds? When I first saw that it was right over the silos. Stunning!

So at my first opportunity I exited and began to wander those back country roads. It was a part of the state I’ve explored like this before, and I always figure I’ll end up with the same images over and over, but I never end up in exactly the same place.

Looks stormy, but it never rained.

I guess that’s the benefit of miles and miles of farmland and the big open spaces that I love.

Harvest time.

Good thing the car tells you which direction you’re going, because some of the time I could have sworn I was going east when I was going north. I’ve learned a long time ago to trust technology, but even so eventually I wasn’t sure where I was.

I ended up in a town with houses like this…

Pretty stupendous architecture.

…and this.

Summer flowers still going strong.

Pretty. I stopped to check my map (yes paper maps are still useful!) and to walk around a little. Then back on the road.

I was looking for that elusive soybean field. But instead of bright yellow I kept seeing acres of brown. The plants were about shin high, totally brown and I couldn’t tell what they were.

What IS this?

When I had a safe place to stop and look more closely I pulled over.

Looks like a bean pod…but???

I still don’t know what they are. Are they soy beans that have totally dried? Or something else? Does anyone know? I should ask my family. They live on farmland and will surely know what this is.

A little sway in that roof line.

Besides soybeans I was chasing the sun. I’d be driving along and the sun would pop out, striking the side of a barn off in the distance. It would be stunning, surrounded as it was with the dark stormy sky.

See that stripe of sun? It was right on that red barn when I pulled over, but by the time I got out of the car it had moved.

By the time I’d find a safe place to stop and get out of the car the sun had moved on. The clouds would shift, moving from their perfect placement, and though still pretty, the shot wouldn’t be as stunning as what I originally saw. The image that caused me to stop would have to remain only in my memory.

I got lucky. While I was standing there the sun struck the side of this barn’s metal roof.

I guess it’s kind of like trying to get that perfect shot of a baby playing, or a dog being cute. It takes some planning and a whole lot of luck.

Eventually I just stopped trying to catch that perfect moment, and enjoyed them as I saw them, driving cris cross along the country roads. I wished I had some sort of tracker on the car so I could see, later, what my route looked like.

A classic.

It would have been crazy. I turned around regularly to go back to a barn or a field. Sometimes just because. I know I went around several country blocks and at least once I wondered if I was driving on a road I had explored just minutes before.

Eventually I crossed a major road and checked the map again. I was all the way up toward Saginaw. It was getting late, so I wandered over to the freeway and headed home.

Did I ever find that red barn sitting in a soybean field? Well…

Red barn, yellow soybeans. Check.

…yes, yes I did. It was just a little field and a little barn, but it was pretty. I’ve found other more stunning examples in other years, and I’ll probably go out once again this year to try again, but I was happy to find this one.

And just look at all the other neat stuff I found while I was searching!

The sound of the dry corn rustling in the wind was special too.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

24 thoughts on “Cloud chaser

  1. Your criss crossing resulted in lovely images. I would get so lost – no sense of direction in my brain – I would need a GPS to get me home.


    • I was going to bring GPS with me, but forgot…and I haven’t figured out my smart phone. I think there’s GPS in there too. But I also know the roads go pretty straight north/south or east/west…and eventually I’ll get to something I recognize.

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  2. This is the kind of exploratory journey you’d have to leave the Princess behind for. No way could you have gotten such great shots if you’d had to lift Her Highness into and out of the car a million times! Thanks for showing us early Fall in your part of the world.


    • Exactly right. I have taken her on these kinds of things before, but she gets bored and I can’t stay out as long as I want to. She stayed home with her dad and was perfectly happy to scold me when I got back. And demand payment in treats.

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    There is something magical, safe, and warm about “farm life.”
    xx from MN.


    • Yes there is. My mom grew up on a farm that is still in the family. We always loved to visit when we were kids, play in the barn, with the cats, watch the other animals, run in the fields. Sort of a magical freedom back then. Maybe still today.


  4. The movement in the picture of the road and clouds is incredible and the way the road takes your eye down the middle of the photograph is like a runway and we’re going to be launched into those incredible clouds. Gorgeous. I like how in the end you gave up trying to take the perfect shot and just enjoyed the show.


    • Thank you. The road shot was just an impulse, but I liked how it turned out a lot. Yes, there was so much beautiful stuff that I couldn’t capture because there wasn’t anywhere to safely park. So I tried not to let it bother me when I missed shots and that worked out fine too.


  5. Lovely landscapes and coudscapes! 🙂


  6. as I scrolled through your photos I kept saying oh that;s my favorite, no that;s my favorite- I think they were all my favorites! I especially love the clouds over the road stretching out in the middle. So glad you shared your impromptu road trip!


  7. Yup, those are dried soy beans.

    You have a fabulous eye and we share an appreciation for “stupendous architecture.”


    • Thanks for letting me know…I thought they looked like beans…but then why are some fields still with leaves and other fields look like brown stems with pods? Do they plant them at different times? Or are there different varieties?

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      • Afraid that’s the limit of my knowledge of soy beans – but based on my own back yard gardening experinece, I will guess this much: after a certain point in the drying phase, the leaves will fall leaving only the pods behind – a function of earlier planting or faster maturing (or other agricultural factors.)


  8. Beautiful scenery and I love the skies!


  9. Such a lovely series of images, Dawn. I love wandering around back country roads. I see someone has identified your soybeans for you, too. 🙂


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