Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

The last smile post of 2019 plus Nancy’s photo challenge: Clouds


You wouldn’t think heavy weather would be the underlying reason for smiles. And unless you have a camera and a habit of watching the sky it probably isn’t.

The first image I got this morning.

This week’s smile comes to you in conjunction with Nancy’s weekly photo challenge where she asked for images of clouds.

I loved the gold of the shorn corn field against the navy of the angry sky.

Today’s post also comes to you compliments of high winds and a cold front that blew through Michigan today. I couldn’t resist grabbing the camera and heading north.

Sentry poles stand against the storm.

I was looking for open fields so that I could highlight the sky. And if I got a barn in the shot – well – that would be even better.

A flash of red had me stopping on the empty rural road.

I was traveling on roads unfamiliar to me, and the land just wasn’t opening up. I traveled through small town after small town, feeling frustrated as the clouds I chased were blowing away faster than I could drive.

And just as I was turning around, heading home, the sun came out.

But I kept driving and eventually I found the country dirt roads lined with big empty fields that I’d been looking for. And lucky me, a whole new batch of clouds obliged by posing over barns and fields alike.

Love the sun on the field and the white clouds overtaking that navy sky.

You can’t keep me from smiling when I’m on the hunt for barns and weather.

Thank you Trent and Nancy, for coordinating challenges that get me out, usually with my camera, but always noticing the world around me. The world is a better place when we stay open to the beauty and the smiles that surround us daily.

Happy New Year everyone!

Farms and clouds, both guaranteed to make me smile!

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.

16 thoughts on “The last smile post of 2019 plus Nancy’s photo challenge: Clouds

  1. If it gets you out of the house and keeps you out of trouble… lol, I actually like taking pictures of clouds as well, though I usually don’t drive to find the ideal location for the cloud shots.


  2. Isn’t it amazing that basically two colors, blue and brown, could create so much drama?! These are beautiful, Dawn.


  3. Happy New Year, Dawn! Thank you for sharing your awesome photos! Do fireworks bother Katie? I hope you all have a nice, quiet New Years Eve. I am looking forward to 2020!


    • The sheltie before Katie hated fireworks, would shake and pace and ask to come up on the bed. Katie, on the other hand, used to plant her feet, square off and bark at the ceiling. She wasn’t afraid of them, she was going to TAKE THEM ON! “Come on you fireworks, I’ll take care of you! Don’t worry mama, I’ve got this!” Now that she’s mostly deaf things are a lot calmer around here.


  4. These photos made me smile too. So beautiful Dawn. Wishing you a healthy, happy 2020


  5. I love clouds too – you captured great colors combinations and leading lines in the fields. A red barn always adds a fun pop. Nice job on the prompts! Happy New Year!!!


  6. “The world is a better place when we stay open to the beauty and the smiles that surround us daily.” Amen! Lovely photos, Dawn — Happy 2020!


  7. The fact that I understand why the clouds make you smile made me smile. Lovely photos, Dawn. Happy New Year! 🙂


  8. Dawn – quite an adventure you shared with us as you hunted for the right cloud and weather shots! And you are right – it is amazing how much more I saw in the sky when I began takings photos of it.


  9. Pingback: The Weekly Smile Recap for 12/30/2019 – 1/5/2020 #weeklysmile | Trent's World (the Blog)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.