Not far from one of the roads that we have come to follow for our drive from our home in Omaha to our cabin in northern Minnesota, there stands a small, long-abandoned house. I can’t remember the first time I really noticed it, but I’ve come to look forward to seeing it again and to pay special attention to it each time we pass by.
I’ve stopped a few times for a closer look, but it seems that when I’ve had the time, it’s been high summer and the deer flies were so numerous, persistent, and fierce that nearly all I could think about was getting back to the safety of the car, and I couldn’t let myself embrace the aura that I sensed was a part of this special place.
But when I drove up the last time, about three weeks ago, with a friend who shares some of my passion for photography, I told him about the place well before we reached it, and he was eager to see what had attracted me to it.
I’ve chosen to process these three images with a gentle HDR (high dynamic range) treat- ment and lower the color saturation a bit to help to convey some of the spirit and mystery that I feel when I’m there. It’s my birthday today, and this is my present to all of you who help me to stay creative and enthusiastic about this wonderful art form. Thank you!