A Kansas sunset

A sunset in a wheat field in kansas

(Click on the image for a larger-than-normal view…also makes the wheat field a bit more visible)

There was something special about this sunset. I don’t know what it was, but when I was crouching down in front of this wheat field, I was in awe. Here I was, in western Kansas, in a place I’d never been before, in the middle of nowhere, not a sound but chirping birds, not a car to be seen…witnessing something beautiful.

The irony is that this was our last gasp for a storm on Wednesday before it was time for me to go. My buddy Shane and I had seen these things popup out of nowhere, so we turned the car around, drove up this highway and waited. After the sun went down, these clouds got closer and closer…and even though we knew deep down inside that there was a 1% chance we’d get a storm from these…we watched until the bitter end.

Despite the symbol of failure this final chance gave us…it was also incredibly moving. The little journey I went on somehow led me to this place to see this thing.

I’m glad I have some images like these to look back on. Most of you know how disappointed I was afterwards when I didn’t go out there to get what I wanted.

But perhaps I got what I was supposed to get?

(exif: canon eos 5d mark ii, canon 50mm 1.4, f/16, iso 100, 1/20th)

  • http://www.brianfurbush.com/blog Brian Furbush

    Beautiful photo Mike – sunset really is gorgeous over the wheat field, and the clouds are awesome. Well done.

  • http://theperfectsunset.net Jason Hines

    Absolutely awesome image! It’s funny how things work out – sometimes we don’t get what we’re after, but we end up with something different and better. It seems like it’s times like this that we learn a little more about ourselves. Great perseverance Mike, thats something to be proud of.

  • http://www.doephotog.com A.Barlow

    Sweet shot man! I like how the clouds and everything play and how you can just make out the field stretching into the distance.

  • http://www.chrisfrailey.com Chris Frailey

    Nice catch Mike with the sun on the horizon. Monsoon season is not too far away. 😉

  • http://scottwyden.com Scott

    Stunning landscape!

  • http://dudewithcamera.com Jesse

    Beautiful shot Mike. Love the post as well.

  • http://www.chrisnitz.com Chris Nitz

    Those clouds are so playful, almost like a line of rabbits hopping across a beautiful landscape shot. Wonderful image Mike!

  • http://cdeangelisphotography.com Chris DeAngelis

    Great shot Mike! It’s a beautiful sunset and those clouds are just perfect for this scene!

  • http://axphotography.wordpress.com/ Scott Ackerman

    Great words Mike. Saw these firing off to the east that night and I was hoping they were going to build enough for at least a good lightning show for you. Really nice work!

  • http://www.nomadicpursuits.com Jim Nix

    that is a lovely photo, glad you got it!

  • http://chriskenison.com Chris Kenison

    Great shot, Mike.

  • http://www.stevebeal.com Steve Beal

    Great post Mike – what an awesome pano!!

  • http://photostry.com/ Kristi Hines

    It probably just serves as a reminder to all of us photographers – you might not get the thing you want, but you have to make the best of what you have. The worst is to come back with nothing at all.

    On a funny note, glad I’m not the only one who thinks the clouds look like a row of bunny rabbits running across the sky? Almost looks the evolution of bunny rabbits going from the right to left.

  • http://toomuchglass.net/ Mark Garbowski

    Yeah. I think you got what you needed to get.

  • http://www.jameshowephotography.com J Howe

    Wonderful shot, great color and terrific cloud shapes.

  • http://www.lightasmagic.com Justin

    I’m really looking forward to your images from the ‘Chase’!

  • http://www.toadhollowphotography.com Toad Hollow Photography

    Wow, Mike, this is absolutely breathtaking! What a great eye my friend, your processing is spot on.

  • http://www.markblundellphoto.com Mark Blundell

    Nice shot – the clouds look as if they are marching across the view, in a hurry to go nowhere.

    top work as always.

  • http://www.myuglyphotos.com/ Ryan Sexton

    These are some stunning photos from your trip. It wasn’t a bust at all.

  • jina

    I love the colors and tone of this pic.

  • Mike

    Holy crap, I totally see the rabbits now! Weird how you totally miss that stuff 🙂

    For those wondering, the clouds were moving left to right…well, “developing” that way, but in reality, the whole thing was moving towards the camera.

    Appreciate all the kind words!

  • Doug Wise

    Great shot Mike. Love the glow on the horizon and the hint of a sun burst.

  • http://simpledessertrecipes.net Susan@Simple Dessert Recipes

    Very beautiful shot and love the clouds.

  • http://www.myblueheaven.com Scott Wood

    It really is an amazing image. I like the panorama perspective of it, that always seems to put me in the place I am looking at.

  • http://www.richwayphotos.com Rich

    Nice sunset. Most of my pictures are taken in Kansas and some of my favorites are sunsets.

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