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)

26 replies
  1. Jason Hines
    Jason Hines says:

    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.

  2. A.Barlow
    A.Barlow says:

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

  3. Scott Ackerman
    Scott Ackerman says:

    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!

  4. Kristi Hines
    Kristi Hines says:

    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.

  5. Mike
    Mike says:

    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!

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