Wide open spaces on the North Dakota prairie completely and utterly captivate me, particularly at sunrise and sunset. I pull over when driving. I run out into fields. I take screens off our second story windows. I stand onto top of our pick-up. I even crawled out my son’s bedroom window onto our garage roof once for the right angle. I never do much with my sunrise and sunset photos other than post them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. But now that is going to change. A friend of mine graciously volunteered to organize them for me to help in a fundraising effort for our local public pre-school which is in need of $7,000 annually to continue. That might not sound like a lot to you but in our town of less than 1,000 people when every organization is fundraising for the same dollars, it is. All proceeds to whatever we create with these photos will go towards the pre-school fundraising. I have a deep passion for early childhood education and if my hobby of taking pictures of the sky can help fundraise for our local pre-school, I want to make it happen.
I have had requests for prints, a coffee table book and/ or calendars. I am not sure what all my creative and organized friend will create yet but I am humbled by her thoughtfulness and excited to see where this little project can go. The first step is for me to download and organize my photos. I started and wanted to share some of my favorite 2013 captures, all taken somewhere on the south central North Dakota prairie by me, most often with my iPhone 5 and sometimes with my SLR Canon Rebel. I edit in Snapseed or iPhoto. It’s nothing fancy as the North Dakota skies truly provide the backdrop for capturing beauty, solitude and the gracefulness of the prairie.
Share with me your thoughts on what we should create with these images and any favorites you have. I added in the full moon rising, a summer small town baseball game and a double rainbow shot that are three favorites aside from sunrises and sunsets from this year.
What’s your favorite image?