Friday, April 18, 2014

The Farm Collection


First things first, the winner of last week's giveway . . . .Caz Sultz.  Caz commented, "Thank you so much for the lesson, Donna!  I loved that you also included the links to the supplies."  Caz, email me your address and I'll send your handmade photo note cards right away.

And, there's another giveaway today . . . 


I’ve never lived on a farm, and until recently I bought my food from the local grocery store with seldom a thought to where it came from or how it was grown. But now I feel differently. Having taken photographs for a local farm family, I’ve come to appreciate the care and conscious effort that goes into farming. 


Wherever I go, I am always on the lookout for farm scenes.   



This is The Farm Collection – barns along country roads, fresh produce, animals, and slices of farm life. More to come as I continue my farm girl adventures.


Finding Home

 Home isn’t just a place or a location,
          It’s a feeling, a memory, a sound, sometimes a smell.

It can be someone you know
and the memory of their laugh.

It can be that feeling rising in your throat
when you hug someone you haven’t seen in a while.

Or that sense of belonging you get
when you make a new acquaintance you didn’t know you missed.

Or that farmstead you long for.

When you’re homesick for the farmgirl life you’ve never led,
hang laundry outside and
the scent will take you there.

Crochet at the end of the day,
And simple becomes your sanctuary.

Wanting to go home
can be a sensory journey
as good
as being there. 












I’m linking up with Kim Klassen today and my Friday Find is The Farm Collection.

If you’re a farm girl at heart and would love a set of note cards featuring today’s images, leave a comment for a chance to win.  I'll announce the winner next Friday, April 25, 2014.

30 comments:

  1. Love these farm photos. I tried to pick a favorite but there are too many that I love!

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    1. Popped over to your blog this morning, and I am so glad I did. What a lovely post of faith for Good Friday. Thank you for helping me to remember that God has me in the palm of his hand.

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  2. Your Farm Collection is amazing. You have just the right approach to it. Lovely, lovely work.

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    1. Thank you, Sarah. Keep those Friday Finds coming! I've put a hold on a book from our library based on what's on your nightstand. And the quote, "The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling," from your photo - well, I used that quote several times yesterday to encourage family and friends. Perfect!

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  3. I love everything about this post! Very inspiring!

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    1. Thanks so much. Your photos of grass in the morning with the dew drops were so beautiful. Are you out this morning looking for light? The lilacs are blooming here and I'm trying to think of a new way to capture their beauty. A camera is great at recording light, but what about the sweet smell?

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  4. So many wonderful farm photos! I love them all, the horse, the chickens, the baby cow getting a bath... The Finding Home poem is very nice, and so true.

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    1. Hi Michelle, I'm guessing your spring snow has melted by now. Such beautiful photos you captured of that subtle and fleeting time between seasons. Have a lovely Easter weekend.

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  5. You know how I feel about farms--I started drawing them in third grade. I can't live on a farm, but here in F'burg, we're close to many of them. Your photos are stunning--the calf being washed by his mama! Those chickens eating out of dog food bowls! Wash on the line . . . just-picked radishes . . . oh, how I miss our little farmette (hogs and truck garden). Thanks for bringing back memories!

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    1. Yes, we love the same things! I love your book, Tractor Day, and the story of the little girl who is you and her farm adventures. I'm taking pictures of the farm life, and you lived it - even if only for a short while. Happy Easter, dear friend.

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  6. This collection of everything farm . . . is just gorgeous!!

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    1. Kim, Thanks so much for the encouragement. It was such a pleasure to read your most recent blog post. I feel as though I am making a whole new world of friends who are creative and faithful and kind. Happy Easter!

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  7. all wonderful images - the sheep behind the blue gate is the best! Having grown up in the midwest, still have a bit of farm girl in me...I can't grow a thing though...so looking forward to when the farmer's market opens for the year here on June 1 so we can get all that good farm freshness locally!

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    1. Amy, you might not be able to grow a thing, but you certainly came up with a wonderfully creative way to display your garden flowers. The rusty spring coil is ingenious!

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  8. Wonderful, wonderful images they really encapsulate the whole feeling of the land and the bounty it produces.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! Also, I am so enjoying the music you included in most recent blog post, April Mornings by Jim Moray - such a peaceful background for my time visiting artful blogs and typing replies this morning.

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  9. Omigosh Donna, thank you for picking me as the winner for last week ! You've made my day and I am so excited to receive your beautiful cards !
    I love, love, love your images this week, so nostalgic, so fresh. I loved the one of the chickens on the doorstep, and the ones of the mama kissing her calf are precious !

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    1. Caz, Your cards will go out in today's mail. It was such fun to offer the giveaway. My 17 year old son chose the winner from little strips of paper with names placed all in a jar. My whole family was excited to make the draw and announce the winner. Congratulations!

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  10. oh my... congrats Caz....

    i love the way you share.... and your images.... always so GORGEOUS.......

    happy easter my friend..... xo

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    1. Kim, I'll thank you again and again. Like you, photography is my passion and in many ways, a gift that God sent me to save me from myself. I've met so many new inspiring and encouraging and creative friends, and it all began with you!

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  11. p.s. that beautiful horse....and the light... Gasp.....

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  12. I am luck enough to live on a farm. 90% of all my photography is done without ever leaving the farm. I love everything about it. Your pic are a beautiful depiction of the simple life that we live! Well done!

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    1. Sarah, I'm at least a little jealous of your life on the farm. I don't mean to romanticize farm life. I am well aware that it is a lot of work. I have tremendous respect for people who bring food to my table and it is my goal to help support them. Every image on a farm looks like a picture ready to be made - from the well worn handle of the hoe to the dirt on a favorite farm boot or glove. Thanks for your kindness.

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  13. I love farm scenes. That's my roots. But down south the farms just don't look the same as up north. Few really good barns and few cattle. Love your chicken pic.

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    1. Roxi, Those chickens live at the farm where I buy my eggs every week. It cracks me up because the farmer's wife treats the chickens just like her pets. They roam all around the yard and even came up to peck at me as I was taking pictures - not timid at all. And they have their own bowl of water right there on her front porch!

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    2. That's too funny!
      Just read your message on my blog. figured I'd respond here. I too have a hard time being open about my faith, but the words just came yesterday AM and I started typing. I had to muster up some courage to to push the publish button by the time I finished. I meant what I said about the mind and body struggling with it. But I know my spirit is eternally His in whatever I struggle through.

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  14. What a wonderful collection, Donna, your photos are gorgeous !
    And the 'Finding Home' poem is so lovely !
    Thanks for your nice comment ...
    Happy Easter,
    Sylvia

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  15. Your photos are so calming... the composition and color amazing. I so look forward to see more of these!

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  16. What a stunning collection of farm images! Your blog is gorgeousness! Hope you are having a wonderful Easter!

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  17. These are just beautiful..These hereford cattle really grab my heart. We had hundreds at one time.

    I love your blog and it filled my soul. Thank you

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