Italy meets Minnesota & a cattle drive

Meet our Italian friends from the area of Romeo and Juliet.  We have absolutely no Italian language skills and they are equally lacking in English-speaking skills.  However, we made it work even though Randy was kicking himself for not bringing along a little translator that could help with our communication.

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Google Earth to the rescue! Wonderful group filled with fun and laughter. We will see them often the next few days and share a cheerful greeting:  Minnesota!  Italia!

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Using a smart phone, they show us their home and we locate our farm zooming in so close we could see the junk behind our grove of trees. Green Acres is the place to be. Too bad Google doesn’t let us know ahead of time so that we can spiff up the yard for the satellite picture.

I may have to learn some Italian in case they come to visit since our address is in their phone.

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What are you looking at? Crazy pilgrims…

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One cow decides she wants to explore a different path so Randy, the experienced cattle man, blocks the way so she must now follow the rest. Good try, Bossy.

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Prairie Whispers

The prairie softly whispers in hushed tones as the brisk air of night surrounds our world.
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Photo info: Canon 5d Mark 2 / 70-200 lens / aperture 5.6 / shutter 1/200 / Time of day – 11 a.m.
Blended with cloud images and snow added from Albums DS art

It’s Photo Friday!!

I’ve been working on a coffee mug design featuring the local cattle drive through the little town of Gary, South Dakota.  It will be the “end of an era” since this was the owner’s last drive from pasture west of town to the home place and the herd has been sold.  I found it ironic that a farmer was going through town with his huge equipment just as the last cowboy was trying to catch up with the herd. Out with the old and in with the new…

Shutter 1/2000 ~ Aperture 4.0 ~ ISO 400 ~ Canon 5D Mark 2 ~ Canon L 70-200 IS lens

Sepia toned with warming filters and texture layer added.  Texture layer is another image I took of the dried up path in my woods, toned with warming filter, layered on top and opacity decreased.