On the backroads just outside Council Bluffs. A farmer in a pickup truck drove by and waved right before I took this, kicking up a temporary storm of gravel dust, which wafted through the background. Nice guy. Not a bad way to start the day.
Along a gravel backroad on the eastern edge of Council Bluffs. This is one of my favorite roadside barns, and I visit it often during my sunrise roadtrips of local discovery, just to see how first light is treating it. This particular photo was taken a few weeks ago, on a cold clear morning a couple of days after our most recent heavy snowfall, as the rising sun and morning fog quietly battled amid the otherwise amazing peacefulness of cropland in winter.
This one is dedicated to my good friends Rob and Maggie Schlautman, who tied the knot last Friday. I took this photo with Rob last month just east of Council Bluffs while waiting for the no-show Northern Lights. The only light was from the rising moon and the glow of the building midnight fog.