Friday, September 28, 2007

While driving to an early morning appointment a couple of weeks ago, I marveled at the low fast-moving clouds that passed overhead, playing games with the early morning sunlight. I debated whether I should stop along the way to get some pictures of the sky action and told myself I would if a suitable foreground presented itself.

The suitable foreground was the property of Mooseheart, a residential facility for needy children, built on a 1,000 acre farm near Aurora, in 1913 by the Loyal Order of Moose. I pulled off the road, and as early-morning commuters whizzed by, shot a number of exposures, planning to blend them later into a composite image.

This image shows a turbulent sky and the repose and steadfastness of the fences and buildings that were designed for protection, cultivation and growth. Quite fitting for an organization with a mission such as Mooseheart’s.

Photograph © 2007 James Jordan.


Cedarwaxwing said...

When I was a child, my father assured me that if anything happened to him and my mom my brother and I could live at Mooseheart because he was a member of the Moose. The ominous clouds in your photo mimic the childhood fear I had dreading a possible time I'd have to pack my bags and move there.

In retrospect, it would not have been such an awful place to grow up if the need arose. Luckily it didn't - and my folks are still around.

Steve said...

Love those barns Jim! I like the soft clouds opposite the textured fence and grass.

Kim said...

I really love the soft glow and subtle colors of the sky. Very well done James!

Sheila said...

A wonderful photo. We drove past Mooseheart this summer while visiting in the area.