Old-Times: In a Field
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It's not uncommon to see an old black and white photo of a lone person standing at the edge of some anonymous farm field. They are often well dressed, but sometimes not. Usually not smiling. There is a feeling like they were in the middle of something, maybe a trip back home to their parents' farm, and stopped for a photo. It might be they want the familiar backdrop of the field to be there for them to look at later, but I think it is more a statement to the future that this place, this grouping of trees and dirt and plants and hills, this has meaning to them, this is a part of them. When I'm riding through the endless cornfields of the midwest and pass a beautiful huge tree in the middle of a field, I like to imagine who lives nearby and values that natural composition and will always remember it.

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