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A Good Article On Farm Subsidies

Here is a good article on farm subsidies.

Grain silos.
Grain Silos in Mechanicsburg, Ohio

It’s going to be interesting to see where Trump lands on the farm bills. If they resemble previous farm bills(I’m pretty sure they will), there is no possible way that a real businessman could claim that the bills are fair and good for “the American people”.

If you’re to busy to read the article, the short of it is that the government taxes you, then gives enormous amounts of those taxes to farmers in numerous ways. The farmer grows the government’s preferred crops of corn, wheat, and soy. They do it with heavy doses of pesticides and herbicides. So much so that they harm their land in the process. Then, they sell these crops back to you in forms that you may not even recognize(high fructose corn syrup, fuel, soy fillers, etc.).

Due to the products that use these crops being subsidized, superior non-subsidized products that do not use them are sold for what seems to be very high prices. The market is fixed and the customer is sold very poor quality and dangerous products that they unwittingly funded.

The Forgotten Building On State Route 37

A Forgotten Building. Why?

Forgotten Building In A Field
Forgotten Building On State Route 37 in Fairfield County, Ohio.

I’ve watched this building decay for at least 25 years. It may have been setting like this longer. It appears as though it was moved from somewhere else and place here on some rocks. The owners have farmed around it and ignored it all of this time.

It’s their business, but I cannot help but wonder why? Why go through the hassle. What is the significance of this building that allows it to stand? Was it a loved one’s workshop? Do they know it’s bothering someone and leave it here to spite them? Is it reserving a zoning change that allows for a replacement if they want? I can only wonder.

It’s one of many buildings I take notice of that are falling apart. “Rural Decay” is the category of photography that best describes this. How they take so long to fall down is always a curious wonder.

Winter Deer


Deer in a Winter field.
Deer in winter in an Ohio field.

These deer ran in front of my car on a country road. There wasn’t any traffic around so I stopped and watched them for a while.

Whitetail Deer Facts

  • Like common cattle, deer have four chambers in their stomachs for eating things like grass.
  • Deer can run 40mph, jump 9 feet high, and broad jump 30 feet. Kind of like woodland super heroes.
  • Their ears can rotate in any direction without moving their head.
  • They taste great.

Chasing Sunsets Leads To A Moonrise

It’s a frequent event for my wife and I to head on out on our motorcycles in the evening. This frequently leads to seeing a sunset. Sunsets are nice, but photographically speaking, they’re boring without a subject. The night I took this photo, my subject, a farm, happened to be where the moon was rising instead.

Moonrise over an Ohio farm.
Moon rising over a Licking County, Ohio Farm

The trick with a moon in a composition is to get into a position with a zoom lens where a good amount of zoom is required. This enlarges the moon in the photo. I’m actually quite a distance from this farm.

I hope I captured the quiet tranquility of the scene as it was. I used a Canon 55-250mm STM lens that has proven to be a great lens to carry on the motorcycle. It’s a little large, but small enough to mount on a Canon T5i Rebel and have great zoom capabilities in a camera small enough for motorcycle.

 

Spring Calves Grazing

Calves grazing in the Spring
Calves grazing in the Spring.

It was getting read to rain on a late Spring evening. I came across these calves grazing as I was riding down an old gravel road. This was in the northwest part of Licking County, Ohio.

They get so curious. I suppose any approaching human at all means a high possibility of food to them, so it doesn’t take much to spark interest.

Spring On An Ohio Farm

Ohio farm on a rainy Spring evening
Spring evening with rain on Ohio farm.

One of my favorite pastimes is riding in the car or on the bike on the backroads of Ohio. I’m always on the lookout for different rural scenes.

This one is a farm just south of Utica, Ohio after an evening rainstorm. That field will be loaded with corn in a few months. There are some dairy and hog operations in this section of the county.

Rural Winter Beauty

This photo is one of my top favorites for the Winter of 2016.

Old barn leaning from weather and age.
An old barn leaning from age and weather at a Knox County, Ohio farm.

I’ve spotted it while driving by many times before, but the snow and the evening sky made it perfect. I had my wife watch for traffic coming behind us, grabbed the camera and shot  out the drivers window.

It was exciting to see the capture come to life as I opened it in Photoshop and began to manipulate it into what my mind seen.