complexity, simplicity, and rhythm

November 15, 2021  •  6 Comments

Especially at this time of year, when leaves are falling from the trees, revealing everything they shielded, I am in awe, and find myself marveling at nature.  Earth is full of complex and yet seemingly simple things that have some level of rhythm.  One of the best examples of this is corn.  The humble vegetable and staple of many a school lunchroom, corn feeds us and livestock as well as house pets, birds, and rodents.  But what a beautiful study in nature it is!  The kernels are packed tightly against one another, carrying a reflective sheen, regardless of color.  All this in a package protected by silken fibers and surrounded by husks.  They are near-perfect studies for still life photography.  A friend had given us seed corn for Christmas one year, and these are the results, grown at 7,800 feet in Taos County. 


Native American corn is particularly stunning, given the wide range of colors.

The rhythm of the kernels is tough to beat.

Corn offers photographers quite stunning black and white options.  Because of the reflective power of the kernels, the above photograph translates well into black and white.

I call these ears suitable for any backdrop.


Marilyn, Terry T., Dianne, Jean & Sam, Ross, Ingrid, Steve, Catherine, and Wayne checked in this week after reading the blog.  Many thanks to you and everyone who reads it.

until next Monday,


a passion for the image©


Wayne Gesterfield(non-registered)
Corn never looked so good.
Love the pics.
Steve Immel(non-registered)
Every image is glorious! Though I'm usually a black and white guy, the corn soars in color. The husks alone are worthy subjects. All of your backdrops are well chosen, from full black seamless to stucco, grass and wood. And I wouldn't have thought of denim and it's my favorite. The range of kernel colors and combinations amaze me. Red and orange, yellow and red, red and black and too many colors to list.

Your photographs of the "humble vegetable" are anything but humble. Wonderful narrative, too.
Daryl Black(non-registered)
a reader was unable to comment on my blog. Anyone else has this issue? Thanks!
Terry Thompson(non-registered)
Color definitely wins in my book ... Nice.
Exquisite photos, just lovely. Happy Thanksgiving xo
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