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Wazipic™ of the Week (38) – Wheat State of Mind

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Kansas is often characterized as a state offering very little entertainment or breathtaking landscapes. Sure the great state of Kansas does not host a variety of entertaining amusement parks such as Disney World, Oceans of Fun or Six Flags. She is not covered with massive mountains, deep canyons or crystal clear bodies of waters, but make no mistake, she is beautiful!

Depictions of Kansas in movies — families riding in covered wagons across dusty plains and tumbleweeds rolling down desolate streets — are not true representations of this beautiful state. Agriculture is a critical component of the economic engine allowing Kansas to continue moving forward, and the abundance of wheat is what fuels it. What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of wheat? My first thought was bread, but I am guessing any Kansas farmer reading this would say hard work or putting food on the table. With that said, I want to take a moment and thank all farmers for their perseverance and dedication to supplying food for millions of Americans and families around the globe. 

So how much wheat do our tenacious Kansas farmers produce each year? According to Kent Wagoner, Agriculture Professional, "[Wheat production] varies from year to year, of course, but the average of the last five years is 336 million bushels per year." Wow, that is tremendous amount of wheat, and I can smell the fresh bread baking now!

Kansas is not just about wheat fields. Following is a small sample of all the awesomeness Kansas has to offer.

About the Shot

Now that I have put many of you to sleep with all this wheat talk, allow me to reinvigorate you with my thoughts regarding the shot. Roughly two miles from my home are sprawling acres of wheat fields that appear to go on for days. The picture of the week illustrates the beauty in the wheat fields covered with a gradient blanket of yellow and green stretching across the horizon.

I am always looking for a nice overcast day to put my camera to work, and boy was I in luck. Overcast is the foundation of this photograph, as it produced the perfectly diffused light visible in the original photo below. My daughter and I approached the field with care, trying our best not to damage the wheat. Looking at the photograph it appears we are 200 yards into the field, however, we were only 20 or 30 yards into the field. 

The picture of the week — with or without the additional Adobe Photoshop treatment — illustrates just how beautiful unharvested wheat fields are. The fields provide a fantastic backdrop for photos, jobs for hardworking individuals and food for families around the globe. Kansas is a perfect place to raise a family and a place I like to call home. 

Enjoy the photo and have a fabulous day!

All my best,



"Reason clears and plants the wilderness of the imagination to harvest the wheat of art."
― Austin O'Malley



Camera Settings and Edits

  • Photograph name: Wheat State of Mind
  • Camera Model: Canon EOS Rebel T5i
  • Shutter Speed: 1/400
  • Aperture: f/7.1
  • ISO: 100
  • Lens: 70-200mm L
  • Focal Length: 70 mm
  • Image Quality: RAW
  • White Balance: Auto

2 Responses

  1. Linda Morris
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    This is such a awesome picture of our girl in the beautiful Kansas wheat fields! Makes me remember being a little girl and spending special moments with my daddy on our farm! Kansas means family and Home!

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