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I'm driving along, with my camera at the ready, my typical driving stance, when I get a tickle of a nudge. "Pick the camera up and get ready!"


So, having been learning to listen to those nudges, I get ready. I wrap the strap around my wrist, finger near the shutter, waiting. My vision expands to see more as I'm driving down the highway, looking for interest.


There, up ahead, the nudge says, and I understand.


A simple green barn, which appears to have been converted to a home. The bare tree beside it on one side and the expanse of prairie with fresh cut cornfield on the other side.


A perfect cold late-Autumn portrait of prairie life.


There's even an outdoor well-water hand pump near the tree.


I could have stopped and composed it just a bit better, but I love how I timed it nearly perfectly, going 55 miles per hour down the two-lane highway.


I'm glad I've been listening for the nudges.

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Taken on December 10, 2009