Motley Crew {Fine Art Photography in Effingham, Illinois}

I'm sure my brother was cursing his rotten luck today.  He needed to bale straw and didn't have anyone to 'buck' the bales.  What he got was quite possibly his worst nightmare, a 3 and a half year old boy (his nephew and my son), an 8 year old boy (his son), a 12 year old girl with cool shoes and glamorous sunglasses (his daughter), a 69 year old woman (his mom), his 'little' sister (me, you don't really need to know my age do you?), and one persistent little rat terrier named Joey, who followed us all the way out to the field. Actually, I think we did a pretty good job!  So the wagon was a little lopsided, no biggie.  My brother only had to stop a couple times to readjust our bale's, typically with a look of equal parts despair, annoyance and humor on his face.

I regret not wearing a long sleeved shirt, since lets face it, with the others on the wagon, I did most of the bucking of bales, and now my forearms look like they've been clawed/chewed by a rabid cat.   Our stacking abilities left a bit to be desired, but no one fell off the wagon or got hurt, so I call it a success.  We were a Motley Crew, but we got the job done!

After filling (almost) one wagon load, my dad arrived and took over tractor driving responsibilities.  We were all promptly fired and my brother took over the job the five of us were doing earlier.  I bet he thinks he's something else......

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Tytia Habing

I am a self taught, natural light photographer, with sixteen years of shooting experience under my belt. Back in the day, I learned to shoot with film, developed it and printed my own photos in my darkroom. I've since moved to digital, but film holds a very dear spot in my heart that I just can't seem to shake. I was supposed to be a horticulturalist and landscape architect...at least that's what my degree's tell me. I followed that path for some time, along with a few other paths, but photography won my heart. Plants and beautiful mother nature is, and will always be, a great inspiration to me. If at all possible, I prefer to shoot outdoors and somehow incorporate nature into the scene. I'm originally from the Watson, Illinois area, but the majority of my adult life I spent living in the Cayman Islands and only moved home to Illinois with my husband and son a few short years ago. I grew up on a small working farm, with acres and acres of natural areas at my disposal. It gave me a great appreciation for the world around me. I roamed wherever I pleased, built forts in the woods, picked wildflowers in the pasture and caught craw-daddies in the crick. My son is taking over the jobs of fort building and craw-daddy hunting, but I'll never give up the picking of wildflowers.