Corn/Maize; the life of an important produce: Photographic excursion

Corn, some people call it maize, is an important farm produce that is not only used for food but also a source for a variety of other very important items. These items include processed foods such as cereals, popcorn, oil for frying, and starch. In some countries, it is part of the energy that drives the nation in fuel (ethanol) additive to gasoline. It also finds its way into animal feeds, liquor such as whiskey, high fructose corn syrup used in processed foods, soft drinks and medicines, and in bioplastic, glue etc. Corn is also present in cosmetics, soap, paper, chewing gum, crayon and other industrial products.

No wonder it is grown in large quantities all over the world.

This project is a photographic excursion into how corn or maize is produced from preparing the soil to the young plant and the immature corn that serves as food, the mature dry corn used for industrial purposes and what happens to the field after the harvest.

I have tried to showcase the various components of the plant from the young to the old, the stalk, leaves to the tassel, the corn ears, corn husk and silk to the kernel and the cob, and the post-harvest stumps and stalks. I have incorporated the living and storage spaces as well; without them growing corn in large quantity would be a futile effort.

Above all, I have tried to document the pleasantness I feel visiting, driving by and taking in the ambience of these farms. The cycle of life; starting from nothing to the green rolling fields, the brown fields and the final take down at the harvest with residual rubbish.

Watching sunset with the intense colors of the sky over the corn fields gives me a feeling like no other! There could be pleasure in mundane things?

So, enjoy. Let the images speak!

Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge Omaha Nebraska

Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge links two cities, Omaha Nebraska and Council Bluffs Iowa, in two states Nebraska and Iowa in the United States. It is a 3000ft long S shaped cable stayed or suspension foot bridge over the Missouri river from the Omaha Nebraska riverfront to Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Plaza in Council Bluffs Iowa. 

This post can also be seen at https://www.behance.net/gallery/82333769/Bob-Kerrey-Pedestrian-Bridge-Omaha-Nebraska

My Expanding Butterfly World

Recently I had the opportunity to enjoy my passion for butterflies. I had to revisit one of my old gardens, the Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale Arizona AZ. I also visited, for the first time, the Butterfly World, Coconut Creek Florida FL. Both facilities are in the Southern United States US; one in the Arid hot Arizona AZ desert and the other in the semi tropical Florida FL.

The Coconut Creek facility happens to be different from many other butterfly facilities I had visited. It has a mesh wire enclosure both on the sides and in the roof thus allowing natural ventilation and open to direct sunshine and rain. The facilities I had visited previously had been glass or Perspex enclosure and air-conditioned. One of them, in particular, was so humid that it took my camera about fifteen minutes to acclimatize to allow the fog on the lens and the LCD to clear before I could begin to use my camera.

The Coconut Creek Florida FL Butterfly World was airy and naturally well ventilated. It is the largest facility that I have visited; it actually says in the official guide that it is the largest butterfly park in the world! Apart from the butterfly section, there are several aviaries that hold a variety of birds, a number of large gardens for flowers with a variety of Passiflora and many more species of flowers including roses. There is a lake with a walk-on “Tinalandia Suspension Bridge”, a plant nursery and shop, a gift shop and a cafe. There are several other facilities for research and farming of butterflies and plants. I did not have time to visit the museum.

I have included in this blog some of the butterflies and plants that I photographed in these two facilities for your pleasure and enjoyment. I have not attempted to identify them by name in this blog. Some of these are also on my Dreamstime site https://www.dreamstime.com/mfomojola_info where they are well described. You could even buy high resolution images of some of these beautiful ‘things’ on my Dreamstime site.

(https://www.dreamstime.com/mfomojola_info where other photographs can be purchased; most of the photos on this website and more are also available for purchase at this site).

Feed your eyes and have fun.

If there are some specific things or ones you need, please don’t hesitate to contact me at octavephotographers@gmail.com or through the contact site of this website.