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Capturing the country life

By Holly Martin

It was 100 degrees, but we had air conditioning, bottles of water and our cameras. We were set.

Last weekend, my youngest son and I drove out of the driveway with no particular destination in mind. It’s almost county fair time, you see. And despite our very best intentions of having an SD card full of beautiful images to enter in the photography contest at the fair, Lincoln had but a few.

The heat of the day in a harsh sun is not the ideal situation for taking lovely photographs, but it was what we had. If you learn anything as a 4-H member, it’s to improvise.

As we drove through the countryside, I was amazed at what a little rain and God’s grace can do. An area that was brown, dry and parched last year, was lush, green and vibrant. We drove down one of our favorite roads that has beautiful vistas and bluffs. Cows grazed in knee-high grass. While the pictures we brought home are good, they are nothing compared to seeing it with your own eyes.

All over our coverage area, beauty abounds. I know, because I see it each year when our readers submit photos to the Down Country Roads photo contest. From the rolling fields of corn to horseback cowboys riding through the dust, there is beauty everywhere. Capture it. And send it to us. The entry deadline for the annual photo contest is July 31. And who knows? You might just win the $500 grand prize and see you photo grace the cover of our annual calendar.

As a relative of an employee, my son is ineligible, or one of those photos just might make its way to this year’s calendar.

Go to to get started.

Holly Martin can be reached by phone at 1-800-452-7171, ext. 1806, or by email at

Date: 7/14/2014


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