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Yesterday's road trip that gave me this picture took me along the Bluff Road in the American Bottom floodplain across the Mississippi in Illinois.

The fields were active with harvesters collecting the remains of last corn crop, clipping the dead plants close to the earth. The result was an beautiful expansion of this already wide landscape.

The colors now are predominately browns. But so many browns. I felt I had never really seen so many browns.I drove up a cemetery road onto the bluffs near Fults, Illinois and found a lovely overlook down on to this tiny, sometimes flood-ravaged, town.

Then back home as the sky opened up and took all the light from the land.

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