PHOTO TIP

Can­did shots and un­ex­pected mo­ments are some­times the best way to cap­ture gen­uine emo­tion. Look for body lan­guage to help tell the story.

Country - - LIFE IN FOCUS -

1. PORCH SIT­TING

Years ago, I learned my hus­band, Dave, pre­ferred time at home over va­ca­tions to far­away places. Thus be­gan the trans­for­ma­tion of our gar­dens into a coun­try get­away. JERELYN MCKIN­LEY Dola, Ohio

2. NOSE TO NOSE

Our 10-year-old grand­daugh­ter, Tori, made friends with a horse at the Mar­quette County Fair in West­field. WAYNE FRITZ Strat­ford, Wis­con­sin

3. CUT­TING THE GRASS

In our ru­ral com­mu­nity, sum­mer is filled with trac­tors and trucks as farm­ers bring silage in from the fields. I snapped this photo of my hus­band, Dave, mak­ing feed for his dairy cows. WENDY BLOK Lyn­den, Wash­ing­ton

4. SWEET TREAT

My in-laws, Frank and Joan, have a small farm that is par­adise for their great-grand­chil­dren, Ma­son, Micah and Braelin. One of their fa­vorite things to do is help feed the pigs! MELANIE HAR­VEY El­lis­ton, Vir­ginia

1. SIX HORSE­POWER

I drive past this Lan­caster County farm of­ten, and one day I spot­ted the team ready to work. CAROL JA­COBS NOR­WOOD My­er­stown, Penn­syl­va­nia

2. FARM DOG

My nephew Josiah and his dog, Amos, sat still just long enough for me to take this pic­ture. They’d spent the day run­ning through the fields and pas­ture while vis­it­ing us. This part of the farm has been in the fam­ily since the 1940s. CA­ROLE EVERSON Eau Claire, Wis­con­sin

3. FREE­DOM AND FARM­ING

This pa­tri­otic barn in Greene County re­minds me of our Amer­i­can val­ues. APRIL LANE Greeneville, Ten­nessee

4. FLUTTERING BY

On a gor­geous sunny day, I was hang­ing up the wash when I passed this lit­tle but­ter­fly sit­ting on a flower. I quickly went in­side for my cam­era; luck­ily the but­ter­fly was still there! LUCY MILLER Scranton, Kansas

1. A SONG IN THEIR HEARTS

This pic­ture of my mom, LeeAnn, and my 2-year-old brother, Cartersen, at our lo­cal county fair shows the true hap­pi­ness of be­ing to­gether. CHRIS­TINE TAY­LOR Adrian, Michi­gan

2. HIGH FLIER

I was hik­ing at Nashotah Park and looked up to see the moon in a deep blue sky. Sud­denly an im­ma­ture bald ea­gle came into view. I had to move quickly to cap­ture them to­gether. LAINET GAR­CIA-RIVERA Mil­wau­kee, Wis­con­sin

3. LOVE THE LAND

An Ok­la­homa farm cap­ti­vated my heart from the first time I re­mem­ber grab­bing a cam­era and strolling the fields. I re­al­ized, with­out doubt, this is the life I want, al­ways. SUNNY HER­MANN Agra, Ok­la­homa

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