I came upon this field by chance. Rather as a result of a mistake made by poor preparation. I was disappointed and trying to make up for lost time when I glimpsed this sea of yellow. The kids and I made this field our plans and popped out to explore and eat our picnic lunch. I have never offered mini sessions before but I knew I wanted to magnify this field before it faded. So two days later I captured three families in this glorious gold.
This is Erin. She is Citizen Potawatomi.
When young she was given her Native name...Nanogaskawe which means "Hummingbird Woman." In Native culture, hummingbirds symbolize messengers and carriers of joy! Her ancestors once roamed this land, Prophetstown, where we met to capture these photos. As Erin and her mother shared the history of injustices perpetrated against their family of old I was brokenhearted. Tragically, her great, great grandfather and his tribe were removed from Prophetstown and forced to walk The Trail of Death to Kansas. Only a remnant survived. If her ancestors could have looked ahead, I know they would be proud to see that their resilient spirit lives on in their Hummingbird Woman!
We raced the sun to Half Moon Rock and caught its final, glorious glance at these windswept lovers.