Timothy Mayer Artworks & Photography recently spent several weeks on the road to photograph the Art Richardson farm in Waupaca County. The Richardson farm is rich in the agricultural history of Wisconsin. It hosts the oldest know silo in the state and has been in the family for several generations. The farm is nearly two hundred years old.
Art and his wife Rhetta raise livestock as has been the most recent history of this farm. Their property is scenic and reminds many of western Europe with hay and corn bales placed in the farm’s pasture’s for livestock feed. Rock wall formations which have been created from clearing pastures for grazing and act as fencing add to the bucolic landscape.
The fall scenery and landscape is what drew me to this farm. I had viewed the scenery of this particular area for several years as I regularly drive along the many roads in beautiful Waupaca County photographing. I always ask permission to enter a farmer’s land. I consider it good professional policy. I introduced myself to Art back in September and, he graciously allowed me to take as many photographs as I wanted but, I don’t like roaming about his or, any other farmer’s fields without instruction or at times, chaperoning. Cows are friendly and quite curious but bulls can be aggressive and during breeding, very dangerous.
I was most interested in photographing the scenery of the Richardson farm but, Art was insistent that I meet some of his livestock so he introduced me to some of his animals. They are known as Angus-Limos and range from 300 to 1,500 pounds and I, with careful guidance from Art, was able to get close to these beautiful animals and very carefully photograph them.
Over a couple of weeks in late September and early October I motored the forty or so miles to Waupaca County being mindful of the time of day a few hours before sunset. This is known to photographer’s as the “Golden Hour,” as it creates dramatic lighting for capturing breathtaking images.
I hope you’ll enjoy these!