On a flash-bang drive across the equator of Wisconsin on Sunday (four hours over, four hours back) I allotted myself EXACTLY five minutes off-road to take a few shots at the ethanol plant.

I was there once before in mid-March when corn-laden trucks were coming and going and the whole place seemed to be cooking full-steam ahead.

Is it painfully apparent that I found an unopened box of hyphens wedged in back of the junk drawer and I am trying to use them all up before they go bad?

On this day, there didn’t appear to be much action at all and those glorious steamy clouds of vaporized corn were just not happening. The air even lacked that cotton candy smell that had braided itself into my hair last time around.

Even the “Ace” sign was fully visible.

No matter.


Even with a dirth of steam-swirl, there was still enough to soften the light and filter my shots of the plant, giving the whole place a satisfying and slightly other-worldly look.


And then I jumped back into the car and disappeared in a cloud of…well, not so much of a cloud, but I did head back to the highway.


Clear proof that Wabi Sabi is perfectly capable of practicing restraint when she chooses:

     1. She did NOT include phrases like “Soylent Green is People!” in this post


     2. She did NOT finish the Lili Von Shtupp song started earlier in this piece.

Steamier views of the plant can be found at https://wabisabiphotography.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/non-sequitur-the-sequel/



  1. sedge808 says:

    fab shots. very me.

  2. andykidd says:

    Well done Ace. I know this plant well having searched on Google then maps the last steamy time. I am still waiting for the vineyard in Summer shots, not that I believe it survived the snow. Loosen up Wabi Sabi 🙂

    • Thanks, Andy…I have been moping around without my favorite lens and refusing to go out shooting but now that I am properly armed again, time to get up there. Hosting a matched pair of eleven-year-olds this week–LOTS of fun but I can barely function by evening.
      When I’ve recovered, I will get you your vineyard. 🙂

  3. Lignum Draco says:

    W-o-n-d-e-r-f-u-l photos. 🙂

    5 minutes only? Glad to hear the lens is back.

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