2018: The Year in Pictures

As the year comes to a close, I like to take stock of the ground that was covered over 365 days. I have the unique opportunity to scroll through the photos taken day by day of farmers cultivating the soil, athletes competing at the highest level and the beauty that is Iowa. As a photographer, I thrive on the opportunity to document the lives and issues that shape society. I also cherish the chance to look back at a collection of images that one by one evoke memories, illustrate emotions, speak to larger social issues and add clarity to our world. The following pictures are a small selection of my favorite photos from 2018.

2018: The year in pictures

Picture Iowa – Twilight of harvest

By Joseph L. Murphy

A combine travels down a county road in Carroll county under the backdrop of a magnificent sunset. This year’s harvest is in its twilight. When finished, Iowa farmers will have harvested nearly 415 million bushels of soybeans and 2.2 billion bushels of corn despite a growing season that included spring floods and a fall drought. Many attribute the tremendous bounty to better farming methods and advances in biology that make crops more resilient.

A combine travels down a county road in Carroll county under the backdrop of a magnificent sunset. This year’s harvest is in its twilight. When finished, Iowa farmers will have harvested nearly 415 million bushels of soybeans and 2.2 billion bushels of corn despite a growing season that included spring floods and a fall drought. Many attribute the tremendous bounty to better farming methods and advances in biology that make crops more resilient.