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What is Around the Curve?

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I had pulled to the side of a country road in Virginia’s Shenandoah to photograph an old and abandoned gas station.

As I returned to my vehicle I looked ahead and saw that the road made a curve ahead.

The open road has always symbolized for me an invitation to travel, if for no other reason that to see what might be down the road or, in this case, around the next curve.


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August 31, 2017 at 6:55 am

It was Actually Quite Harmless

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I was driving with a friend recently when it began raining. There was no thunderstorm, just rain. I thought this cloud formation looked interesting so I made a photograph of it as we drove along.  With a little imagination, it slightly resembles a funnel cloud forming and descending to create havoc on the ground. But it is just rain falling.

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August 14, 2017 at 7:23 am

It Won’t Be Long ’till Harvest

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The corn in Midwest fields is as tall as it is going to get this year. The tassels are out and it is a matter of time before the crop matures to a point where it is ready for harvest. That is going to be more than a month from now and close to two months.

Such scenes as this one near New London, Ohio, bring back memories of late summer during my childhood when I lived in the corn belt of central Illinois.

It is reminder that most of summer is behind me and soon it will be back to school time and Friday night high school football games.

Around the time of harvest will be Halloween. Maybe the fun of football games and candy is enough to make up for the loss of  summer.

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August 10, 2017 at 7:21 am

Looking for a New Home

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I don’t know how old this tractor is, but it appears to have several years on it. I spotted it while driving on a rural road near my hometown of Mattoon, Illinois, and circled back to photograph it.

The first thing that attracted me about it was the bright red color of the seat and engine frame. Then the age of it struck my fancy. Finally, there was a forlorn feel about it.

The present owner either can’t have it anymore or doesn’t want it. So the owner is hoping for a nice new home for something that has been part of his life for years, I presume.

This strikes me as the type of machine that a guy could grow attached to and thus part with reluctantly.

Perhaps it served its owner well for many years, but now it is time for this tractor to find another life, another purpose.

I hope it found it.

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October 11, 2016 at 7:01 am

Feeling at Home on the Farm

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I had just gotten up in motel room in Rochelle, Illinois, when I drew back the curtains from the window and was intrigued by the early morning sunlight playing off a nearby farm.

I grew up in downstate Illinois and seeing farms and fields was a common occurrence. I live in a densely populated inner ring suburb now so I don’t get to see wide open spaces as often as I once did.

For a moment, this view reminded me that I was “home” in the sense that rural scenes such as this one used to be an everyday part of my life.

I am still amazed every time that I visit my home state just how flat it is. Maybe you have to have been raised there to appreciate the beauty of a place that some describe as monotonous.

Aside from personal attachment stemming from my roots here, I appreciate the Illinois countryside because it seems so orderly. The roads are laid out on a nice square grid. Even the crops in the fields and utility lines along the roads are linear and orderly.

Everything seems to be in its rightful place. This provides a certain level of comfort that things are as they always have been and always will be.

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August 22, 2016 at 6:13 am

Endless Road

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x-Illinois south of Neoga 800 N Centerline Road

When I was a kid growing up in east central Illinois, I used to imagine that the many country roads that we sometimes traveled extended for very long distances. I used to wonder about how we could have followed one of the roads we traveled most often, known as Old State Road, all the way to St. Louis.

Of course, most of these roads didn’t go all that far. Old State Road only extended to the next county over before coming to an end at a T intersection.

It would have been possible to travel these back roads over long distances, but that would have added hours to a trip and require knowledge of the road network.

As I look at this image of a rural road south of Neoga, Illinois, I’m reminded of how many years ago it seemed as though these roads extended off toward the next state.

In reality this road, known as Centerline Road, only extends another couple of miles from where I’m standing.


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August 20, 2016 at 6:40 am