According to Wikipedia, mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning circle. But it takes on a more significant meaning because of its use to describe circular graphic symbols of the universe in the Hindu and Buddhist religions often used as aids in meditation. I think mandala makes a good title for a collection of images centering on circular shapes. Whether you can see the universe in a sewer drain cover is up to you.
For a small town, the elevator in Muscotah seemed to be pretty well kept up and used. In so many small towns the elevators appear to be non-functional or in poor shape. But the non-functional part may be deceiving. During harvest season a lot of these seemingly dead elevators come to life as the wheat crop is brought in. Then the elevator is the busiest concern around.
There aren’t a lot of perfect geometric shapes in nature, at least on a large geologic scale. The profile of this hill comes about as close as I’ve seen to having a perfectly triangular shape–kind of like what a little kid might draw when asked to create a scene with a mountain or hill in it. Or at least that’s about the level of sophistication I had in drawing as a youngster.
An antique house with an antique photo treatment. A favorite genre of stories for me when I was a kid was anything that had to do with discovering an old mysterious house on an overgrown lot and exploring it’s secrets (generally not particularly scary or sinister secrets like they would be in stories today). So when I see a house like this it really takes me back; this one perhaps more than most because I could see through the broken window in front that it still appeared to be full of furniture which just doubles the storyline possibilities.
In a small town where even most of the vacant lots were well mowed and trimmed, having the most improved yard is quite an accomplishment, or else it was in so much worse shape than all the other lawns to begin with it was easy to show a lot of change (sort of a regression-to-the-mean phenomenon for you statistically minded folks out there).
I don’t know a lot about the Amish faith. In fact about all I know is that some Amish don’t drive motor powered vehicles at all. Around Garnett, there are some Amish that aren’t allowed to drive cars, but they can own and drive tractors, so you see a lot of Amish driving tractors around town on errands. They aren’t allowed to drive pickup trucks either, but apparently pulling a trailer made from the back half of a pickup behind your tractor is o.k. It seems to me like that’s splitting a mighty fine religious hair, but whatever works.