The Perfect Hill (Almost)

The Perfect Hill (Almost)
Broadus, Montana
2011

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.

POTD: Stories From My Childhood

Stories From My Childhood
Muscotah, Kansas
2011

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.

POTD: Most Improved

Most Improved
Muscotah, Kansas
2011

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).

POTD: 18-Plex

18-Plex
Garnett, Kansas
2011

A window off an alley in Garnett. What looks like some very nicely patterned breaks in the window are mostly just white paint peeling off the inside of the glass.

POTD: Amish Pickup Truck

Amish Pickup Truck
Garnett, Kansas
2011

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.

POTD: Patriot’s Dream #22

Patriot’s Dream #22
Waverly, Kansas
2011

Two sides of the same garage. It makes an interesting statement, although I’m not sure what that is. I did note that the Confederate flag was hung on the south side of the building and the American flag on the north.

POTD: What If

What If
Overbrook, KS
2011

Doors like this are a common sight on some grain elevators. They’re intriguing to me because they look like they open right into the bottom of one of the big storage bins. It seems like I’ve asked this question before, but what if you opened the door; do you suppose all the grain would come spilling out on the ground? Besides the pending question, I like the photo for the same reason I liked the one from Waterville, KS I posted a couple of days ago. in that case the sky mimicked the texture of the grain elevator nicely, while in this one it’s the texture of the grass that matches the elevator.

POTD: Tall Drink of Water

Tall Drink of Water
Waterville, Kansas
2011

A tall skinny looking grain elevator whose height relative to it’s girth is only slightly exaggerated by the camera angle. I like the way the patchy clouds in the sky seem to mimic the patchy paint on the upper part of the elevator.