Red River Valley of the North

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Cookies? Pretzels? Over-saturated landscape?

A little south-east and a bit above where I grew up (as the commercial airliner flies).

Dr. Rumack: “Can you fly this plane, and land it?”

Ted Striker: “Surely you can’t be serious?”

Dr. Rumack: “I am serious… and don’t call me Shirley.”

- Leslie Nielsen & Robert Hays – Airplane!

About this image: digital photograph (Canon 600D) lightly modified in Adobe Photoshop

Barn – Rural Michigan

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Another shot from summer… have a great weekend, everyone!

Man with Bullhorn: “It’s the authorities! We got you surrounded!”

Ulysses Everett McGill (cowering in hayloft): “Damn! We’re in a tight spot!”

Man with Bullhorn: “Just come on out and grabbin’ air! And don’t try nothing fancy! Your sityeachin is purty nigh hopeless!”

Ulysses Everett McGill: “Damn! We’re in a tight spot!”

- Royce D. Applegate & George Clooney – O Brother, Where Art Thou?

About this image: digital photograph taken and modified with smart phone (minimally edited in Photoshop)

Grain Bin

I was a bit surprised how many people correctly guessed ‘grain bin’ in Friday’s cryptic post! I mean, Laura nailed it in the very first comment, and Lenore was quick to follow! As were Juana and Robert (although I suspect they had a little help from Google – cheeky monkeys)! ;) Many more folks were on the right track, too… good work, everyone! I’m impressed!

This challenge is now officially in the can… or the bin (so to speak).

About this image: digital photograph, highly modified to imitate an ambrotype

Hay Bales

Sometimes I don’t mind a bit of lens flare… today I was kinda’ feeling the burn (so to speak). Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Hans: “Ya, once again I am Hans…”

Franz: “And I am Franz…”

Hans & Franz: “And we just want to pump *clap* you up!”

Hans: “Alright, you know, we’ve been on sabbatical the last four months . That’s right.”

Franz: “Ya.”

Hans: “Some 300 scientists from 23 countries made an exhaustive study of our bodies to try to find out if we were real.”

Franz: “Ya, that’s right. Could 2 men be this perfect? Is it genetically possible? Answer? Ya.”

Dana Carvey & Kevin Nealon – Saturday Night Live

About this image: Holga/35mm film scan – moderately modified

Elevator, Alton Illinois


Here’s a different treatment of the elevator in Alton Illinois.

Hmm… I really wanted to come up with something clever to say here, but I guess it’s just one of those days. BLAST! Foiled again! Stupid words.

Original Alton elevator post here.

About this image: digital image, moderately modified

Wheat

This is a field next to my parent’s house in rural North Dakota. Do ya’ like how I threw ‘rural’ in there? As if wheat randomly pops up in the sprawling urban center nearest you?

And now, a  conversation between yours truly and a fictional tourist in the sprawling urban center nearest me:

Tourist: “Can you tell me how to get to TGI Friday’s?”

Me: “Let’s see… go 2 blocks north, and take a left at the field.”

Tourist: “The corn field, or the wheat field?”

Me: “Either will get you to that Appletini, chief, but I’d take wheat. Traffic is murder in the corn at this time of day…”

About this image: Ilford 35mm film scan moderately modified

Supply

Hey, man… you can put your *wheat* in there (insert your own original and/or modified Saturday Night Live quote here)!  That line was highly revised, and let’s face it… not quite on par with the Bass-O-Matic or Cowbell skits. Any favorite material of your own? Oh well. You probably aren’t here here for my SNL lecture series… unless… you’re that clever land-shark, aren’t you?!

About this image: Digital Photo (elevator in Alton, Illinois) highly manipulated digitally and transferred onto… uhh… faux  iron framework on/inside 12″x12″ panel.