Red River Valley of the North


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:Β digital photograph (Canon 600D) lightly modified in Adobe Photoshop


88 thoughts on “Red River Valley of the North

    • Thanks so much Laura! Hahaha… you should see my sleeves now! Seriously, though… it was pretty bad. I had my lens right up on the window and I still had to do a lot of digital window washing.

    • Thanks so very much, Amy! It’s good to be back! I just hope I manage to get caught up on everything.
      I flew up to (and back from ND for the wedding). I know there are a lot of people who fly all the time… but for me that does kind of seem like a lot.

  1. so the Maestro has returned πŸ™‚
    Welcome back SIG and what a
    fine example to kick-start the
    week πŸ™‚ It is a colourful recipe
    with lashings of class πŸ™‚

    It’s great to see you here my great friend…


  2. Fabulous image and absolutely perfect quote! Love that movie! We watched it recently with our boys and now they “don’t call me Shirley” is a favorite! Enjoy the day! Robyn

    • Many thanks, Robyn! Hahaha… yeah, as soon as I started thinking ‘airplane’…
      definitely the first thing that came to mind!
      And thank you again! I hope you have a good one, too!

    • Hahaha… well, that’s admittedly a pretty subjective ‘lightly’.
      You can about imagine the kind of Photoshop abuse I do that would warrant a ‘heavily modified’ description. I mean, we’re talking full-on, conspiracy theory kind of stuff. Sasquatch, anyone?!

  3. Wow! I post some stripes on one measly field and you photography and post a collection of them! Isn’t water amazing? Look how that river flows!!

  4. i love all the various shades of red in your valley! πŸ™‚
    there were so many funny moments in that movie. i still remember the taxi driver who was waiting and waiting with the meter running

  5. Amazing! Having just flown last week myself, I found myself looking at the patchwork below and thinking about how airplane pictures never turn out like you want them to. And then you made this one turn out better than I could have ever imagined. Really, really excellent.

  6. Excellent composition. πŸ™‚
    Love the winding stitch – work in your quilt. It elevates the visual composition to another plane. πŸ˜€

    • Hahaha… they usually were something along the lines of, “I… um… well… I took a few photographs of some charcoal pencils… is that… anything?)!
      Thank you very, very much, Ms. K!

  7. An image one can look at, over and over again… and never get tired.

    I have been looking at it for a long time now. And my eyes like what they see. πŸ™‚

  8. Those fields look rather even in size Bob – you’d never find such a patchwork quilt in England. I guess our farm landscape has been around for too long to be as uniform in its appearance. Interesting colors πŸ™‚ Airplane!.. πŸ™‚

    • I guess that’s how I tend to imagine the English countryside to be… more… organic.
      HA! An organic countryside? You don’t say, Robert?! Really?! Hahaha… oh, boy… I don’t know what’s wrong with me, Martin?!

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