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

Freight

I haven’t posted vector stuff here before (so I might as well start way back in the archives). This was drawn the loooong way (for a slow guy like me, anyway)… with Illustrator’s pen, pencil and shape tools… no filters or live trace. So… there’s that.

These tracks were located behind a renovated depot that housed an architectural firm I once worked for (they designed the building on the left). I could just glance out the window and see trains rolling by… not too shabby, eh?

Milton Waddams: “…and I used to be over by the window, and I could see the squirrels, and they were merry, but then, they switched from the Swingline to the Boston stapler, but I kept my Swingline stapler because it didn’t bind up as much, and I kept the staples for the Swingline stapler and it’s not okay…”

– Stephen Root – Office Space

About this image: digital media – vector art created with Adobe Illustrator

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

Red River Ford

Keep on truckin’ everyone.

Do people still use that line? Probably not.

Still… that’s about all that comes to mind right now.

It seems like the truck’s got my tongue. Or… something like that.

About this image: digital photograph, lightly modified

Abandoned Schoolhouse

I’ve got… ‘the block’… just lost for words today. And I write this stuff out in advance. I swear. But my dog ate my homework.

Anyway, here’s a fake Van Dyke Print (abandoned one-room schoolhouse in Walsh County, North Dakota) to look over while I try put together a script for tomorrow’s show. Please stay tuned…

About this image: faux van dyke print – digital photograph – highly manipulated

Mr. Smiley

Today, a former Grand Forks North Dakota legend of sorts: that’s right… a winking water tower. I’m not sure when this beast was originally constructed (before my time, I believe). Anyway, due to escalating maintenance costs ‘Mr. Smiley’ was recently torn down and replaced with a newer, less winky tank-o-H2O.

Silly as it seems I kinda’ miss this  ridiculous thing; (which is part of the reason I made this image so contrasty) I’m a little bitter. I’m sure Mr. Smiley would not have wanted that… he was as optimistic as any inanimate object could be. So long, you oxidized old fellow (I’m off to get a tetanus shot).

About this image: digital photograph heavily 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