Sunday, July 25, 2010

Found a few more Palouse photos for processing. These are from a Scottish Highland Cattle farm. This is a Ford V8 stake body truck with a load of drums which appears to have not been moved in a while.

Here we have the main barn looking through an old cattle loading ramp which has fungus and other growth on the wood. Not sure if this was really was for cattle as there is a 'horse' on the ramp.

And lastly, to show you that this was really a Scottish Highland cattle farm, here are four of the herd. It appears two of them could be twins as they were un-separable and very similar in color.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Manassas Bull Run National Battlefield

It was time to take the kids out and get a little exercise under the disguise of earning their Junior Ranger badges for Manassas National Battlefield in Virginia. It was a hot sticky day but there was a breeze - not one of the those hot but dry days which really only exist for the benefit of people who reason the situations. We saw multiple cannon demonstrations (little gun powder to make a little noise) and went over the hike loop around Henry Hill and went through the museum. The kids are now Junior Rangers at one more NPS site. Here is the stone bridge over Bull Run (the running water). The bridge was destroyed and rebuilt multiple timesduring the civil war.

Here are a string of cannons on Henry Hill.

And lastly here is the Henry house and the memorial to commemorate those who died at First Bull Run (Manassas).

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Farm Equipment in the Palouse

This is a set of farm equipment in the Palouse - this is a 6-bottom plow sitting at the edge of the Palouse fields:

This is an interior shot of a farmers barn with his two combines and his fleet of Chevrolet work trucks - most are several years old but they are well cared for and provide excellent service:

This is a very interesting grain elevater that is in the shape of a wedge, normally they are square or more round but this was an interesting shape:

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Old Cars in the Palouse

Besides old farm equipment being found in the Palouse, I was able to shoot some old cars and trucks as well. Here is the interior of an old Dodge 4-door sedan with a view of an old farm house in the window.
And who remembers the Ramblers?? Here is one with fresh ventilation - easy air flow in this model. I was also purchased in Spokane.

And here is the Dodge againg from a different vantage point and showing the farm house as well.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Train Tracks in the Palouse

The railroad played a significant part in the development of the Palouse which needed a way to haul the grain to market. Plenty of grain elevators and tracks are easily found in the Palouse. Here is a shot of several grain elevators:

This is the same area with train cars waiting to be used but not for grain.

And lastly, no yard is complete with out switches...

Monday, July 5, 2010

The residents of the Palouse use their vehicles for what appears a long time than other parts of the country. You can easily see trucks for the 60s still being used and older trucks as well. Many farmers have older equipment that, when asked, can be located and photopgraphed. Here are just a few of what I found in one day. This is a restored firetruck that the owner is very produ of:

The same own has a few other trucks that have not yet been restored but are in very good condition. Here is a GMS - General Motors Corporation stake body truck.

And here is the nose:

More Sunflowers

I was able to get back to the sunflowers this morning. It appears the spring weather with a lot of rain and then several weeks of +90 degree weather has stunted the sunflowers and causes some patches of flowers still trying to produce a head - in other words the field is not very even in a carpet of sunflowers. Their are many than are nice one-on-one.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Field of Sunflowers

Went out tonight to see how the field of sunflowers are doing this year - I think with all the early rain and recent weeks of 90+ weather, the sunflowers may not be as nice this year as other years. Here is a pano that I caught: