We’re starting to get some fall color here in Carver County. Due to the wet spring there are still a lot of soybeans that are a ways out and there is corn that looks much further along. Lots of variation this year in different parts of the state and from field to field.
I’ve been by this barn many times, today I had time to stop and grab a quick photo.
A baseball field in a the small town of Young America awaits the spring thaw as players once again will take to the fields and provide entertainment and enjoyment as locals cheer on their ballers.
Young America is a small town of around 3500 people in Carver County. Baseball is a wonderful community sport. There are ample opportunities for folks to come out and watch because of the large number of games. Local rivalries add color and fun to the event. It’s a great way to spend a summer day or evening.
Back on June 15th I was out photographing and took this shot. As you can see, things were quite wet then. I liked this shot because of the reflection of the silos in the water.
A little bit about the type of silos in the photo is excerpted below.
Concrete Stave Silos. Concrete stave silos are commonly constructed of staves that measure 30 inches long, 10 inches wide, and 2 ½ inches thick. A variety of edges were used to ensure a tight fit including tongue and grooved edge, concave and convex edges and interlocking devices. The staves are held in place with metal hoops. Concrete stave silos are usually crowned by hemispherical metal caps. http://www.farmbuildingguide.org/silos.html
Was out and about for a little bit today. Like most of Minnesota we’ve had a wet spring and first half of the summer and things just can’t seem to dry out before we get hit with more rain. Spring planting was late and then the floods came. Rivers and creeks out of their banks, prairie potholes turned into lakes.
This scene is very common, even now the 19th of July.
This creek has returned to it’s banks, but you can see clearly where the flooding was.
This pot hole is pretty much a loss I think The farmer has planted soy beans in it and they are up, but about three inches high. Unless we have a very late frost not much will come of this.
Lastly this is a corn field. The wet conditions have been hard on the corn, stunted growth, yellowing and various heights of corn tell the tale. The fields that do look good are ones that were in ground that does not flood and were planted before the flooding rains. Even those, however, are a couple weeks behind other parts of Minnesota I have seen.
Carver County seems to have taken the brunt of the excess moisture this year. A few roads are still closed due to flood damage to the road. A July 2nd article mentions that the state has sustained an estimated 32 million dollars of flood damage. 9.2 million, nearly 1/3 of the Minnesota total is in Carver County. http://www.kduz.com/2014/07/02/mn-flood-damage-estimatescarver-county-hit-hardest/
There is nothing as refreshing to me as simply driving the backroads in search of whatever is over the next hill. It restores my mind and makes me think of time decades ago when the family farm was flourishing.
Roads such as the one above are peaceful things. No traffic jams, almost no traffic, time to pull over and snap a photo without risking your life or endangering other motorists, room to turn around if you decide you want to go the other way, you can travel at your own pace without impacting others, you will see wildlife, the road goes through things rather than around, you feel the road, it’s soft not hard like tar or cement,you might see livestock on the road, you will see tractors on the road, you will see places with character, sanitization is for interstates. [shout out to James Joyce]
Traditional farm houses are an interest of mine. This style was common to the upper midwest. They were added onto as the farm and family grew. This one has a nice porch on the front you can just make out under the tree. This house is in nice shape and is well maintained. Many traditional farmhouses are having the same fate as the barns, so I’m preserving them as part of my rural photography collective.
It’s been a wet spring in Carver County Minnesota. Farmers are waiting to get into the fields to get planting. Southwestern Minnesota is in better shape in that regard with much of it being planted by Memorial Day.
Drier weather is ahead we are told.
Went looking today for the color green. This was the closest thing I could find. Probably not bad considering it was only eight days ago we had nine inches of snow.
About another month and we’ll see some real green. I can’t wait.