Sunday morning in small town Minnesota. Currie Minnesota, is the Gateway to Lake Shetek and home to the End Of the Line Rail Museum which houses a train, a depot and assorted buildings.
Almost every small farming community had a local grain elevator. I’ve written in the past how they are becoming extinct except for a few large ones located on rail lines. In the fall they are bustling with activity as farmers take the grain to town. It was not uncommon to see trucks and tractors with wagons lined up out of the elevator driveway and onto the street waiting to unload their field’s bounty.
This shot is of a grain elevator in a much quieter time. A few days after an ice storm moved through the region. The gravel parking lot is a sheet of ice and nothing is moving on this Sunday morning in late November.
The other day I spoke about seeing an cows and making a photo of them when I was driving around. One thing I really enjoy is deliberate aimless drives for photography. Set out in the car, pick a direction. If you come to a “T” turn the way that looks the most interesting. If you have a choice between gravel and tar, chose gravel.
You will find many things that are known only to the locals. Things that those that stick to the highway never see. Those are the tangible things you’ll find. Intangibles you may find include: peace of mind, space, quiet, solitude, and more that are personal to you.
In many ways, I think you’ll find that an aimless drive down the gravel roads is more of a journey than what you’ll find on the highway.
This tractor is retired. It’s reached its golden years and no longer works long hours each day. After a lifetime of hard work, it feels a little lost if it has nothing to do. So it does a few odd jobs here and there.
This is a scene that is played out across rural America again and again. As farmers retire or die, there is no one to pass the family farm onto because the kids have all moved away to the city to make a living.
The farm is auctioned for the land. The building site usually decays for a number of years, perhaps there is a good outbuilding that can be used for storage. Eventually though, the trees are bulldozed the buildings torn down and the acreage is tilled as farmers are forced to grow or get out to make a living.