Thursday, August 26, 2010

(Day 238) Farm country

We live in a rural area, about 2 km/1.5 mile outside the nearest village (yes, it has a general store), and about 25 km/15 miles from the nearest town. As with all locations, I suppose, there are pros and cons, and there are people who love living in the countryside and those who don't. A couple of the many things we like about rural living is the spaciousness and lack of traffic. It still takes lots of land to produce the food people need, whether veggies or meat. I took a short ride this afternoon and captured a few images.

(10-22mm  f8  1/500 sec  ISO200)

wide open spaces
light traffic

historic buildings
(70-200mm  f8  1/640 sec  ISO200)

and friendly farm animals

30 comments:

Katherine said...

My husband and I would love to live somewhere as open and as beautiful as what you've shown in these wonderful photos! There is great depth in the first 3 photos, especially the one with the road..sensational! Have a great day Rick!

teca said...

Wonderful...

chasity said...

these are wonderful...i live in the midwest of the united states where there are lots of farms but they are disappearing~ being replaced by more malls and walmarts. i hate to see the land being stripped away.
i have my eye on a farm house myself that i dream of owning. we can always dream :)

love the old barn.

thank you for leaving such lovely encouraging words for me...it really warms my heart to know that people are praying and that they care.

chasity

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

We live in town,but in a very agricultural area.I love the wide open spaces of rural life.You show beautiful scenes.
Blessings,Ruth

Rick said...

@Katherine - thank you Katherine. I think there's beauty all around us, wherever we live - you've shown us the beauty around your place too. Sometimes a change of scenery is nice (which is what vacations are for !).

That stretch of road is perfectly flat and straight for about 2km - I use it on occasion to remove any carbon from my car's engine ;-)

Rick said...

@chasity - yes, I've seen the same happen in other places where we've lived - very sad to see that being called 'progress'.

I'll never say never, but it looks like the area where we now live will be immune from that sort of development for quite some time. Unfortunately there's not much here holding young people either and they have to move to bigger centres to find work.

Keep dreaming (somewhere, over the rainbow...)

I think the blogger community is a microcosm of the larger human community - there are many good, 'normal' people out there ready to pitch in however they can where there's a need. Many of them will keep lifting you, Shauna, and your families up to the great Healer and Comforter.

Rick said...

@Ruth's Photo Blog - thank you Ruth. I'm glad there are people who prefer town/city life - otherwise they'd all want to move out to the country ! Seriously, you couldn't pay me to give up the rural life. Thanks for your kind words.

Rick said...

@teca - obrigado teca! Beijos !

becky said...

Beautiful photos, Rick. You are lucky to live in such beautiful country.
I prefer rural towns, too... but like you say, there is more work in the larger cities. When I travel for work, I always try to work in the smaller towns, though now I'm living in a city of 60,000. I once lived in a town w/ a population of 2 thousand in Oregon & I loved it. Where I'm originally from (San Diego, Ca) the pop was over 2 million when I left... though I grew up in the outskirts (when there were outskirts...) in a town of about 5 thousand.

darlin said...

I especially love the cow and bird, anything goes in the country! You're photos are priceless, I feel as though I'm driving down that back road and know exactly where it leads to even though I've never traveled that road before!

I love the General Stores, they have everything one needs in a pinch. Is there also a Sears outlet in the general store? This is where the wants get met, that or a trip to town or the city. Ahhh the simple life. Can you take a photo of the General Store one day Rick? I'd love to see it.

CarreraCaballo said...

The 3rd capture is beautiful :-)
The Black and White gives the barn a glowy effect!

Greetz,

Joseph

Scott said...

I just don't know where you get the time to post so many interesting good photos day after day. I love the B&W on the farm and the bird on the cow is awesome. I would even call that one Phun.

Anonymous said...

Tbis one is priceless :)

Hope you are keeping well. Keep up all the great photos shots!!

Janell said...

Rick, these are all amazzzzzing photos. How you got that bird to pose on the nose of that cow is shocking. Love the black and whites too. Barn is wonderful.

S. Etole said...

It looks as though those clouds are coming in for a landing ... and that bird seems quite at home.

Rick said...

@becky - thanks Becky; I try not to take the beauty for granted. Sounds like you've lived in all sorts of interesting places. I grew up primarily in small towns and only go to the 'big city' if I absolutely must. Our nearest village has about 500 people, nearest town about 22,000 - plenty big enough for me !

Enjoy your weekend!

Rick said...

@darlin - LOL - I stopped at the side of the road and spotted 2 birds on this cow! I thought I was stealthy in my approach but one of them flew off before I made the shot. The cow didn't mind at all - likely a symbiotic relationship where the bird gets to eat the bugs bugging the cow ;-)

Yep - our general store has it all - but no Sears section. I'll see if I can get a shot there sometime.

Hope your decorating is going well !

Rick said...

@CarreraCaballo - thanks Joseph; it's another 'landmark' I drive by whenever I go into town - it was high time to make a shot of it.

Rick said...

@Scott - thank you Scott! My wife calls it an obsession, I just call it a passion. Some days I get some shots that I like, fairly quickly - other days I'm bereft of ideas until something seems to come up. This 365 business is not for the easily-deterred!

Rick said...

@Anonymous - thanks for your kind comment and encouragement. As a buddy at work used to say - "if I was doing any better, there'd have to be 2 of me !" ;-)

Rick said...

@Janell - ha ha, it's all in how you talk to them Janell ;-)

Actually there were 2 on the cow's face - I scared one as I tried to get closer.

Thanks for your nice comment - have a great weekend !

Rick said...

@S. Etole - now that I look at the shot again, I agree! I was surprised at how the cow really took no notice of it.

Thanks for stopping by Susan - hope your weekend is a good one!

Costea Andrea Mihai said...

wonderful sky you catch!! regards

jasmin said...

Warmest regards from Jasmin. Thank you very much for your nice message. Are you able to receive the message translated? I’m living in a small spa town located between Leipzig and Weimar. It has a small river, lots of vineyards, forest, an abbey and some castles. During my childhood, I spend most of the time with my grandmother in the countryside. That’s why I love this way of living, with animals and fields. Very nice, your picture with the cow and the other small cohabiter. I love also the barn, there are so many wonderful place on earth.

This translation based on my son who arrived yesterday from Frankfurt. I’m only able to speak Russian as foreign language.

imac said...

Very Moo-ving photos Rick

Krista said...

WOW! There are so many things I love about these photographs! i LOVE that they are taken in farm country. I would live in farm country, if I could! I love the straight line of the horizon. I love the bright colours and the black and white. Both were really great choices. AND I love the cow and the bird. this post was obviously a winner with me. LOL!

Rick said...

@Costea Andrea Mihai - thanks Costea; lots of cooperation from the clouds that day !

Rick said...

@jasmin - thank you jasmin; I'm able to understand the translation very well! Tell your son - sehr gut!

It sounds like you live in a wonderful place, and I hope I get to see more of it in your blog - we both love the countryside.

Thank you for your kind comments, and have a great week.

Rick said...

@imac - ;-) ha ha, thanks mac !

Rick said...

@Krista - thanks Krista *a bit of blushing here*

Yep - city life's not for me, I'm afraid - doesn't sound like you'd do too well in the big city either.

Appreciate you comin' round for a visit!