Sunday, October 23, 2016

Adairsville, Georgia, USA

A Mercedes on the main street of Adairsville fits the time, but perhaps not the place. A vintage car on a shopping mall parking lot never looks quite right, but here the classic backdrop matches the classic wheels. Even in their heyday, though, the places of Appalachian Georgia never saw many cars like this. [2013]

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Rockland, Maine, USA

As a major gateway to the Gulf of Maine, Rockland offers dozens of connections to off-shore islands: real islands that can be reached only by boat (or maybe plane). As residents and visitors return to "the main," it's often, but not always, an uphill climb: The Gulf of Maine has one of the greatest tidal ranges in the world. [2008]

Friday, October 21, 2016

Lawshe, Ohio, USA

Two cows claim an abandoned field.
One barn charms with paint that's peeled.
No future for farming here revealed. [2016]

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Valle Crucis, North Carolina, USA

Welcome to the Valle Country Fair, where you can stock up on NC Apples with immigrant name like Fuji and Mutsu. Anyone want to send these aliens back home?  Probably not, judging from the proud American flag sported by the orchard's owner. [2016]

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Siler City, North Carolina, USA

The latest in 'Christian pop' are the simple and humble "Thank You Jesus" signs that are appearing all over the North Carolina landscape. And while the government can't mix government and politics, individuals often do. Refreshingly, these candidates aren't hard-line Republicans but independents that Jesus might even approve. [2016]

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Louisburg, North Carolina, USA

"Before I die I want to become the best engineer in the world." That's his ambition. Students at Louisburg College are invited to finish the sentence in any way they want. Another student wrote: "...I want to travel the world." At the campus wall, it doesn't take much to participate in the art world: just a piece of chalk and a little ambition! [2016]

Monday, October 17, 2016

Holland, New York, USA

If you're in New York, don't be surprised to find anything Dutch! Even a town named Holland with its obligatory windmill in the far western part of the state. It took its name from the Holland Land Company, with investors in New York City (formerly New Amsterdam). What else would be obligatory for Holland? Yes, a tulip festival every May. [2013]