We Took the Scenic Route

These are the more scenic shots from our trip to North Dakota. The house in the forefront below is the home that my Great Grandparents built and where they raised my grandmother and her 9 siblings. It only had 3 bedrooms.

This country church's cemetery is where my paternal grandfather's family is buried. It was nice to "visit" everyone.

There is a common misconception that North Dakota is flat. It is full of beautiful rolling hills and the way the long prairie grasses wave in the wind is breath taking. I wish there was a way to capture that in photos.

A basketball hoop mounted over grass. Now that is determination!

Is there anything more quintessentially country than bright yellow, peeling paint on an old farmhouse?

These oil pumps are the latest additions to the North Dakota prairies, bringing an early retirement for many hard-working farmers.


Chris said...

Great photos!

It's interesting to think that your editing is really what makes these good--I could imagine some of these looking pretty plain straight out of the camera.

I think that just goes to show that editing and doing things like adding the vignette are totally valid ways of composing a picture.

It's also cool to see how your work is improving! Evidence that photography isn't something you're just born with.

tippyrich said...

These are beautiful! I so appreciate your 'eye' and skill! Love those photos of the old homestead. Also, peeling paint is magical to me, and skies.

Thanks so much for the good vibes!

My name is Erin. said...

Thank you, Chris. I was just thinking the other day that I consider myself less a photographer than an artist. I find joy in taking a photo that is "nice", but kind of mediocre and turning it into something really cool!

I think it's been cool to watch my work improve, too. Thank you!

My name is Erin. said...

Oh yeah! And I wanted to mention that the photo of my grandparents' house was barely edited. I did a fancy little focus thing, but I did nothing to the lighting. It was an amazing evening light!

My name is Erin. said...

Thanks, Tippyrich! I appreciate your good vibes as well!

Trojan Gayle said...

I really like your pictorial pictures,it is amazing how such random scenes can look truly beautiful and interesting when captured on film.

As always I like your style and mood of photography. Looking forward to seeing your next postings!

Susanne said...

Absolutely amazing, those pictures. Loved them! :)

My name is Erin. said...

Thank you, Susanne!

kristine said...

absolutely love these. are you on flickr?

My name is Erin. said...

Thank you, Kristine! I am not on Flickr. I've often thought about joining, but I'm afraid to add one more online addiction to my already long list. :) Maybe someday.

Ajab Boparai said...

excellent job with the editin!