Monday, November 28, 2011

Back Roads

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2nd Road, Marshall County, Kansas

The rural roads in the part of Kansas where my wife grew up are dirt and gravel, straight and well-graded. They generally run at one mile intervals; the enclosed square mile is known as a section.

Above, northbound on 2nd Road, Marshall County. Below, a mile west, southbound on County Line Road, the border between Marshall and Washington Counties. My brother-in-law's farm is on the left in both shots.

Many people envision Kansas as deadly flat. Some of it is, but much is gently rolling, like this area. I love the subtle colors, even at this time of year.

County Line Road, Marshall - Washington Counties, Kansas

12 comments:

Olivier said...

surprenant paysage, qui me font plus-tot penser à l'Afrique (surtout la première photo qui est très belle)

cieldequimper said...

That's the American dream.

Jilly said...

Love the way our eye is drawn way up this road. Could be a Roman road!

Apologies for lack of comments, Bob. PhotoMenton has been taking up a lot of time and energy but now it's over. A friend loaned me a Canon 5D for the day and another friend added the 24-105 lens so of course I fell in love. Father Christmas might be buying it for me sometime....

I recall you use the 7D?

brattcat said...

love these shots.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

That's one long straight road Bob, but you're right the colours are really soft and gentle.

Julie said...

Love that top shot, Bob. To this eye, so very mice-and-menish ...

s.c said...

Great the rolling fields. That is something I miss in Holland a bit. Thanks for showing

Nathalie said...

WOnderful top photo. The subdued colours are very soothing. Very interesting landscapes compared to Europe.

Halcyon said...

I love the way it looks as if that road goes on to forever in your first shot. This speaks to me!

Virginia said...

Hmmm, Kansas Daily PHoto coming up? You capture this place so beautifully Bob.
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Choppography said...

I'm from down south in Kansas....Independence. I can attest to the eastern third of the state being rolling hills and very pretty. However, west of a Salina to Wichita line is increasingly The Suck. ;)

It used to offend me when people simply assumed Kansas was flat. I would tell them "so is Nebraska, the Dakotas, Oklahoma, and yes, the eastern half of Colorado." Until Pikes Peak, Colorado ain't much to look at, either.

You are reminding me of home with this shot (and the comments of sectioned county roads), but you look to be up north a ways?

William Kendall said...

It reminds me of home too. Some of the rural backroads in southwestern Ontario get like that too.