March 3rd pictures: To Iowa!

Today I have some rural-tastic pictures for you, taken on a quick zip down to Iowa. Ah, the land of corn. I feel like I may be one of about half a dozen people who genuinely loves this landscape with the repetition, the flatness, the blink-and-miss-it towns with collapsing barns and rusted farm equipment. Though I hasten to add I prefer to be on the Minnesota side of that landscape. Oh, and the land is also not level-flat. Pretty flat, but not that flat.

The clouds were pretty rad today.

I should also note that about more than half of these were actually taken in Minnesota, but southern MN and northern IA are pretty much the same place anyway.

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(1) Good Thunder? Best Thunder! (2) John Deere! (3) Wind turbines in Iowa!

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14. Closed-down restaurant in southern MN

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18 thoughts on “March 3rd pictures: To Iowa!

    • Thanks for dropping by — I love to see other people’s pictures of landscapes myself. The area where I live actually has many rivers which have carved out beautiful valleys with a lot of vegetation around the water, but the area where these pictures were taken is quite flat and indistinct. It has its own strange charms, I think.

    • I like it too. And I suspect that large swaths of the Midwest are largely indistinguishable from one another — and I say that as someone who loves it with the passion of a thousand suns.

  1. Greetings from a fellow half-dozener 😉 I love these desolate landscapes. My favorite part of riding the train cross country is passing through all these no-man’s-lands. Everyone I know thinks I’m nuts, but the emptier the better, I say! Just don’t ask me to explain what I like about these quasi-industrial areas, or any other desolate areas. I don’t know why I like them, I just do. Thanks for the photos!

    • Wow, so there’s only four more of us. 😀 I think passing through these landscapes on a train founds fantastic. I’d love to go someplace like, I don’t know, Nebraska, where’s there’s even more genuine prairie and flatness let. Maybe it’s the unobstructed horizons. As for the industrial stuff, I don’t know what it is either but there something appealing there. I think it’s at least partially the history of those areas.

      Thanks for the comment — I’m glad you’re another fan of desolation!

      • Have you visited North Dakota? Or Montana, Nevada or Utah? They have some seriously desolate places! The impression I got was that God got to these parts last, was tired, and basically left them blank! [And no, I’m not really a creationist sort of guy, but I like the imagery of a bored God getting exhausted and taking some shortcuts;-)) ] Anyway, if you haven’t already, take a train trip, or a road trip, at least to North Dakota – not too far from you, for some REAL desolation 🙂

    • They’re really appealing, aren’t they? I wish we had more of them here, but there’s very few in my area (which seems a little unfortunate as we seem to have absurd amounts of wind). We have a lot more in the southernmost and flattest parts of the state.

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