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Rural Noir
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An old, wooden barn withering away outside of Geraldine, Montana.

Too often there are people here in eastern Montana who lament the things they don't have. Yes, it is a quiet and desolate place, especially if you come from one of the big cities out east. And yes, they don't have fine dining, Broadway plays, and some of the creature comforts many others are tempted with, but one has to ask themselves whether or not they are really necessary at all.

That said, I thought I would take a moment to mention all of those things that Montana has an abundance of here on the short grass plains. They are things that I'm sure many of them take for granted, and while some of them may not necessarily measure up to a healthy dose of spicy tuna rolls, Major League Baseball game, or a Venti Peppermint Java Chip Frappuccino, most of them sure as hell beat urban sprawl, traffic jams, and conference calls.

So, without further ado, I give you the list of those things Montana has plenty of:

Wheat, pronghorn antelope, rugged mountains, cowboys, cowgirls, cowboy hats, round bales, livestock, combine harvesters, rodeos, chipped windshields, hikers, wild flowers, corn dogs, glaciers, small towns, ghost towns, pick-up trucks, saloons, horses, prairie grass, buttes, railroad tracks, RVs, ski resorts, American Indian reservations, scenic drives, rivers, elk, trumpeter swans, stars, quiet dusty roads, license plates (you have no idea), tax breaks, steep roads, open space, dinosaur bones, grain bins, blue ribbon trout streams, waterfalls, 4-wheelers, huckleberries, beautiful women riding bicycles, variable weather, ranches, Canadians, museums, big skies, canoes, dry days in the summer, craft and micro beers, winds, grizzly bears, Ponderosa pines, gophers, powwows, gold mines, old grain elevators, cool nights, natural wonders, big belt buckles, beautiful sunrises and even better sunsets, bald eagles, Rocky Mountain oysters, sweeping panoramic views, county fairs, meadowlarks, mountain men, grasshoppers, farm machinery, trails, fence posts, paleontologists, coulees, poker games, dogs in the back of pick-up trucks, street dances, fishing holes, and old wooden barns.

All of them in their own way make Montana special.

Oh, and in case you want to argue with me, Montana also has a lot of nuclear warheads. So keep it civil.

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Date: 2010-08-23 19:35:43

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wonderful shot.
Saptak Ganguly 2010-08-23 19:38:23
unique pov!!! awesome sky and light my friend!!!
gaoliang hòng 2010-08-23 22:20:23
spectacular shot
Marc Weinreich Photography 2010-08-24 00:18:22
Great shot, well done.
Gareth Hart 2010-08-24 01:14:12
Badgerrat 2 2010-08-24 02:28:16
Fabulous words and capture - you are selling Montana single handedly - they should be paying you for this wonderful work !
Martyn William 2010-08-24 02:32:20
wonderful place and capture!
itchy soup 2010-08-24 02:54:38
Incredible seen of serenity.

I just stumbled onto your stream and can't believe you have been on Flickr for 5 years? and I am just now discovering your wonderful photos. Congrats!
Globetoppers 2010-08-24 11:36:15
Lovely tones and subject! I just love these old barns! :-)
Cristiano Secci 2010-08-24 15:11:10
Very Pretty!
NIKONGERL / Please do not copy my images without p 2010-08-25 18:36:42
Me encantan estos antiguos graneros,veo que tienes muchos a tu alrededor sigue coleccionandolos por favor
tonin52 2010-08-26 08:46:07
nice shot
zoomcharlieb 2010-08-28 14:10:54
Beautiful shot.
Despina D 2010-08-30 10:06:29
this is gorgeous. well done.
olcore 2010-08-31 01:55:28
Nice lighting and tones.
Huleo-1 2010-12-02 23:11:12
This photo is better than the one with Round Butte just to the left edge of the barn. Square Butte in its majestic glory. Very nice! It seems like this is the old Murray barn taken on the bench just before going down the steep road that crosses the Missouri River before getting to Geraldine. I grew up on a farm that my brother still runs about 2-3 miles east of where this photo was taken.
desertdale46 2011-03-12 06:19:17

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