Cotton harvester island
I had to take a second look, stop and click off a picture or two when I saw this cotton harvester stranded on small patch of land just outside of Maury City, Tenn. Some equipment dealers are creative advertisers.
Taking a quick dip
Sometimes even cattle get tired of enduring the dog days of summer. This one photographed in Arkansas seemed to be satisfied with the change in temperature provided by pond water.
Faith and patriotism
Grain bins provide an elevated platform for viewing the surrounding countryside or showcasing your faith and patriotism. I spotted this one while traveling back to Tennessee from Newport, Ark.
Leaning towers of silos
I spotted this field of cotton next to what I refer to as the leaning towers of silos. Mid-Southerners traveling to and from the casinos around Robinson, Miss., probably never give them a second glance.
Gaggle of snow geese
After interviewing a Halls, Tenn., farmer, I was about to leave when we heard the distant but unmistakable calls from a rather large gaggle of snow geese. They descended from the sky and landed on a field just behind his farm shop.
On a two-lane highway just east of Grand Junction, Tenn., I spotted this old red barn I immediately knew I wanted to photograph. As I stepped out of my truck, I looked up to see this Texas longhorn walking toward me. I spoke with the farmer who said this cow and the rest of the herd were being sold to a cattle ranch in Oklahoma. The Tennessee farmer had been working cattle most of his life and was ready to retire.
Rice farming has been a staple crop in Arkansas County, Ark., for decades. These next three pictures explain how the Fairbanks Morse & Co. manufactured its line of "Y" vertical two-cycle pumps.
No electricity needed
The pumps were fueled by wood, coal, gasoline, or kerosene and delivered up to 40 gallons of water per minute.
The end of an era
By the late 1950s, the "Y" pumps were being replaced by electric engines. An era in technology advancements ended, and another began.