If you are not in the path of a tornado, Amherst just might be a good place to live. Two hundred seventy seven residents live in Amherst and I believe I may have seen more tractors than people.
This shot was taken in 2007 when I was working in this part of the US on some aquisitions. I was delighted to be able to get into the very rural areas of this country. And on this little excursion, an associate from work drove my colleague and I around the mighty Plains in search of interesting subjects. She knows everyone in town, out of town, and on the farm. I don’t think they realized how much fun photography can be and saw things they had not really paid attention to before– Like the tractor parked in the middle of the street in Amherst. But where do you park a tractor when you run in for a burger?
My biggest regret was not capturing the shot of that John Deer parked in the middle of the street while passing through downtown that July evening last year. I was still recovering from my findings in that shack on the hill on a property I didn’t belong on. We thought we were in the right pasture, opened the gate drove in and up on a hill to shoot a barn. It was the wrong barn. But our escort called the land owner and told him/her what we were doing out there. I’m sure there were no problems.
I was in staying Kearney for this job. At a local hotel, we made the most of what we could find and Kearny treated us well. Although we did draw a bit of attention from just about everywhere we went.
“Ya’ll aren’t from around here, are ya?”
When you travel through these very small rural towns appearing very cosmopolitan carrying a briefcase, they look at ya kind of funny.