We arrived here in Inglis, Manitoba just before sunset. These grain elevators have been here since 1923. They were no longer in use so the town decided to preserve them and get them listed as a Canadian Heritage site. The wooden grain elevator was an icon of the Canadian Prairies for decades. Farmers would bring their wheat to town and sell it to the grain companies who would store the grain until the train arrived to transport it to the flour mills. You could always see the elevator of the next town even before you knew the town was there. Most of these elevators have been torn down and replaced by newer metal storage bins now so the icon is disappearing.
I hate to see them disappear but as a farmer you need it practical - I can see their standpoint. Probably there is also other hygenic standards and what not. When we traveld in Montana, we drove by similar looking elevators. What a great blue hour image with the antique grain elevators under the h u g e prairie sky. I bet it has not many artifical lights otherwise when you drive in this part of the world. When you fly over the prairies in a jet airplane, it has streets and fields and nothing else and here and there a farm house. I always say that I want to drive through the prairies one day but so far there is no open ear for such an adventure in my household - haha. It's a favorite, Phil, besides the quality it has also story telling character - huge farm, big family, lonelyness, country music, rodeos, hard work.
"...just before sunset", so I guess the light is the very last rays of the setting sun. I thought at first they might be lit artificially. These seem to be well kept, so no reason to knock them down as they serve as a historical reminder of times past. Beautiful blue hour image.
Dyerco (2018/06/25 00:32:02): Hi Kath
This image was taken after sunset as the artificial lights came on. There is a large light on the small building in the FG that lights up the first elevator.
These are a bit of trans border Americana/Canadiana or visa-versa. Along US route 2 in Montana and North Dakota you see the same, every town/village has one. Down further in on the plains they have taken a different architectural view and not as attractive as the ones further north. I am thinking this architectural style might be a result of the Great Northern, :Milwaukee and the Canadian railroads more than anythings else since they are kind of limited to the far north.
At first look I was not really liking the image but a further look and study after my comment has changed my mind.
Awesome shot. I love it. Great that the farmer have the sense to preserved this heritage site. Not all has to be replaced at least find a new location for a new metal storage...Good to see these and it make great photography subject.