Bins Galore

Bins Galore

I like the bins that line the prairie landscape. It is reminiscent of the storing and packaging up of important goods that have taken time and space to harvest or reap. It has taken a lot of effort on the farmers’ part to seed and help grow the crops. I am thankful to the farmers for all their hard work because without them, life would be so much harder. 

I took this picture near Île-des-Chênes, Manitoba which is south of the City of Winnipeg. The town is an unincorporated community in the Rural Municipality of Richot. According to its website, “This francophone town was settled in the mid-nineteenth century in an area prolific with oak trees, and that’s where the town got its name, which translates to Oak Island.” 

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Two Times Three

Two Times Three

It may seem to be a simple math problem but I am simply observing that there are two sets of three bins. They are symmetrical and cylindrical and keep the crops in a safe way. There are the three that are on the left-hand side, smaller than the ones on the right-hand side that are much taller and look as if they will go up in the air like rockets. 

I took this picture near Île-des-Chênes, Manitoba which is south of the City of Winnipeg. The town is an unincorporated community in the Rural Municipality of Richot. According to its website, “This francophone town was settled in the mid-nineteenth century in an area prolific with oak trees, and that’s where the town got its name, which translates to Oak Island.” 

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No Roof

No Roof

I am intrigued by old and decaying buildings. I think that they represent, once upon a time, a function and a story. This structure served its purpose once upon a time. It is part of a farm and may have been used in a number of different ways. 

The sad part is that the basic outline is there but essentially there is no roof. All the elements of rain, snow, wind and even sun can get in. The bad and the good. It is not protected from the weather having to give in to the harsh climate of the prairies.

Is its function gone? Is it no longer needed or necessary? Yet, it stands and it is resolute just like people are despite aging and being elderly. If only you were a fly on the wall and could hear the stories it would tell – the fun, the laughter and the sadness. 

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Cattle Farm

Cattle Farm

This is a photograph that I took of a cattle farm. There are many cows but one in particular has noticed me and is taking note. I don’t know if he is saying “Hello!” or “Don’t come any closer!” 

The red barn has seen better days because it is worn and weathered. It needs a fresh coat of paint. 

I have made it into a black and white photograph. The clouds look as if they are to open up and pour down some rain. 

I am thankful to all the farmers for producing our food especially in this time of corona virus. I have much gratitude for all those who work so hard to keep our community healthy. Thanks so much! 

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Painted Horse

Painted Horse

This is a photograph I took of a beautiful Painted Horse in its beautiful surroundings. I like his stance as it is really stoic. 

It reminds me of the song from America called “A Horse with No Name” and written by Dewey Bunnell in the early 1970s. 

“I’ve been through the desert on a horse with no name 
It felt good to be out of the rain 
In the desert, you can remember your name 
‘Cause there ain’t no one for to give you no pain 
La, la, la, la-la-la, la-la-la, la, la 
La, la, la, la-la-la, la-la-la, la, la” 

According to Wikipedia, “The American Paint Horse (Equus caballus) is a breed of horse that combines both the conformational characteristics of a western stock horse with a pinto spotting pattern of white and dark coat colors.” 

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Duo Bins

Duo Bins

I took this photograph in the Interlake area of Manitoba. There are two grain bins with the fields behind them. I like the black and white effect of the steel grain bins. At this time of year, they are full and waiting for the right time to go to market and then travel around the world to feed people.  

According to Sciencing website, “In most silos, gravity causes grain to flow from the top of the silo and out through an opening at the bottom near the center. At that opening, a machine called an auger transports the grain to a vehicle or another grain storage facility. As grain flows through the auger, it forms a funnel shape at the top of the silo.” 

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Pump It Up

Water Pump, Farm House, Harvest
Pump It Up – Photography by Mary Mikawoz
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Pump It Up

I don’t know what it is about old-fashioned water hand pumps, but I really, really like them. I remember trying (playing) with them when I was a little kid. It was fun to see that if you worked at it really hard, it would produce water (results). 

From the MotherEarthNews website, “The pump principle has changed little since its inception, whether for the piston pump invented in 275 BC by Ctesibius, or the rope pump invented in China during the 1st century BC. Hand pumps were still commonly used in the countryside of the United States and Europe in the 19th century.” 

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Wobbly Fence and Old Barn

Wobbly Fence and Old Barn – Photography by Mary Mikawoz
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Wobbly Fence and Old Barn

I took this photograph near Île-des-Chênes, just south-east of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. I like the way the fence is jaggedly put together and is kind of wobbly. I have made the image black and white to highlight the old barn against the field, trees and cloudy sky. 

According to the Ritchot website, “Île-des-Chênes is located along the twinned Highway 59, meaning that commutes are a breeze. This francophone town was settled in the mid-nineteenth century in an area prolific with oak trees, and that’s where the town got its name, which translates to Oak Island.” 

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Trzy Budynki

Three Buildings
Trzy Budynki – Photography by Mary Mikawoz
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Trzy Budynki

I have decided to call this photograph “Trzy Budynki” in one of the three languages I know. It means “Three Buildings” in Polish. 

This image is a beautiful blend between the dark, blue, stormy sky and the lush, green, viridescent grasses with the barns and sheds in between. 

This picture was taken in the rural municipality of Morris, Manitoba which is south of Winnipeg. 

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The Storm Cometh

The Storm Cometh – Photography by Mary Mikawoz

The Storm Cometh

In this location, we were surrounded by weather systems. To the east, north, south and west of us, were patterns of clouds and rain. We came in and out of the downpour. 

This is a photograph of a barn in the rural municipality of Morris, Manitoba. It is south of Winnipeg. I like the dramatic sky in the background.

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