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Take Me for a Ride


This week I'm doing a series of posts on The Farm from when we were there in Michigan back in August.

The barn isn't the only attraction on The Farm!
This Farmall tractor is every bit as proud as the barn.  Before it's dead and buried, every child in my extended family will have had the privilege of riding/driving it!

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


Take Me for a Ride


This week I'm doing a series of posts on The Farm from when we were there in Michigan back in August.

The barn isn't the only attraction on The Farm!
This Farmall tractor is every bit as proud as the barn.  Before it's dead and buried, every child in my extended family will have had the privilege of riding/driving it!

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


comments (43)

  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 24 Sep 2007, 00:46
Wicked shot Ginnie the tractor is ace.I can see its had a good life, ploughing the fields and such like. Just thought, I think this is a first me commenting on your blog 1st!!! smile
Ginnie Hart: Awww. A first for you here, Tracy. I think you're right! I like that. smile Thanks.
  • ray
  • 24 Sep 2007, 01:05
Oh, yes!
Wonderful nostalgia shot for me, Ginnie.
First paid job I had after leaving school was as a farm labourer in a huge market garden near the Murray River in Victoria, Australia. The farm had many tractors, and one of them was a Farmall, just like this.
Farmalls are unusual tractors...they are designed specifically for working rows of crop; the rear wheels are set wide apart to straddle 2 rows; the front wheels are close together to both run in the centre furrow; the rear axle is high so it does not damage the rows of crop; the drivers seat and controls are off-set so the driver has a good view for accurately positioning the tractor's wheels.
I can see myself clearly on this machine, working in the long straight rows of lettuce.
Another great farm picture, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I read your comment early this morning before I left to drive 500+ miles to go see my dying 97-year-old aunt (it's still Monday here), Ray. Your excitement in this comment totally made my day. Thank you.
  • Les Auld
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Sep 2007, 01:26
Great shot, really looks good in black and white as well.

Looks very basic, not at all like modern tractors of today, but has character though.
Ginnie Hart: It definitely has character, Les. Thanks.
lovely framing Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Dotun!
  • VZ
  • Atlanta, USA
  • 24 Sep 2007, 03:54
How great is that! So much character in this shot. B&W was an excellent choice to present it.
Z
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Z. That tractor definitely has a lot of character!
  • ChaCha
  • United States
  • 24 Sep 2007, 04:11
Nice Title Granny!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, NaCha.
  • Roland
  • France
  • 24 Sep 2007, 06:01
Oh, it's remember me when I wes young... My father was a farmer... Good work here Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Don't you love it when other people's pics remind you of your childhood! Thanks, Roland.
Love the tones Ginnie. Hope you had a great weekend.
Ginnie Hart: I had a great weekend, Etomi. Thanks.
Love the tractor, beautifully framed, and it just had to be monochrome!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, it did, Bill. Thank you kindly.
  • ray
  • 24 Sep 2007, 07:43
Hi Ginnie.
If your family is interested, there is an interesting website [ http://www.geocities.com/mck357/ ] devoted to farmalls and farmall collectors.
Ginnie Hart: Sadly, the link didn't work for me, Ray, but the Farmall tractors have a big following, we know! Thanks again for the interest.
  • shakara
  • Nigeria
  • 24 Sep 2007, 08:09
Lovely lovely shot .. I am led to beleive that this is still functional !!
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Shakara. And all the kids can hardly wait when it comes out of that shed!
A great photo! I love the silhouette and the wood around it.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Wim.
  • Aussie
  • Queensland
  • 24 Sep 2007, 09:57
Wonderful shot Ginnie. The first thing I ever drove was a tractor. Looks so good in B&W
Ginnie Hart: Awww. What a memory that must be for you, Aussie! smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 24 Sep 2007, 10:14
Oh yes, I remember my childhood too, during the holidays we were allowed to work on a farm and the driving or sitting on the tractor was always the highlight! I like the wood structures and the silhouette of the tractor, B& W go well with the objects.
Ginnie Hart: I think everyone needs to experience the tractor, Philine!!! smile
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Sep 2007, 10:18
Nice shot Ginnnie - fresh air conditioning in those days then! Looks like it would be great fun - wouldn't mind a go myself ;o)
Ginnie Hart: HA! Don would gladly let you have your turn. smile
Liking this Ginnie grin
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, S&S. smile
Excellent B&W picture. Composition is nice and the whole scene is timeless Ginnie... it's probably what you've wanted to say... (Hope I'm not wrong !) smile
Ginnie Hart: Timeless is an excellent word to describe this tractor, Flo. Thanks for putting the word in my mouth. smile
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 24 Sep 2007, 11:43
I LOVE this shot, especially with that door I admire so much on the corn crib. VERY nice in b&w. I sure appreciate all the info from Ray, which I did not know (but Don did, of course). Really, stellar photo.
Ginnie Hart: I LOVED all the info from Ray, Ruth, I agree. Thank you for your kind words.
ton exploration du monde agricole me plait beaucoup
Ginnie Hart: Thank you so much, O-P.
  • 10cré
  • France (Paris)
  • 24 Sep 2007, 13:09
Une belle photo rurale, qui fait très "début" du XXe Siecle smile
Ginnie Hart: So true, 10cre. Thanks. smile
  • Magnus
  • Norway
  • 24 Sep 2007, 13:13
Looks like a beautiful piece of machinery smile
Excellent choice with the B&W
Ginnie Hart: It's a fantastic piece of machinery, Magnus! Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 24 Sep 2007, 13:20
Take me for a ride and Tracy took you for one (me as well).

Excellent picture in Ginnie style.

I am starting to wonder why you shy away from Kiss pictures?????
Ginnie Hart: Thank you much, Louis.

And NO, I am not shying away from the Kiss. smile It's just that I wanted to show pics of the farm but I didn't have the Kiss then. One of these days you'll see plenty of Kiss stuff, I'm quite sure...especially since I just ordered a 300mm lens! Can hardly wait to use it! smile
  • mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 24 Sep 2007, 14:27
Do you realise how good this is Ginnie? this partial silhouette formed by the tractor is really graphical set against the soft tones of the background and wood of the barn. the tractor is framed within the image and you have placed the steering wheel spot on the 3rds. processed sypathetically with the scene to. Spot on. mal
Ginnie Hart: To answer your question, Mal, probably not. Your words are very kind. I accept your lovely compliment with all humility. smile Thanks.
  • chris
  • south of the border!
  • 24 Sep 2007, 16:09
Your photography has definately improved Ginnie, have to agree with Mal here...spot on. smile
Ginnie Hart: You guys are embarrassing me. Thanks, Chris. I WANT to get better, being in the company of all you pros!
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 24 Sep 2007, 16:45
Is this the start line of the tractor races sort of like the boxes racehorses start from? I like this shot, especially how the tones organize the various components.
Ginnie Hart: It is definitely the start line for THIS tractor, Martin. smile Thanks.
  • Hamilton
  • United States
  • 24 Sep 2007, 17:09
Nice shot, it had to be in Black & White... most definitely.
Ginnie Hart: Glad you like it, Hamilton.
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 24 Sep 2007, 17:37
Totally agree with Mal on this one Ginnie....great great capture...the barn is as a natural frame for the tractor!
A beauty!!!
Petra
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Petra. You're so sweet.
  • Roger
  • Texas, US
  • 24 Sep 2007, 18:18
Great farm shot. This tractor has many miles on it I bet.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, it does, Roger! Thanks.
  • Kedar
  • India
  • 24 Sep 2007, 19:16
Beautiful framing. The black and white treatment enhances the rustic charm of this photo...
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Kedar.
  • JoAnn
  • Netherlands
  • 24 Sep 2007, 21:15
Hi Ginnie, nice photo in sepia/B&W;That reminds me a a farm a visited with almost the same tractor...
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thanks, JoAnn.
Very nice picture ! And once again my chilhood memory smile I've a frien wich collect these old tractors wich are very easy to repare !
Ginnie Hart: So glad to kindle the memories, Zeb. We'll have to let Don know it's easy to repair!
OoohoOhHOhh Ginnie. There is no otherway you could have taken and treated this picture. Its a masterpiece. This tractor looks well used. A likey
Ginnie Hart: Awww. You've charmed me yet again, Busola! smile
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 24 Sep 2007, 21:45
Believe it or not, what immedialtly caught my attention wasn't the tractor...it was that amazing door on the left. I kept thinking I would like to see it alone against the lines of wood of the barn's wall ( I'm addicted to doors and windows smile)
Now back to your picture grin I loved the framing of the old tractor, and the excellent processing which makes it look so well. I'm really loving this barn and all its "treasures"
Ginnie Hart: You're such a sweetheart, Lina! Thanks.
Jut viewed your last series from the farm, you're lucky to have such a beautiful facility in the family. Hope the next generations keep it going...I suspect they will smile
Ginnie Hart: Yes, we know we're lucky. And I do hope this farm stays around for us fora long time! Thanks, David.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Sep 2007, 22:28
Nice one Ginnie - a great natural frame for the tractor
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Ingrid!
Like the capture here Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Deji!
This is fab! The image really tells a story. All the best, Dave.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Dave, there really is a story with this tractor. Thanks.
This is beautiful. Only the one or two plastic elements betray that this was taken recently.
Ginnie Hart: I hadn't thought of that, Karen, but you're right! Thanks.
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 25 Sep 2007, 05:03
jGreat shot and tones, Ginnie! Wow!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Kay! Thanks.
Wow! Very, very good! I like very much!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, sir! smile
  • chunter
  • The back of beyond
  • 25 Sep 2007, 16:36
What a supremely practical piece of machinery. But no cover for the driver, so a creator of very red necks!

Wonderful imagery, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Yep. You've got that right, Colin. That's where our "red necks" comes from...all the farmers out in the fields. Thanks.
Lovely shot - very evocotive.
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thank you kindly, PB.
Vintage at its best Ginnie. I must say this is one of the best shots in your collection. This is one shot that I would use to introduce you. Wow - just can't take my eyes off it, amazing!
Ginnie Hart: You've just made my day, Thomas! Thank you for your kind words.

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