Monday, January 27, 2014
Friday, January 24, 2014
_DSC1495_DxO topazbw (C) 72dpi, originally uploaded by Donnie Fulks.
We have been having a little weather lately. Cold weather. As in coldest in about 20years. Before this latest cold snap, we had one of those mornings where the fog hung around until almost noon. There are few things as beneficial for landscapes than great fog for an ethereal look and feel.
Monday, January 20, 2014
The lead image was converted to BW in On One.
Friday, January 17, 2014
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
The ongoing evolution of "traction machines" continues to be about efficiently transferring mechanical horse power to the ground. Once the wheel replaced the hoof, the quest to accomplish more work in the field with less labor, cost and energy has been constant over the past century.
This image is of the left rear tire and fender of a vintage Case tractor tuned for the pulling circuit. Tractor pulling contests originated in the early days of tractors as farmers sought to claim bragging rights to traction.
Monday, January 13, 2014
For those of you less familiar with tractor manufactures bracketing WWII, this was the era when American agriculture transitioned to mechanization. In contrast to today with 3 or 4 major brands, in that time there were many. Many brands now long forgotten are represented in this gigantic collection. Row after row of them under roof. I spent hours clicking away and ran out of time to make it to the truck section.
The lead image is of a novel, "comfort tractor" made by Minneapolis-Moline, the De Luxe model. Designed with an enclosed cab and a road gear for 40 mph, it was marketed for field work during the week and able to transport two to town on the weekend in style. As you can guess MM's color was yellow. This tractor featured a modern high compression engine running on leaded gasoline capable, according to the ads, of pulling 3 to 4 plow bottoms.