Sunday, February 3, 2013

Life in The Valley

This post is a follow-up from the one done on February 1.
Here are a few more places we visited that day.

Some of you may remember seeing this bridge on this blog before. 
I was here in early fall,so it was nice to go back for another visit in winter.
AS I stated before,this used to be a railroad bridge. The tracks have now been removed,but for now at least the structure is still standing.


As we were driving through a valley area,I saw this cliff and asked the driver to stop.
I just want you to know that the picture is straight,but the angle of the hill and all the textures really caught my eye.


As we were stopped I noticed the detail in the side of this hill. You see it is made up of shale,so there are these interesting layers.


Here is a wider view of the cliff.Shale makes all these layers and they become a magnet for a photographer. Isn't that just a unique look?


In the heart of this valley,known around here as Snow Valley,is this old chimney.
I could try to tell you all about it but instead I will share this link which tells it much better than I could.
The first part of the article is here and the second part is here.
These articles are not very long and tell the story of a family trying to make a living in this valley.

This is a picture I took from the Internet.I wanted to show at least one picture from an earlier time.

Our forefathers had a much harder life than we do now.The particular family in the above artless are unfamiliar to me,but I find the story worth reading.

29 comments:

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Whenever I take a picture of a sloping hill I always wonder if I should straighten it up so people don't think I goofed. The shale certainly makes for some interesting textures. The last two pics are quite amazing. Thank you for sharing!

Lois Evensen said...

Interesting series. We have a great deal of shale here, too, so I've had similar experiences photographing it.

TexWisGirl said...

the shale is beautiful. such a hard life for that family - several tries at staying open thru war, etc. and what a kiln process!

Betsy Adams said...

Beautiful, Ruth.. I especially love seeing the shale.... Beautiful.

Interesting story about the old chimney... Thanks.
Hugs,
Betsy

Karin said...

These are very interesting photos! There really are some cool hills on the flat prairies - aren't there! Now if you let me near a place with all that shale, I would probably see if I could pick pieces off! That really is a very lovely valley! Now off to read those stories! Thanks for sharing!

Linda said...

The old bridge is very picturesque. I can see why you are drawn to it. I did enjoy the texture in the shale and the sloping hill. The tall chimney is intriguing and beautiful, too.

Diane said...

Very interesting photos and article. People had it hard trying to eke out a living. Diane

Ginny said...

The side of the hill patterns are interesting. What has happened, erosion? It just all of a sudden drops off...

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Wonderful photos and the shale pictures are interesting and the colors wonderful.

Have a great week ~ FlowerLady

Sandra said...

they have this type of shale in Kentucky, i remember it from my youth.. i like the texture of it and it is pretty

Mary said...

I love all the texture in the cliff. Shale makes such interesting layers. What an interesting chimney and kiln. Mike loves looking at stuff like this and learning about it. That last photo is really beautiful.

Nancy said...

You never know what you're going to find when you go out on a photo session, uh? Love all your captures and the story was very interesting as well as sad...

I hope you have a wonderful week and time to capture more wonderful finds...

Muffy's Marks said...

I just wonder how many seasons did it take for all those layers to develop!! Wonderful post with wonderful pictures.

MJ said...

That was a nice journey with you. We have now a long long trail here where the railroad used to be, they paved it and it goes a long way and also across a train trestle across a beautiful river. A huge project they embarked on but so worth it for people that ride bikes, or run or just walk. We are going to walk part of this summer. HUGS♥

Debbie said...

great images and a wonderful story!! life is pretty simple for us girls now!!

George said...

Thanks for taking us along with you on your ride through the valley. The articles about Leary family were interesting. I really like your photos of the shale.

Robin said...

Ruth, very nice! I really like the one with the bridge!

Cicero Sings said...

Interesting about the Brick Factory. My first "real" job was for a brick plant in Abbotsford so I am well versed in the brick industry and its pitfalls! That plant (the one I used to work for) just recently shut down.

Hilary said...

What a lovely spot. Photographer magnet, indeed! I love all of the textures you captured.

Montanagirl said...

Very nice! Love that last photo. So picturesque!

S. Etole said...

Intriguing layers in the photos of the shale.

Rick said...

Interesting textures and patterns in the shale. Nice piece of history - a story of perseverance and a life of setbacks. This country was built through the efforts of people like these pioneers.

Willard said...

Excellent photography and an interesting story.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Lots of snow but great photos again Ruth, I love the last one that you put in for history. Thanks so much for your kind comments on my blog cheers.

Shug said...

the old chimney is standing tall, as if it has much to be respected for. I find this very interesting...
Hope you have a wonderful day...stay warm..
Shug

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

It looks like a nice trip...I like old bridges, farms etc...The snow looks so cold

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

I love to hear the history behind these old structures. I'll pop over and read next.

forgetmenot said...

Lovely photos, as always. Isn't it fascinating the "things" that can be photographed and make an amazing picture. Love that old chimney. Have a fabulous weekend. Mickie ;)

EG CameraGirl said...

I agree that such beautiful rock is a magnet for photographers.

What an interesting story about the brick works and the reasons why it has closed, reopened, closed... How nice to see that chimney still standing even though lightning has struck it.