There’s not much left of Dodge, North Dakota. The railroad pulled out and left the grain elevator which had been an investment in not only the community but the area. It stands idle in the rolling hills bluffs and buttes of western North Dakota. The deteriorating church in the foreground is also testament to the decline of rural communities. I guess the sower went forth elsewhere to sow.
I’ve shot the church in years past in different weather and different lights. This time I drove, up a hill south of Dodge, hiked a short bit to get the church lined up with the grain elevator. I’ve thought of ways to filter the image, to do some “fixing” in post–processing, but decided just showing it as it is tells the story.
Meanwhile, down the rail line a ways, is another grain elevator that still struggles without its rail line.The Killdeer elevator serves area ranchers with storage and with feed supplies. On a full-moon night, I caught the moon peeking through scattered clouds behind the elevator. To get the angle I wanted, I climbed a snow stockpile the city had pushed up in the elevator yard. I dug in my boots in to the side of the snow pile, laid in a still position, bracing the camera to remain steady for the long exposure. I know more than one vehicle passed me thinking perhaps that I was some drunk laying in the snow. Who knows, I may still be there. Maybe I should go back and look.