The tomato return trip

Collapsing old rural home

This old domicile in Cleveland County, Arkansas is not far from biting the dust. Seeing these old homes always makes me wonder what went on the last day it was occupied.

Daughter on father's shoulders

Click on the father and daughter to see our pictures and story on The Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival.

Returning home from a photo-trip to the Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival in Warren, Arkansas, I took some heretofore-unexplored-by-me back roads in Cleveland County, one of my best honey-holes for photo-discoveries. I found this old residence above, engaged in a losing battle with the inevitable forces of Mother Nature.

Even though the structure is close to the collapse stage, the owner probably views demolition like one would consider execution versus dying a peaceful, natural death at an undetermined time. That aside, the Pink Tomato Festival, which precipitated this trip, was a hoot. See what I found there on the Photo of the Week page at Corndancer dot-com. We’ll wait here while you look.

Collapsing old house

Here’s another angle which clearly demonstrates that Mother Nature now has the upper hand.

Blooming red Cannas

Not far from the old house, I found this bed of Cannas illuminated by brilliant afternoon sunlight — with just a tad of back lighting for effect. My childhood yard was ensconced with these suckas.

Close up of red cannas

Here’s a longer lens look at the plant. The purple shoots are blooms on the way. This is a healthy bed.

Lone fireplace and chimney

When I was nearly back to the “main road,” I ran across this, an all-too-familiar scene in rural areas. All that remains is that which was not combustible. From the looks of this fireplace and chimney, it is very old — from back in the bucket brigade days. Volunteer rural fire departments now dot the landscape and offer help when it is needed most in remote areas.

Keep your eyes peeled for stuff most others don’t see. So will I — and I will report back next week.

Be sure and see our 2014 Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival gallery with 47 pictures from the event.

Thanks for dropping by,

Joe Dempsey
Weekly Grist for the Eyes and Mind