This is my first visit to North Dakota. I imagined a desolate land where towns were few and far between. Not so! With all the trucks and building I’ve seen, it’s clearly thriving. There are prosperous farms and villages, lovely grasslands and verdant valleys. We’ve left the ochres and browns of Montana and moved onto a crazy quilt of soft yellow and green fields. And while I’m sure much of the year it is frigid, today it was H-O-T. So hot it was unpleasant to take photographs, let alone get outside to draw.
I saw many places I would have liked to stop and sketch. The new red roof and fresh white building was a lovely contrast to the surrounding yellows and greens of the tiny hamlet of Amidon.
Everywhere there are fields full of hay rolls – is that what they’re called, or is there another name? Whizzing past these fields in the car, the rolls don’t look too large, but I’ve seen them on semi-trucks and two abreast in the back make for a very wide load! I’m also seeing a field of hay rolls as a possible subject for a perspective lesson in November. Look out perspective students!
There was a field full of buffalo. I would have liked to have gotten a picture, but there was, believe it or not, too much traffic to stop. I’ve encountered much more traffic in North Dakota than Montana. I love learning about new places!