Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic

This is my photographic response to this week’s photo challenge by The Daily Post. I like taking photos, especially for this type of challenge. I find it leads me to see the world differently. And seeing the world differently is something I always find enriching.

I’m a little late with this challenge because my internet connection on this vacation has been a little spotty. But I figured better late than never.

I’ve recently discovered that one fairly silly thing that’s guaranteed to irritate me in conversation is when people say Ohio is flat. I would like to use this Weekly Photo Challenge post to set the record straight.

Western Ohio is flat:

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Northwestern Ohio. Flat.

Eastern Ohio is rolling hills. It is not flat.

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Northeastern Ohio. See? Rolly.

In fact, I learned that when New England farmers went out to settle the western frontier (as Ohio was at that time), they had to learn new farming techniques to account for the hills. They had to learn to plow their fields perpendicular to the slope of the hills so the soil didn’t just flow away when it rained. This meant that a lot of times, the rows of crops looked a bit like contour lines on a topographical map. I’ve not been able to capture that in a photo, though.

At any rate, I chose these photos not only to show that Ohio isn’t all flat, but to represent “nostalgic.” I drove through these landscapes innumerable times during my college years, and coming back to this area and seeing this view from my car window reminds me of those years, which can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on my mood.

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