Friday, 5 June 2009

Friday Shoot-Out: So, This Is America...



This week's topic for Friday Shoot-Out is 'Random' - and I'm being random by being in a different country to usual, so this time you get a Brit's view on rural America...

There are plenty of things that make Boulder different and special compared to other towns (the constant mountain views are amazing, for starters) but today I'm going to think about the ways in which it's also exactly how a Brit might envision a typical American town. Bear in mind that I haven't been to 'rural' America before (only Washington DC), so this is definitely a naive foreigner's view. Comments from genuine Americans are more than welcome!

So to start with, let's take a look at these mailboxes! I would be so worried that my post might disappear if it was basically left in a box at the end of the drive. Especially with the flag to tell you whether there's anything in the box.

Mailboxes

Then we have wooden houses, surrounded by knee-high picket fences:

American house

And massive vehicles, out of all proportion to the buildings:

American street


American street

Tomorrow when I get home, we'll take a look at some of the mountains & wildlife.

NB these are more photos taken last Saturday, because since then I've been ensconced in talks and tutorials and generally up to my eyeballs in academic deep-thinking stuff.

16 comments:

Heather said...

Enjoyed your thoughts on rural America! Bet you'd be really stumped if you visited my little town. :)

Strawberry Girl said...

Oh yeah, there are quite a few little towns around here that would seem pretty odd to a foreigner. The post does get stolen sometimes, but generally people don't worry about it to much in small towns, the incidence of it is far less than in a larger town. The vehicles are way disproportionante!! They all need to be chopped in half!!

Nic said...

I love America!

Patty said...

I like your views. I never thought about it but yes, those vehicles sure mess up the composition of a smaller house, don't they.

Nice mailboxes. That certainly says "rural America."

Thanks for joining in.

gigi said...

This is great to just get Random out there. Cute.

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Home sweet home.

Chef E said...

Your right about the post, I wonder sometimes too when I see thing like that, we live in a community where they are locked until the post person opens it and puts into our box, and it is out front of my drive.

You are right, I want to take a decent photo of an old house, and those darn cars, trucks and things just keep whizzing past, or are parked all over the place, and they are huge compared to Europe cars :)

GingerV said...

driving around in rural texas today I found the telephone/electrical wires mess up the photo more often than big trucks - I think there may be some confusion between small town and rural. to me rural is long stretches of road with only a fame house every square mile or so, miles and miles of corn, cotton or rice and cows. Small town is quite different. Maybe this is just my distinction having come from a small town and not a farm....

Lilly said...

Its intersting. Australia is more like the US than the UK. I must admit while living in Scotland I could not get used to the postman puttig mail through your front door.

Dedene said...

Pretty good perception of rural America. However, you must get a picture of a car without wheels up on cinderblocks.

Zaroga said...

Really nice photo of the mail boxes. In my neighborhood the box is at the end of the driveway. When I have important mail to go out I take it to the post office. I always worry when I have meditcations coming... will they get stolen? Some places it is no worry... honest neighbors :-)

In the South you will see a bit different scenery... different trees and lots of them. The mountains are different than in Colorado too. We went through Colorado last year and it is beautiful.

Loved your perpective.

Doreen said...

interesting post from a different point of view. what is so natural and common to us is seen so totally different by another.

Jacqueline said...

Wonderful! I would feel nervous about the mail too, but that maybe says more about the climate we live in, in the UK!

Gordon said...

Thanks for the education. Great shots from a different perspective. Sorry to be so late visiting. Life is busy.

jenny2write said...

Many of my American friends seem to have stuff delivered to mailboxes at the post office. But I suppose that depends on whether the post office is handy. I would freak out at having to use those mailboxes.

christine said...

I've always considered it a risky business having a mail box at the end of a drive. Increasingly here in England people are erecting "boxes" made of painted metal either on the outside of their electric gates, as across the road from my house, or just fastened to the outside of their porches. When they go away for a couple of weeks, it's pretty obvious to thieves that the house in unoccupied!!

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