Sunday, June 3, 2007

Grain elevator or granary?

This is an 8 X 10 watercolor completed last week. The color seems a little weak from the original. You see a lot of these in the midwest farmlands near the railroad tracks. When I was a teacher I would take opportunities to take the kids out to the farm and let them experience another way of life. The life a child experiences in a city is far removed from the source of things. A city kid grows up seeing the grocery store as the source of everything they eat. Several times the kids in my class planted vegetables, cut watercress from a stream, pulled rocks from a field, harvested, fed the animals and milked the cows. I'm a city kid too, so what do I call this? Grain elevator or granary?


Lynn Dykstra said...

I would call this an elevator, as it is used to elevate the grain to run down shutes to the train cars.
A grainery is more of a farm building.
(My take as an Iowa farm kid)

Lynn Dykstra said...

Oh, and an elevator would be run by a cooperative of farmers, often called the Co-op.
Now, run by big agribusinesses.

Slim Johnson said...

Thanks, Lynn. After all those years of watching Lassie, you'd think I would know better.