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Mosquito Crossing: 1939

Mosquito Crossing: 1939

April 1939. "Mosquito Crossing, near Greensboro. Greene County, Georgia." Medium format acetate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Different mediums, same feel

This photograph has a very nice Andrew Wyeth quality about it.

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Desert No More

Now it's the piney woods of Georgia.

I'm not a geologist, but

that is some light, sandy-looking dirt!

I was immediately struck by it, thinking, "Is this near a beach?"

So I looked up "geology of Greene County, Georgia."

First off, Greene County is basically in the center of the state, so, no, not a beach. Then came the basic content of the geology, according to the USGS:

28%: Biotite Granite Gneiss/ Feldspathic Biotite Gneiss/ Amphibolite Hornblende Gneiss
25%: Porphyritic granite
16%: Granite Gneiss/ Amphibolite
and more of the same sort of thing in smaller quantities. A lot of granite.

Again, I'm not a geologist. But from what I can guess (and believing my eyes), it seems that Greene County, Georgia has some pretty sandy soil!

Outta here

Sewickley, my thoughts exactly. Just missing the Ford stuffed to the gills with family and stuff. Fooled me.

Still There

Didn’t bother to take down the sign

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Look both ways before crossing --

You wouldn't want to collide with a mosquito.

Grapes of Wrath

I expected the caption to say we were in Oklahoma in the Dust Bowl era, not in Georgia.

Which one?

The place name is likely a reference to a bridge over what is probably the Mosquito Creek. But I can’t get out of my head the idea that, like a sign for Moose or Deer Crossing, this could be a place where we might want to watch out for the passage of an annoying, biting insect.

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