Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

People-watching at the Rice County Steam & Gas Engines show September 7, 2009

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This little guy charmed me immediately, when I saw him stretched out on a blanket, seemingly oblivious to all the activity around him. He was quite content with his International toy tractor. And I was content to wait patiently for just the right moment to photograph him.  This is my favorite people photo.

This little guy seems oblivious to the activity around him as he lazes on a blanket with his International toy tractor. I waited patiently for just the right moment to capture his "not-a-care-in-the world" demeanor.

IF YOU PLOPPED me down on a bench in the middle of some crowd-drawing event, I could sit contentedly for quite some time just watching the people.

Sometimes they can be as entertaining as the entertainment.

That’s not to say I don’t appreciate whatever activity has drawn me to a location, like the Rice County Steam & Gas Engines, Inc. show in Rice County this past weekend. The rows and rows of tractors and steam and gas engines and other activities kept me plenty interested.

But so did the people.

From the arthritic old man I watched shuffle between tractor rows to the “look-at-me, I’m a John Deere guy” guy to the cute little kids, this show presented plenty of people-pleasing moments for me to photograph.

I like best of all to snap images unobserved and then, afterward, to ponder the emotions I’ve photographed.

Here are some of my favorite people shots from several hours of wandering at the Rice County Steam & Gas Engines show on Saturday.

The look on this baby's face is so precious. And so is the loving way the child is held by his/her father, who is awaiting his spot in the tractor parade.

The expression on this baby's face is precious. And so is the loving way the father holds his child as they await their turn in the tractor parade.

I like the determined look on this retired farmer's face as he passes a gigantic Rumely steam engine..

I like the determined look on this retired farmer's face as he passes a gigantic Rumely steam engine.

One can only imagine the thoughts fleeting through this boy's mind as he sits behind the wheel of this Co-op (I think) tractor.

One can only imagine the thoughts fleeting through this boy's mind as he sits behind the wheel of this Co-op (I think) tractor. He seems genuinely focused to me.

And then there was this die-hard John Deere fan. I turned, saw him and quickly snapped one unforgettable image.

And then there was this guy dressed in flamboyant John Deere clothing. I turned, saw him and quickly snapped one unforgettable image before he was gone.

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