Photo Essay: They’re Loving It

 EDEN, N.C.–The main drag of Fieldcrest Drive in Draper in Eden, North Carolina is the last place one would expect to find the gleaming red and yellow colors of McDonald’s.  Yet it is hard not to notice the similarity in this municipal fire hydrant, pictured in a resident’s yard.  Nestled near a thicket of hardscrabble shrubs not far from the street, it advertises it’s hidden wares to pedestrians and motorists alike.  How it managed to escape being snapped by photographers up to this point is uncertain.

For the record there are several hydrants of similar hues dotting the street–from blues and greens to plain old black and whites.  According to one anonymous local, the multicolored structures are part of an initiative by the city government.  Why the town felt the need to replace the familiar red hydrants remains a mystery, but residents appear to be indifferent in the meantime–with a median income of $27,000 and 17% of the population under the poverty line, they got enough issues to deal with.

John Winn