Sunday, March 18, 2007


Barns and outbuildings are disappearing at an alarming rate. The destruction continues at an exponential rate. Without a job and with some time on my hands it might not be a bad idea to compile a photographic record before they all go poof.

Yesterday I drove past an area that I last visited about 8 months ago. My mind seemed to be playing tricks with me - wasn't there a big barn at that crossroads? It's gone with nary a sign that it ever existed. I do understand the danger involved in these old building but hopefully it was disassembled by the guy who deals in vintage barnboard. It may have another life.

This barn is near Big Rock, Illinois and it's getting close to that danger zone. It is a beautiful example of the gray patina of old barn wood. Hopefully it's still standing the next time I drive by.

NOTE: The counter says 98,816 visits and the 2-year anniversary at the farmer's wife is on April 9th. Please do your part to get us to that 100K mark by that date. Pass the link along to friends and family. Hopefully I can determine who the 100,000th visitor is and gift them with a jar of homemade jam or a piece of old barn wood.


Lori said...

I love your site. It is so much like 'home' to me. I will be posting (hopefully soon) about my old country neighborhood that is showing less and less of past remnants. And I don't like the change...

P.S. Here's hoping for a piece of old barn wood!

Alan said...

Count me among your visitors. I really like your photography.


Zanne said...

Lori and Alan - thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a message. I always appreciate hearing from visitors. The counter assures me that there are people visiting but often I feel like I'm talking to myself!

Change is hard and especially so when it leaves you disoriented when visiting your old haunts, it just feels "wrong".

Alan, thanks for the nice compliment. I simply love taking photographs it's my way of letting people see my community and the beautiful surrounding landscape through my eyes. I've never gotten involved with any kind of activity that would have me charging for my work because then it would just be a JOB!!