A Typsy Red Barn

This old barn has been sitting out  in the open prairie all its life and the accumulated north winds have finally had an effect. The farmer is long gone as are all the horses, cows, and other livestock that sought shelter during the long winter months.

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The effects of life on the northern plains.

Notice how the upper track of the main door has come to rest on the top of the door. This in turn has jammed and prevented the building from leaning any further and ultimately falling over.

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The wall of the barn is badly stressed and most of the window trim has fallen off. Amazingly none of the panes of glass have broken.
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The side view shows the wall is starting to bow out and this in turn will cause the roof to sag until it fails and collapses the whole barn.
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Interior view of the old stalls.

The wooden interior is still in good condition as is the cement floor. A skillful carpenter could jack the building back into place but there is little use for this building as a barn. Without some special attention it has a short life span at this stage.

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This shot taken from the rear of the barn once again shows another jammed barn door which help contribute to its support. The windswept prairie is very close at hand.
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This view of a corner of the cedar shingled roof, along with the faded red barn paint, reflects its long years of service.
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The rear of the barn and the outlying buildings show they were all well maintained during their service, but nothing lasts for ever.

 

Winter takes hold.

During the night we got about six inches of fresh light snow and our woods have transformed. The ground reminds me of a new canvass, waiting for mother nature to record her activities.

More snow is expected, along with strong winds, so our local school was cancelled. I’ve taken my scoop and opened the driveway to the gravel road. In the next day or two I will widen the trail and push the snow back. While the main highways have already been plowed it will take more time for the gravel secondary roads to be cleaned off.

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The grey overcast is blocking the sun but the snow fall is lessening.

Our county highway departments is very efficient at removing snow and it takes a major storm to prevent us from getting into town. This snowfall has not closed any roads but serious winds can change that fast.

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Rarely does the mail fail to get through so one of my first snow day tasks is to clear the snow from around the mail box.
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Other than our neighbors across the road, no one else lives within a mile in any direction. If you go off the road or get stuck you better be ready to walk.
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Most of the farm land in this county is very flat so I like to head to the local river to get some interesting photos. It has not been too cold so we still have open water where ever there are rapids.
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This shot might make a good Christmas Card.
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All it lacks is a deer having a drink.

We are already two months into winter but only received a little more than a foot of snow. One year, 1997, we had ten blizzards and a hundred inches of snowfall. It was even worse in the 1940’s. It’s rather boring now.