Remarkable barn

Remarkable barn on Interstate 94 (Wisconsin), © 2013 Celia Her City

Yesterday I drove from Chicago to Minneapolis, where my parents will be moving in July.  They live out east now, but, with the move to the Twin Cities, they will be nearer my younger sister and her family.  I’m worried about their move–they’re elderly–so I’m here mainly to inform myself about where they’ll be living and to understand whether anything can be done to smooth their transition.

I drove up alone, so there wasn’t a lot of opportunity for photography, but I did stop to make a phone call at a rest area an hour or so above the Dells.  Looking around, I happened to see this remarkable barn.  If you enlarge the picture, you can see it better.  It has a tower which I suppose was used for loading wheat or hay onto or off of wagons.

It was a beautiful drive up through Wisconsin.  The fields are turning green, with the crops coming up in healthy, even rows.

It’s their time

It’s their time

Beyond our vision, the fields of the Midwest are waking up.  Farmers are getting ready for the growing season.

Outbuildings and farm equipment © 2013 Celia Her City

Time to put those long-laid plans into play.  The equipment that has long lain idle will see some use . . .

Old barn, Wisconsin © 2013 Celia Her City

on lands that have been cultivated for many, many years.

A green field next to the stubble of last season

It’s a pleasure to see the dormant fields being tended again, to see the rectangles turn green with a careful geometry of seed imposed.

Field and gully (Wisconsin) © 2013 Celia Her City

Every foot of the monotonous but fertile landscape has received careful study, the fields curving around favorite trees and troublesome gullies.

Waking forests (Wisconsin) © 2013 Celia Her City

When the farmers’ work is done, there is respite to be found in the nearby forests and peaceful streams.

Sandbars (Wisconsin) © 2013 Celia Her City

I imagine these sandbars are a good place to be.

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