August sun in Minnesota shines brightly on this beautiful summer day. The white fence and the horses really add to the scene. The barn is in excellent condition and the horses show it’s an active farm as opposed to one that is a leftover from a somewhat forgotten time.
Early March, 2011. The season of Winter was coming to a close, in actuality, winter seemed to end in mid April. There was so much snow in the 2010 – 2011 Winter that by February, the wildlife was really hurting.
A lot of area farmers put out hay or corn for the wildlife. My parents would put out corn and every day around 4pm in the afternoon between 30 and 50 deer would show up in their yard. They would seem to appear out of nowhere, eat their fill and disappear again.
Once the snow thawed enough that the deer could forage, they stopped coming. I’m not sure if the deer my parents fed would have died without the food, but I’m sure at least some would have. I think they would have been weakened and more susceptible to harvest by the Coyotes that inhabit the area as well.
A local farmer rakes hay in the afternoon sun. This is done to dry the hay so it can be bailed.
In my youth, I bailed plenty of hay and learned it was much better to be out in the sun on the rack as opposed to being up in the barn stacking it.
I really liked the way the light was when I shot this. It helps to define the layers a bit and spotlights the soybeans being combined.
I’ve photographed this barn on occasion for the last few years. It’s close to my home and I often pass it when I’m ranging out on a photo shoot. The last time I went by, it was gone.
Here it is in spring, 2011
It weathered the winter well.
I knew it wouldn’t last forever. In March of 2012 the the demolition had started.
It was still up in June
But, by October, it wasn’t looking good.
By early December it was down.
Goodbye Old Barn.