There is something haunting about these abandoned farms. In the 1860s Nebraska filled with settlers with the passage of the Homestead Act. People moving west in search of land ownership quickly filled the empty plains. Old, abandoned homes fascinate me. Here are a few shots from my trip to Nebraska last week.
We had old barns on our farm that I grew up on as a child. The old barns are part of my memory. Kittens in the barn, hay and old school desks in the hayloft. Time to play and imagine what life was like in a world long, long ago.
Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose. ~From the television show The Wonder Years
We do not remember days; we remember moments. ~Cesare Pavese, The Burning Brand
What kind of memories do these old places leave behind. What kind of memories did these places create, were they happy ones?
At one time someone used this trellis to make the home beautiful. In a way it still is beautiful because you can see the care one of the owners put into it, at one time.
Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened
What a large barn. What a lot of work it took to raise this barn. It is magnificent, a testament to agriculture in it's time.
It's surprising how much memory is built around things unnoticed at the time. ~Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams
I filtered this shot, I am beginning to grow more and more turned off to the excessive use of "filters and frames" within Faux professional photography pages that I look at. Technical knowledge in photography, although slow to gain sometimes, is more worthwhile than any filter you can put on your computer.
We're always building memory, just as my trip to Nebraska made me realize the amount of memories that I have made in Furnas and Red Willow County Nebraska since 1995. Like the Christmas we snuck to the quickstop to eat fried burritos because Grandma and the Aunts were taking too long to cook dinner.
If you aren't observant you won't see these places at all. You fly by in your car on your way to your destination. If you aren't looking for them, they blend into the landscape. No one notices them anymore, just old houses falling down and empty barns. You must know what you are looking for in order to find it.
You can purchase prints from my photography website if you would like to place these images in your memory: My Print Site