I've posted a number of pictures of abandoned homesteads located throughout the high plains of the United States. About 100 yrs ago, soon after the first rails were laid through the area thousands of people moved to this area to start new lives. Hundreds of towns were established across the region. Initially the area was in a wet phase of weather, but soon the weather began to return to the norm, with much more arid condidtions. Eventually people gave up and moved on because they could not support theirselves, nor their families on the land.
Today, larger farmers are buying up these properties and allowing the old homesteads erected by the pioneers to fall into decay. Often they are razed to prevent the "gypsies and travelers" from squatting and bringing with them the problems they seem to bring to them. So one by one, these old homes are disappearing and their stories lost to the ages.
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Flavia (10352) 2007-03-11 14:53
Nice picture, the dry colors are beautiful and the composition even with the house centered works.
mfonda (891) 2007-03-11 15:00
I always love shots of old homesteads out on farms. Very informative note as well. I like this shot as is; however, I think it could be better (or at least different) if instead of being zoomed in on the house we were shown more of the surrounding area. Thanks for sharing!
lemorse (370) 2007-03-11 22:08
superb atmosphere - amazing colors and a very inviting environment-if not to settle, at least to pay homage to these courageous man and women who lived ther tfs
gunbud (34066) 2007-03-12 0:34
You have caught the arid conditions that caused these settlers to abandon thier homesteads. Very good details and nice warm colors.
AROBN54 (11471) 2007-03-13 21:03
Great capture, Ned. You have done a nice job of conveying the vastness and emptiness on those plains. It would be a tough place to live. I like that minimal color and the light and detail are super. Take care now,
coco (30437) 2007-03-21 3:29
I like very much this photo... well, really I mean that I like very much this kind if houses (farms) and their stories.
Good depth and composition. Really is sad hear about a the end of these farms and their long history.
rabani (9645) 2007-04-11 23:56
I can't find any adjectives fitting what I see Ned. Maybe simple, maybe abandoned, maybe pastoral... I didn't know, loneliness can be a part of a wide rolling grassy landscape. It can be depressing too.
anney (144) 2007-05-27 16:15
I think you cropped this nicely, and the brown/grey colors give a very old look to this dilapidated structure.
- Copyright: Ned Messerschmidt (nmess) (2301)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-10-23
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Nikon D100, Nikkor ED 80-400 MM f/4.5-5.6 AF VR Zoom, RAW @ ISO 200, UV
- Exposure: f/5.3, 1/640 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Ghost Houses [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-03-11 13:53