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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Iowa

Can we talk barns?
Iowa barns to be specific.

If you're my Instagram buddy, you know we spent last weekend in Iowa.  It was a sudden trip to a state I had never been.  It was cold.  Especially cold for this desert rat, although the Iowan natives didn't seem especially chilled.

A storm was blowing in as our plane landed, and by the time we traveled the 90 minutes to our destination,  Fort Dodge, the snow was coming down.

We woke the next morning to a blanket of the white stuff.  And by that late afternoon the storm was already clearing off.  I guess Iowa is like that.  Didn't seem to be a big deal to anyone else.  I, on the other hand, was pretty sure we were going to slide off the road, and have to survive the elements until we could certainly be rescued days later, so of course I traveled with chocolate bars everywhere we went... just in case.  Just sayin'.

We got out of Des Moines and got to see Iowa, or at least a little piece of it.

And let me just say... oh my.
My oh my!
It was dreary and cold and so amazingly lovely.
Be still my heart.
Perfection.
I could have taken photos of barns forever.
This is how I want to live... minus the cold of course.
How do you folks in Iowa (insert any mid-western farming state here) stand living in such perfection?
I count seeing and capturing these sites among the many ordinary miracles that God has blessed me with.

Which one is your favorite?

Linking up with Little Things Thursdays, and Favorite Photo Friday.



39 comments:

  1. Number 8! That American flag is the clincher! LOVE LOVE LOVE these!!!!!!!!!

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  2. This is an amazing series of images. I love the one's with the barns on the horizon. They really convey how isolated they are

    Mollyxxx

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    1. Being struck in an urban area, I really love the isolation too. I kept thinking about trick-o-treating strangely. Must be a work out to earn every piece of candy!

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    2. I grew up in the country (IL to be exact) and I don't ever recall receiving a trick or treater! Precious photos. In 30 yrs those will be a novelty. My folks had to tear their barn down last spring. Too expensive to maintain...

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  3. Morning Nancy - I'm torn - #4 and #8 - the ones with the single lighted window - those two 'speak' to me. Detractor's include #4's out building is too "modern" - and #8's treescape doesn't "get it" - but attractors include #4 the treescape and #8 the flag - and of course the single lighted window in both - that really conveys the "solitude" of farming and living surrounded by acres of farm but not people!

    However ALL of the images are super - and you really did great work with the lighting etc.!

    hugs - aus and co.

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    1. The trees in #8 killed it for me too. But what's a gal to do? Photoshop them out? Too much work.
      thx, Aus!
      nancy

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  4. I'm in Omaha, a few minutes from the Iowa border :) It's so funny that you posted these pictures when you did.. At about the same time I was in the Jeep at a stoplight when I looked to my left and saw a rickety white barn with an empty tree next to it and nothing but snow around it for several acres.. I thought "I bet Nancy would take a picture of that" (no idea where I got that considering I don't really know you and I didn't know you liked barns)" I wanted to take a picture of it but the light turned green..
    There was something beautiful about it, but it sort of gave me a lonely feeling too, you know?

    Wow, that was a lot of rambling for 6 in the morning wasn't it?

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    1. Okay now you know you've got to go back and take a pic of it right? So you can show me!
      Yes, I weird coincidence!
      nancy

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  5. These are gorgeous!! What a beautiful trip!

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  6. Absolutely stunning! I love picture #7. All the pictures you shared are breathtaking. I live in Florida & I've never had the pleasure of experiencing snow. Seeing photos like this definitely make want to plan a winter trip but then I remind myself of how I can't stand the cold & I usually talk myself out of it lol.

    Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Finally #7! This one was a fave in the class I'm taking. Strangely, nobody has pick my two faves yet. But it's all quite subjective after all.
      It was SOOOOO cold. I mean bitter cold. I'm sure Florida is so much better... but far less barns! It's a toss up!
      nancy

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  7. Oops! Looks like I commented on Facebook! I'll say it again here. Your barns are fantastic! Thank you for joining Little Things Thursdays today! Glad to have you!

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  8. Oh! My favorite, I like the first one the best..

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  9. This brought tears (happy ones) to my eyes. I miss home (Iowa) like crazy. Every picture is my favorite, as every one of them is exactly what home looks like. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. Thank you. If you'd like some high res images, email me. Everyone should have some of home everywhere they live. It'would be my pleasure.
      nancy

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  10. #4 for the sunset streaks, #7 because its a red barn...how could that not be perfect?

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  11. I love number 7, the second red barn picture. It's not too close, and there are the trees just surrounding it to perfect. It's stark amongst the white.

    When we drove both from Ky to Chicago in January, and our trip last year driving from Ky to Seattle I took tons of pictures of barns. There's something so wonderful about them. I also love doors, any kind of doors. I'm forever asking my family to wait while I get just one more door picture.

    My uncle is a landscape/wildlife photographer in Idaho. Maybe that's where it comes from. Beautiful pictures!!

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  12. Theses photos are so beautiful that I want to go to Iowa!

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  13. You would have a lovely fill of 2+ great barns right outside my neighborhood if you lived in Nebraska! (:

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  14. Thank you for posting such beatiful photos! From living in the area you drove through, (Recognizing some of the barns in fact!) I am somewhat desensitized to the beauty surrounding. Thank you for the wonderful reminder. Oh, and as a country kid that grew up in rural southern MN, my first experience with trick-o-treating was when I was a teen and babysitting a "town-kid". Our family always just had parties or get togethers for friends and family instead.

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  15. Nancy what an awesome scenery you captured!! Those were all GORGEOUS!!! However, I have to say "Number 9 stole my heart handsdown"!! Before I could even get to the end of your post "about which was our favorite", I had already said...OMG THIS ONE IS MY FAVORITE SO FAR!!
    There is NOTHING more nostalgic than a "WEATHERED BARN"!! All I could think of is taking picture of my grandsons in bluejeans and cowboy hats by that BEAUTIFUL BARN!!

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  16. Beautiful images. And great job on the white balance in the snow. As someone who doesn't live in it (anymore) it intimidates me for photos. My favorite is #6...with the two lonely silos off to the left. Great perspective.

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    1. And the SILOS...!!! Fell in LOVE with silos! Who knew?

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  17. I have never been to Iowa, but I certainly want to now! Gorgeous. I <3 barns too. My favorite is the white barn with the glow of yellow in the window. Nice set of images.

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  18. LOVE #3! I mean, I love them all, but something about that blue sky peeking through in #3 does it for me. I love that the clouds set almost a total white background, yet you can still clearly see the white barn because of the contrast the trees provide. Goodness, it's breathtaking! :)

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    1. #3 does it all day long for me too! I saw it before I took a pic of it. I made Papa turn the car around for me for that one!

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    2. So glad we see eye to eye on this! :) I would have turned around too! Glad you did!

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  19. These are beautiful. I lived in Cedar Rapids, IA for 9 years and even though I don't miss the cold these pictures made me miss the beautiful countryside. The people there are just as charming as the barns.

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  20. I love all of them. I love the way simple can be so beautiful. Most of all I like the memory of running this crazy photographer around the outskirts of Fort Dodge. ps. The farmers looked at us like we were crazy.

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    1. Awwww babe... you're the best chauffeur a crazy wannabe photographer could ever hope to have!
      me

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  21. I love all of them. I love the way simple can be so beautiful. Most of all I like the memory of running this crazy photographer around the outskirts of Fort Dodge. ps. The farmers looked at us like we were crazy.

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  22. I love farms and barns. Great shots! :) I found you through Little Things Thursday!

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  23. These are all gorgeous, especially the last two. I love stark photos. A trip to Iowa is now on my wish list. Cathy from South Carolina

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  24. These photos are so beautiful!!! I love those with long distance!

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  25. All right, mama, you KNOW this is my back yard, right? literally. We live off I80/I35 just outside of Des Moines :( My husband GREW UP in Fort Dodge! I can't believe I missed you!!

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  26. Thanks sew much, Nancy. I appreciate your efforts and your comments left on my sewfreshquilts blog. Thanks to http://www.flusterbuster.com/2013/02/are-you-no-reply-blogger.html#comment-form, I am sure I have finally gotten to the bottom of this no-reply blogger thing! I am a new follower of yours... Love you kids, admire your photography and appreciate your photo taking tips! Thanks for sharing your faith.

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  27. Beautiful photos Nancy. I was born and raised in Iowa, but set out for the "sensational" when I was 18, coming to Colorado to go to college and eventually to live here (John Denver lured me and thousands of others to the Colorado Rockies). I honestly don't know if I could go back to Iowa to live. I like a little more fast pace and of course would miss the mountains and the West so much. I feel as if I am on vacation all the time living in Colorado. If we do move eventually to be near family again, it will be to B'ham where my husband's family is (and we would be just 5 hours away from the Gulf Coast). I have always said Iowa is one of the best kept secrets - it is a beautiful state and place to live and there are the nicest people you would ever want to meet. Been there and done that! ;D

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  28. These are gorgeous! You captured these barns beautifully! :)

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