Winter barns and such

January 30, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

This past weekend I joined a workshop touring SW Wisconsin to photograph barns in the winter.  We were fortunate to have snow on the ground, and falling snow for most of the places we visited.  Sunlight was sparse but it was still great to visit locations I would not know about and make some images under somewhat challenging conditions.  The workshop was one of Keith French's programs - you can see all their workshops here:  https://kfrenchphoto.com/photography-workshops/

Although it might seem redundent to photograph one barn after the other once you spend some time at each location it's apparent the differences among the buildings.  Most of the barns in this part of the state are similar in construction - stone foundations for a "first floor" with the wooden structure built on top.  Some are large while others are more moderate in size.  And although the traditional red barn is the typical appearance you see while driving around the county, there are other color options.  In the end it's a functional building but farmers have a variety of perspectives on how to adapt the structure to their business.

Here are a few of the properties we visited, and some of the details I liked.

Not all our travel was to barns.  This was an interesting church sitting in a cemetery.

And there was this old grist mill.


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