Horses have come to my family’s farm in Illinois, and they are enjoying the wide open space of the pasture on the west side of the road. The cattle peacefully coexist at the southern end of the pasture on the day… Continue Reading
Back in September 2011, when I photographed my family’s farm northwest of Maynard, Iowa, the corn was just about ready to start turning a golden brown, ready for harvest. There is a pale yellow Sears four-square house still on the… Continue Reading
Against all odds, the last of five cottonwood trees planted several generations ago is still alive. The debris from when it was hit by lightning has been cleaned up since 2016.
Things are looking good around the family farm, even if it has been a dry summer. The barns are now surrounded by grass and corn.
Update: See the cottonwood tree in August of 2018. As late as August 2015, this cottonwood tree, the last of four or five “natural lightning rods” was still alive and well. The ice storm in early 2016 felled the deadwood.… Continue Reading
The family farm is looking good this February, and preparations are already beginning for planting this spring. The frost in the ground is melting, and the water is leaching up to the surface, making for some thick mud around the… Continue Reading
The two historic barns on the family farm are looking good; freed from the muddy cattle lots which surrounded them for decades, they now sit in green grass and ground cover.