Clouds Breaking, Family Farm, March 2022, Deer Creek Township

As everyone in St. Louis knows, last week the weather was horrible, and it was elsewhere in the Midwest, but late on Friday the clouds broke and the sun came out, leaving dramatic light and shadow over the prairie at the family farm. As the sun set, pink and purple light shone across the fields…

Hayloft, Horse Barn, July 2021

I climbed up in the hayloft of the horse barn and took some photos. It’s actually much older than the 1901 date that someone painted on the outside. The barn is held together with wooden pegs, not nails, and huge pieces of hardwood.

Family Farm, Deer Creek Township, Illinois, August 2019

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 I was there. The barns are also being fixed up, and in particular, the one…

From the Vault: Family Farm, Maynard, Iowa

Update: The house was removed in 2019. 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 farm, though the barns are now all gone…

Old Cottonwood Tree, August 2018

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.

Family Farm, August 2018

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.