Tiny House in a Landscape

tiny house in a turnip field

Our Tiny House in a Landscape photo is from Hugh Wolfe. Not really a house, but it’s still a small structure which could be a house… well it would need a good bit of work… it’s in the middle of a farmers field (turnips).

Morning fog 10/19/14…

Fog lazily rolling around the neighborhood motivated a five minute drive to a favorite photo location which I’ve shot previously, *Out amongst the turnips* https://plus.google.com/116041918731282968084/posts/LQ7QYJJWshh

Literally sitting on the berm of the road listening for approaching vehicles I took several composures but preferred this one for the Queen Ann Lace in the foreground…

Post processing brought out the desire to create alternative images, one using Macphun’s Tonality Pro and another more traditional B&W with NIK’s Silver Efex Pro…


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Dominick Bundy - November 22, 2014 Reply

Interesting! this maybe a little off topic here. But Is it me or has anyone else ever noticed, Through out Rural America. I’ve noticed many abandoned. old houses , and barns many are beyond repair, Just tumbling down old shacks and barns nothing more than a old dried up wood pile. Right smack dab in the middle of some field like this one . where the farmer plants his field right up to these very old run down structures. instead of tearing down these useless places, that would give the farmer more room to farm.. They just let them all sit there and fall apart and rot away.. I don’t get it.. Is this some kind of weird Americana Culture. That started centuries ago, and took on a life of it’s own? Because These old empty shacks and tumbled down barns can be had in every state in the Union scattered about here and there. I wonder why that is..

    Barbara - November 22, 2014 Reply

    Tearing these down is probably not a priority. And besides they give everyone a visual reminder of times past. Dust to dust.

      Dominick Bundy - November 23, 2014 Reply

      They could always burn them down then, besides some of those old barns and sheds are already nothing put a pile of wood anyway.. I really don’t care, one way or another but just thought logically. By removing these old run down shacks , That would give them more room to plant things. and just wondered if anyone else out there ever notice this strange phenomena. that’s all over rural America.

        Hugh Wolfe - November 24, 2014 Reply

        I think these old structures are left in place for wandering photographers.
        Actually there left in place because the farmers will benifit if a wind or fire (not set by the owner) destroys it. If the farmer chooses to remove the structure himself most often they’re unaware that they can not take a loss.

      Hugh Wolfe - November 24, 2014 Reply

      See my second response to Dominick.

    Hugh Wolfe - November 22, 2014 Reply

    Dominick I know exactly what you are saying as I’ve shot many old structures out on the “blue highways” slowly fading into the earth. This one is no longer with us, a victim of progress…

      Dominick Bundy - November 25, 2014 Reply

      I have no problem with these old beyond repair structures, that is scattered throughout The USA. I just thought it was odd that they were never removed and the area clean up for more planting spaces for the farmer to farm on. That just seems more reasonable. And anyone who enjoys photographing this rubble is okay with me as well. I just wondered if anyone noticed and thought about this kind of useless Americana that is all over Rural America and what it represents, if anything at all..

    Debbie Wright - November 25, 2014 Reply

    I’m very sorry that you can’t see the beauty in the older structors. Just because it’s not what it use to be, doesn’t mean there’s no reason to keep it around. Please open your mind, maybe take a look at different times of the day or different types of weather. Maybe you will see some of the beauty that we see.

      Hugh Wolfe - November 25, 2014 Reply

      Debbie you are correct. Those old abandoned houses were once full of life, well cared for and loved. If you look carefully in the spring you will usually see a row of daffodils near where the walkway to the front door was. There just a friendly reminder that someone once cared for that old house.

        Dominick Bundy - November 26, 2014 Reply

        Hugh Wolfe, Please don’t take any of my comments personally.. This isn’t what my posts were meant to be.. I think you did a splendid job on you photography. I do appreciate all types of art… In this case it was just wondering how this form of Americana got to be all over this country. And why it still is. when the spaces these old structures take up could be used for better use (like planting larger crops)…

          Hugh Wolfe - November 26, 2014 Reply

          No problems at all. We are planing on decommissioning our front yard and planting a garden this coming spring. It must be the front yard as that’s where the sunshine is… way too much shade out back. Again, no problems. Enjoy your Thanksgiving .

      Dominick Bundy - November 26, 2014 Reply

      I was just thinking of the practicality of more land use for planting larger crops. Which seems more logical to me. By cleaning up these old useless structures that are beyond repair , for some reduced to just a rotting vine covered wood pile. As I said before I really don’t have a problem with any of these old shacks and barns , that’s left in the middle of some field to rot away. I was just wondering if anyone else has ever noticed or thought about it before. Plus what some think as having beauty others see as nothing but a eye sore. In this case the past is the past why not let it go and move forward , and use that land for more farming . That’s all..

Marvin - November 22, 2014 Reply

As a former professional photographer I always appreciate good images. I find these to be quite wonderful

Hugh Wolfe - November 22, 2014 Reply

Marvin you’ve made my day, thank you. Having just started a photography business your comment really helps to boost the ego. Business cards arrived today so I’m off and running…

fleming behrend - November 22, 2014 Reply

Stunning images. Love the shots.

    Hugh Wolfe - November 22, 2014 Reply

    Thank you Fleming… I really want to capture this little barn in all four seasons.

Becca - November 23, 2014 Reply

Wow that is a beautiful image.

    Hugh Wolfe - November 24, 2014 Reply

    Thank you for your comment. Glad you appreciate my work.

alice h - November 23, 2014 Reply

This tugs on the old “house strings” big time. Very iconic image, it would make a wonderful opening shot to a film. As to why they aren’t torn down, there are lots of factors. There’s a lot more work involved in tearing it down compared to letting it slowly return to the earth and most farmers have a lot of demands on their time already. Maybe the barn board scavengers didn’t find it before it was too far gone. Maybe the farmer just likes the look of it too.

It’s possible that some could be partially salvaged if people approached the owners and offered something in exchange. Then again, the owner may worry someone would leave the place worse off or disappear when it’s half demolished.

    Hugh Wolfe - November 24, 2014 Reply

    Alice H,
    Thank you for your thoughtful comments. A movie would be interesting. Apparently there are some legal reasons pertaining to the longevity of these old structures.

Ben - November 24, 2014 Reply

That is wheat(grain). Not turnips. How did anyone get the idea it was turnips? Why not just say it is in a dark oak forest? It would be as accurate as saying it is turnips.

    Hugh Wolfe - November 24, 2014 Reply

    I’m a photographer, not a farmer. Thus I’m not an expert on crops. When I had previously shot this structure I was told by a neighbor that the surrounding crops were turnips, see the link to my previous photo shoot in the story text. If there not turnips my apologies.

Susan J. - November 25, 2014 Reply

I like the slightly colored photo best, lovely, thanks you.

As a former farm child, long may the old broken down buildings stand, because once they finally sink into the ground or burn, that reminder of lives past is gone.

    Hugh Wolfe - November 25, 2014 Reply

    Susan J,
    Thank you for your thoughts… I agree with you, let em’ stand. As a photographer I find it advantageous to have these old buildings around, otherwise what would break the monotany of field after field of crops.

Tami - November 30, 2014 Reply

TinyTexasHouses creates masterpieces with these wonderful old structures. They are gold mines waiting to be revived.

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