This house was totally hidden from view, but the orientation of the trees suggested that a house should be there, so I made a side trip. I had to drive across a field and then walk into the site. And there she was, just like the landscape predicted.
great find. So you too look at a clump or a row of trees and "go some thing should be there" drives my wife nuts as I randomly point these feature out as we drive by. The only things is around here 90% of the time you can tell there is nothing left or when I have gone to see if there is anything, there is nothing save for an odd brick or some sort of debris to tell you a structure was there. It's a shame as these places are our heritage.
Trees were planted out here around houses to give shelter from the wind. After a while of looking, a pattern emerges. When the leaves are off the trees, you can often see a structure from a half mile or more away. (In summer that is not possible of course). You can't tell what it is or its condition, but you can tell there is something there. Often I make note of placed in winter and then go back in summer. But sometimes, like for this house, I was traveling to put up a show so I was about 3 hours out. In cases like this, I usually just take what I can get at the time. Going back is not always practical because of distance and commitments. Though I have thought of towing a trailer into an area and staying for a week or so. Maybe this summer????
None of them can hide from your eyes dear Wayne...you can catch them one by one and capture them better than their originals. So when you share them we all adore your photographs. Because gave them their souls back the photographs gets closer to us always. Wish you can have the opportunity to capture my fathers old house also...
I live in SW Minnesota, this whole scene made me think you lived nearby. So I checked, wow, what a surprise, Canada! Seriously thought it was here. So many old building here built in the middle 1800s and houses in the early 1900s. It is amazing what people of that time did to settle in these parts, and what we take for granted now. Great photo!
I grew up in Ontario, just north of Minnesota, and have vacationed along the north shore many times. I now live in Manitoba, just a few miles north of North Dakota (12 to be exact). I can see why you thought it might be out your way as the land here is very similar to your area. The house is located in a small forest in the middle of a field. There was tilled land all around it. But for some reason, the house site itself has been left. More and more these places are being pulled down and the land being used for agriculture.
Same is happening here quite a bit. It is hard to heat those old places not to mention upkeep. I see a lot of barns falling down. I am closer to Rochester, MN and have only been in this area a few years. Taxes is another reason the building are going away here. The more buildings on the land, being used or not, can add value and higher taxes, so that extra acre of crop is now worth lots more. I believe those old place would be a great place to take a metal detector and hunt for old coins and such. Banks were not popular in the late 1800s. I have not yet, but plan to spend more time checking our your gallery. Congrats on the DD by the way.
I have never been to Rochester. St Paul /Minneapolis is the closest that I have come. We get to Duluth every few years to visit friends. I few years back we drove Highway 2 from grand forks to Duluth. Not a route we will take again. Pretty but very slow.
There is a lot of change taking place on the land. Small family farms have all but disappeared in favour of large corporate ones. It is hard to make a living on a small piece of land, so large makes sense. When farms are sold, the houses are almost always left. They decay and finally are pushed over and the land reclaimed for crops. It seems to be a very common pattern.
nod, I get that that was the impression the image left was home it's just the curve of the branch over the roof like a mother's arm around a child that gave the impression of comfort. I have been inside old places that felt like home even though they needed a lot of repair to make them liveable by some standards. Yet they still felt like home.
Ah. It's too bad about the house. I mean, it's no beauty, but it looks like it's in a pretty interesting location. Then again, if no one lives there, not many people will be able to appreciate the view anyway.