Monday, October 19, 2015

House Hunting - Prairie Style


Prairie Farmhouse IV
Original Photography
by Carolynn Anctil © 2015

There's a pastime my husband and I enjoy engaging in that is unique to prairie country living. I call it House Hunting and it involves piling ourselves and our dog into the truck and pointing it in a direction we want to explore. With a full tank of gas and no particular destination in mind, we head into the countryside to search for abandoned homesteads.  

Room With a View
Original Photograph
by Carolynn Anctil © 2015

I like to approach each neglected building slowly and with an element of respect, circling the outside to familiarize myself with the structure before investigating more closely. They all have a tired elegance in common and hint at better days. 

The landscape is vast and barren and these weather beaten structures are a testament to the rugged character that the residents required to live here.



Prairie Farmhouse Interior
Original Photograph
by Carolynn Anctil © 2015

I rarely venture inside these derelicts, preferring the beauty of the architecture that these buildings still possess rather than the sad destruction that typically lays within.


Vintage Washing Machine
Original Photograph
by Carolynn Anctil © 2015

So many stories have been left abandoned in these buildings along with remnants of lives lived within these walls. Home now to rodents and birds, their duty is not yet done. 



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