Essays taken from a weekly newspaper column published in the Washington County News, Washington, Kansas. Look for my book, "Dispatches From Kansas," available from Amazon.com, or from the author.
These are all gorgeous shots! Do you know the history of the stone house?
All I know is that it's one of the most scenic limestone houses in the county and perfectly situated on the banks of the Little Blue River. I've photographed it before but never from the lower angle. I much prefer it from below.
The house shots are great -the last is my favorite.You'd better get out and store up a few extra photos. I just saw the weather report for next week and it appears some serious cold is coming for a few-day stretch. I'm glad to see the Westernaires photo in the sidebar. That was one of your best series ever.
I never tire of your photos of rural America and what I call beautiful decay. Buildings go through stages of decline and at some point it becomes strangely beautiful. Is that a burial crypt built into the hillside below the house? It looks very similar to one that is nearby my home. Unfortunately, progress has marched into the area and a very busy major highway now passes within yards of the crypt.Suzanne, the Farmer's Wife
I rarely read the captions, so I just saw the "Zia" on the tractor seat this morning. Very nice!
Suzanne -- It's what locals call a "cave," usually where they stored foods. A small spring issues from the hillside directly below the spring. I wonder if that's why the house was built there. Thanks for commenting. Fortunately, we don't have to worry about superhighways coming through this part of the country. It's not pristine but parts of it are returning to a native feel.
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