Early autumn in Iowa

It has been an absolutely gorgeous first weekend in autumn. We decided to have a nice drive in the country to enjoy it, inspired by a newspaper article announcing a barn tour. Iowa is the only state that has a society dedicated to the preservation of historically interesting barns, and many of their owners offer the public a chance to see and explore them. I didn’t count the ones that were mentioned on the website, but there must have been a hundred or so. We spent about six hours and visited three counties; three barns that were on the list; one that wasn’t, but whose owner had extended an invitation through one of the regulars; and another that we found by accident.

Heflin barn, Harlan 2952As we drove leisurely on the small country roads through the rolling hills, most of the corn was still standing and the golden fields of soybeans were practically glowing.

Soybeans and corn 2964Soybeans 2886Most owners had fresh-baked cookies and cool water, and one invited us to sample apples from his dozen or so trees; there’s nothing quite like a fresh-picked apple.

Finken barn, Logan 2881Wooster barn, Manning 2971As we were driving to the last place that we’d planned, our route took us into the town of Manning and we saw a sign for the Hausbarn Memorial Park and immediately decided to check that out instead, and what a find!

Hausbarn, Manning 3003Hausbarn, Manning 2980Hausbarn, Manning 3001This massive old barn, in which a family lived with their livestock, was built in Germany in 1660 (no, that is NOT a typo!) and was bought, completely disassembled, shipped to Iowa, and reassembled in 1999. A fine finish to a fine day!

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7 Responses to Early autumn in Iowa

  1. authormbeyer says:

    I love this. It makes my heart ache for Iowa where I grew up. I live in Texas now. Fall and winter, nowhere near as beautiful. Summer, nowhere near as pleasant. You make me long for days long past.

    • krikitarts says:

      I thank you so much. It’s a grand feeling to be able to awaken memories of times past in folks who have moved on. Memories are, after all, such a large part of who we are in the here and now.

  2. As always Gary, a great set of shots and very interesting. From the set, my favourite is number two, I love the sunlight and the shadow :)

    • krikitarts says:

      I considered waiting until the big shadow had passed so that the patterns would be better accentuated, but I really like it too, and the contrast it produces with the sunlit field around it.

  3. Adrian Lewis says:

    Interesting post, Gary, and an interesting journey too. A

  4. Liana says:

    How cool is that!? Thanks for sharing :)

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