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The Weather Wins

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Evidence of winter damage can last for years in America’s prairie landscapes. Farmers did their best to put up strong buildings to withstand the elements in the days before modern building materials were available. Even so, the fierce storms often proved too much for the buildings. These roofs most likely had a huge dump of snow on them at one time.  The weight crushed the roofs as it crushed the farmer’s will to rebuild. In the dry climate, with little rainfall and lots of heat, crops could easily fail, discouraging even those who would have wished to rebuild.

Many buildings were left to their fate in the lonely landscape.

 

Even in more modern times, nature was more powerful than man. I hope the family who lived here wasn’t in the trailer when it blew over. If they were, they would have been rocking and rolling.

 

The tenants in these houses have moved out long ago. Most likely they, or the people they sold to, live nearby.

Somebody has to feed the horses.

Even the horses are hiding behind the house to get out of the blazing sun or the howling wind.

And yet, it’s a beautiful place to visit. Just very hard to live there, because the weather always wins.

 

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44 thoughts on “The Weather Wins

  1. They make winsome photographs.

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  2. Those are wonderful images, Anneli. I couldn’t live in such harsh climes, but am inspired by them.

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  3. These photos are so beautiful, Anneli! You’ve captured the mood of the empty plains. Poor horses, I hope they are being fed. There are many old barns slowly collapsing in my Michigan home too, very sad.

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  4. Great pictures, Anneli.

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  5. Beautiful photos Anneli. Seeing those horses out in the desolate countryside had me a little concerned as well. Hope they can survive on whatever they find to eat.

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  6. It scares me when I look at the turned-over mobile home. Perhaps a solid foundation would have prevented the disaster. Great post on the forces of nature, Anneli!

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  7. In some ways it’s like the north. Very beautiful but very demanding. Your photos really capture that sense.

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  8. Beautiful photos Anneli! But I wouldn´t want to live there. Where do the horses find water?

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  9. Gorgeous photographs, Anneli. It’s always difficult to see the aftermath of Mother Nature’s fury.

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  10. Zum Anschauen schön, aber dort leben muss schon sehr schwierig sein.

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  11. Your photos and words give a good sense of what a hard life it can be on the prairies. The last photo particularly, it’s a beauty.

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  12. Men vs nature. Nature always wins. I think we can win too if we take better care of it. Stay safe!

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    • One thing I noticed about Montana is that the farmers (and its citizens in general) do take very good care of the land. That’s why it’s so beautiful. But it is harsh, and I think you’re right. Nature always wins.

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  13. Anneli, These are haunting and beautiful pictures. Each one tells a story.

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  14. A lovely post Anneli. Those poor horses though, I hope they are being looked after.

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  15. The photos are beautiful, albeit a sad situation.

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  16. Oh, that reminds me of the Sask prairies. Leaning abandoned houses, old barns with horned owls perched in the windows. You are absolutely right: there is no arguing with the weather, not in any place really but most certainly not in the prairies. Harshly beautiful land.

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  17. Yes, Anneli, I think there are places everywhere that are abandoned or neglected by the owners. There will always be a reason. Here in Germany there are several ghost places where no one lives anymore and which are overgrown by forests. I think almost everyone inevitably comes across an abandoned place at some point while driving through their city or neighborhood.
    Thank you, Anneli, for this interesting report and the beautiful photos.
    Have a wonderful sunday creating and enjoying life! 💕😊
    Rosie

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    • Montana has a lot of these abandoned farmhouses and I’d say with some certainty that the people left because life was too hard there in the pioneer days. It was lonely, with the nearest neighbours being miles away in some cases, medical care was hard to get, the weather was very harsh and the winters long. In many cases the buildings lasted longer than the people because the climate is dry, so the wood doesn’t rot as quickly as it would in a coastal area. Thanks for your visit, Rosie, and for telling us about abandoned places in Germany too. It’s not something I thought would exist.
      Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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  18. That’s great. What a hard place to live.

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