Friday, July 26, 2013

Wisconsin Barns - Scenes Near Colfax, WI


Always a Favorite Scene:
A barn, a fence, and flowers
(the ubiquitous corn field in the background)


As you may know, we live in the rolling hills of NW Wisconsin. There's some pretty flat land north of us, but going south, there are beautiful hills and valleys. I love the gorgeous farmland and views we see along the Red Cedar River. The photos in this post are from the Colfax area. 


Zooming out, the same barn, outlined in lilies
as viewed on a warm summer afternoon
Remind me to plant lilies. 
Remind me to read up on lilies so I don't waste my money.



Although the Harvestore silo seems to be the focal point of this photo, I was trying to get a somewhat panoramic view of the farm with surrounding hills.



A nearby hayfield and lots of wooded land.
Wisconsin has trees. Lots of trees.
Trees, hills, rivers - three of the things I love about Wisconsin


Red Cedar River, taken from a small bridge
NW of Colfax

I would have loved to get a photo of cows standing in the river, but I'm pretty sure that's now a thing of the past - pre DNR and EPA.



No idea why this farm is called 'Peek-a-Boo Dairy'
I cannot imagine anyone coming up with that name.
I'm sure it wasn't the cows.


Wild phlox beside a country road
Look at those beautiful white pines in the background.


I was thrilled to get this photo of a pair of 
Sandhill Cranes as they slowly meandered across a pasture.

Click HERE to hear the squeaky wood call of the Sandhill Crane.
I love the fun, distinctive sound they make!


There's lots more to see on a drive between our home and Colfax. Maybe I'll post those photos at another time.



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42 comments:

Denise said...

Such beautiful scenery.

Suzan Sweatman said...

Beautiful shots - I just love the first one - barn-fence-lilies
When do you want your reminder to plant them?
When do you want your reminder to read up on them?
I'll mark it on my calender :)
XOXO

Trace4J said...

Country roads take me home..
I love old barns.
Woolie JOY

Tracey Steele@Breathing English Air said...

Stunning views! I like the pic of the cranes. I am going to listen to their call next.
If you want to know how not to do lilies you should look at my post today!!

Susie said...

All your photos were wonderful. I really like the old barn with the lilies. The cranes are nice, I had never seen one of those before, thank you. We have a Colfax, In. just south of here. I think it's just a bump in the road, not a farming community. Have a great weekend.xoxo, Susie

Jenn S said...

These photos always make me homesick!! And, it always reminds me that there still are quiet, peaceful areas in this country... you can easily forget that living in a big city!

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

You always have the most beautiful photos!! Love the one with the Cranes!! I can't wait for my lilies to start blooming!!

Sandra said...

so you have sandhill cranes way up there to. i thought they were FL birds. I love the lilies around the bottom of the barn and love that dairy barn.

Marcia Pilar said...

How are you, Judy? Thank you for stopping by the table. Hope this week's Weekend Door was a blessing to you. I could sure use that one myself. :)
Love your beautiful images, so peaceful.
Have a great weekend.
xoxo's

Diane said...

Great pictures-- so relaxing! Those orange type day lilies are easy to grow almost anywhere!

Amy Burzese said...

Beautiful! Lilies are my favorite flower. Very easy. The ones in your photo we call wild lilies. This makes me want to visit your beautiful state.

laurie said...

heading to Door County soon...hoping to see some barns on my way there!

Heide at ApronHistory said...

I don't know that you need to read up much on lilies. As another reader mentioned, they tend to go wild. I don't know what there officially title is, but I call them day lilies. We seem to have them at every house and if you don't watch out, they over take! I will be pulling the ones up at my house, you are welcome to them! Perhaps I could mail them? Lol!
They really are a pretty flower and very hardy. We have never done a thing to ours other then cut down the dead stalks and try and keep them out of the lawn. They like lots of sun.

TexWisGirl said...

oh, the farms made me homesick! love the harvester shot. the lilies ringing the barn are AWESOME! loved your comment on 'reading up on them' first. i'd surely waste my money...

vintage grey said...

So beautiful and those barns have such sweet charm!! Thanks for sharing and have a lovely weekend!! xo Heather

GretchenJoanna said...

How thrilling to get such a good photo of the cranes - and thanks for the audio link to their call!

Tammy Chrzan said...

You live in such a peaceful and beautiful place, where is the nearest large city to you? I don't even know what it would be like to live in the Country any more, it's been 20 years... I'm a city girl now... But I do miss the Country.
Tammy xx

NanaDiana said...

Beautiful photos, Judy. I do think that WI is such a beautiful state. We are blessed to live here- xo Diana

NanaDiana said...

Beautiful photos, Judy. I do think that WI is such a beautiful state. We are blessed to live here- xo Diana

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

those cranes are amazing. love their colors. ( :

Terri D. said...

Oh, Judy! Such beautiful country! Thank you for sharing all the photos with us. I love, love, love the lilies beside the barn. Gorgeous. I bet there aren't any gators in your Red Cedar River!! :) We see cranes of all kinds down here in Florida. They do have a distinctive voice!

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

What a treat to see such rustic beauty in the barns...great views, and great shots.

Jen

Tammy Monahan said...

Love these pics! Amazing what lilies did to that first barn!

Chatty Crone said...

In the second shot - I have never seen a barn like that - very interesting and I love the 'farm' shots. You have a wonderful life. sandie

Carla TePaske said...

Hi Judy,
I have lilies...you are welcome to some.
Like some of the other comments have said, they are easy to grow. Yes, lilies seem to enjoy sun. I do have some in my North garden and they do well.

Love your photos today!!

Judy S. said...

The first time I ever saw sandhill cranes was in your part of WI; then last year we heard them fly over our DD#1's house in IL,probably on the way to WI. Great photos that made me miss my home state.

Eileen said...

Your photos are just wonderful.
I love the name of the dairy, I can just imagine the farmer asking his child to name it :-)
Hoping all is well and Misty is OK xx

gardenbug said...

You've captured the rural life beautifully! I noticed some sumac, an old stone ice house(I believe!)and more! Here in Ontario there are a few differences, but a similar mood!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Lovely pictures! It looks very "exotic" to me.

Debra @ Homespun said...

I especially love that barn surrounded by lilies! :)

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

It's just so beautiful and green. Love the barns.

podso said...

Beautiful photography. I especially like that first barn. Hop you are having a good weekend.

Donna said...

Thanks for the photo jaunt through the countryside! The daylilies along that old barn are a great focal point. And I adore the sandhill crane photo! You did great to get that close to them.

Mama Hen said...

I love these pictures! So beautiful! I hope you are well and enjoying your summer. Have a wonderful weekend!

Mama Hen

Eva Ason said...

Beautiful pictures of the barns, and I love the cranes - they are beautiful. Enjoy your Sunday

Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

The profusion of lillies is just beautiful next to the barn. I love them, but the deer near my home love them too!

Robin said...

Beautiful pictures!! You live in a beautiful area.

Lady Linda said...

I just love barn pix! Love the corn....makes me long for some fresh corn.
Are you enjoying summer?
Linda

Kaya said...

Beautiful pictures with amazing scenery! The barns you found are simply outstanding and so beautiful.
Wonderful photographs!!!

Elaine said...

Gorgeous series of photos! Love the lilies up against the old gray barn!

Tanya Breese said...

beautiful photos and i love the name peek a boo dairy!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Beautiful barns and farm scenes! I love the quiet, peaceful beauty of the countryside.

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