Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Wisconsin Barns, Good Fences, and Storm Clouds

Photo taken in April

Note:  No Hodgepodge Wednesday today. Joyce is busy moving house. (I used to think it was so odd, the fact that the British say 'moving house' whereas we just say 'moving,' but actually, to say that Joyce is 'moving' doesn't tell you much, except that she's not sitting still. It's yet another case where the British are just so clever!)

...on to the post...



The farmer who rents our land is cutting the alfalfa today. I've shown photos of that process before, but in case you missed it, here's a link so you can see that awesome harvesting machinery.

Photo taken in May

I wanted to include this photo because of the red buds of the maple tree behind that barn. The maple trees give us color (besides green) twice a year; first, in the springtime when they're budding, and again the the fall, after the production of chlorophyll stops and the leaves turn red, yellow, or gold.

Neighbor Bill's Rusty Barn, May of 2015
Plum blossoms

Photo taken in May
Empty house across the road

 Photo taken at a friend's home in late May.
Wisconsin has the most beautiful rolling hills.
(Of course, much of the year they're white, not green, but, that's the price we pay for all of the spring/summer/fall beauty...)

Photo taken in June
Look how much greener everything is in May and June!


A Random Thought:

Did you watch 'Shakespeare Uncovered' on PBS last night? It's a series we love. You can watch all the episodes online at THIS LINK. Last night's episode was Jeremy Irons with Henry IV and Henry V. We had previously watched 'The Hollow Crown,' so this was especially interesting.


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64 comments:

Mildred said...

Good Morning, Judy. I love the Maple tree and would especially love to see it in Autumn. I enjoyed the link about the alfalfa. Such pretty green hills and lovely sky shots. Wishing you a very nice day. Mildred

podso said...

Thanks for the Shakespeare tip and link. I've followed your recommendations before and been pleased. :-) Wisconsin certainly has plenty of barns for you to photograph. I do love a good storm cloud. Yours are beautiful. Lastly, we've also heard Brits refer to moving house as "shifting"---wonder if that is an old term gone out of fashion. "We're going to shift house."

Terri D said...

Well, we haven't discovered Shakespeare Uncovered. Will have to check it out. Your photos are so beautiful. Almost makes me want to travel west.... in the summer! :)

Jacquelineand.... said...

Shakespeare Uncovered? I'll have to look it out.

I chuckled about 'moving house' - I always pictured a little old man toting a castle around on his back. =D

Sandra said...

i love that sky in the first shot, and you have so much beauty all around you.. and when it is all white it is still beautiful, just cold... i like the moving house, that makes so much more sense... now that i am thinking about it , moving household goods might be better.... no Shakespeare for me, i got all i wanted in 12th grade..but it is great they have it on PBS for those who love it. I love NPR and listen to it when in the car.

Buttons Thoughts said...

"Moving house`` I like that. Oh your photos are beautiful. Hug B

Susie said...

Judy, I love all your photos. Especially the clouds and skies. Hope you are having good weather today. We are in for a very hot day...but some sunshine. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Joanne Noragon said...

What a lovely collection of photos. Bucolic, you could say.

Tired Teacher said...

Like others, I wasn't aware of Shakespeare Uncovered. I'm eager to watch all the episodes.

This former farmgirl is curious about the apparatus on the front of the tractor. It doesn't look like a loader. Do you have any idea what it is?

TexWisGirl said...

you've got some beautiful surroundings!

Lynne said...

Gorgeous photos . . . I like your eye!

Heide at ApronHistory said...

It is amazing how fast things green up! In just two short months is it green again.

Love the British way of putting things! Moving house is perfectly descriptive.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Always enjoy your photos. That first one is magnificent! The sky is gorgeous.....

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

So, tell me again which day of the year is spring, summer, fall, respectively?

Missy George said...

Love the sky in the first picture Judy..Gorgeous..The collage is pretty as well.

Joyful said...

I love photos of landscape. I took lots of them on our vacation last week from Missouri to North Carolina and back. Beautiful scenery!
One thing I love about visiting blogger friends is that I get to see pictures of different areas. :)

Gattina said...

I love the old barns ! They are so different to the European once !

Karen S. said...

They sure are clever, and some of their meanings are just so darn perfect. I bought myself a book (pretty thick too) on British words and sayings. Your first photo, wow, what a capture of that sky! I always enjoy your photos, very pretty, just moving from photo to photo!

Sylvia said...

Beautiful farmland photo's!

Pamela Gordon said...

Your state's landscape and weather is a lot like ours here in New Brunswick. Beautiful photos Judy. I like seeing the spring ones and noting how the trees have filled in. You are about a week or two ahead of us in the haying end of things. I don't think the field behind us, which is usually rented out to a local farmer, is going to be planted this year. It's not looking very pretty with the dandelion seed heads at this point. Have a nice afternoon.
Pam

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

You live in a gorgeous area, Judy. Your photography of the sky is noteworthy. I love to see all the wonders of the heavens. You have captured them beautifully. I just adore the way the British speak about things in general--it always sounds so much better than the way I speak or phrase things! ♥

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Just the phrase 'rolling hills' whether green or not sounds nice for your state. I imagine you've already poked around inside the empty house...the stories those walls could tell.
Speaking of the British - and Irish, a fellow last year on our tour told us he thought our term of bathroom or washroom was vulgar - guess loo is better!

Cranberry Morning said...

Actually, even though that old house is at the end of our drive, I've never been to any of those old buildings. We're very big on property rights out here and wouldn't think of going onto someone else's land without permission. Not that I'm not curious. :-))

Linda Kay said...

Judy, really stunning photos of the old barns and the rolling hills of Wisconsin. Hope the house becomes inhabited again so you have some nice neighbors. Maybe they will get it all back in shape sometime.

L. D. said...

Your photos are also so moving. You have so many things great to see and share.

Chatty Crone said...

I come here to get my fix on farm beauty and I sure got some today - I just love love love your home. Just stopping by to say hello. HELLO!

Deb said...

My favorite photo today, Judy, is at your friend's home. What a gorgeous view. I would have to go for a hike to those hills. Deb

eileeninmd said...

Hello Judy, you do live in a beautiful area. The trees, greenery and landscapes are lovely. Beautiful sky captures. Have a great evening and week ahead!

Small City Scenes said...

Lovely farm photos. I love all the greens of Spring. Everything so fresh. Thanks for sharing.
MB

Joyful said...

I think I would love the beauty of Wisconsin but I' m afraid I can no longer take the cold. Your photos make me want to visit.

Margaret Adamson said...

Beautiful countryside with gorgeous barns. great for hiking.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Beautiful scenery. I think I remember that harvesting post but I am going to the link just in case : )

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I LOVE the fragrance of alfalfa being cut!!! Brings back memories of my youth in Nebraska.
Oh, and that moody stormy sky is certainly gorgeous.

Enjoyed your post today Judy.

EG CameraGirl said...

I very much like the look of the rolling hills of Wisconsin and the the weathered farms. You do live in a beautiful place!

Simply Linda said...

Very pretty, Judy. We live in the area here in NY called "The Irish Hills"--green all summer long due to the extreme winters. Thank you for the smiles. Blessings

Gayle said...

Nice photos; one and all.

"E", ...Beth... , from VA. said...

i love your sun shots those are breathtaking!! awesome! ( :
that 1st shot is scary with those clouds/storm clouds it looks like to me ...but i am not a weather person. fun times. have a good one.

Katie Clooney said...

Judy... thanks for the PBS suggestion. We are looking for a new series to watch. Have you ever done a post on photography! Yours is positively breathtaking and I would love a few of your secrets. Have a wonderful weekend.

Debbie said...

moving house sounds odd, but somehow more correct!!! i love when it storms, in the middle of the day. the house gets dark, i put my p.j.'s on and make brownies. YeP, i love a good storm!! beautiful images!!!

Theresa said...

Beautiful pictures:) Worthy of printing and framing! Sending HUGS and PRAYERS your way!

Stephanie said...

Lovely photos as always, sweet Judy. I especially liked the old barn with the Plum Blossoms....very pretty!

Thanks for making me smile with your beautiful pictures. Enjoy your day! Hugs!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Gorgeous photos, Judy! I especially like the sky shots, would love to just lie back and watch the sky change all day!

Rose said...

I have been wanting to come back to Wisconsin...for the barns. I had not even thought about how pretty it would be once fall really sets in.

I am loving your shots here...specially that first fence shot. LOve the sky in that first shot, and of course the other sky shots are pretty wonderful, too. Haven't watched the PBS series...

ThreeOldKeys said...

I might be in love ... with your photo of the rolling hills, trees and inviting open "gate" ... beautiful!!!

Back In Thyme Primitives said...

I absolutely love those pictures of the old barns. Thanks for sharing!

Felicia said...

just simply beautiful Judy. I love the green/gate image.

your countryside is so pretty.

Paula said...

Like that old barn. Looks like a very pretty state, I've never been there so enjoy your photos.

ladyfi said...

Wonderful sky shots.

Ida said...

Wonderful photos here today. Some great barns, I like the rusty roof of your neighbors barn. Those rolling green hills were lovely. - Great fences too.

Vee said...

That first photo is so striking! Hmmmm...wonder what those clever Brits would say. Sorry, I'm being a cheeky little bugger. Oops. There I go again. =D Your rolling grren hills look a great deal like our rolling green hills. And I missed that program...must check my listings!

Cynthia said...

Amazing pictures . Call me crazy but there is something cool about that mailbox. Many pretties

Cindy

Janey and Co. said...

Not so easy to pick a favorite here. maybe the rolling hills shot.

Gillena Cox said...

Enjoyed

Much love...

Tanya Breese said...

beautiful shots! i've never heard the term "moving house" before but it really makes much more sense doesn't it?!

Tanya Breese said...

beautiful shots! i've never heard the term "moving house" before but it really makes much more sense doesn't it?!

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful shots. Charming old barns and farmhouses and lovely blooming trees.

Jim said...

fantastic.

Lois said...

Lovely pictures! Those are some dramatic looking clouds too.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Love the old barn and the tree ... And the changing sky. And the green beautiful hills. And your comment about the white most of the time. I say kind of the opposite about where we are now, when I am missing daffodils and lilacs etc... The price of not having real winter is not having real spring! Life is all about trade offs!

Stephanie said...

Gorgeous scenery, love the old farmhouses and trees. Love the dramatic clouds.

Weekend-Windup said...

Enjoyes seeing all your pictures. Good work done for harvesting...

Gwen said...

Absolutely gorgeous! p.s. I don't post my blog url in my profile (I've had too many trolls), but I blog at: https://mysunnynook.wordpress.com/. :)

Carla from The River said...

Hi,
Amazing cloud photos. WOW!
I like the "moving house" :-) Well done!!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Love all the old barns in your neck of the woods. Beautiful shots!

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