Posted: July 8, 2013 in Architecture, Barns, Details, Farms, Photography, Wabi Sabi, Windows, Wisconsin
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I went to a Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit today at the Rahr-West in Manitowoc.  There were some pieces of furniture and some textile samples, but the exhibit was primarily architectural drawing for everything from rugs to lamps to entire homes. One of my take-aways was Wright’s strong desire to make the connection in his homes between the outdoors and the indoors, to blur the lines between the two using skylights and windows and even glass walls.

I couldn’t help but think of that this evening while I was prepping these pictures for today’s post. Certainly these windows completely dissolve that line, making the transition from inside to outside absolutely seamless.






  1. Marjorie says:

    I find myself waiting for your posts of Jean’s glorious structure These will keep me looking multiple times, especially with your reference of the inside/outside blur. I believe you’ll make that connection through the seasons there….in these exact locations. Warms my head and heart.

    • Thank you, Marjorie. I keep remembering the first time I took Luke back to the old cemetery behind us. I kept saying “Now, this is sacred space, hon. We need to honor that.” Both when I took these photos and as I have been working with them, I am having that same “sacred space” feeling and am trying to honor that.

  2. sedge808 says:

    nature wins again.

  3. Kathie says:

    These are amazing photos. They bring out the passion in me for barns. Love the original picture of the barn. The broken down pieces of a barn are all too familiar. The picture a the window with the pitchfork has me thinking that someone was pitching hay and got distracted leaving the pitchfork.

    • Thank you, Kath–it is truly a treasure. Jean is the artist you connected with at my house a couple of weeks ago–I don’t know if you put her together with this series of pictures.
      (And when Don can send me the location of the round barn, I’m on my way!)

  4. Karen Hupp Taylor says:

    These are very special. What a great spot. Beautiful. Now you will have me looking for this type of setting for you next UP excursion.

  5. I love seeing these images. The artifacts and pieces of our past, stories unfinished and yet still breathing their final breaths found in the rural decay of your images.

  6. Thought: ruins are the graveyards of a former will to life, but often places to celebrate life in the present.
    Beautiful representation of shelter minus human intervention to sustain it; how that connects us to something closer to our basic nature as humans.

    • I have been thinking long and hard about just why ruins both large and small
      do speak to us and why–and I can only speak for myself–why I find them so beautiful. I just don’t know–your thought is a good one
      I can answer this in three sentences or thirty…I’d best stick with the three.

  7. Pat says:

    Watch out world, we have a contender to Frank Lloyd Wright. I love these photos and your humorous connection. 🙂

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