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(@ramonachiassongmailcom) Ramona Chiasson said:December 1st, 2015 (9:38pm) PST
hey Mike..wonderful tale and superb pic..always nice to see you
@mikesnature replied: Ramona, thanks for the kind comments - the photography bug still kicks in from time to time and I figured I better kick it in again!!
(@Marthe) marthe said:December 1st, 2015 (3:20pm) PST
Superb capture, Mike! so nice to see work again!
@mikesnature replied: Thank you Marthe - I figured I needed to get another one up there - been out for a while but still having fun with it!!
(@Jennybear) Jenny Stevens said:December 1st, 2015 (9:28am) PST
Yes, it came together with wonderful lines and superb colours. Love your storyline... I too have heard that voice in the wilderness....
@mikesnature replied: Sincere thanks Jenny - thanks for the kind comments. (hang on to that voice!!)

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Turn back the clock 50 years and proceed down a lonely stretch of road for 65 miles in southwestern North Dakota and you'll see it - the barn off to the west. There's no address on it but I'm sure you'll see it. It's chock full of great memories from yesteryear. It stands as a beacon of better times while gathering the sun's rays. Oh, and that sound you hear back in the corner is a rabbit I happened upon. You see the animals have made a new home with it. I guess they're fortunate to have such a place prior to the oncoming winter months.

As I was adjusting my camera's settings for the sunset which was just about to take place, I thought I heard a voice from behind calling out: "Can you see them?" I gasped because I thought I was alone out here especially since there was no one to be seen for miles. "What?" I asked in silence. When there was no response I quickly came to my senses and assumed I was going crazy. "Now I'm listening to ghosts in my mind and answering myself - how absurd is that?" I thought. I quickly brushed it off with a nonchalant nod as I continued with the camera settings. I couldn't help but think about the people who used to live here and what happened to them.

As the golden hour quickly approached I held my index finger on the trigger release and I felt a sense of calmness surround me - that same feeing you get when the credit card company increases your limit.

It was one of those feelings you get when you know you're here for a reason.

Not being quite sure what to make of it I quickly snapped the shutter. As I did, I noticed how beautifully the colors came together. It was wonderful. And not to sound "off my rocker" but as someone who "listens" to things while out in the field, I couldn't help but feel the presence of everything coming together with a purpose. I'm not sure exactly what it meant but I have a feeling that here was a place which was special to a few hardworking people years ago. Perhaps due to unfortunate circumstances, perhaps not. I don't know for sure but as I look at this barn - this incredible barn which stands silent now - it once stood as a gathering place for it's inhabitants sheltering them against the elements.

It's the story of a farm out in an America field which once held together part of the fabric of what continues to make this country a whole. I applaud it's ability to due just that. Like every shoot I'm on, I'll always remember the unanswered questions. And just as much, I'll never forget it.

Uploaded: Dec 1st, 2015 (6:22am)
Category: Landscape
Camera: NIKON D800
Focal Length: 24 mm
Aperture: f/22
Shutter Speed: 8/10 sec
ISO: 200

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