Snowy Backroads

The last of the geese have flown south. They moved on shortly before Christmas when all the water froze over. If I had wings, I’d fly south too. But then I would miss sights like those we have on the back roads right now.

I was the first to drive on this road after the snow. Love making fresh tracks.


This road seems to go on forever heading north. Note the old windmill on the right. These were once a common sight on the prairie. Used to pump water from wells, every farm had at least one for the house, and several for the farm.


I like this large old barn in the distance. Looks like one of those barns that was used for housing the horses and milk cows, and hay was stored in the loft. It’s probably over 100 years old.


This old barn is sheltered by the trees, while cows dot the hilltop grazing in a harvested cornfield.


My favorite barn on this day’s drive was this 100+ year old beauty.

Unused and starting to lean, it was once a corn crib. Before the age of the combine, corn was picked by hand in the late fall or winter. The ears were picked from the stalks and thrown into a wooden cart drawn by work horses. When the cart was full, it was driven into the barn, and the corn ears were thrown into the cribs on either side of the open space. The barn siding is deliberately slatted to allow for air to flow around the corn so it would dry out. Later, the farmer would return to feed each ear into a corn sheller to remove the kernels from the cob. The corn was then fed to the livestock.


This road seems to go on and into the sky.  Sometimes I just like to get in the truck, and see where the roads take me. How about you?


——-> UP NEXT: Frost Flowers. A once-per-year wonder.

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Cattle, corn, wheat, beans, mud, snow, ice, and drought. Plenty of fresh air and quiet. Our life is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, but never boring.

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11 Responses

  1. Elaine Snively says:

    Have been lost on the backroads of Ohio many times looking for birds. Thank goodness for a DeLorme Gazetteer.

  2. Glenda says:

    I love being outside as the geese who are overwintering here in MO move from one lake or pond to the other.
    Only in states like Nebraska or Kansas do the roads go on so straight and long like the photo.

  3. Joani says:

    Luv the venturesome. I’m somewhat of a chicken. What would happen if U would get stuck. It is mighty cold out there on those old dirt roads. Luv the pictures with the overcast clouds. Awesome.

  4. Michaele says:

    It sure looks like Nebraska! I love the back roads in all seasons. Good photos!

  5. Jen says:

    I love old barns and driving on gravel roads! 🙂

  6. Suzanne,

    Your pictures never cease to amaze me… and your favorite barn on that day is my favorite as well.

    Your roads appear to go on forever… they’re the ones on which you could watch your dog run away for three days. 😀

    I truly look forward to each one of your posts… can’t wait to see this frost flower! Stay warm…

  7. Jodie says:

    Enjoyed your photos today. I love randomly driving about and taking farm and barn photos too. I also love history. I appreciate your little history lessons with your photos. I browse your blog often, I just don’t comment. Maybe I will make that a new resolution. 🙂 Have a blessed day!

  8. Teresa says:

    Beautiful. I just love the pictures with the old building.

  9. I love that last photo! It really does seem like the road goes off into the sky! I also love the harvested fields where the snow settles down in between each row! I love how it looks! I do love to drive and see where the road leads me. I haven’t done that in a very long time! I used to do that a lot before I had children. I’ve been telling my husband that I would like to take a drive with the kids and check out some new scenery! Maybe we’ll do that soon!

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