It was my great privilege to visit the Farm on the Hill up in Wisconsin, in the Driftless Region (what a lonely sounding name!), to help with this amazing farm start-up! Besides watching guys work and pitching in where I could, I also had the honor of doing on-site photography for this soon-to-be pasture-raised lamb, chicken, and egg business.
Although the farm is in its infancy, its owner, Bryan Havens, is working hard to get everything ready--both house and lands--for the animals that will soon inhabit the spaces, pastures, brooders and stalls. I have already been invited to return once those farm denizens arrive, and I can't wait for the opportunity to provide Bryan with some all-natural, pasture-raised images of his up-and-running farm in business! ;)
Story behind the sunrise above: Since the farm is a four-hour drive away, my family and I drove up on a Friday night and spent the night right on the farm. I gratefully slept in a cot in the kitchen/dining area, and I slept really well, too, through the night. Somewhere near morning, 5-something and I never looked at a clock, I was lying there peacefully, noticing it was getting a bit lighter in the room. I finally rolled over in my cot and opened my eyes--and found myself looking out of a huge picture window and onto a gloriously brilliant sunrise.
I hemmed and hawed for several seconds, figured I wouldn't get another chance, and grabbed my camera. All the settings were wrong, I didn't have enough light to fix everything, plus everyone was sleeping, but I found the most unobstructed view I could and shot. *click-click-click* *click-click-click* (Danny told me later that he heard me shooting away!) I ended up with the above shot, through the window and over the deck railing.
Then I went back to bed. :D
Enjoy the rest of these images of the property in all its farm-y wonder and beauty.
The neighbor down the hill.
The walkway to the farmhouse.
Love the color and texture of this silo.
Stalls in the lower barn.
I can't tell you how much I loved the lower barn! It didn't seem dirty or anything, although it needs a good cleaning out. I loved the stalls, and especially the stone--just look at that texture!
I noticed the barn swallows making an entrance at the back, so I stood there for a while trying to get a good shot. I must've taken 10-15 shots, and this was one of them and my favorite.
Windmill by the farmhouse.
View from the back deck.
The next-door-neighbors have horses. :)
Garfield, one of the barn cats, walking along the second-story railing. *yikes*
The sun setting behind the barn.
What a beautiful end to our first day on the farm! I'll share more tomorrow--I had some flower fun with my macro lens!
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