Stone House On The Prairie

Here’s a close-up of the stone house in the landscape on Friday’s post.

Night sky at 2:00 am. The Pleiades is in the lower center and Mars is below the Pleiades. Click on the image to enlarge it.

Jupiter and four of its moons. The sky was clear last night, but I could not get Jupiter’s stripes, and the photos of Saturn were blobs. There must have been an atmospheric disturbance obscuring clear shots of the planets.

58 thoughts on “Stone House On The Prairie

  1. I like that old stone house on the prairie. Any idea when it was built?

    I enjoyed the night sky photos, and found the Pleiades. Jupiter and moons still look pretty good to me.

    I have a relatively clear night up here tonight. The sliver moon should appear in the west again soon.

    • Thanks, Roberta. They used the materials at hand. Although no metal roofs until the around the 1850s in New Mexico.

      • Not a lot of vegitation and overgrowth out here. Although we are overgrown with trumpet vine, wisteria, Johnson grass, black bamboo and morning glories.

      • I especially love well abandoned houses, as you describe. I always wonder at the story behind them. When we were last in Glencoe afew weeks back , we went on the trail of a ruined mausoleum in order to make sure we had the right starting point for something we were doing. It was so interesting. Obviously when it was built the land was clear of trees but not now. There’s also an abandoned house here that I know has sat like that since the 1970s. But this is not in some remote bit, it is smack bang on a main road. I doubt very much if any of the neighbours know who once lived there. I so liked the idea of someone just turning up, breaking in and saying it’s theirs—cos I read an article where someone did that in the highlands, and only go caught when they tried selling it — that I’ve used that idea in my present wip.

      • Here in New Hampshire, we have a lot of reclaimed forest as well after sheep farming played out the land in the mid-1800s. I’ve seen a number of abandoned houses on main roads. I haven’t heard anyone just moving into one and claiming it as theirs, though!

      • I think it would be a nightmare to try and restore an old house that has sat for years. Mold, insects, varmints, clogged plumbing, rot, etc. There was probably a reason why the houses were abandoned as opposed to sold.

      • There’s sometimes houses that get bought and you see work starting but as TImothy ses….well?? Then you see them sitting for years with scaffolding but no work going on. There’s a lodge house at the Glencoe Lochan like that and what we call the murder house here in Dundee where this couple were murdered and I think the house passed to their son but he never ever wanted it and it just got left. Some pub entrepreneur started renovations having bought it but I think they went bust. . There was also one down the road from us where we lived before where some young couple obviously split before ever moving in and it sat for years. had its own beach and everything. But yeah, that biz where someone actually moved i to an abandoned house? That was somewhere in the north of Scotland and they had obviously clocked it and how remote it was, so they started doing it up bit by bit from their ‘buroo’ cheque no less. It took them years and anyone who did notice him, just assumed he owned it. It was all fine till he then put it on the market and some down south relative of the real owner saw it being advertised. Sometimes truth is stranger than fcition.

      • So the guy was going to sell it without a title? Dostoyevski got all his fiction from true (or sort of true) stories in the newspapesr. There is urban homesteading in some decaying cities like Detroit where people stake a claim to an abandoned building, fix it up and live in it. The problem is renovation costs and making abandoned buildings meet code, can be more than buying land and building new.

      • Yeah, he had no title and that was where he was caught out. A bit of me thought… if only he could have been happy with what he had….or at least just advertised it in some local paper instead of nationwide…And yeah Liz you could not make that up, the down south guy clocking from the pic and location that was his. As we say here .. ‘Talk about being ‘caught bonnie.’ If he had not tried to sell it. he might be there yet. Middle of nowhere, who was to know?

  2. Another batch of fine photos Tim. The stone house is very iconic of a bygone era and I love the nightime photos. You must have a really good camera and lens to capture shots like that.

  3. Wow! That is one historical looking house, Tim.
    I love it!
    I could make a story or a movie out of it.
    It would make a fabulous photo prompt challenge.

    • It was a house, mabe a summer house. I suspect the cows can get inside it on the other side of the building that faces south. Thanks, David.

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