If it was not for Benno, my photo title would have been called "Confessions of a Prairie Bitch" but he was afraid that I would receive a "Dear Ms. Kehl" letter from the PF team that they would cancel my membership for good :))) I guess meanwhile many generations have sat in front of the TV screen trying to get over their flus and colds, hiding under a heavy blanket watching the heart-warming TV series "Little Home on the Prairie" and I am also sure that you hated Nellie Oleson who played a friend in one series and letting everybody down in the next. When I was in a bookstore in Grand Junction hopelessly trying to find a book that would fit me, I came over the book "Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated" by Alison Arngrim who obviously was the actress who played Nellie. Well I guess this would not be easy to play a role that nobody likes much but was an important part of the series at the same time. I did not buy the book so I cannot tell you how she feels. By the way, I am not sure if any of you boys have ever watched the series, my man was strangely looking at me ... funny huh?
This long left home reminded me of the series. It stands not far away from where we house-sit when we are in Colorado.
I have also added a second photo ... SEE LINK ... of the same location but taken two years ago in early June. I found it quite amazing how the colors change with the season, from spring like to almost fall colors in late August. I was not fully aware that it would be so obvious and that you could see a clear difference. What season I liked better? Well in spring you could see cactus, the days are still cooler whereas this year we had thunderstorms almost daily which I found had something scary and also cozy at the same time, you could watch the darkening sky moving closer, you could hear thunder, sometimes it reached us, other times not, we also had no electricity twice, we had problems with the dirt road that became muddy, the flights had to be early as the storms came regularly around lunch time, spooky also the nights with lightning. It could be that it was somehow even more adventurous. Different sides ... now I wait for winter and that one year we are invited in winter :)))
The seasonal difference is astonishing; much more than I was expecting, but I like both images equally. The vegetation in the earlier image is fresher of course but this one has a nice warmth.
It really is reminiscent of Little House on the Prairie, but more the Ingalls' house. Wasn't Nellie Oleson the daughter of the store people in the town?.....not that I ever watched it of course.... ☺ ☺ much!
Strange calling a book "Confessions of a Prairie Bitch".....my American step-niece says "bitch" is a swear word in the US.....so I was told when I used the word, purely in an innocent way of course.
Excellent shot under a brooding sky.
baba_flies (2011/10/09 06:17:47): Linda, this is why I have not chosen it for my photo title ... but the book stands in the front row when you go to a bookstore in the States (at least in Colorado), obviously titles are an important factor how books sell.Sistercosmo (2011/10/07 20:17:38): "bitch" is among the worst words, let me tell you.baba_flies (2011/10/06 09:08:49): Yes Nellie belongs to the store :))) but I needed also a title and as she is an important part of the whole series I thought it would not hurt to make the connection ... Yes a strange book title but I guess it is also used if someone is mean like Nelly was in the series. Sometimes or even many times the publishers choose the titles, in the end a book has to sell ... I looked it up in the dictionary last night and I thought I would rather leave it out as a main title. Isn't it something how the colors are different weeks later?
I'm sorry to disturb two ladies chatting, but let me just say that the two pictures are very beautiful. Especially the light of the first.
baba_flies (2011/10/06 09:33:21): Oh you don't disturb, absolutely not, just come in and sit down. Can I serve you a cup of coffee? In fact we were just talking about Michael London wondering if he was still alive ...
Charming composition, Barbara!
Perfect POV and fine mild colours!
Very well done!
P.S. Barbara, sorry to trouble you with one private question: do you get some news from Frank?
He was going to hospital, I think.
baba_flies (2011/10/06 10:54:33): I have not heard of him yet but he wrote me that he would have his operation this week so I guess he is probably there right now. I hope he has his laptop with him so he can follow us soon, once he feels a little better ... oh who likes to do these things, we all rather run around, don't we, and yet, this will be life quality. Thanks for asking.
One of those OLD Colorado ranch houses that are just left to the elements to wither and die. I am surprised that it always takes a visitor to see the magic of these places. Outside of the wire fence you sure have captured the essence of the rim rock country of Colorado. Those afternoon thunderstorms can really be beautiful and hope to see some of your captures in the wonderful that follows the storms. Well done!
baba_flies (2011/10/07 06:39:28): Yes it is a magic place, hard to bring it over in my photo, I guess I haven't. I don't want to share too many photos of this area to keep it this way ... remote ... without too many tourists. Rim Rock country is wonderful, in fact my house owners are just beside, can you believe that. No one will ever buld in front of them, it will remain empty forever. I have not done many photos in the park this year. Once you begin to live there you forget making photos or you say "let's do it tomorrow" ... but I might upload one or too in the future.
I always leave some images to comment during the weekend. Because want to look at them longer, enjoy them longer.
Oh, not by any chance itīs saturday :)
I cannot talk about the note. I do not have cable tv and even if I had, well, you know where I spend my spare time LOL
This images, however, speak volumes to me.
The sense of freedom and solitude are shown here as I have rarely seen. Endless flat lands, low vegetation and the huge sky beneath us. Only the wind and crickets... perhaps some birds, prays, flying to and fro.
A pitty itīs in ruins. Like you I would love to see it in winter. I cannot tell which one I prefer. Both are stunning.
Great post. TFS!
baba_flies (2011/10/09 05:06:48): I watch TV all day long ... LOL ... just kidding but on some nights, a film relaxes me. We mostly tape (or buy) them, the best stuff comes after 11 p.m. and I can make a selection what to see. We mostly watch ARTE (a channel that some of the European countries share together), it has high level documentary films, high class journalism, many things filmed under danger, they also show long forgotten movies, movies from all over the world like Iran etc. and lots and lots of culture. But I mean in the end you are right, TV is a sin and many times a waste of time but we have it (still) in our hands to choose ... so far. Thanks for your kind words ... I am glad that some of the atmosphere came over, not always easy.
very nice composition by the lonely house in the green field...like the color tones & the textures of the house...
good exposure controlled with a nice chosen POV...good sharpness & color tones also...
I am ashamed to admit that I watched very little of "Little House on the Prairie". Christine did watch the series and said that Nellie Oleson was an awful tv character. Chris has Allison Ingram's comtemporary photo on her computer screen now. I do remember reading Laura Ingalls Wilder's books as a kid in school. The Prairie life was a lonely and a brutal one, especially for the homebound women.
Christine and I love your photo! You have portrayed the American West as well as anyone with this striking image. The photo is simple in its composition, but it speaks volumes about the tough lifestyle and terrain that our pioneers had to endure. The loneliness, the isolation, the hot summers and cold winters and the relentless wind. I like your autumn colors better than the Spring colors. You did a beautiful job with this one and I am adding this photo to my favorites.
baba_flies (2011/10/11 03:46:47): Oh I am honored, a favorite! Yes the little house speaks volumes. Whenever I stand there I have to think how it was without a car, without the little country store that is not far away from here, without a hospital that you can reach within 45 minutes by car, without a bathroom. So many things we take for granted. The early settlers had a difficult life. They left their countries to find a better life. Maybe they were not expecting the same in these days as we would now but they must have had some ideas how their new life would look.
By the way, do you know Prof. Abbott Fay and his books about Colorado? He is "my" house-owners late father ... Benno bought all his books, he read most or maybe all of them to learn about Colorado and the early days.
Once upon a time this was the proud home of a family, with hopes and dreams for the future!
Who they were and what happened to them we don't know...
The image gives a strong feeling of loneliness, with the humble abandoned place in the middle of nowhere...
The composition and details work well in conveying this feeling!
Barbara :))) your notes always make me laugh, and I am always amazed at the connections you make between photos and different stories, love it! I also love the photo, I find it somewhat surreal how the scene can look very tidy and rundown at the same time. great contrast between the soft sky and thorny-looking ground, but the little cabin sort of ties the two realms together. nicely done.
I will HAVE to come to Switzerland to meet you for a cup of coffee once I move back to Europe :)
baba_flies (2011/10/15 02:31:28): Oh I hope it is not only one cup of coffee but maybe a piece of cake as well ... LOL ... and Zurich has some great corners besides, the photo museum in Winterthur is a great place too ... You make me really curious, where will your new home be?
No, I'm afraid I haven't see the series... but that doesn't prevent me from appreciating this lovely wooden hut western style and the wild environment around it (charrapal perhaps?). It has both the beauty of all the simple things made by wood and that of forlorn things. Even the sky enhances the sense of wilderness and solitude.
Well captured and composed,