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ABANDONED STRUCTURES OF THE GREAT PLAINS

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Every so often over the years, a particularly striking or moving scene had compelled Elke or me (more her than me) to shoot one of the innumerable abandoned barns, houses, or other characteristic rural structures of the Great Plains. It wasn't until accompanying Chuck and Vickie Doswell on one of their shoots, however, that I gained a more robust appreciation for the many photogenic and evocative scenes, large and small, colorful and somber, that can be found in and around the largely forgotten and crumbling relics of a simpler but tougher time.

Whatever their state of deterioration, the very truth that these edifices stood so long against the ravages of wind, water, blizzard, hail and extreme heat and cold, is a testament to the sturdy materials and steadfast craftsmanship of their constructors. That craftsmanship was born of a Middle American work ethic that, alas, also may have blown away with those prairie winds.

These images tell stories, solve some mysteries while creating many others, and answer questions while asking far more. As such, there are no captions except for the state where the photo was taken. Click on each thumbnail to expand, and read into each image as it compels.

    ===== Roger =====

North Dakota

Kansas

Texas

Kansas

Oklahoma

Kansas

Nebraska

Texas

Kansas

Oklahoma

Nebraska

Texas

Iowa

Kansas

Colorado

Kansas

Wyoming

Kansas

Oklahoma

Kansas

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