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Stretching shadows

I have no idea why these shadows are stretching out for the derelict GMC pickup that may be propping up the barn of the cement slip-form silo. It probably doesn't even run. I suppose the farmer the farmer left the old soldier dead on the spot. I bet he whipped his horses before that. This is Sleepy Hollow for the old pick'em ups the farmer ran into the ground.


We had no choice but to stop at the Pella Crossing (site) across from the Boulder County recreation site when we spotted this barn. I elaborated on Pella in a earlier post from Crofutt's GripSack Guide of places in Colorado for 1885. Pella was an early upstream of Longmont in the early era.


We decided to stop for this barn since we had lost the cloud when we headed north. This is near where the remaining St.Vrain cuts through Boulder, County near present day Hygiene. I wonder if the blocks were a means to preserve the old barn from rotting in the earth or flood stages of the river. Perhaps the river did flood and the farmer had decided the barn needed to be boosted from further danger of flooding and builtthe block layer. Now, the sky is back to blank. This could be a shot anyway. Pile out. Shoot. I began to wonder why the farmer placed the barn on an east/west axis and only later decided it was so hot that he had to roof it in white metal. The shingles would certainly have stopped the barns breathability. The old barn remains in pretty good order. It stands as a stark relic against the crisp blue sky.


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Taken on January 14, 2012