This barn belongs to my neighbor up the road at Talo Farm. Many of the farms represent their Finnish heritage within their name. Talo means home in Finnish. I named my place Rauhallinen Farm, the Finnish word for peaceful, to honor the first Finlander settler in North Ironwood township who built her, in addition to all the homes and outbuildings now on the pump station property next door, in 1920. If you have followed my work, it comes as no revelation that I enjoy old things and traditions. Old buildings, architectural detail, doors, windows, homes, fences, farm equipment, are all sought out as subject matter. Fortunately, there is no shortage of these things in the Upper Peninsula, where local communities often demonstrate their ties to the past in both architecture and oddities scattered about the countryside. If this were downstate, the antique dealers would have everything picked clean and for sale at exaggerated prices for rich suburbanites.
I have the day off today for Veteran’s Day, and of course, it is snowing too hard to take pictures. I will snowshoe behind the farm and hope for a break in the wind and flakes to make a few exposures. Plenty to do in the house. My brother is staying this coming weekend, while he is up at visiting his wife’s kids in Iron Mountain, three hours to the East on U.S. 2. He will be bringing his snowshoes and digital camera gear and will want to hike and photograph, as we typically do.