The new sign (at least new to me who has not been here in a long time) states that this was a receiving vault, built in 1869, used to store the dead during the winter, when ground could not be broken to dig graves (well before the days of backhoes).
Sitting here at Rauhallinen Farm waiting for a chicken, broccoli, and cheese casserole to finish baking-a low carb delight that I cook on occasion. Chilly in the teens with snow on the way, then a warming period into the weekend, during which time I hope to travel to the Keweenaw to photograph. A load of firewood to be delivered by my friend, Daryl from Saxon, WI early Saturday morning. The last few weekends have seen guests or me traveling as one, such that I have missed my alone time in the woods making images. I sold the Rolleiflex T and Rolleiflex 3.5F and purchased an as new Hasselblad 501CM a few weeks back. I missed the razor sharpness of the Zeiss lenses and also the mechanical reliability of Hasselblad. My other reason was for the ability to change film backs and shoot both color and black and white simultaneously, with the same camera. All three of my Rolleis have required CLA services in the last year. I am keeping the Rolleicord, as it is very light and works well being hand held when photographing the grandkids. I do need to get a brighter focusing screen for it though, as compared to the blad, the viewfinder is a challenge for me to look into and focus. Unfortunately, top screens like those made by Bill Maxwell are near $300, half of what the Rolleicord is worth (and not counting the $300 bucks just put into her CLA. I also sold the HolgAngulon 612 Panoramic, as I grew luke-warm about the panoramic format. For decades, I have been stuck on the 6x6 square and 4x5 formats, as that is how my right brain envisions scenes most readily. Time to feed the woodstove and settle down with my latest read next to the pellet stove, with Benny by my side (on his cushion in front of the stove).
Wishing you a Happy Birthday with this classic Beatles tune of the same name….