Welcome to my 365 project. I am using NE Wisconsin barns for my theme. I hope to capture a new barn every day. I would like this to be a narrative of the plight of barns in Wisconsin. Many are falling into disrepair, or are being completely removed.

I have mirrored these images on my photography website http://robertelko.zenfolio.com/ . These images are larger, and higher in resolution. They are available for purchase.

If you are in the area, and would like to see the barns for yourself, click on the city name at the bottom of the photo. It will take you to google maps.

Thanks for stopping!!


Monday, October 31, 2011

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Center Valley Road.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

131 of 365

Loss Road.

I had a great day with Jeff and Carla out at their house today. There were so many great images and angles taken today, but this was my favorite. It was taken from the floor of the granary looking back at the barn. Thanks so much for showing me around today!!

Friday, October 28, 2011

129 of 365

Ledge Hill Road.

We went out to Cuff Farms again! We had a great time. As long as I had already shot the inside of this barn, I thought I would try another silo upshot. I like this one but not as much as the Mulroy Farm silo.

Friday's Fences:1

Wooden Picket Fence from the Gringnon Mansion. You can find more images from that day HERE.

I am linking this post to Friday's Fences.

128 of 365

Hwy BB.

Well, I was finally able to post this as I was having difficulties with the new Blogger upload tool. It was strange night in the sky as someone had a nice size bonfire. You can see some of the wisps of smoke in the sky.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

124 of 365

Seefeld Road.

Too late to get a picture of this one. Looks like it fell down quite a while ago.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

123 of 365

Brehmer Road. 

Well, I am now past one-third of the way through this project! It feels good to have something driving you to be a little better or a little different every day. I don't know if I will try another 365 anytime soon, but who knows?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

120 of 365

Oakwood Avenue. The red, white, and blue. Love this barn. You can tell there is a lot of pride in this one.

I have just linked this image to Barn Charm. You can find them Here!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

118 of 365

Harbor Light Court. 

This is an interesting barn because it is located about 100-150 yards from Little Lake Butte des Morts. I would have loved to see this farm in pioneer Wisconsin.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

116 of 365

Hwy 45.

I don't usually post more than one picture for this project, but as I spent most of my day here, I thought I would. This is the silo of the Mulroy Barn. The farm has been in the family since 1864. Dave didn't know when the barn was built, but says it was re-modeled in 1952 (he was 2 years old). 

Here is the barn....

Now the reason I spent most of my day here was getting one hundred bales of hay for the new house, by myself.  I am not used to throwing bales, so I am very sore already and my arms are cut and swollen. Now Dave (who by my count is 60 or 61) said that he loaded up two hundred bales in the morning before I got there and a cord of wood. My hat is off to you, I only hope that I am in that good of shape when I reach that age. There was one more thing I wanted to share with you because it gave me a chuckle. I hope you can have a little laugh as well.....

And that is all I have to say about today!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

114 of 365

Hwy 76. 

I have waited a long time to take a picture of this barn. Ok, it isn't really a barn, more of a machine shed. Well as it turns out, today was National EPIC FAIL day. I finally get around to taking a picture of this barn only to find out that it has blown over before I got there. Grrrr......

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

94A of 365

While going through old folders, I found a picture of the barn in its previous state......

Caught up..

Well, after two weeks worth of setbacks, I have finally caught up. I thought this would be a good time to post a few of my personal favorites and ask you all to comment on which ones are your favorites.

Looking forward to the feedback!!


This is the one that started it all, it caught my eye and made me think about the coming year.

I like this one because I have seen it move twice now! The first time I drove by the site that I took this picture, it was not there, and now it is closer to Hwy 10 then it was when I took this picture!

I am a sucker for a colorful sunset.

 I like this one because I drank some beer in it with my friend Cam.

This one was so fun to take. Talking to Ray, Ed, and Dick was a pleasure. I plan on going back and learning more of their story.

The rough hewn timbers had me at hello.

This is going to be MY barn, and I do look forward to making a lot of memories here.

Go Pack!!!!

This study on contrast still blows me away.

Hopefully you will leave comment or two and let me know which have been your favorites for the first third of the project!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

113 of 365

Hwy. 76.

At this time of year, I think it is also important to focus on the crops, the sweat equity of the farmer. A year of planning and toil for corn, soy, hay, pumpkins. In this case, the crop is foremost in importance, thus foremost in the image.

112 of 365

Saturday, October 8, 2011

104 of 365

County Road T.

I couldn't pass this one up. Red, white, and blue, the contrast is incredible. 

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County Road TT.

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County Road TT.

101 of 365

Ledge Hill Road.

This is the other Cuff barn taken from inside the abandoned farmhouse. I chose this image because I think the broken glass tells the story of the house. I took a number of images inside the house and I will post some of them to my website. Sandy gave me his e-mail, but of course I lost it... so when I see him again I will have to ask him to give me a little history of the barns and the house. 

100 of 365

Ledge Hill Road.

Today we went out to Cuff's Farm for some pumpkin picking. I have been going here for years with the kids and they love it! There are hay slides, hay sculptures, a hay maze, a corn maze, duck races, and new this year is the corn pool. For $7.00 you get to take a hayride out to one of the fields, and pick your own pumpkins, gourds, and colored corn. Sandy Cuff is one of the nicest men you could ever come across. He is always very warm and welcoming. Today I stopped to talk with him a little bit and told him about this project. he let me to take a look at his other barn and old farmhouse. That will be 101!