Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Photographing barns November 19, 2010


A barn between Morristown and Waseca in a photo I shot last Sunday.


HARRIET TRAXLER OF CARVER has done exactly what I would someday like to accomplish. She has photographed a county full of barns and self-published 19 books, including two versions of Barns of Sibley County and books for each of the county’s 17 townships. She’s also created a 2011 barn calendar.

Traxler photographed 1,100-plus barns.

I’ll write more about Traxler’s barn project in a future post because I’ve only skimmed two of her books. The pair just arrived in my mailbox yesterday.

But I’m so giddy about what I’ve seen that I couldn’t wait to tell you. Anyone who loves old barns will absolutely appreciate Traxler’s books and her efforts to preserve barns through photography.

Now that I’ve shared my excitement over those barn books, I’ll show you a few more barn photos that I shot last Sunday along Rice County Highway 16 and Waseca County Highway 7 between Morristown and Waseca. These were taken through car windows—no waiting for the right lighting, no stopping to compose them. They are what they are and I think worthy of sharing with you. Enjoy.



Barn along Waseca County Highway 7



The driver's side rear car window frames this barn scene in a quick shot.



A machine shed with a barn-like appearance. Love the roof line.



Near the intersection of Waseca County Highway 7 and Minnesota Highway 13.


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