Life’s Succession

An old, overgrown tractor overlooks a dilapidated barn in upstate NY.

“Overgrown” – An old, overgrown tractor overlooks a dilapidated barn in upstate NY.


“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” – Helen Keller

This scene lies just beyond the backyard of my in-laws’ home. Over the years, I’ve watched as what I imagine was once a sturdy barn and hard-working tractor fall victim to nature’s succession. The weeds have become overgrown, and the wind and heavy snow have caused the roof of the barn to collapse and the tractor to rust.

What is it about these scenes that tend to draw us in? Is it the question of what they may have looked like in their prime? Or is it a deeper awe of how life eventually “finds a way?”

Thanks for stopping by today! As always, I love to hear your thoughts so feel free to leave a comment below! 🙂

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3 Responses to Life’s Succession

  1. Len says:

    You are right about these places Erin. I often wonder what happened to cause the demise of these places. Nice touch with the sepia treatment.

  2. Jim Denham says:

    I don’t think it’s one specific story Erin, just that there is one and we don’t know it! It’s the mystery and how our mind can play it out in our own way! Nicely done!

  3. On a personal note, I have always had this fascination with things from the past and whatever history or stories they represent. I guess it’s our nature to have a wonderment about things or perhaps it the fact that we are looking at the results of time itself.

    I like this photo and your processing of it.

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