The Horse Knows the Way

The beautiful rolling hills and bluffs that overlook the Wisconsin River Valley are breath-taking.  Dan and I started and ended a weekend photographing Southeastern MN and Southwestern WI and experiencing the artist community in and around Spring Green, WI. This land is part of the Driftless area, which was left untouched by the glaciers of the Ice Age millions of years ago.

Driftless area

Driving the backroads and taking in the country air will forever be a favorite of mine.  With every turn of the road, you may find an old barn, an abandoned farmstead, the Amish towns, interesting livestock, wildlife galore, or River valleys with breath-taking views…  Wonders for a photographer’s eye.

Some of the main attractions of this area today include Taliesin, which after 1937, was the estate of architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, and House on the Rock.  We did not make it to Taliesin but we did visit House of the Rock.  As a child, I remember walking these halls and seeing the many collections that reside here.  As an adult, I was astonished and amazed that one man had this eccentric vision to create what we see today… The world’s most bizarre and immense collection of stuff.

26 thoughts on “The Horse Knows the Way

  1. MikeP says:

    Wow… that opening pic of the carriage and perfectly picked texture really draws me in… love it. Ok… how did you accomplish taking pics of the Amish on their land… I always thought that they would not allow it??? Errrr on second look maybe it was a ‘eastcoast’ drive by technique!!! 🙂

  2. rkb665 says:

    Great variety of images! Rebecca

  3. Jane Lurie says:

    Beautiful post and set of images, Cynthia. I’ve been to Taliesin and should have taken a detour on the backroads. Your detail shots (the piano!) are always a thrill and your landscapes in this set are exquisite.

  4. Thank you for a wonderful journey across the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin. The nostalgic Amish vehicle is awesome as well as the rest of the pictorial gallery.

    Best Regards,


  5. mikew66 says:

    Your Photography is simply stunning Cynthia…I always look forward to seeing your pictures. You have a an incredible eye

  6. Make Something Mondays says:

    Wow, that keyboard! Wow!

  7. Tina Schell says:

    Loved all of these – beautifully captured. I used to live near Amish country but never took any photos of them. Would love to go back and spend some time there.

  8. iRoswell says:

    It’s been awhile… I’m sad I’ve missed so many great photographs!!!! These are really awesome, and the carriage is truly epic!!!

  9. What great shots of the house Cynthia. I like the backstory too. I wouldn’t mind seeing some Frank Lloyd Wright houses in person!

  10. My favorite is the bridge. Stunning! 🙂

  11. Betty says:

    Sound like my kind of trip…love traveling the back roads. Beautiful photos…

  12. joshi daniel says:

    gorgeous and a classic feel 🙂

  13. these are wonderful!

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