He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter…. In winter the stars seem to have rekindled their fires, the moon achieves a fuller triumph, and the heavens wear a look of a more exalted simplicity.
~John Burroughs, “The Snow-Walkers,” 1866
It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it.
~John Burroughs, “Winter Sunshine”
On this particular morning, Dan and I had discussed traveling to the area of Augusta, WI. The sun was shining and the weather was perfect for a photography outing, so we packed up the car with photography gear (and the girls) and headed on our merry way.
Augusta, Wisconsin is a small community situated between rolling valleys in central Wisconsin and is part of a region known as Chippewa Valley. The area is beautiful, full of river valleys and streams, rolling hills, marshes, forests, and bountiful farmland. We were also drawn to this area due to its Amish settlement and Dells Mill (both of which will be mentioned in later posts).
On this day, we were lucky enough to spy not only one, but two, abandoned farmsteads, a thriving Amish community, and a new industry popping up in this area. The outcome was a fun filled day of a variety of photography, a realization of the impact of man’s consumer needs, and two very tired pups. Please enjoy the first of three posts regarding this area. This post will focus on the two abandoned farmsteads we just happened to stumble upon this day.
ATTRACTIONS IN THE AREA INCLUDE:
Amish Tours at The Wood Shed
(715) 286-5404, 105 West Lincoln Street (Hwy 12 East), Augusta, WI 54722
Dells Mill Tour – Water Powered Museum Tour
(715) 286-2714, Museum is 5 miles North on County Road V, Augusta, WI 54722