Remains of Great Granddad's Farm by Gene Walls

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For the first time ever, I got a chance to see my Great Grandfather’s old farm in Kane’s Corners, West Virginia. My Dad took me to the place he remembered so vividly from his childhood. The last time he had been there, in the mid 1990’s, the barn was still standing and a new owner was working the old farm.

This visit revealed a very different looking homestead than the one that he remembered. It may have been the result last winter’s record breaking snow storms, or maybe just the ravages of time and neglect …but the old barn and farmhouse were no longer standing there. They had both been crushed to the ground by the unstoppable forces of nature.

It was wonderful to hear my father fondly reminiscing about the events that he remember so clearly about the things that he experienced at his Grand-folks farm. As we walked and talked, every turn would bring to light a different story.

I learned a lot that day.

The image was captured on Saturday evening, October 9th, 2010, with a Canon EOS 10D DSLR camera through a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L Ultra-Wide Angle Zoom lens, at the widest focal length of 17mm. The camera’s ISO was set to 100. The aperture was f/8 with a shutter speed of 1/90th of a second.

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© 2010 Gene Walls

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Hello, My name is Gene. I live in the Susquehanna river valley (West Branch), in the mountains of north central Pennsylvania. I strive to produce photographic images that are simply “true” to the subject, usually with minimal post processing. If something is beautiful or interesting enough to deserve a viewer’s attention, it justifies being captured just as it is …or as close to reality as possible.

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  • JanT
    JanTabout 4 years ago

    The light you captured really brings all ofthe elements together, Gene. Interesting history.

  • Thank you, Jan. I learned a lot that day …about why I always felt so connected to nature and the dirt under my feet.

    Kindest wishes,


    – Gene Walls

  • Tim Devine
    Tim Devineabout 4 years ago

    What a special time you shared with your dad Gene. Moments like this don’t seem to happen often and you captured it beautifully both visually and in your writing.

  • Thank you so much, Tim. A very special time it was for sure.

    You can’t tell from this angle, but it had been a really big barn. My dad showed me some photos he took during his last visit here. Now it’s hard to tell that there was a pretty good size barn standing there at one time. This area had a four foot snowfall in one day last winter (Snowmageddon). I think that was the barn’s most likely demise.

    Best regards,


    – Gene Walls

  • trish725
    trish725about 4 years ago

  • This very kind honor is deeply appreciated, Trish! It is wonderful to see my photo Featured in “The World As We See It…”! Many thanks!

    Most gratefully,


    – Gene Walls

  • John Schneider
    John Schneiderabout 4 years ago

    Gene, sounds like a truly memorable visit, the condition of the farm seems to me to have been incidental. – John

  • Thanks, John. You are right. The old family farm was interesting, but mostly, it was a great way to get to spend some time alone with my dad. I’ll probably remember the stories he told me there, even after I have forgotten most of the details about the place itself. You are very perceptive, my friend.

    Kindest regards,


    – Gene Walls

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