I had noticed this barn--delapidated but still upright-- on Route 80 just west of Morris, Ill., about six months before I actually got a chance to photograph it. But when I finally did it was one of those magic moments that happens only once and a while.
When I pulled up to the place, it was late morning and the skies were overcast. But as I hiked up the hill the gray clouds seemed to part, revealing a gorgeous blue Illinois sky. As you can tell, the barn was at the top of the hill and provided a challenging climb with camera and tripod in hand. Over-grown vines cover the conveyor belt, an indication that the barn hasn't seen any use in quite some time. I first posted just the image to the left , but decided that as nice as it is, the shot doesn't do the barn any justice. So I added the horizontal shot .