Images of a vanishing American icon captured by Ernest J. Schweit
Western Illinois winter
Desolation is the word that sprung to mind when I saw this old red barn along Route 150 during a recent trip through Western Illinois. The spindly, barren trees, grey skies and snow sprinkled field made this old barn look lonelier than it would have looked surrounded by lush trees, crops in the field and a bright blue sky. Yet many old barns I've come across have a lonely look to them, as if they've seen better days and now they're cast aside.