Photo a Day Challenge


The Prairie Homestead located just north of the Badlands provided a wholesome lifestyle for Mr. and Mrs. Ed Brown. They built the home in 1909, and it is one of the last remaining sod homes still intact today.


15 responses

  1. I expected to see Little Joe step outta that Little House on the Praire.

    October 25, 2012 at 5:19 am

  2. I really like this washed look – it’s so hot and dry out there and your processing really captures that feel

    October 25, 2012 at 8:29 am

  3. Hi Lois,
    Wow, I’ve missed some awesome shots! Love them all, but the one of Chief Crazy Horse is beautiful! Have a great day!


    October 25, 2012 at 9:02 am

  4. Tammy

    LOVE the processing…another framer, my friend! šŸ™‚ Can you imagine living in this now a days?

    October 25, 2012 at 9:17 am

  5. I love the processing on this one!! Almost like a painting and very inviting.

    October 25, 2012 at 10:17 am

  6. I really like how you process your photos…a sod house still standing that is pretty amazing!

    October 25, 2012 at 10:24 am

  7. I can’t believe it–we were there just a few years ago! Isn’t it impressive how the wife tried to maintain a “civilized” home with curtains even though she was living in a house made of dirt? I love your processing–it might have been a painting made back when that family was making the best of things so long ago.

    October 25, 2012 at 8:35 pm

  8. This is a great photo. Could you give me the location of this home? I am a graduate student in history at North Dakota State University studying earth homes in Western North Dakota. I wouldn’t have guessed that this was a sod home with all of the milled lumber in the center of the photo, but to the left it looks like the framed house is attached to a sod section. I have seen several sod homes still in existence and one in Haley, ND that is still rented out. You would never know by just looking at it that tit was a made of sod.

    Bobbie, I love your description of how the wives tried maintain a “civilized” home. This is the very attitude that I am writing about in one of my chapters; our perceptions of sod/earth homes. Why would we want to live in a home made of the very thing we so desperately try to keep out of it? ; )

    I have a soft spot for these homes. They are neglected by architects, seen as temporary by historians, and shunned by most simply because of the materials they are constructed with. I think they are beautiful and their simplicity in material and design defines them and the settlers that constructed them. Again, your photo is outstanding! Rob

    October 25, 2012 at 10:24 pm

  9. Splendid shot, so beautifully processed.

    October 26, 2012 at 10:11 am

  10. What a fantastic image this is, a real winner!

    October 27, 2012 at 8:10 am

  11. Don’t tell Ron but, my first thought was Little House on the Prairie also. Marvelous processing.

    October 28, 2012 at 4:24 pm

  12. great processing. Gives it a painterly feel.

    October 29, 2012 at 9:31 am

  13. There was nothing romantic about life in those soddies in those days…can you imagine a winter in this with the very limited diets they had then. Winter on these northern plains is hard enough nowadays in a centrally heated house. Those were some very STRONG people who settled here.

    November 3, 2012 at 11:29 am

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