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Round Barn 2012 — Album Description
Photos in Album: 26 Album Created: 9 Jun 2012 Last Updated: 9 Jun 2012
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I had no time to sit around being depressed after the dis­ap­point­ing results of my search for the elusive Kiger Mustang. It was on to bigger and better things as I continued north on Happy Valley Road to the Pete French Round Barn, about 10 miles away.

This amazing, one-hundred-foot-diameter structure, which sits at the southern tip of Dry Lake Reservoir, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located in a remote part of East­ern Oregon, about 15 miles southeast of Malheur Lake and about eight-and-a-half miles (as the crow flies) north of the hamlet of Diamond, all of which are located in Harney County.

All during my search for the "invisible" mustangs, the sky had been fairly cloudy, but dry. By the time I arrived at the barn around a quarter to noon, some sprinkles were starting to fall, so I was glad that my next photographic subject was indoors. I mounted my Sigma 10-20mm wide-angle lens on my Sony α77 camera, grabbed my tripod, and scuttled inside the barn before the rain became heavier.

In the center of the barn is a 64-foot-diameter corral, where the horses were stabled, with large beams of juniper wood sup­port­ing the massive roof. Completely encircling the corral is a six­teen-​foot-​wide paddock, where the horses were exercised and trained. Separating the corral and the paddock is a two-foot-wide, nine-foot-tall circular wall of stone, with wood-framed windows at various points along its circumference. Not only a separating wall, this stone barrier also plays a major role in supporting the huge roof.

For the next hour I took more than 70 photos of the interior and exterior, as well as the surrounding area. I've narrowed it down to the best 26 pictures, including one panoramic photo. Although it was fairly dark inside the barn, through the magic of digital photography and processing, I've been able to give you a well-illuminated view of the marvels within this historic treasure.
For a complete list of all the blog entries and photo albums resulting from my trip to Eastern Oregon, be sure to check out the April 2012 Eastern Oregon Photo Outing Recap
The photos in this album were taken with the Sony Alpha α77 camera.
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