Field Of Carousel Horses In Chenoa Illinois

November 11, 2015  •  6 Comments

As the story goes a retired Chenoa farmer named Bob, plunked a carousel horse at the end of a field as a marker for his wife to see. Seemingly, others plopped more of these whimsical plastic figurines until there was a row of them!

When I first moved to Central Illinois I had the opportunity to meet in Fairbury for a business coffee. Driving there on Rt 24, I noted this rather odd procession. It took me a bit to get back to them, but I snapped a few photographs then, feeling a bit like I was trespassing on some sortof private memorial. 

It was a few years after this first set of images was taken that I went again.  I was on my way back from a trip and using Rt 24 as a shortcut from I57 to I55. My skills as a photographer had grown. The time of day was SO great for image taking. I love the hyper focus, the pops of color and shadow play. I had started using the software Lightroom and my artist signature was beginning to take form. It showed in my image taking.


In September of 2015 I was saying farewell to Central Illinois and took a fellow photographer with me on a bit of a road trip. This was one of the places we stopped.  The day could NOT have been more perfect, and it was a treat to share this find with another creative.  

Ricky honored me by capturing an image of me in my essence. As anyone who is a photographer knows, when you are always the one behind the camera it's often a challenge to have a quality image. taken of yourself.  Our day together was a perfect ode to those endless fields we all know from the midwest.  and a tug on my heart to say goodbye to someone whom I was just getting to pal around with - artist to artist.

Get a load of that cloud rich sky, and that color divided field, and the blueness of it all! I can't get over all the perspectives either, such an evolving expression.  Even Ricky's shirt color was on the same page!!

What a terrific day this was!!

I love this image you've taken of me Ricky - thank you!!

( above photograph by Ricky Trauber ) 


6.Jonni Kettman from Pontiac(non-registered)
Have seen them for years & years but your photography gives them new dimension. Thank you
These are my Aunt Terri's, father's horses. One particular horse has a note on it of it's journey
from being stolen and tucked away in a garage that I rescued and then reunited with it's herd
just last year.
4.Kim Lynch(non-registered)
Just wow - would you have enough for a book or a calendar? I never knew this was there - makes me want to try to go there and see them in person.
3.Julie Dawson(non-registered)
Always feel I'm finally "home" when I see those horses. This farm girl loves the land and its farmers - especially those from my sweet hometown, Fairbury!
2.Ramona garner(non-registered)
Thank you for this! I drive by frequently & always wondered what the story was behind these horses!
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