Martin Township is where my wife is from. It’s a small town in Southwest Michigan near Grand Rapids. Every summer since we’ve started dating and got married we go up there to visit her family. Her dad used to be a potato farmer there and still owns his potato storage barn which he now uses to store tractors and help other farmers fix their equipment.
Martin Township’s countryside is full of beautiful rolling farmlands and pastures. Dutch-style homes and gambrel barns are scattered about, some over 100 years old. Every time I visit I like to drive around the countryside to make photos of the barns and landscapes.
The barns I was most drawn to were the Dutch-style gambrel barns. I really like their symmetrical architecture and the shapes of their roofs and how they flair out at the edges. In Texas, I have never noticed seeing this style of the barn before.
Some of the farmlands have old abandoned and dilapidated barns on them. These barns are all in various states of decay. I would like to take more photos of them but I’m hesitant to trespass on anyone’s property. I was able to capture this one from the road.
Nature in Martin, Township
All the open land and small patches of remaining wooded areas make Martin a great place to capture some great nature photos. During the summer there are flowers blooming everywhere and tiny creatures pollinating them.