Welcome to the Roberts’ Roost Photo Gallery, home of “Photography by Connie Zink” owner of Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House. Birds and animals in nature, along with Connie’s love of “old barns”, and the local scenery has turned a passion into a photography obsession. Never leaving home without a camera, Connie and her husband Dennis, roam the back roads of Northwest Illinois, searching for wildlife, birds, beautiful landscapes, and the remnants of what were once, some of the grandest barns of the prairie.
Connie and Dennis’s love of birding, provides many photo opportunities. Searching for birds to add to their “Life List” adds ample chances for great nature photos. Connie’s love of a beautiful sunset will also be showcased here in this collection of photos.
Having grown up on a farm, playing in barns as a child, Connie’s love of “old barns” continues to this day. So many of the old barns are gone now and many more will fall to ruin in the next few years. Because of that, Connie decided to start a collection of “old barn” photos before many of them are lost forever. Some of the barns on this page will be from lands once owned by Connie’s ancestors, others will be ones she has ran across that pull on her heart strings. On this page you will find many of Connie’s favorite “Old Barn” photos.
Connie also has a passion for old trees and bridges with a special emphasis on the iconic Savanna-Sabula Bridge at sunset. The bridge crosses the Mississippi River into Iowa at Savanna, Illinois. This beautiful old bridge was replaced with a new modern bridge which opened in 2018. The importance of saving this beautiful structure in photos was of extreme importance to Connie.
Here is Connie’s most popular photo of the iconic Savanna-Sabula Bridge:
Beautiful old barns in the landscape around Illinois and Iowa.
Butterflies and Moths that have visited.