I mowed my barn camera today. I was mowing one of our fields with our tractor and mowing deck when apparently the camera fell out of my pocket. It had never come out of this pocket before, but I was being jostled by the tractor and it must have come out. On the next pass I saw something blue and black in the mowed grass, and it took me a moment to make the horrible realization. Tom had just sharpened the blades on the mower. He must have done a good job because the 1 GB card was destroyed, and it was inside the camera which was inside a padded case.
It is unlikely Tom will get me a new barn camera even from the pawn shop again. I believe this is the third one I have destroyed. He has already stopped buying my jewelry because I break or lose it. After multiple attempts he bought me a watch that is so far indestructible (a Swiss Army watch). And the fancy new camera he bought me for my birthday is not allowed in the barn. Tom says I am hard on equipment, which I guess includes cameras (and my poor beat up body).
So no more spontaneous barn photographs. From now on there will be planned photos in decent weather without mud or mowers nearby. Sorry.