Disconnected: The Old Electric Fence

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Comments (8)

MaryAlice on August 28, 2008

What a perfect title for such a grand shot. I love how one's focus is drawn to the off center fence post, though of course the farm is just as important and noticed immediately after the post. At least that's the way I viewed it, probably because of your title more than anything else.

I think it is wonderful.

What a beautiful farm too, Silos and all.

Very nice, Marilyn.

I hope you are doing well this evening.

Best regards,

Mary Alice

Marilyn Whiteley on August 29, 2008

Hello, Mary Alice. I really appreciate your comment. I'd wanted to take a picture of this barn end with its two silos of different eras even though I didn't know whether anything would make it an interesting photo.

Only when I got out of the car and started looking for camera angles did I notice the old electric fence, with weathered wood that matched the barn and a shape similar to that of the silos--and the old insulators! Then I only had to find a good angle.

I hope you're not working too hard today, and that you're planning a nice weekend.

Oh, I also hope that you've had a chance to see this year's photo update of the old gas pump.

Best wishes, Marilyn

Tony Reid on August 29, 2008

Another great story Marilyn. What was electric fence for? Was there livestock there too?

Cheers, Tony in New Zealand

Marilyn Whiteley on August 29, 2008

Presumably this is--or was--a dairy farm, so there would have been cattle in here. The silos would have held feed (grown on part of the farm land) to supplement their food from the pasture. Wisconsin calls itself "America's Dairyland," So this has been for decades a common sight over much of the state. Even after dairying methods change, even if farms switch to raising soybeans, for example, the barns and silos remain for a long time. I suppose the electric fences disappear first!

Cheers, Marilyn

Larry Workman QIN on August 31, 2008

Hi Marilyn.

Wonderful photo! I like how the fence post balances the silo.

All my best, Larry

Marilyn Whiteley on August 31, 2008

Thank you, Larry. Especially for Panoramio I like to take some pictures of "typical" sights. Yet there's always the question of how they can be lifted a bit above the "ordinary." From time to time the opportunity arises, and this was one of those occasions!

Best wishes, Marilyn

Ian Stehbens on September 5, 2008

Beautifully constructed photo, Marilyn. You have enhanced a very attractive rural scene.

Best wishes,


Marilyn Whiteley on September 9, 2008

I'm slow in thank you, Ian, because of the interruption of our return from Wisconsin to our home in Guelph via Ottawa, which is much out of the way.

As I suggested to Larry, despite my good intentions, I often find it hard to take pictures of "typical" scenes. Here I was very happy to find a way to add interest.

Best wishes, Marilyn

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on August 28, 2008
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    by Marilyn Whiteley
    • Taken on 2008/08/25 08:52:32
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 17.12mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO50
    • Exposure Bias: -0.30 EV
    • No flash