New season at the old barn

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Comments (9)

MaryAlice on May 14, 2009

Just what I was craving . . . a new old barn to admire, and this one is grand!

It is quite substantial in size, and obviously still loaded with character.

What a wonderful find.

Thank you so much for the * Old Barn* fix this evening.

Very best regards,

Mary Alice

Marilyn Whiteley on May 15, 2009

Mary Alice, I'm so glad I was able to give you your "old barn fix"! This is a grand one, isn't it? Really substantial!

For quite a while I've been wanting to take a picture of it. It's only 10 to 15 minutes west of where we live, on a busy highway. Whenever I go by, either I'm in too much of a hurry or the light isn't right. I didn't think the light would be right this time either. When I went over to the next city west, it was raining! (The barn is about halfway along.) But by the time I came out of the wonderful yarn shop, it had cleared up amazingly. The only problem was a terrific wind. I had to brace myself against it, and it was hard to stand still enough to get some pictures!

If you were here with me, we'd go explore the abandoned house, too! As you see, there's a picture of it above the map. I didn't know there was a photo until I posted my picture. It doesn't look very interesting from the road, but I'm sure you'd be curious!! There's a long lane in from the highway ...

I hope you'll have a lovely weekend.


FWWS! on May 17, 2009

Interesting and nice photo too...

Tony Reid on May 28, 2009

We don't seem to have very many abandoned barns like this over here in NZ, Marilyn.

Cheers, Tony in New Zealand

Marilyn Whiteley on May 28, 2009

Thank you, FWWS, blai, and Tony. I'm happy if I captured the atmosphere that attracted me to this view.

Tony, I'm sure you've guessed that I am attracted to abandoned barns, But I suppose part of the reason I can find so many is that patterns of farming have changed. For one thing, in many of the barns here, hay was stored in a hayloft--but now most farmers roll it into round bales which are covered with plastic and left outdoors. I suppose there's more specialization, too, and also farms tend to be larger and more mechanized, so not all the buildings are needed.

Cheers, Marilyn

igor. on May 31, 2009

Very beautiful scenery with a barn. Great shot! Greetings from Russia! Igor.

Marilyn Whiteley on June 13, 2009

Igor, thank you for your nice comment.

And a post script, Tony--a word about "specialization." Many of these buildings were built as dairy barns--the cattle having space on the lower level, with hay up above, and also ramp outside leading to a storage place for the necessary machinery. But now many dairy cattle are raised in large, industrial-size barns, and the owners buy at least some of the feed. Other farmers now grow the feed but don't keep cows! In either case, there's no longer a need for this kind of barn.

Greetings, Marilyn

superico on March 18, 2013

It's true, ....

Marilyn Whiteley on March 19, 2013

Thanks, federico, for checking out the change.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on May 14, 2009
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    by Marilyn Whiteley
    • Taken on 2009/05/14 10:31:15
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 13.77mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO50
    • Exposure Bias: -0.30 EV
    • No flash