Silos, Steeple, and Cupola

It rose like a keep from the ruins of an ancient castle. There was a majestic presence and a girth that made this silo a special find. Pat’s husband had told her about the location of a wooden silo, so we set out in search of this rarity. What we found was a silo nearly twice the diameter of most silos made of curved wood planks. It was hard to discern the type of wood, but Pat noted that it was probably cedar or cyprus wood to protect against rot. The silo looked like it had never been painted. This only added to the beauty. During the same excursion I photographed a few other skyward finds.

Rising above the Field

Rising above the Field


A Sentry Keeps Watch

A Sentry Keeps Watch


Structure Revealed

Structure Revealed


More Structure

More Structure


Detail

Detail


Wood and Weed

Wood and Weed


Wood Shingle Steeple

Wood Shingle Steeple


Cupola (Old Firehouse)

Cupola (Old Firehouse?)


Silo and Field

Silo and Field

Hey! Make room for me.

This yellow flower wasn’t going to be bullied by bigger flowers. It pushed on through to find the sun.

Rust

Much like my previous post on barnwood, I also find a beauty in the aging process of metal. These images are from outside of the Beach Bar, a local hangout for nearly 70 years. For me, the blending of oranges, reds, and purples that make up rust become an abstract work of art unlike anything man can make. Enjoy rust.

Anchor and Chain

Anchor and Chain


Chain and Stone

Chain and Stone


Chain

Chain

The Extinction of Wood Barns

In just a few more generations wood barns will very likely become extinct. There are two main reasons for this. First, the cost of upkeep has become prohibitive for many farmers. To save time and money, wood is being replaced with metal or vinyl. The second reason is the value of gently aged barnwood. Barns, like the one in these pictures, are being sold for a high price mostly because of the value in the aged wood.

Pat and I share a love for these barns, perhaps because we see a beauty and majestic presence in them. It might also be because we – as we age – value the wrinkles and crinkles of time weathered things. I hope you too can see a beauty in these images.

what made us stop

what made us stop


double doors

double doors


on a rail

on a rail


wood shingles

wood shingles


nails

nails


knot

knot


corner

corner

Flowers: Wild and Roadside

My photoblogger friend Pat and I finally got a break in the weather. It was a gorgeous day to meander down gravel roads and a few less-traveled paved roads. These photos are all from that day of both wild flowers and some planted roadside flowers. Which one is your favorite?
blue
magenta
orangeandred
poppy
purpleandyellow
redandwhite2
waves
yellowjoy
butterfly
finale

Oh dear, deer!

These photos are from our deck on a recent late afternoon.

A fawn heads toward the salad bar (aka flower bed)

A fawn heads toward the salad bar (aka flower bed)


Mama is ever vigilant.

Mama is ever vigilant.


Photographer spotted.

Photographer spotted.

A Butterfly, a Flower, and an Invader

Our flower garden is exhibiting quite a bit of color these days. Here are a few shots I liked.

Butterfly and Pine

Butterfly and Pine


Lily

Lily


A Closer Look

A Closer Look


An Invader!

An Invader!

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