One More Time

Some of you may be getting tired of barnwood. Others, I know, love the grain and etched aging of this wood. I will try to not post about barnwood for awhile. Try. These shots are all from one barn. I started shooting what I could from the shoulder of the road when a woman came out to greet me. She asked what I was doing and after I told her gave me permission to move unto the property. She was renting the farm. The barn was still somewhat in use for storing hay. In a story we keep hearing, the woman said the landlord just couldn’t afford to restore or save the barn. This barn was on the same property as the cutting machine from the last post.

My First Look

My First Look


Still Doing Its Job

Still Doing Its Job


Outside Inside Outside

Outside Inside Outside


Nails and Knots

Nails and Knots


Love Barnwood Heart

Love Barnwood Heart

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

More than Flowers

Even when Pat and I are shooting at a destination, whoever is driving stops when they see something or when the other says “stop!”. On the way to Holland we stopped at a beautiful railroad bridge setting. It must also be a good fishing spot as the bobber in the tree suggests.

Bobber and Bridge

Bobber and Bridge


At our Windmill Island destination there is the only working Dutch windmill in America
Windmill and Blossoms

Windmill and Blossoms


as well as craftsmen and a cafeteria-style eating place with authentic Dutch cuisine.
Wooden Shoe Miniature

Wooden Shoe Miniature


There are marshlands near the windmill where I was able to take this picture of a nesting Canadian Goose.
On the Nest

On the Nest


On the way home we stopped at a beautiful old barn where I took these pictures. I enjoy the intricate beauty of wood and, as I get older, the richness of wood that has aged well. May we all be so fortunate.
Barnwood

Barnwood


Corner Knot

Corner Knot


Formerly Wired

Formerly Wired

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