Posted on August 17, 2015
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.
Posted on July 21, 2015
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.
Posted on May 9, 2014
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.