Which Do You Prefer?

I went on a little excursion yesterday morning. Just rolled out of bed, brushed my teeth and grabbed a hat before hitting the road. I wanted to take some pictures of barns and churches and streams down in the valley. It was a short trip through familiar territory.

There was a time that I wanted to make perfect pictures. I tried so hard but it seemed  there was always a utility pole or traffic light in the way. There were always people or a car or my skills simply fell short of capturing the scene that I wanted.

Frustrating doesn’t begin to explain it.

For a lot of years, I focused on the details – a single flower instead of the bouquet, a window instead of the building. And I still do that a lot. I love the details, the simple things in the world around us. Doors as well as details on cars like tail fins and headlights are among my favorites.

But somewhere along the way, I began looking at the big picture and even including those imperfections that I previously found annoying. I think it’s partly a response to the changes I see in the world around me and an odd desire to capture some scenes before they go away. Abandoned buildings like homes, churches and barns often appear on my camera roll. Vintage signage has long been a favorite but now I’m even including old style traffic lights and utility poles. Sometimes this works to my advantage because these extra details add interest to the picture at the same time the picture is preserving the world exactly as it looked on that day and not as a contortion of reality.

Time marches on and the landscape cannot remain unchanged. Brush closes in on unused barns and old style wooden electric poles are replaced with new technology. Trees are cut down and farms become housing developments.

The site where I live was once woodland. Then it was pasture. Now it’s my yard. Who knows? Maybe someday Mother Nature will reclaim this spot as forest.

But I digress.

We’ve reached the interactive portion of today’s post. Here are two pictures I took during my little adventure through the neighborhood yesterday morning.

Tell me in the comments – which do you prefer? The great old barn with the electric pole or the great old barn without it?

barn with no power lines

barn with power lines

Someday I’ll take a photography class and work at getting better. Meanwhile, I’m happy playing and learning as I go!

 

 

Saturday Meanderings

4The forecasted rain held off Saturday so I was able to get in a morning hike. When I hit the trail, I swore that I’d hike four or five miles and then go straight home to clean house. That’s not how it worked. My house still needs cleaned because I did about 4.5 miles but then went into Logan for some antiquing.

I meandered home, stopping a few times along the way for an old cemetery, a church¬† and some nice barns. For those of you who were interested in the octagon barn that’s in my community,¬† I swung by there and grabbed a few pictures.

It was gloomy and everything here is still dormant as we anxiously await spring so that made for discouraging pictures but sometimes we just have to happy that it’s not raining. I’m dying for the grass to green up and for flowers to come in bloom. When that happens I’ll get better pictures of the octagon barn.

Meanwhile, have a look!

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Adventure Day

I went on an adventure the other day. A pal took me driving back roads that I had never been on and to caves and bridges and churches that I had never seen. Little makes me happier than an afternoon spent this way. He’s a darn good adventure partner, not caring to get his truck muddy and patient with me and my camera.

It was an overcast day so not the best for pictures but I did manage a few. Here’s a few from this trip through Morgan and Washington counties.

Barn Wood and Pretty Skies

Look how pretty the clouds were yesterday! If you’re a frequent flyer on my blog, you know how much I love barns, old churches and other great old buildings. This one is no exception.

Blue skies and puffy white clouds make the perfect backdrop for weathered barn siding so I had to pull over for a few seconds to grab this photo with my phone.

Is there something you always look for in your travels? Tell me in the comments!

A Lunchtime Stroll

I’ve been dying to get outside and breathe some fresh air so when Thursday was sunny and warm(er), I took a walk on my lunch break. My town has a large cemetery on a hill with roads that are perfect for walking.

It may sound odd, but I rather enjoy cemeteries. They are usually peaceful and are filled with history and stories and mysteries. Here’s one that I always wonder about. Isn’t he handsome? And so very young….

It was just a mile and a half walk but it was enough to clear my mind and energize me for the rest of the day. I felt so much better for it and only wish it could be an everyday habit.

And for good measure, here’s a barn that’s visible from the cemetery. Cause you know how I like my barns!

Happy Saturday, friends.

The Road Beckons

National Road Monday (69)_edited.jpgThis image makes me reach for my atlas. It’s from a delightful road trip where I spent a morning chasing the sunrise and capturing pictures of old barns, pretty fields and cool signage. I had a destination but all day to get there and no pressure at all.

It was the best day. 

This road beckons to me and makes me yearn to pack my bag and set out for some adventure. That sounds great but I better go to work if I hope to have money for more travels!

Have a great day!

 

Back From Adventure

I’ve been away on a little adventure this week. I’ll tell you all about it one of these days. Meanwhile, here’s a fun picture from the journey. I drove through farm country and had a lot of fun seeing the various big barns, silos and sprawling fields. This scene looked peaceful to me.