Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Fences

I must confess that I am increasingly puzzled by the number of fences I come across with posts every two feet or less.  Initially I put it down to bedrock near the surface, necessitating frequent but shallowly rooted fenceposts.  But sometimes it seems like all fences around here are built like this.  Has anyone else come across such fences frequently?

These fences are along the road where one of the barns I shared photos of yesterday is found - it's just to the right of this picture.  A major winter snowmobile route crosses this photo, just this side of those trees - but not enough snow yet for anyone to get out.

Many of these posts are less that 2 feet apart.  An awful lot of work to go to!

They do always look better in a picture when shot at a long angle with a bit of a telephoto lens.

Down in the lowest part of this valley, where the cedars hug the road, flows Wodehouse Creek, the fascinating karst creek that flows into a sinkhole.  I've written about it before, and will do so again.  I think I'm going to start to keep track of how many fences I see like this, and find out what the story behind them is.

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22 comments:

  1. I think they work well when they are built like this to also work as snow fences, keeping snow piling up on them instead of blowing over the top. But I could be all wrong about this, too. :-)

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  2. These images are really exceptional, love the fences and that gorgeous blue sky!!

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  3. It could also just be a local way of doing things -- like grandpa did -- that may have begun for a good reason in one place and took on a life of it's own. Around here people cutting trees for firewood tend to make a sloping backcut -- no good reason to do it that way and it increases the danger; who knows how that started, but it persists in spite of attempts at educating firewood cutters.

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  4. Yup, like DJan said. I do believe they are snow fences.. to keep the road as clear as possible. That first image is especially pretty.

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  5. Perfect photos for the time of year. Happy weekend!

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  6. There must be no shortage of wood!

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  7. I like the winter mood in these shots.

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  8. Love that first shot in particular. I'm tickled by the idea of posts about fences, if you see what I mean. Lots of dry stone walls round our part of the world.

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  9. I was going to say the same thing as Djan about the fences. We have snow fences around here.

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  10. They look like snow fence! Or else all the local cows learned they could just plow through the wire and this was a deterrent. ???

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  11. They do look like a lot of work to make but I agree they are likely snow fences.

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  12. i'm guessing your northern folks have the knowledge and i'd go with snow fences, then, too! not quite close enough to be what we'd call 'coyote fences' here. too many gaps still in between the posts. thanks for linking these!

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  13. Lovely photos ! I guess way back when they found it faster to just slap them up like this or animals were breaking the wire and so they did ever how many feet apart of post to stop this maybe strengthen the fence more and as for them not being in the ground to deep the ground shifts so that may also be the reason they might of started deep but with the hot and cold of the ground may of pushed the posts up more ! But what ever the reason I still like the look of them and your photos ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  14. Love the sprinkling of snow in these beautiful scenes

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  15. That is really interesting to see these fences built this way. I'm also guessing they help keep the snow from drifting across the road from the open fields. They are attractive against the white snow background.

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  16. I have never seen the design of the fencing up to be that separated I guess choice of the farmer for a reason but our country roads where I live are hilly, hilly, rough as you are showing.

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  17. I wonder if they are mostly in areas where the snow drifts across the roads. I've never seen anything like that before.

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  18. Great series of fence shots.. The scenery is pretty too. Have a great evening!

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  19. They could be snow fence as some have already said. Our snow fence here in Pennsylvania has flatter slats closer together than this but i bet it would help to prevent the snow from blowing real bad. they are lovely images.

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  20. Some kind of permanent snow fence would be my guess - avoids the need to erect a separate fence each winter. I must confess to not having thought about it before even though I have driven past them so many times.

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  21. Your photographs are stunning.. every single one of them! The "snow fence" idea is probably closest to the mark, but I also found the "way Grandpa did it" comment fascinating. I'm betting there is a certain amount of truth to that.

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  22. These are great. The light dusting of snow paired with the weathered wood of the fences made for some lovely scenes.

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