Sunday, January 8, 2017

Winter Barns

Most of the landscape of the Beaver Valley is made up of farms.  There's a lot of woodland, but the basic landscape is a farm landscape.  So barns are not just buildings, they're the biggest symbol of the valley I drive through.  And I find with every barn I see, I wonder what sort of farming is being done, if any.  Over the years I drive by these farms in all seasons, and start getting an idea of how they're used.  I even get to know some of the owners.  I'll probably post about barns several times this winter, and those questions will be running through my mind each time.

This is a beautiful double barn, well cared for, and I believe still in use, at least for a few horses.  The farm extends all the way up to the escarpment cliff, but the upper old fields are growing back into forest, as is happening on a lot of the properties that back onto the cliff.

This second picture raises an interesting photographic question.  Photographing a barn simply as a building, I often tend to get close pictures like this.  But as I've gathered more pictures of barns around the valley, I find I like the upper one of these two better, showing the barn in the landscape.  What's your preference?

I stopped to get this picture first, but then noticed the big obvious yellow tag for the underground phone line which to me sort of spoils the shot.  I don't think the barn is actively used any more.

So I backed up 20 feet, and the tag almost disappeared.  But I couldn't get the same view exactly, because of a big shrub beside the car.  Always a better picture if you slow down and choose your view carefully.

I really like this barn, and I think the red doors really do a lot for it.  But I've never seen any sign of it being used.

This barn is being well cared for, a few new boards replaced last year, but I don't think it's being used, except perhaps for storage.

I bet in the first picture of this barn above, you didn't even notice this old tractor, apparently missing its engine.

And like the first picture above, this is actually my favourite picture of this barn, the barn in the context of the Beaver Valley landscape.  In fact, this is probably my favourite picture of any barn in the valley; I have views taken in all seasons.

Nice and sunny again today, but bitterly cold here, not a day for snowshoeing or skiing, at least not for me!  Mrs. F.G. adds her thanks thanks for your interest in her fibre art.

Linking to:

The Barn Collective


16 comments:

  1. I like the barns in the landscape best. Great photos, FG.

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  2. These are beautiful Stew. i like both ways, up close and in the landscape. I love that last barn with the pops of red....very unique. stay warm.

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  3. Oh, Furry, I love all the views. I really like having both a view showing the setting and a closer up view. Sometimes it is not possible to get a view showing the setting....and sometimes not one showing a close view.

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  4. The very first thing I saw as the tractor!!! I grew up on a small dairy farm, VERY small by todays proportions, and drove a Fordson, then a Fordson Major tractor. When My Dad finally had all rubber tyres instead of steel bladed ones, he thought he was in heaven. Mrs F.G . I did so enjoy yesterday's tour of your room and all the goodies there.

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  5. I like to see the landscape around the barns, but a lot of the barns I see here are close to the road. There is not enough room to get a wider view.
    The barn behind the snowy gate is my favorite of your photos today.
    Have a wonderful week!

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  6. That is a gorgeous barn! And what a beautiful day you had to photograph it...blue sky, sun and snow on the ground! Perfect!

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  7. Hello, pretty farm scenes and barns. Love these winter photos. Happy Monday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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  8. I really like your barn pictures in context, rather than closeups. Barns are only interesting to me for their decorative aspects. :-)

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  9. Your last one is my favourite!

    I know my cousin tends to use his barn more for storage, while the more modern cold storage building gets more use for his equipment.

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  10. I love the sweeping landscapes with the barns in them. And, as for the yellow tag in your shot - that's what photoshop is for! :)

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  11. I really like that last shot, too. It looks like a painting. It's great to see barns with their winter landscape!

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  12. Very enjoyable series as well as questions about perspective.

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  13. I think all the barns look wonderful with the snow on them.
    I'm like you and like the pictures of the barns with some of the scenery around it too.

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  14. Those barns certainly are photogenic. Like you and most of those who commented I prefer photos of barns in the landscape.

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  15. Lovely shots and I appreciate the narrative. Many barns are no longer being used but it is nice when they are at least repaired.

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  16. They've really stopped farming in many places. I love the red barns, though.

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