|WEATHERED FARM HOMESTEAD, ROCKCASTLE COUNTY, KENTUCKY|
I spotted this farm homestead from a narrow country road that threaded itself through a lush sparsely populated countryside. The homestead was perched on a grassy knoll with an old house that had seen better days. A few outbuildings appeared in better shape than the house. An exception was a small sagging outbuilding, a log structure, that might have been a corn crib at one time. It was the only log structure on the acreage. A fine weathered barn with a small wing attachment along with an equipment shed appeared vacant, as did all the buildings.A small family cemetery was tucked away in a wooded area. The property as a whole seemed adrift in a distant memory. A lonely memory.
The vacant farm before me reminded me of a particular painting, Christina's World, by artist Andrew Wyeth. It is a sensitive painting of a woman named Christina who is shown crawling up a grassy hill toward a weathered old house. It characterizes a lonely feeling as does the appearance of my above Rockcastle homestead.
As you can see in the following Wyeth painting it also has a desolate feeling as does my Rockcastle County photo -- the difference being my photo shows no human life while Wyeth's has Christina.
|Christina's World a painting by artist Andrew Wyeth, 1948|
Museum of Modern Art, New York City
Surely, you have seen old homesteads sitting in this solitary emptiness. The air thick with spirit.
I thought I should leave on an upbeat note after all this lonely talk. Here is a touch of Mozart -- a rather "pumped-up" classic. I think you'll enjoy the two minutes and fifty-two seconds of his great music.