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Friday, September 19, 2014

RURAL RUSTICS - HOOD RIVER AREA, OREGON


Mellow yellow is painted on these old vertical boards of this vintage tin roofed barn. Located near Hood River, Oregon upon one of the many farms that grow hundreds and hundreds of fruit trees for commercial use and also a place where you find many commercial vineyards. A lovely rural area. It still has a rustic feel to its landscapes and has a very low population of us humans.



An abandoned side-of-the-road building -- use unknown -- added some flavor as I passed through this area. What was its original use? 

Haven't you passed these remnants when you are out in the countryside and wondered about their former life?

20 comments:

  1. The barn is wonderful. I would have pulled right off the road for it.

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    1. Joanne -- Fortunately there was a place to pull off. Taking photos as you know can be rather dangerous when there is not an easy place to pull off. But we seem to always find a way to take "that" photo. thanks for your comment -- barbara

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  2. Many times I have. We have a number of old buildings in the area where we live. I love driving past them and wondering about their past.

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    1. Janet -- I know your area must have many great old barns.There are so many types of barns. This one in the top photo -- is a mystery as to its agricultural use. So many windows must be a key to its past use. thanks for your comment -- barbara

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  3. Yes, I do always wonder. And it often seems such a shame to just let them sit and rot. Too bad all these old buildings can't be restored and repurposed. Have a great day. Tammy

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    1. Tammy -- Nice to hear from you. I like your suggestion of restoring or re-purposing. Instead of rotting away your suggestion would save building materials that would otherwise be lost forever. As a rather drastic but yet a saving idea would be to take the good materials of a building in stress, raze it and sell the wood, metal and other fine old building materials you would find. There are several shops I know of that dismantle and do just that -- but there are not enough of them. One time an old early 1900s house near my daughter tore out their wonderful vintage wood wainscoting and put it out on the curb for junk. My daughter and I loaded it all in her van and a friend of hers used it to panel a wall in his cottage. Otherwise it would have ended up in one of our landfills. thanks -- barbara

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  4. There seems to be something about orchard areas which makes them maintain a rustic feel - and something else which prevents them from maintaining their buildings! From the large windows in the second building I would guess that it was some kind of shop. The boards on that first picture are very beautiful - did you take any close-ups?

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    1. John -- Yes, I have observed that. Do you think it is because non-industrialized small farms do not have the income they once did as they have corporate farming to compete against. Or perhaps the changes in regulations, licences, lack of farm hands, etc. that deplete some of the farmers ability to maintain everything. I really don't know why except that I have made the same observations you mention. I believe as you do about the empty building that it might have been a small shop of sorts or I even thought a former gas station? I did take a few close-ups and might post them in the future?? -- thank for your comment -- barbara

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  5. The light is so pretty on that barn. I love those delicate colors.

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    1. Hattie -- It was a perfect day and the light was wonderful -- taken about 4pm. I like to take morning or late day shots best unless it is an overcast day -- then anytime seems good. -- thanks Hattie.

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  6. We spent several day in the Hood River area and the Columbia gorge on our most recent visit with my cousin who lives in Portland. What a beautiful area indeed. I also really enjoyed seeing your canoe outing with your son. What fun!!!

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    1. troutbirder -- Nice that you are very familiar with the Hood River and Columbia gorge area and know the beauty of the place. I imagine that with your relatives there to guide you -- you were able to see some of the off beat places of beauty that tourists usually do not know about. thanks for the comment -- barbara

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  7. Great barn...and I'm guessing it's still in use in some way...no weeds or overgrown plants around its exterior at least.

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  8. Barbara -- Good observation about the weeds. I'm not sure if this barn was still in use. At one time during my working career I helped record barns in a county for historical significance. During this recorded survey I found that many farms were no longer producing any significant produce so it became common to find these barns being used for storage only. I also observed that weeds did not accumulate around a barn if the farm home was still being used as I believe it was in my post's case. I found it was only when the farmstead was completely vacated did the weeds take over. -- thanks for the nice comment -- barbara

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  9. There are obviously many stories to tell here. Do I see the remnants of a shop in the second one? What was the wine like? Whatever happened to those who built these?

    PS My blog has moved to ="http://visualnorway.wordpress.com/"

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    1. Rune -- didn't try any wine as I have a favorite Oregon wine that I only drink, at least for now. Only drink a "shot" at night for sleeping well. Tried facebook for two months a few years ago and did not like it at all! I can understand your frustration with Google and yes it's pretty wicked that they enhance our photos without our permission. I hesitate to try Woodpress as I did once before. It was a nightmare to learn for me. But their layout is nice. Maybe they have made moving around on their site a bit easier? Changed your site to wordpress on my sidebar. Could not find a comment section on your new wordpress. Good Luck , looking forward to your posts on Wordpress -- barbara

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  10. I really like Type Pad. It's what I started out with. I'm glad to pay something monthly for the service I get. It's not perfect, but I feel I can depend on them, pretty much.

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    1. Your layout is very nice with Type Pad. I tried Wordpress a few years back and did not like it. I do like using blogger. They keep improving it with updates. thanks for the comment -- barbara

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  11. I am so happy that you are finding the buildings & nature in your new location the way you did in Kentucky. I don't seem to have the historical imagination that you have, truth be told, I am however drawn by the way the light falls on these old buildings & by the lovely heathery golds and variations of browns & beiges. Beautiful aged wood...

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    1. Your comment reflects the artist that you are. You observed the light and texture. I think taking photos is much like what you do in the respect that you look at the light and how it falls and the textures of your subject. Aren't we fortunate to have such interests. -- thanks barbara

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