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Friday, October 23, 2015

WEATHERED OLD HOME IN FALL


Yesterday was sunny - - in the sixties as I headed out in my old Toyota Tacoma to experience the rural pleasures of this beautiful fall day. About fifteen minutes from my home I found this lovely weathered home sitting silently on a large piece of farmland. Was it vacant? Or was it occupied? I never found out. 


Above is a wire fence that ran along a long dirt road up to the house. Dried rust colored Queen Anne's Lace traveled along it. A small outbuilding was visible from the dirt road. 

I used Light-room to soften these two photos as I felt it produced my feelings for the day.

22 comments:

  1. I'd guess vacant. The roof above the center window needs serious repair. It is a ghostly picture.

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    1. Joanne -- Since it's Halloween soon -- you might be right -- a few ghosts might hang out there? --- barbara

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  2. A lovely old home. I do hope it's not abandoned and they just like a very rustic look. :) Enjoy a wonderful weekend. Tammy

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    1. Tammy -- It really is a lovely home with a certain grace about it. I think the rustic weathered look is cozy looking. You have a great weekend also -- barbara.

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  3. Weathered i t was, but somehow in a dignified way. A bit grey at the temples, to put it that way

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    1. visualnorway -- thanks for the nice comment -- old weathered houses are getting harder to find -- many get torn down. -- barbara

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  4. It certainly looks abandoned to me and would surely leak badly in a rain storm. Your "softening" is especially effective on the dried grass in the top picture. If I were a ghost I think I'd look elsewhere, this looks too plain and matter-of-fact for fancies like hauntings ... at least to me.

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    1. June -- I have seen old weathered houses that are still occupied. Sometimes with older folks that either don't have the money or physical ability to take care of the place.
      To me they are beautiful on the landscape, And yes this house is plain and matter of fact yet the touch of a birdfeeder in front tells me an occupant did or now enjoys birds. -- full of history, -- barbara

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  5. I always wonder about the families who once lived in the now abandoned house. Were they happy? Where did they go?

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    1. Florence -- Not quite sure this house is abandoned. I too wonder about why an abandoned house remains abandoned on the land for many years. Could be litigation over property, or more likely investors buying land and waiting until the right time to either sell or build. -- barbara

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  6. Is there tarp covering the entire roof? The house does have a pretty farmhouse shape to it.

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    1. Melissa -- It does seem like there is some kind of tarp-like material on the roof. I took the photo from a distance so I can't really say for sure what it is. Those are also newer windows in the front facade. In this area I have to scourer the countryside to find the older homes that are on their last leg - - they portray stamina, beauty, and survivor-ship that cannot be reproduced.. -- barbara

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  7. Beautiful photos; they make me miss the countryside.

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    1. Rose -- Oh I take it that you have moved from the countryside. The countryside is a nice place to live for sure. I miss my country place in Kentucky on many levels - - where I woke up to wild flowers, bird calls and wild critters. Now I am living in a mid-sized college town-- thankfully one that respects its natural environment. -- barbara

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    2. I used to live in a rural area of Ireland, but I've always loved the country, I think it's a vestige from a former life.

      I have a good friend who lives in Corvallis.

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  8. Lovely photos that could be found right here in central Kentucky. Lovely, old house.

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    1. Michelle -- Kentucky is a beautiful state. It has such wonderful old farmsteads. I miss driving the countryside in your state. thanks -- barbara

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  9. Barbara, I like to hear how you use your artistry to express the feelings, the essence, of what you saw and felt...Soft, light, weathered, gentle, mild, yes...I love the grasses in the foreground of the house photo as much if not more than the house!

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    1. Rita -- Oh I too love natural grasses that bathe in sunshine I blurred the grasses a bit as you probably noticed. The house has a lot of stamina left as it looks solid even though it is quite weathered. Old houses and I have long standing relationship with each other. Thanks for the very nice response to my photo -- I appreciate it. --- barbara

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  10. PS: So you have heard about the passing of Birdman? Oh, Barbara, I am so sad...I had the opportunity to meet him in person and to experience his wonderful zest for life...

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    1. Rita -- your comment made me look up his last post. I had posted on the plant one but had not gone back to check for another posting. It sure came as a surprise to many people. I read through all of the comments. Gosh one day your posting and then you are gone. Make each day count in a special way -- appreciate all that surrounds you. And thank you Rita for letting me know about the sad news. -- barbara

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  11. Something about abandoned house especially farmsteads always makes me feel sad....:(

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