Monday, August 6, 2007


Aug 07 157

Each day I pass by quite a few barns on my way to work.
One day I had a 'lightbulb moment' and I finally decided to count them.
There are no less than 25 barns…most of which are in varying states of disrepair.

I’m a bit of a barn freak…I pretty much love
all of the barns I see, whether they’re in good shape
or bad. There’s something magical about a barn, about what
could be inside the barn. And the decrepit barns always make
me wonder how they must have looked in years gone by, when
they were new. I think old barns have character.

Here is a sampling of some of the barns I pass by each day.

Aug 07 029

Aug 07 025

Aug 07 046

Aug 07 039

Aug 07 027

Aug 07 259

Aug 07 044

Aug 07 026

June 2007 125

TONS upon tons the brown-green fragrant hay
O'erbrims the mows beyond the time-warped eaves,
Up to the rafters where the spider weaves,
Though few flies wander his secluded way.
Through a high chink one lonely golden ray,
Wherein the dust is dancing, slants unstirred.
In the dry hush some rustlings light are heard,
Of winter-hidden mice at furtive play.

Far down, the cattle in their shadowed stalls,
Nose-deep in clover fodder's meadowy scent,
Forget the snows that whelm their pasture streams,
The frost that bites the world beyond their walls.
Warm housed, they dream of summer, well content
In day-long contemplation of their dreams.

Roberts, Charles G. D. (1860-1943)


Mary said...

Your photos and verse are great, Dorothy. I like the oldest, red barns. They are intriguing to me ever since my grandfather took me on a tour of his barns when I was young. There a lot of life and history in those places. Now I wonder if his barn is still standing up in Carroll Co., MD?

P.S. - What's going on here? Is this a new trend? A new post every day? LOL!

Dorothy said...

Well Mary...with a little help from you my dear friend, I've learned the secret to uploading photos. LOL Thank you!!!!

RuthieJ said...

Hi Dorothy,
Cool barn pictures. Growing up in a rural area and having childhood friends who lived on the farm, I always thought barns were the coolest thing. I loved the smell of hay and cow manure and silage all mixed together, plus there were always little kittens somewhere too. Your pictures bring back lots of fun memories.
Any round barns in your area?

Mary C said...

Thanks for the tour, Dorothy. As I looked at your photos it made me think of the rural areas of Maryland and Pennsylvania. The only thing missing are some pix of bridges, especially covered bridges from your area, or at least from the York and Lancaster areas. How about giving us a tour of the bridges in your area? ;o)

Jayne said...

Beautiful barns Dorothy! I also love to see old barns, and often wonder the stories they could tell within their walls.

Ruth Welter said...

Hey Dorothy, love your barn photos. They really are fascinating buildings. You also, live around some beautiful country scenes in your neck of the woods. Hey, you should try painting one of them, give you a reason to break out those watercolors

Q said...

Dear Dorothy,
Your barn photos are great!
Like Mary, I like the old barns.
Often my husband and I will go on long road trips. We drive the blue highways. I always am so fascinated by the barns. Each area of the country has different styles. In Wisconsin I looked at the round barns. They were very cool. A study of barns. Very interesting.
Love your photos.

Naturegirl said...

If those barns could talk the stories they would pass along to us! I also love to see barns along the way always wanting to stop and capture but never do! Thank you for sharing these wonderful images! hugs NG

LauraHinNJ said...

Great idea for a post, Dorothy! Maybe I should pay closer attention to the barns around here - mostly I'm distracted by the horses.

Kylee said...

I loved this barn tour! I like the stone ones the best. You almost never see one of those around here. Most of ours are wooden white or red ones and of course the metal ones, which I never really consider to be true barns.