WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – WEATHERED

I resisted putting up a picture of me first thing in the morning. It was tempting, but I finally decided to take a pass on that. Weathered and wood resonate for me.

Be there a photographer so dead that he or she had not sought out aging wood barns and homes for great pictures and when that fails, there’s always rust and rot.

An old dodge pickup

Why do we photograph old stuff with such enthusiasm? The simple answer is it’s more interesting. The textures and colors are unique. The texture alone would do it for me.

Sleek, smooth stuff is shiny and often colorful, but you get a lot of depth with the textures of old materials. Wood, brick, stone, iron … it all works beautiful in the right photograph.

Stone bridge over the river and canal
Old Uxbridge Fire Engine 2

And that’s weathered enough for the day except, of course, we can’t leave out our very own weathered 1924 Fordson tractor, growing ever more weathered in our own garden.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

36 thoughts on “WEATHERED AND WORN”

    1. It’s in pretty good shape. Some of our bridges are so flimsy and rotting, you wonder if driving across them is a good idea. And they do collapse. Recently, they’ve been trying to patch up or replace at least the worst of them, so my heart doesn’t palpitate every time we cross a river. But there are a LOT of very dodgy bridge. THIS one is pretty nice, though!

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      1. So many, many stories reside in those old objects. Just listen and don’t interrupt with stupid questions. LISTEN!


    1. It is the town “symbol” for Hadley, a town near the Univ. of Massachusetts. They literally have to prop it up every week or so, otherwise it would be rubble. But the town really loves that hovel. Sort of like us. We keep getting propped up. Again πŸ˜€

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        1. “Rust Never Sleeps” PERFECT for a B&W film noir. James Cagney, Dana Andrews, Richard Conte, Richard Widmark, Thelma Ritter and Pat O’Brien as the priest surveying the human debris in the junkyard and garbage cluttered streets with no names.

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    1. That one was built in 1720 but has been restored. Expensively restored. So has the house, built at the same time. I have NO idea how much money they spent on it, but it had to be a lot. The barn is magnificent inside as well as out.

      We have a lot of old barns and most of them look their age. Probably you have some wherever they are still farming. Anyone who keeps horses or goats or cows is sure to have a barn — and no one knocks down old barns. They may stop using them as their main out building, but they are always good for hay and grain and storage. Barns are really USEFUL. That’s why there are so many πŸ˜€

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