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.
Living in a rural area, we have a lot of barns. Houses too, of course, but barns are so interesting. Here’s a selection of them from Northwest hither, to South Yon.
Inside an old barn in Uxbridge, Massachusetts.
In the barnyard
There’s a lot of old wood around the valley. Some is more endearing than others.
The dry rot in the sill in the front hall does not make an elegant picture, nor does the splintery wood of the deck.
On the up side, avoiding splinters has finally convinced me to stop going barefoot.
Old barns make great photographs. Wagon wheels, benches, and more.
Old barns and old trees have the most interesting wood and wood bark. As wood weathers, it gains character. The old barn in some of these pictures was all about the wood … and the old handmade windows. The trees are all about their bark. I thought at least one of these looks like an Ent. Maybe you can guess which one.
The Blackstone Valley is the perfect place for this challenge. Abandoned mills and factories, old barns ranging from total wrecks to beautifully restored. It sort of describes the area, a summary of our history.
Buildings. Architecture. One of my favorite subjects. From the old barns all around the valley, to Victorian Painted Ladies, there is so much to see and admire.
One more payment, honey, and it all ours!
Built by man — and woman — but the cotton grows in fields and the poles were originally saplings growing in our woods.