WEATHERED AND WORN

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.

THE TEXTURE OF WOOD: THURSDAYS TAKE ON TUESDAYS TEXTURES

Tuesdays of Texture – Week 45 of 2016


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Probably the oldest tree in our town. In the oldest cemetery in town. It’s tall and the bark is full of stories.

This post is about the textures of wood. Bark while it’s growing. It’s rings and history after being cut down. And eventually, it’s smooth beauty after it has become something else with only a vague memory of once upon a time having been a tree.

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The dulcimer began life as trees. Several different trees. Rosewood, spruce, and maple. Does the dulcimer remember the trees from which it was created?

WOOD AND SHADOW – TEXTURES

TUESDAYS OF TEXTURE | WEEK 41 OF 2016


The deck is old and could really use a few coats of sealing stuff. And probably a sanding too. But it doesn’t look like it will happen this year, just like it didn’t happen last year. It’s a big job. I can’t do it myself … and the kid is busy. So it waits.

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Meanwhile, the textures of the old wood and the fallen leaves on the deck always make interesting pictures. Especially this time of day, when the sun comes through the fence to make long shadows across the surface.

FASHIONED FROM WOOD – CEE’S B&W PHOTO CHALLENGE

CEE’S BLACK & WHITE PHOTO CHALLENGE: THINGS MADE FROM WOOD

This week’s Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge (CB&W) topic is Things Made From Wood. 

Teepee poles - made of oak and sassafras saplings
Teepee poles – made of oak and sassafras saplings
The wooden pier in Connecticut
The wooden pier in Connecticut

Living in a woods — in a house made largely of wood — this would seem one of the easier challenges.

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String Bases at the Boston Pops. My good friend Ben corrected me and he ought to know as he played one of these big babies for many years.
Mountain dulcimer -- hand made of many different woods
Mountain dulcimer — hand-made of many different woods

The pictures need to be black and white, but I can do this! I can.

Forge House - wood house from the 1700s

Forge House - Old wood house
Forge House – Old wood house built by Seth Wood a long time ago and still standing!

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White wood steeple of the old -- not abandoned - Unitarian Church
White wood steeple of the old Unitarian Church

MADE BY MAN: CEE’S FUN FOTO CHALLENGE

CEE’S FUN FOTO CHALLENGE: ANYTHING MAN-MADE

Most of the world seems man-made these days, though sometimes the materials used are natural. Thing made by man of wood, or stone, for example are man-made, but the building materials aren’t. Today is going to be things built by man, but from naturally occurring “stuff.”

Red barn made of wood. Built by man, but from trees ... and I'll bet local trees.
Red barn made of wood. Built by man from trees … and I’ll bet local trees.
Built by man -- and woman -- but the cotton grows in fields and the poles were originally saplings growing in our woods.
Built by man — and woman — but the cotton for the natural canvas once grew in fields. The poles were fashioned from saplings that grew in our woods.
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Old barn, built of wood harvested locally nearly 300 years ago (ca 1720).
A stone bridge over the Blackstone River and Canal
A stone bridge over the Blackstone River and Canal.

All products of man, with a little help from forests and fields.

FUN FOTO CHALLENGE: OLD WOOD, WEATHERED WOOD

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Weathered Wood

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There’s a lot of old wood around the valley. Some is more endearing than others.

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The dry rot in the sill in the front hall does not make an elegant picture, nor does the splintery wood of the deck.

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On the up side, avoiding splinters has finally convinced me to stop going barefoot.

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Old barns make great photographs. Wagon wheels, benches, and more.

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BLACK AND WHITE, ROUGH AND SMOOTH

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Textures

Black and white perfect to show off textures. Nothing makes stone, wood, brick, or basketry look crisper than monochrome. I especially love sepia for brick and bark. Here are a few examples.