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The Barn


This week I'm doing a series of posts on The Farm from when we were there in Michigan back in August.

I don't know what you think of when you hear 'The Farm,' but for sure, there's got to be a barn!  And this is how huge it is!   And very typical of a mid-western barn in the USA.
 
My sister, Ruth
, and her husband bought The Farm 4 years ago as a place for respite away from the city.  No animals or crops (yet).  Just lots of space to breathe!

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


The Barn


This week I'm doing a series of posts on The Farm from when we were there in Michigan back in August.

I don't know what you think of when you hear 'The Farm,' but for sure, there's got to be a barn!  And this is how huge it is!   And very typical of a mid-western barn in the USA.
 
My sister, Ruth
, and her husband bought The Farm 4 years ago as a place for respite away from the city.  No animals or crops (yet).  Just lots of space to breathe!

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


comments (32)

Oh! Ginnie! This is a lovely place! I want to go there! wink
Ginnie Hart: You would absolutely love the farm, Jose. That's why the rest of us go to Farm Day every year! It's very therapeutic.
Oh! Ginnie, your sister Ruth has most beautiful photographies! I can see then that it is a genetic subject! wink
Ginnie Hart: Well, yes, Jose, I do believe it's genetic! My deceased brother went before us and had many photographic shows before digital was alive and well. He also taught photography classes in a community college in Michigan before he died in 1996, 11+ years ago.

Ruth, my sister, is a wonderful inspiration to me!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 17 Sep 2007, 01:07
Pastoral postcard material, Ginnie. Very well composed image.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Ray, it's wonderfully pastoral. You'd love it. Thanks.
Cool Capture Granny!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, NaCha. Very different from NYC! (And that's the point!)
Typical of barns around here too. Very nice shot.
Ginnie Hart: You don't normally see them this color in Michigan, Mary. How about there on PEI? Thanks.
  • Hamilton
  • United States
  • 17 Sep 2007, 02:22
Nice composition, I love the hues...
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Hamilton. That's one of the things I like the most about this barn!
  • E Etomi
  • Sweden
  • 17 Sep 2007, 03:41
That would be such a great idea for a get away!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Etomi. You feel like you're in another world! You are! Thanks.
Nice picture. The slightly unusual, but very fitting, color of the barn makes the photo a little unique from other farm/barn shots.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Jewlya. That's one of the things about this farm that I love the most--the color of the barn and out-buildings/sheds. Thanks.
very nice, I like how the greens compliment each other.
Ginnie Hart: I do, too, Dotun. Thanks!

I suddenly just had an image in my mind of a beautiful, formal wedding here at the farm, with your bride and groom pics in this context. And now I can picture your high school or grade school pics of kids up in the hayloft, on the tractor, etc. smile
jolie cabane dis donc! y a moyen d'en faire une maison!
Ginnie Hart: I'm not sure about living in the barn, O-P, but I'm sure it could be done. smile Thanks.
Love the perspective and the textures of this.It would look good in B & W as well..
Ginnie Hart: Yes, I do think it would look good in B&W, Gale. But since this is such an uncommon color for barns in Michigan, I just had to leave it in color. Thanks.
I like this kind of farm building, I can't imagine the work to paint it every two or three year !!!
Ginnie Hart: Neither can I, Zeb! That would be a mammouth undertaking, for sure! Thanks.
Lovely gentle picture Ginnie. I see photography runs in the family. Your sister Ruth has some lovely photos too.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Bill! My deceased brother went before us and had many photographic shows before digital was alive and well. He also taught photography classes in a community college in Michigan before he died in 1996, 11+ years ago. Ruth and I are honored to follow in his footsteps as much as possible!

Thanks for your kind words.
  • shakara
  • Nigeria
  • 17 Sep 2007, 08:09
Nice shot .. It is almost inviting one into the barn ..
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Shakara. That's what will be happening tomorrow and the next day. smile Thanks.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Sep 2007, 09:34
Nice colour composition makes for a memorable image Ginnie. Must say whenever I see barns like this I think of the film Witness and the barn building. Suspect that was Indianna tho, not Michigan.
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Mike. I love that movie and have seen it several times. Good ol' Harrison Ford and Kelly McGillis! Since it was about Amish country, I'm guessing it was in Pennsylvania?

Thanks.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 17 Sep 2007, 10:29
Well, Zebigleb, we haven't tackled painting it yet. In fact, it needs some reconstruction.

One thing we'd hate to do is add aluminum siding, but it's the way many old barns are going, because they just won't last much longer without replacing all the wood.

Nice one, Ginnie! smile
Ginnie Hart: Oh, Ruth, I can't bear the thought of this barn being turned over to aluminum/vinyl siding. Wait till you see tomorrow's photo. It's what gives it its charm. Sigh. However, I can't imagine Don and/or you on hugh extension ladders trying to paint that monstrosity!

Thanks.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Sep 2007, 10:58
Nice shot Ginnie as I am a country bumkin I can connect with this rural shot. Playing in the hay was a fun time as kids. Ruth also has some fantastic pics I guess it runs in the family. smile
Ginnie Hart: I'm quite sure Don and Ruth wish they had the farm when their 2 adult kids were young. Now they share it on Farm Day with ALL the kids of the extended family. What a treat for us city dwellers!

Thanks for your kind words about photography running in my family. My deceased brother went before us and had many photographic shows before digital was alive and well. He also taught photography classes in a community college in Michigan before he died in 1996, 11+ years ago. So yes, it does run in the family...even to my nephews and nieces. smile
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 17 Sep 2007, 11:04
What a great shot and i love the color. Now I know where you and your sister get your photographer's 'eye' from.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Scarlet. My deceased brother went before us and had many photographic shows before digital was alive and well. He also taught photography classes in a community college in Michigan before he died in 1996, 11+ years ago. And now several of my nephews and nieces also use the camera extensively.
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 17 Sep 2007, 11:10
This is the kind of things I only see in the movies...it's a very nice shot where the colours strech and yawn under the sun light. Just beautiful.
Ginnie Hart: I figured there would be several of my commenters, Lina, who might have never seen a barn like this, especially not in this color, which is uncommon even in Michigan. I'm glad I could show it to you. Thanks.
Very nice place Ginnie. Probably a busy place but also, I guess, a peaceful place to be.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, it's very peaceful, Flo. They have 4 acres of expanse to walk wherever they want! I love to go visit them!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 17 Sep 2007, 12:11
Seeing that barrow, at least someone is working on the farm smile The used bale in the shadow made me think of a sheepdog lying there.

If this was my farm it would have been the ideal place to keep Emily. (Sigh)

In SA the old barns were built from natural stone, nowadays they are steel frames covered with corrugated sheets.

Great picture. Maybe you should stick a stamp on it like Zebigleb somtimes does.
Ginnie Hart: That bale of hay, Louis, was part of a ring of bales for the nighttime bonfire. So fun. Also, if you squint, there are two little wooden signs in the drive that direct people where to park on Farm Day out behind the barn.

I thought of you and Emily. She would love that space! And yes, I SHOULD stick a stamp on it. grin
  • Magnus
  • Norway
  • 17 Sep 2007, 12:58
Very nice to se a barn with a different colour, in Sweden they are usually red smile
Ginnie Hart: That's exactly why I kept this in color, Magnus. It's an uncommon color in Michigan as well! Thanks.
  • Martin
  • Houston
  • 17 Sep 2007, 14:21
These old wood buildings are full of character! It looks like a great place to take a break. What are the yellow signs for?
Ginnie Hart: Ruth came back and answered for me, Martin: "The signs were there for people arriving for Farm Day, telling them to park behind the barn. I thought maybe Ginnie wouldn't know that, since she didn't park! (I think Donica did.) I think at some point at least, they said "Parking $1.50" just for fun."

Actually, I did know that! But it was fun to hear it from her. Thanks.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 17 Sep 2007, 14:35
May I answer Martin? The signs were there for people arriving for Farm Day, telling them to park behind the barn. smile I thought maybe Ginnie wouldn't know that, since she didn't park! (I think Donica did.) I think at some point at least, they said "Parking $1.50" just for fun.
Ginnie Hart: Awww. I have given Martin your response in my Reply to his comment. I also mentioned to Louis (before Martin's comment) that if you squint, you can see those signs. How fun, though, to get the fuller response from you. Thanks, Ruth. smile
These are often red in Norway - cool to see it in another colour smile
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Aksel. That's why I didn't convert this to B&W/sepia!!! I love that color. smile
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Sep 2007, 16:22
This is certainly a spectacular sized barn - it looks a bit like a Dutch barn. Gentle, soothing colours - well composed.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: I really haven't seen Dutch barns yet, Ingrid, so I'll have to pay attention the next time we're outside of the big city. I do know they like the color green (though a bit darker than this). Thanks.
I am a barn junkie. Can't pass one up without a shot. This one is very nice. I love the color.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I'm finding out that there of many of us who like barns, Gail. Thanks for stopping by.
gorgeous green-blue on that barn...perfect for a spot of lomo photography...
Ginnie Hart: I love that color, Sam. It's one of my favorite colors in the world. smile

I just did a Wiki on lomo photography and would be interested to know what YOU mean when you say this is "perfect for a spot of lomo photography?" If you have time to respond, that is.
That Ginnie is a barn and a half!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, it is, Chris!!!
Love the green tones in this. How nice to have an escape like this. All the best, Dave.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Dave. Thanks.
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 17 Sep 2007, 20:46
Beautiful composition, Ginnie! This barn definitely has a story to tell, doesn't it?
Ginnie Hart: Yes, it does, Kay! Thanks.
When i saw this post. I thot Kay would be unto it and she was. I like this picture cuz it makes me relax somehow. But i got to go to work. Well.
Ginnie Hart: Oh, that's right, Busola. No more vacation now, right?! Hope you had a restful week last week. This barn makes me relax as well, if you want to know the truth!

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