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Don't Cage Me In


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

This cage (?) is in that big, huge barn, just sitting there, but I don't have a clue what it's for.  I should have asked!
But talk about an old treasure that looks like the Ancient of Days!

I hope nothing cages you in this weekend!

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


Don't Cage Me In


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

This cage (?) is in that big, huge barn, just sitting there, but I don't have a clue what it's for.  I should have asked!
But talk about an old treasure that looks like the Ancient of Days!

I hope nothing cages you in this weekend!

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


comments (29)

Maybe it's for misbehaving photographers! smile Seriously, it's a nice study in light and texture.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Maybe, Larry. Gotta do something to them. grin Thanks.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 22 Sep 2007, 00:12
I believe it may be a chicken coop, but whatever it is, it yields good photographs. Have a great weekend! I am surprised you have stayed in Atlanta so many days in a row. Are you sure you aren't going anywhere?
Ginnie Hart: HA! I have only been in Atlanta a week now, Martin! I'm usually here for two weeks but will actually be here till October 9th this time around. Then I'll be gone for a month. No rhyme nor reason all the time, which is why I always say where I am every day. smile

Maybe Ruth will tell us what she thinks this cage/coop was used for. The barn DOES have a chicken coop area on a lower level out back, so I wonder.
Great shot. I like the blue tones in it. That one little makeshift corner post is rather neat.
Ginnie Hart: I wondered about that one iron bar, Gail. I wonder if the original wood one broke and you're right--this one was the makeshift replacement. Hmmm. Thanks.
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 22 Sep 2007, 00:27
I agree with Martin, Ginnie. It may be a chicken coop. But then, I've never had the pleasure of raising chickens, so I could easily be wrong!

Lovely tones and contrast in this photo. I love how you cropped it.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Kay. As I told Martin, there's a chicken coop area on the lower level of the barn out back, so I wonder. Maybe Ruth will tell us?
This shot has a very pleasing geometry and crop.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Red Pen.
  • bisola
  • United Kingdom
  • 22 Sep 2007, 01:02
Looks like it may have been a rat trap smile It would have had to be a really big rat, though! Again, lovely capture!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Bisola. That would be one big rat! And I thought that's what the cats were for! smile Thanks.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 22 Sep 2007, 01:34
I'll go with rabbit coop...temporary enclosure, with the bottom open so rabbits can have access to fresh grass without eating the garden and/or running away...it's quite old, so something of a "treasure" I would claim.
Like with yesterday's shot, Ginnie, I really like the graininess. And, you have made this picture even more interesting with the angles you have introduced.
Ginnie Hart: Rabbits. Now I kinda like that idea, Ray, especially since they can be so prolific and so...destructive to the garden! Thanks.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 22 Sep 2007, 01:35
Eeerr....looks like there might be a rat or two in the barn, too. [grin]
Ginnie Hart: HA! I'm quite sure of that. Bishop, the cat, must have a heyday! smile
It seems a cage for hens or rabbits, right? In this photo if that I see the detail and the textures of the farm. This photo I like, Ginnie! smile
Ginnie Hart: Glad you like it, Jose. It does seem to be symbolic of the farm, doesn't it! Thanks.
I love the lighting here and the way it emphasizes the age of these enclosures.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Karen.
  • Hamilton
  • United States
  • 22 Sep 2007, 05:41
Hmmm, looks like the former occupants of that cage fulfilled thier "gastronomic" destiny... you know grin
Ginnie Hart: HA! True, true, Hamilton. Wouldn't you love to know the stories! Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 22 Sep 2007, 08:10
I agree with other statements: a cage for hens or rabbits- or an other version? This cage could be mentionned in the fairy tale of "Hansel and Gretel" : "...Every morning the woman crept to the little stable, and cried, "Hansel, stretch out your finger that I may feel if you will soon be fat." Hansel, however, stretched out a little bone to her, and the old woman, who had dim eyes, could not see it, and thought it was Hansel's finger, and was astonished that there was no way of fattening him. When four weeks had gone by, and Hansel still remained thin, she was seized with impatience and would not wait any longer." Horrible indeed, oh sorry, my fantasy!
Ginnie Hart: That's what I like about you, Philine. I know I'm always going to read something very interesting! smile Thanks.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 22 Sep 2007, 09:02
Maybe my sketeton would go well in your barn afterall ;o)
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Mike. That's what I like about SC posts on any given day. Lots of synchronicity. smile Thanks.
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 22 Sep 2007, 10:26
This is just a lovely shot with really soft tones. Mabye it something completely different. Turn it up side down and imagine blankets in it: a baby crib used by the farmers wife to make sure her baby was safe while she was doing her choirs in the barn a 100 years ago. (I've always had a strange thinking mind but this time I was inspired by the suspense building of your barn series Ginnie)
Ginnie Hart: Oh, I love the way your mind works, Scarlet. That is such a precious idea. Thanks. smile
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 22 Sep 2007, 11:02
It's a chicken hutch, and Don got it at a farm sale where someone was cleaning out their barn. It was $1. From one barn to another. This would have been used to transport small animals, like hens, to market. So some of the guesses were right on. Don loved it just for its aesthetic appeal. When and if we get chickens (maybe next year?) I doubt we'll transport them anywhere, because we'll have them mostly for the eggs. Nice shot, sister.
Ginnie Hart: For $1! Man! He's sounding just like Dad! And I would have bought it, too, for the aesthetic appeal. How fun, Ruth, to get this added little story to what it actually was used for. Thanks, sistah.
  • Aussie
  • Queensland
  • 22 Sep 2007, 11:22
I just love this series. My uncle still runs my Grandparents farm, which is in Victoria. Now I'm thinking, is that old shearing shed still there? All photos I didn't take because we took our surroundings for granted.
Ginnie Hart: Yup. Sounds like you're gonna have to pay them a visit, Aussie. smile Thanks.
Love the light in this one, and you have kept a lot of detail, good job smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Aksel.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 Sep 2007, 12:35
Looks like Ruth beat me to I this Morning Ginnie, thats my fault for sleeping in this morning after having a very I should say late night but it was more a very early morning!! How naughty of me!! Yes its for hens, but you already know that now LOL. Nice lighting in this shot. Have a ace weekend. smile
Ginnie Hart: You are too funny, Ms. Tracy. Since it's Saturday/the weekend, I don't think anyone would say one word about you being a Naughty Girl. smile Besides, it's always nice when someone else confirms what you already know. smile Thanks.
HEy Ginnie!
I belive they usually keep chickens or bunnies in the cage like this. At least in my country wink

I think this should be a case here as well, only it's empty.

nice shot wink
Ginnie Hart: Ruth says it's a chicken hutch, so chickens it is. Don't you love how different countries around the world do the same thing!

I am so excited for you these days of job hunting! smile
If this was taken with your new camera I would sayu it's been worth every cent!
Ginnie Hart: No, No, Chris. This is my old Canon PowerShot but still is my trusty camera. She'll always come through for me whenever I need her (lots of her still in my Unassigned file!). smile Thanks.
this one is cool!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, SB, for stopping by and commenting.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 22 Sep 2007, 16:10
Hi, to tell you the trouth I feel a bit caged this weekend ;-) I have my fathers dog for a week. They are having a holiday at the Canarie Islands.

We are not used to have pets, it's a bit of a challenge really
About your picture, I really like the light and the crop. Nice!!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for you comment, Frida. When you get a bit overwhelmed this weekend, pretend in your mind's eye that you can put the dog in this hutch to help contain him/her. smile Thanks.
Who's supposed to be trapped in this cage? Nice shot!
Ginnie Hart: The chickens they don't have, I guess. smile Thanks, Jewlya.
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 22 Sep 2007, 20:40
I've been inside your barn for the last three pictures and this one is my favourite. The compo is excellent and those crossed lines and shapes are among my favourite subjects. The colours are also great...(You don't know what is it for?...maybe it's a prision for bad hens grin)
Just great, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: I think it's my favorite, too, Lina. Thanks a million.
I think I'd vote for chickens. Nice light and texture.
Ginnie Hart: Chickens it is, Bill, according to Ruth! Good guess. smile
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 22 Sep 2007, 23:02
Good lighting Ginnie - I like the way the front of the cage is lit and the interior is all dark and mysterious.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Ingrid. The light came from that big open barn door!
uhmmmm...a rope, a ladder, now a cage...what next Ginnie? Some rusty ole tools for dealing with recalcitrant individuals grin
Interesting capture.
Ginnie Hart: No rusty old tools this time, Deji, but next year I will definitely look for them. smile Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 23 Sep 2007, 17:09
This looks somewhat like the cage that we kept the children in when they were small - only the children's cage had no top, was clean and was filled with soft blankets, toys and stuff. Something the dutch are used to, but I called it a cage. I see Scarlett mentions it as well.

Now this cage looks like its used to keep spiders smile

You made a good picture out of it with the angle you applied.
Ginnie Hart: Yup. Cribs are cages of sorts, for sure, Louis. But I guess we're not used to thinking of them in that way. Thanks as always for your comment.
This is a lovely capture. I like the angle you presented it from. I wonder how many chicks have passed through it.
Ginnie Hart: Sorry I missed this one, Busola, but thanks, as ever, for your comment! Hope you have a great weekend. Anything you need to catch me up on? grin

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