Monday, November 28, 2011

An open book


My usual trek home, one afternoon last week, was blocked due to a minor fender bender. 
When your country commute involves passing over a major freeway that cuts across your path, 
there are limited opportunities to cross said freeway. So....I ended up making a major loop, 
about ten minutes in length to end up one minute down the road from where I hit the original traffic snag. 
I was a little peeved at first, I was anxious to get home and do some fo-tog-raffi while there was
still copious amounts of sunshine; a rare commodity these days.
Then the sky opened up fully and shone all of its glory on this beautiful barn and I said, "Whoa!" 
Five days a week I make a right hand turn just before this farm...for years. 
I pulled over and took a big gulp of this tall drink of water. 

I wasn't sure at first what it was about her but then I realized perhaps she's like an old gal 
who's seen many changes and while you think her days may be numbered, she still stands tall and 
proud and she sure as heck is stronger than she may appear and if you take the time 
to get to know her, she's an open book ready to spill her stories to any attentive listener.
All you have to do is knock on the door and smile.

~Be well friends~






22 comments:

thisgalsjourney said...

Gorgeous photos!! I love when we get those little unexpected blessings born from annoyances or impositions!

TexWisGirl said...

she's a beauty. glad you gave her her moment in the sun!

Lynne said...

Look at that gal . . . I like her "fieldstone" skirt too!

JoLynne Lyon said...

That's beautiful. I love it when people find beauty in unexpected ways.

Nezzy said...

'Just goes to show ya, beauty is in the eye on the beholder and girl you captured it so well. I just love the how the sunlight beams on that old beauty!!!

Great Job!!!

God bless ya and have a great week!!! :o)

Buttons said...

Oh I do love when things like that happen and we are willing to open our eyes and look. You and now all of us are very happy you took the time to look and share.
I love your story as well as the awesome shots. B

Cedar said...

Gorgeous lighting, barn, and composition! Glad you had your camera with you on your detour!

Red Gate Farm said...

Reminds me a little of our barn before we moved here! Well, except for the stone foundation... you really don't see those out here in the "west". Sadly, many barns are starting to look their age and if folks don't take the time and/or money to make repairs the barns don't last....

~Chris

Jodi said...

beautiful pictures!

Elle Bee said...

A beautiful barn, full of character.

Chic Homeschool Mama said...

What a beautiful & interesting place- I would love to happen upon something like that

Farmchick said...

My kind of place. Great light in this photo.

Gone Country said...

What a great find! And who knew she was so close all along! I always say that everything happens for a reason and that afternoon by having to take an unwanted detour you were blessed with this beauty!

Great fo-tog-raffi!

Tanya said...

gorgeous! you never know what your missing around the corner!

Lesley said...

Things like this make all those annoying detours so worthwhile. Then you start looking for more little detours....

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

I'm one very willing to listen to those stories, absolutely! She's a beauty & you're right, she's much stronger than she appears to be.
Love that 'big gulp of this tall drink of water'. Gorgeous old barn!

I know what you mean by the sunshine being a rare commodity these days. Last night would have been a wonderful opportunity to get out & shoot some barns for it had just snowed several inches, but the sun set too soon... I had to work.

Thanks so much for linking her up to Barn Charm =)

Elaine A. said...

SUCH an awesome detour. :) Love the lighting in these! WOWZA!

~from my front porch in the mountains~ said...

You know she is going to expect you to stop by more often! With coffee and donuts :) Loved this! And your detour home...
xo, misha
LYLAS!

Jill Wellington said...

You did some neat effects with those photos...WOW!

Kim, USA said...

This is beautiful!

The Barn

The Fairy's Apprentice said...

Here, in Romania, is Saint Andrew today, a big celebration!
I'm wishing you all the best in the world! Hugs!

Great pictures, as usually! :)

Rose said...

Andrea, this is wonderful...but then that lighting would make anything look great. Not saying anything negative...just saying wonderful, wonderful captures.