Yesterday when I went out it was not a good landscape photography day. It was midday and the sun was harsh with no clouds in most of my images.
But I was tired of sitting at home so I loaded up my cameras and headed out. I went to a lot of different places that I normally go to but in the end I decided to take a road I had not been on before. I found this wonderful old barn. If you have followed my blog for anytime at all you know I have a love of old barns. This was a perfect barn (in my opinion) in that it had it’s original roof and paint on the sides.
The shot above was taken from road and normally that would have been the only image I would have made. But this old barn intrigued me so I decided I would drive onto the property and see if the owner would give me permission to photograph this magnificent structure.
When the owner came to the door I was delighted that he said, “sure go ahead.” So I spent the better part of a half hour photographing this beauty. Like I said earlier the light was not good and in the first two shots there was just blue sky.
After I shot this image (notice there are clouds on this side) I walked around the other side of the barn and saw a gentleman splitting wood. As I walked around and down to where he was I was worried that he might not want me there. I was pleasantly surprised to find that he was very friendly man who one could tell had worked hard his entire life.
We visited for about 10 minutes and I found him to be very engaging with a wonderful sense of humor. He told me that he didn’t know exactly how old the barn was but that it was built before his time. He said he didn’t know how much longer the old structure would remain standing as it had been through a lot in its lifetime.
He said that it had withstood a tornado and when it went through it actually moved the barn six inches from its original place. He also said that they had some high winds this year and it had moved a little bit more.
I really enjoyed the time we talked and I think I would have enjoyed a much longer conversation but he was busy and I know how sometimes when you have a project to do you would just like to get on with it.
I hope I get to meet him again.
Enjoy your day and be careful.