What is it about old buildings?

old barn and light

Mark and I went for a ride yesterday evening, first for a bit of ice cream from The Creamery, then just to meander through the country.  At one point I looked at him and said that we must be old now, doing this driving around just to see the country side.  

Thanks to all the recent rain, the corn and soy beans and wheat look fabulous.  We saw corn that is at least ten feet tall already, wheat that is being cut, and soy beans that are a good foot and a half tall.  I wish you could smell the fresh air here on a day like this.  It’s just heavenly. 

The evening sun made everything look golden, especially any old barns we drove by.  We came to one that was interesting and we were able to stop the truck for a bit so I could step out and get a few images. 

This is my favorite.  The old vent on the side of the barn, the paint that is almost gone, and those places where the evening sun is actually shining through.  It was that sunlight that really made it for me.

And what is it about these old barns, old buildings, structures that are grungy looking and falling down? Why are we drawn to them? 

For me there is the history, the structures like you just don’t see being built anymore, the way of life that demanded such huge barns.  And at this point in my own life, old stuff like this reminds me that the past is just that…past.  Who I was then is not who I am today because I change, too. As I struggle to live in the now, these places remind me how easy it is to get caught up in the past and let it drag me down.

Maybe that is why that light is shining through the gaps in this old wall.  Even a small place that opens can let that light in.




Watching the weather

majestic clouds

This is what I love about the Midwest.

The sky.  

That vast, open, immense space.

We traveled around in the evening last week and walked in a wooded area for a while.
Fought some healthy mosquitoes, too.  

As we prepared to leave, the clouds were just amazing.  Way out on the horizon we could see a storm brewing, that big puffy cloud down there with the golden light on it.  

The setting sun cast it’s orange glow on the top of that storm cloud, which made it contrast with all the other white and gray wispy clouds.  

I like watching the weather come and go. 

After the rain

Last Saturday evening we drove through the country for a while.  (My kids used to make fun of people who just drove around…actually, so did I! Not any more!) A rain storm came up and poured on us for a few minutes, then we were out from under those storm clouds.
As the sun dipped below the edge of the clouds, the most amazing light flooded everything.  The receding storm was still filling much of the sky, which the sunlight made look even darker.  

Enter the barn, this white barn on a grassy hill, with the dark sunlit clouds behind.  

I love when this happens and I have my camera ready.

Currently I’m participating in an online photography class called the 50mm Project by Kim Manley Ort.  As you can guess, I used my 50mm lens for this image.

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