Winter barns

What is it about barns that tugs the heartstrings

And makes me think of strength and beauty?

Maybe it’s the way a red jewel wears winter curled on its roof

Or how the old timbers speak of age and grace.

Some barns are run down, bare bones

Waiting patiently for a loving coat of paint.

A broken window does not speak of a broken spirit however.

Faded and aging, but still standing —

Just like us.

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74 responses

  1. I just love old barns and this one is a beaut, broken window and all.

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    February 28, 2011 at 16:56

  2. Sandi Hersh

    Hi.

    Visiting your blog and absorbing your photos and text is one of the highlights of my day. It is good to know that there are those around the world who see the beauty in a given day, and then want to share that with others. And your words and images capture what is in your heart. Thank you for sharing your world with us.

    I love the photo of the barn with the snow curling off of the roof. What an unusual sight, at least for me.

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    February 28, 2011 at 16:57

  3. I love red barns– they always catch my eye as I drive through the country. The details in this photo are so interesting… You can see the waffle of the roof underneath the as it curves down from the eave… a whole bunch of stories spring to mind from this photo!

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    February 28, 2011 at 16:59

  4. The subtle variations in tone and colour and the atmosphere of patience and endurance create some very memorable images.

    Thank you again..

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    February 28, 2011 at 17:00

  5. I am a big fan of red barns, and red doors.

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    February 28, 2011 at 17:17

  6. Old barns seem reliable and steadfast and have a history of storing foodstuffs for people and their livestock away from the harsh outdoors.

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    February 28, 2011 at 17:21

  7. I love old barns. The last place I lived there were lots of old barns that were looking less and less functional. I always wanted to own a house with just such a barn so I could restore it to some form of glory, though I really had not the time, money or patience for such an endevour.

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    February 28, 2011 at 17:33

  8. …and strong in spirit just like us😉

    I love the contrast between the old red and the white of the snow, awesome shots as always, ladyfi. Have a great week:-)

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    February 28, 2011 at 17:53

  9. the snow tunnel off the back of the barn is so cool! i love old barns…makes me think of summer days playing at my uncles house…

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    February 28, 2011 at 18:04

  10. Old barns just have their own special vibe. I guess they are like us “old people” too.

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    February 28, 2011 at 18:16

  11. I want a barn. And a goat. And a duck. And a chicken. And a donkey. And a horse. And a cow.

    That’s all.

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    February 28, 2011 at 18:33

  12. What a nice barn, but it looks cold ! I wait for a spring picture, lol !

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    February 28, 2011 at 18:54

    • LOL.. unfortunately, you might be waiting for a long time! But I hope not…

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      February 28, 2011 at 19:01

  13. The barn looks freshly painted, yet the window frame looks old and rusty. Quite a contrast.

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    February 28, 2011 at 19:36

  14. Beautiful barn. I love the way the snow curls off the roof. I don’t think I’ve ever seen snow do that.

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    February 28, 2011 at 19:45

  15. I love barns, and I’m not sure why, but I think you touched on many of the reasons! I also love to think of the history they’ve seen and the people who built them and depended on them. Plus they are just so much fun to photograph. Yours are gorgeous!

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    February 28, 2011 at 20:42

  16. Amy

    Lovely Fi, as you know I’m a barn fan also and the older and more rustic they look the better! Great captures!!

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    February 28, 2011 at 21:22

  17. This is lovely old barms and so are your photos! Great work

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    February 28, 2011 at 21:22

  18. awe. in awe.

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    February 28, 2011 at 21:42

  19. I love barns, but we don’t have any around these parts.

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    February 28, 2011 at 22:39

  20. girl from cherry blossom street

    Black doors ALWAYS catch my attention:-)

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    March 1, 2011 at 01:26

  21. I love how the snow is curling over the edge there. And the contrast of the color with the snow!

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    March 1, 2011 at 02:17

  22. Wonderful photos and beautiful accompanying thoughts. I love that image of the snow curling off of the barn roof. Amazing.

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    March 1, 2011 at 03:46

  23. Beautiful thoughts — I have wondered often what it is about barns — have thought it is just a subconscious way to get back to one’s roots. But you put it so much more beautifully.

    I was looking at your header slide show and thinking about how happy Oscar looks in the snow! I think he’ll be disappointed when it melts!

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    March 1, 2011 at 03:59

  24. That one’s really kept it’s color well! Gorgeous photos.

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    March 1, 2011 at 05:59

  25. I’m not sure what it is either, but I feel the same way, always have! Marvelous captures for the day! Enjoy your week!

    Sylvia

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    March 1, 2011 at 07:06

  26. I’m really attracted by this post as one of the like-minded. The gloss of the barn which once sparkled is extinguished: it is natural progression to weather, peel, crack, tarnish…. but still stands quietly and boldly preserving the cold. Doesn’t look desolate but beautiful.

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    March 1, 2011 at 07:07

  27. Sorry, “persevering” is correct.

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    March 1, 2011 at 07:08

  28. perfect compositions and delightful commentary

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    March 1, 2011 at 08:30

  29. WoW stunning series!
    beautiful winter pictures, love the colors
    wonderful compositions

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    March 1, 2011 at 08:33

  30. Great photos!

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    March 1, 2011 at 09:13

  31. such beautiful barns but it looks way too cold for me.

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    March 1, 2011 at 09:20

  32. Oh, these images are so typically Swedish.;) The red and white cottages, how I miss them:;)) And wit the snow, the contrast is incredibly appealing.
    Stunning imagery indeed.;)
    xoxo

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    March 1, 2011 at 12:10

  33. Hello, I’m back!
    The snow of the roof reminded me of butter spread.😉

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    March 1, 2011 at 12:27

  34. I don’t know what it is but there is something about barns that speaks to something deep within us.

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    March 1, 2011 at 13:06

  35. Even a broken barn looks lovely when viewed from the eye of a photographer.:)

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    March 1, 2011 at 13:36

  36. When do ya’ll get spring?

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    March 1, 2011 at 13:58

  37. Beautiful red barn and you pen your thoughts so well.

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    March 1, 2011 at 14:03

  38. Blu

    As a lover of trees, I love how the wood lives on in these delightful barns.

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    March 1, 2011 at 16:43

  39. It speaks to MY heart because it is my childhood.:)
    Great shots ladyfi.

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    March 1, 2011 at 17:01

  40. Gorgeous curl, with furrows even!

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    March 1, 2011 at 17:05

  41. I am obsessed by any sorts of old buildings! The furrows of curled snow is an asset:)

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    March 1, 2011 at 18:07

  42. Oh honey, you found a real log structure. I love it and all your barn pics are great!!!

    God bless ya and have a fantastic day sweetie!!!

    Hop over…giveaway at my place! :o)

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    March 1, 2011 at 18:25

  43. Beautiful photos

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    March 1, 2011 at 18:29

  44. The snow coming off the roof is just amazing, Fi.
    I have no personal connection to barns, but they tug at my heartstrings nevertheless. I was born in a Canadian city, so were my parents, so was my maternal grandfather, but there must be a farmer somewhere back in my ancestry, prodding me via genetic memory.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

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    March 1, 2011 at 20:39

  45. Beautiful barn with its bright red dress. Like you, I always find them fascinating. I think the abandoned ones – or maybe it’s any abandoned building are the most interesting.

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    March 1, 2011 at 21:19

  46. How did that snow curl get formed off the side of that barn ~ so cool!

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    March 1, 2011 at 22:16

  47. An extra wow for that second photo with the snow hanging down from the roof!

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    March 1, 2011 at 23:27

  48. I like that, Fi: “Faded and aging but still standing.” I could use a coat of new paint, too!

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    March 2, 2011 at 00:20

  49. They are magnificent photos and words are poetic!! Fading away red color reminds me of structures or gates of Shinto(Japan’s indigenous religious). They are painted in red. I think time is giving them elegant taste. They are more beautiful than new ones. My favorite is the second. Thank you.

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    March 2, 2011 at 02:11

  50. sorry, religious → religion

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    March 2, 2011 at 02:12

  51. Al

    Great shots – I also love barns. The snow pattern in the second shot is amazing, and the contrast between the two barns in the last one is perfect.

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    March 2, 2011 at 02:43

  52. marina

    super beautiful photos!!! you live in Wonderland!!!!!:-)
    love the first bird photo!

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    March 2, 2011 at 03:23

  53. I think winter measures the soundness of all things. Great photos.

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    March 2, 2011 at 04:00

  54. Beautiful and colorful barn.

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    March 2, 2011 at 04:11

  55. your words along with your gorgeous photos
    of these marvelous old beings
    are fabulous!

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    March 2, 2011 at 06:50

  56. I really like the way the snow is flowing off the roof in 2nd picture – looks like whipped butter or even ice-cream!

    Splendid. Stewart M – AUstralia

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    March 2, 2011 at 07:34

  57. Love the snow curling! The red barn with the white snow is stunning! I always want to turn an old barn into a house.:)

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    March 2, 2011 at 07:51

  58. I enjoyed your Winter Barns photos Fi. That curving snow coming off the roof was interesting too – Dave

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    March 2, 2011 at 09:26

  59. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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    March 2, 2011 at 12:40

  60. Actually, it was still pretty cold in Cornwall.
    Cold breeze from the Atlantic!

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    March 2, 2011 at 18:32

  61. that is an awesome looking barn. i agree, there’s something about ’em! Especially the red ones. What a cool formation that snow made off the roof!

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    March 2, 2011 at 19:24

  62. I love the color and the details in these photos…..and that there are so many barn lovers.

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    March 3, 2011 at 01:40

  63. This looks so fascinating, the broken windows and the sheets of snow!!
    Beautiful.

    My Yatra Diary…

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    March 3, 2011 at 04:48

  64. Bhupesh

    very beautiful

    Bhupesh

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    March 3, 2011 at 05:25

  65. That last barn was a real treat to see with the timber construction..did you peek inside? What was in there:)

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    March 3, 2011 at 07:35

    • There seemed to be old abandoned tools and garden furniture inside.

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      March 3, 2011 at 09:20

  66. Oh my goodness, what a stunning feast for the eyes and spirit! Such a talent you have, these photographs are beautiful, and your words bring them even more to life. Simply gorgeous!

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    March 3, 2011 at 08:34

  67. No, no, no! It’s spring!!

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    March 3, 2011 at 09:55

  68. Your photos are always so very inspirational – always a pleasure to scroll through them and absorb all the details. THANK YOU!

    Saw a flock of geese headed ‘your way’ today – Spring is coming.

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    March 3, 2011 at 13:27

  69. Have a great weekend!

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    March 3, 2011 at 13:47

  70. Absolutely a wonderfully beautiful barn… you can enter it for next week’s Barn Charm if you like… it’s never too late!!! =)

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    March 3, 2011 at 20:07

  71. Wonderful barns…wonderful photos…and I can soooo relate to “winter curled on the roof”!!!

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    March 4, 2011 at 08:17

  72. I guess we share the same love for barns…I see plenty here in Georgia, and my heart sings every time I see them!!
    I know I have said this before, but Fi…your blog makes me smile! Thank you!

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    March 7, 2011 at 14:46

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