Monday, May 4, 2009

Red Barns and Spring Green


I made this first sky black the better to accent the colors and textures of new growth and well-tended farm buildings and fences. This pretty little barn surprises me with its beauty every time I see it coming up just around the bend of a winding road meandering through the hills. Photo taken at Laurelville in Hocking County, Ohio.


This particular hill at Ratcliffburg in Vinton County always reminds me of a gumdrop.


A grandeur of sky hovers over the hills of Vinton County, Ohio. The sky has been dramatized in Photoshop so I can better communicate how looking at the clouds made me feel.


I call this guy “Big Red.” Almost looks like a face with one eye patched, a loose nose, and a wide gaping mouth. Photo taken on Big Pine Road at Laurelville.


A quilt barn with matching wooly quilt sheep. The evergreen design on the side of the barn lets you know you’ve arrived at the Weaver Christmas Tree Farm. Photo taken at Creola in Vinton County.

14 comments:

Montanagirl said...

Love the quilt tree on the barn. You are very good at describing your photos...great for helping to set "the mood". Good job.

Poetic Artist said...

I love the barn with the face, I do wish I could do photography like you..Photoshop, I do not even know where to begin..You must do alot of driving..That would be wonderful. Thank you for always being so kind on my blog.
Katelen

Teresa Mallen said...

Such wonderful photos! I love barns. I love farms. Great work and thanks for sharing!

Beth said...

I love your red barn photos, especially "Big Red" with that big mouth! I admire your Photoshop skill, too. I have Elements, but only my kids have used it because I don't find it very intuitive to use. I only use it to reduce the size of my photos for my blog!

Deer Passion said...

I absolutely love the first photo.. And, in all honesty, I didn't realize that you had made the sky black until I read through your comments. It really made the colors of the barn and grass pop!! Good job as always!

Annie said...

I would be in heaven were I to have these happy barns in my world. Sadly, mine are all brown and faded (another sort of beauty I suppose).

Together We Save said...

Love the pictures. You found beauty in something that would often go unnoticed.

Janie said...

Beautiful red barns and green pastures. I like your artistic changes in the photos to dramatize them.

Mary said...

I love all those red barns..so well tended. I think your gumdrop hill looks like a monster peeking out with those two green trees as the eyes :-) Love that last shot! I have done two posts on quilt barns and this looks like one of the quilt barn squares. Are there others around you? I know that Ohio has several areas of them and one post I did was on the ones around Urbana and one on some of the Kentucky ones.

CountryDreaming said...

Thank you everyone for your kind compliments!

Mary: As a matter of fact, there was another quilt barn in Vinton County not too far from the one at the Weaver Christmas Tree Farm. I think Vinton County Ohio must be a hot spot. In fact, I just googled some info on it for you. Turns out there are at least 25 quilt barns. Here's a good link:

http://www.vintoncountytravel.com/quilt_barns.htm

mountain.mama said...

I like those red barn pictures, very striking.

Brenda Black said...

"Big Red" caught my eye! I love the humorous personality of it so much that I would like to use it on the cover of a self-published book of devotions. Would you please contact me this week so that I may obtain your permission to do so.
Blessings,
Brenda

Anonymous said...

Those pictures. *sighs wistfully* I miss it down there. My uncle lives there and my dads side of my family is down there. It truly is my favorite place to be. Great job capturing the beauty. =]

Anonymous said...

I grew up within walking distance of the barn you call "Big Red". I've walked the creek that runs by it many of times. My grandparents used to have a farm in the valley on the left just past the barn. My parents still live on a small piece of land there.