Sunday, April 26, 2009

Sunday Stills

I'm joining the Sunday Stills Photography Challenge. This Sunday we are to "look beyond the typical barn shot, if possible get inside, get different angles, things in barns etc…"

Being in Kentucky I felt almost obligated to feature horses or tobacco. As there are horse barns all over the country and many of the horse barns in Kentucky started out as tobacco barns, it was an easy decision.



I'm going to start out with two favorite photographs from my archives, just to set the scene. These were taken last summer and are of a friend's barn just up the road. Not only can you see the traditional styling of the barn, but also tobacco hanging to cure.



I can smell the tobacco in this picture. Hard to describe - the smell and the fact that I can smell it by "sight". Through the barn, some of her cows in the background. Note also the basketball hoop. I don't believe I've seen a barn in Kentucky without that requisite garnish.



These pictures are inside our barn - once a tobacco barn, converted to horses and now for sheep. The stalks of tobacco in the first two pictures are speared onto a tobacco stick and those sticks are then hung (by hand) all the way to the top of these barns, resting between two "stringers" - the long square boards running throughout the barn. This time of year, all the tobacco barns are this empty as the tobacco has been stripped, baled and sold.



This is the top end of the back of our barn. Our barn dates back to at least 1922, when it was moved to this farm from a neighboring farm. All of the wood has been replaced at least once I'm sure, but I'm not sure that this last remaining bit isn't still original. The lace work of the boards reminds me of a church window.

A question - can someone tell me how to retake this picture and remove the glare?

13 comments:

Ed said...

very nice shots and welcome to the Sunday Stills Challenge..:-)

dibear said...

Welcome to Sunday Stills. I love your barn pics. We have an old tobacco barn across the road from us. Check out my blog, the first picture is it.

Mud Ranch said...

Great pictures and I would LOVE to visit Kentucky sometime. I will definitely look you up but want to see all the horses and barns. That would be a blast.

I would try and crop out the top of the door in that last photo then maybe play with the curves... If you have photoshop. Hopefully someone else has a better suggestion. ;) Welcome to Sunday Stills, glad you're playing along.

Oh, and Keebler is about THE cutest lamb I have ever seen.

Denise said...

Beautiful photos....I grew up in KY but live in Kansas now...this time of year I get homesick for bluegrass...btw Carlisle was my hometown. Nice blast from my past to see the baccer barns. I've fallen in love with Keebler.

kristi said...

As a history teacher, I enjoyed your information on the history of the tobacco barns! Great photos! I would love to have a barn like that one day:)

VioletSky said...

Welcome to Sunday Stills. Interesting tobacco barn - from someone who knows nothing about such things, thanks for sharing the info.

And I scrolled down to see your Keebler - he is so adorable.

Anonymous said...

Your tobacco barn photos have made me homesick, yet again, for my birth state, KY. I think you have an impressive talent for capturing anything that moves or stays still with your camera. Thank you so much!
June

prairierunner said...

Wonderful pictures and a wonderful blog as well. I love the last "church window" shot. Time of day might influence the "glare" as much as anything.

DayPhoto said...

This was great! I love the light in the photos, the barn full of tobacco, and the feeling of 'being there with you'!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com/

Lady Katherine said...

My hubby loved looking at your barn pictures! I called him over to see it! Great pics!

Far Side of Fifty said...

I must have missed this last week, I love that you also captured one of those Quilt barns..I find them so interesting..we have nothing like that here in Minnesota. I have been enjoying your lamb..way too cute! :)

Southern Creek Photography said...

I love that barn! Where is it located?!

thecrazysheeplady said...

Harrison County, Kentucky.

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