Country scene outside city limits


As I left work, I noticed the sun

glowing in golden hues,

thinking of how this

would reflect upon

corn fields or 

woodsy areas

I headed out of town.

This is what captured my interest,

close proximity to a working farm.

Wondering why, as this barn aged,

that someone here within this

property, grandfather or 

son, didn’t think the

old gray, worn barn

wasn’t worth saving?

What’s close to you,

buildings, school or

shopping area which

is becoming “let go?”

Disheveled barns

can be found and

make interesting

photographs but

they have more

stories than

the new.


Signing off,




34 responses »

    • Yes, I agree! Merril, it is all about the stories. . . .
      Our curiosity tends to want to know more about abandoned buildings in disrepair than in shiny high rises or well kept ones! 🙂

  1. We have them all – the brand sparking newness of yet another competitive mall, the fading face of the once loved plaza now more to-let than to-buy and interspersed are farms which tend, even the best tended to have at least one building that stands sentinel in its landscape decaying slowly and like a sinking ship taking its secrets to its grave ,,,

  2. We have some old barns and even an old saw mill near us that are crumbling. It is sad. Did nobody want to keep it up? Did it just “get away” from the owner. You’re right; great photos but sad. Have a great day!

    • Cheers to you, Chris. 🙂
      I liked how the scene brought some specific dilapidated buildings to your mind, old barns and a sawmill. They get my mind wandering to the possibilities of “why did this happen?” and “how to fix and bring it back to use?”

      • I know what you mean. Ten years ago, we visited what had once been my great grandmother’s home in Ireland. It was a small stone cottage that has fallen into disrepair. But it sits right on the coast. Every once in a while I consider what it would take to buy the field and fix it up. I’d love to but the cost (of just upgrading let alone buying the land) and logistics seem daunting.

    • It is probably not reasonable to fix it up to live in but I like your wishing you could. Definitely a haunting task when you consider “modern conveniences!” Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Chris.

  3. Well, one thing about living in a big city is that your rarely see property that isn’t being sold or already used for something. It is sad when businesses close though. That’s about the closest we get.

    • If the buildings are solid or have “good bones”sometimes you see a replica emerge in its place. I liked your city response to this old, worn out barn photo and the fall field in its last moments, Marissa. 🙂

    • Beth, those are both pleasant ways to describe worn and fading barns. Rustic and lived in are why I like to take photographsof barns. I liked the yellowing large field in fallow this time of year, too. 🙂

  4. There’s a very old cottage on our common that has been left to rot away. It would make a lovely home. There must be some legal reason why it hasn’t been swept up by an enthusiastic DIY – er!

    • I think old stone cottages are worth saving but wooden ones have (usually) rotten boards, maybe termites. Good point about legal reasons why some are not repaired! I wish someone would save the house on your common, Jenny. 🙂
      I love when I do see DIY house projects on old “antique” (antiquated) places.

  5. I used to love looking for old barns and cabins to see if the owner would sell the explosed siding. When repurposed for interior walls for basements and recrooms, the weathered boards made for a tough and eye-pleasing wall treatment.

    The textile plants in S. Carolina all closed after WWII when foreign cotton production and manufacturing took over the entire industry. Now there are brick factories scattered through the region that are shuttered and overgrown. There is an occasional water-powered grist mill that is still operation for historic purposes only. – Mike

    • Thank you ever so much for the detailed places that are in the area where you now live in South Carolina, Mike. The closed and shuttered cotton mill factories scattered around sound like potential places of condominiums or apartments; but some may feel tearing down is cheaper. . . So sad!
      I like that you enjoyed using weathered wood from barns and cabins. This is always nice to hear of repurposing something which could be discarded thoughtlessly. So much more attractive than paneling, in most cases. 🙂

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