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Thursday, October 04, 2007

the big green

I realize I've been rather talkative lately. So I'm going to give you (and me) a break. Just a set of barn pictures, inside and out. If it weren't for the bat poo (oh and the bats), I might be tempted to sleep in there one night.

























22 comments:

JoAnn - NL "My digital eyes" :) said...

Yeh ruth,
Now I recognise some of Ginnie's shots, (not the same!)I love the deatilled the most but thats my "tick" (making detailled photo's) I even bought yesterday a 'Macro lens' , and I was so busy with making more detailled photo's!!! You should try (if you can) a macro lens once. Te result is quith different.

Thnaks for writing and commenting, I like you anyhow, always, so I like you photography and blog,
Have agood week/day:)

freefalling said...

ewwww - bat poo!
Are they blood-sucking bats?!

I got so excited when I saw your clothes line - my Nanna used to have one like that - my sister and I were intrigued by it (you know the saying, small things amuse small minds).

Yes, you have been rather verbose lately - it's been making me feel intellectually inadequate - some of the people that comment on here must be very clever - sometimes I have to read their comments two or three times before I understand them!
But I keep coming back....

DrowseyMonkey said...

lol @ bat poo.

Wow - these pics are fantastic. It's like you live in heaven! Well, my idea of heaven, anyway.

photowannabe said...

Love them all Ruth. I see the vultures roosting . I sort of miss them now that we have moved.

lorenzothellama said...

Brilliant photos Ruth! Doesn't everyone use a washing line?

The Turkish coast is know as The Turquoise Coast for obvious reasons. This is the third year we have sailed in Turkey. Usually we have a big boat and explore the coastline which is fabulous. This year was quite different but oh so exciting.

I love Turkey and the Turkish people. They are so friendly and inquisitive. I am aching to visit India but have to save up more pennies as I also need to go to Japan next year too.

Lorenzo.

Ruth said...

JoAnn, I would like to try a macro lens. My Olympus is quite good with macros too, thankfully. When I get my Nikon back from repair, eventually I'd like to have a macro lens. I hope you have a good weekend!

Ruth said...

Letitia, I changed the word "verbose" to "talkative" but it's the same thing, eh? I hope I didn't put you off too badly, and I'm glad you came back.

One of the great joys of my week is hanging laundry on the line, then taking it down when it's dry. The sun shines so well on that part of the orchard, and it's very meditative to first hang it, then fold each piece after it is crisp and flat and warm from the sun. Then going to bed the first night the bed is made is like no other heaven.

Ruth said...

Thanks, Drowsey Monkey. It's my idea of heaven too.

Ruth said...

Sue, thank you. Those turkey vultures were funny. Don was cooking out on the grill, maybe you remember the story when I posted it on Flying. I think they were pretty interested in whatever he was grilling there. I'd never seen them so close. They are beautiful when they sore, but not so cute in the face. I guess we're all good at something.

Ruth said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed Turkey and its people, Lorenzo. Their hospitality always amazed me, so open and kind. I am dying to go to India too, and I know what you mean about the expense. One ticket is at least $1500! But it WILL happen, it's just a matter of when. It's wonderful that you can travel as you do, enjoy it, and share it with us, your fans.

Mrs. M. said...

You give Paul a run for his money! How great to see your farm in the fall--

Wouldn't Uncle Bennett have loved your farm?

Rauf said...

Ah Ruth, Mrs. M says uncle Bennett would love your farm.
Uncle Bennet sure would love to visit your farm.

You see beauty in decay Ruth, Some stunning textures there. You have a good collection of well maintained and decaying Barns to fill up a book.

i have climbed some towers of temples, very poorly maintained. Bats and pigeons rule the place
You would wonder how bats can live in the heart of a very busy city.
Very suffocating as you go up. i have to bear the stench to get a good view of the temple.

Loring Wirbel said...

What is Don doing in the last photo, poking at bats? I agree with Rauf, there is intense beauty in clutter and decay, if you look at it the right way. At least that's what I tell my wife!

Ruth said...

Mrs. M., I think Bennett would have spent a lot of time with us, and us at his place north of Lansing, the log home he was going to build. We have a video he took at our Milford farm where we lived for 2 years. Grandma and Grandpa are in it, and Lesley and Peter when they were little with summer tans, and Bennett and Grandma and Grandpa spent a lot of time on that video looking through the barn. Grandpa must have said a dozen times how much he loved the old, wide boards, while Bennett video-taped him. I'm so glad we have that on tape.

Ruth said...

rauf, that's what I call "rising above."

Bats are wonderful, so helpful eating mosquitoes. I don't regret having them live in our barn and swooping around the farm. We have to keep Lesley's kayak in the barn covered with a tarp so it doesn't get poo'd on. I admire bats. But I don't relish the idea of one nesting in my hair for the night. I guess I could put myself under a tarp.

rauf, I am sad that neither you nor Bennett will visit the farm.

Ruth said...

Hehe, Loring, funny on both counts. You see that star there on the ground that Don was pounding nails to hang. Yep, decay is good, to a point. It's picturesque anyway.

Mrs. M. said...

Oh...isn't there some way to put it on dvd and send it online to our family?

Actually, now that I think about it, I believe that somewhere I have a video of Katy and me coming to visit you during her first year when we lived in Lansing.

That was a great house. Do you miss it?

Ginnie said...

I want to see that video, too, Ruth! I had no idea it existed. Please show it at the next Farm Day! In the barn! :)

I loved every single one of these photos, Ruth. This is so you...and so the Farm.

Ruth said...

Mrs. M., I'm sure there's someone in Lansing who would put the tape on dvd. I could look into it. But I warn you, it is incredibly boring, boring, boring. You would be anxious to watch it, build it up in your mind, and in one minute you'd be zzzzzzzzzz.....

Sometimes I think of that house, yes. It was something, all those windows: 50! The light was amazing coming in the front in the morning. The sunroom. I'm glad we had it for a while, but we ran out of energy. Way too much house for two people. And too much money to finish fixing it. That kitchen! Everyone lived in the kitchen, right? And then, there have been maybe 12 murders in that neighborhood in the last 5 years.

Ruth said...

Good idea, Boots, we can play it at Farm Day. It's fun to see G'ma, G'pa and Bennett there.

Thanks, and you know well how the corners of the barn beg to be photographed. And we got to see those at Shutterchance!

lesleyanne said...

i do miss that house in lansing sometimes, it had so much character. and i loved riding my bicycle around the neighborhood, and to school. meeeeemories...

and wow do i love all of these photos. i love this barn. it is by far and away a better barn than the milford barn. i just said barn four times. what is dad doing? putting up the christmas star already? good for you. :)
i love you both so much. can't wait to be there in about a month!!!

Ruth said...

Les sweet, sometimes I regret that we lived in so many different houses. But they each had great memories, and we were always together.

Hehe, you said barn four times. Dad was putting up the star for Christmas last year.

It will be perfect having you home my darling girl.