Of Barns and Beauty

posted by Sharon November 6, 2012 21 Comments

Driving through the farm country of central Michigan, you will see cornfields and farms. Many farms. All kinds of farms.  Here’s one with fresh red paint and an intriguing patterned roof.

This farm is in good shape. It presents a beautiful face to the world.

If you look closely, though, you’ll know it’s not perfect. The white fence is peeling, but fall flowers poking through to brighten your day.

Here’s a barn that could stand a coat of paint. I think it has character. The front displays some makeshift repairs.

If you walk around the corner, you’ll find that some boards are missing.

If you keep driving through miles of farmlands, you can enjoy the views of green dotted with red buildings. Wandering around the countryside, I happened onto this barn.

When I got out to photograph this dilapidated building, the neighbor sitting on his porch nearby yelled, “Hey, did you bring wood, hammer and nails?” Yes, this one is in need of some care. No, I didn’t bring a hammer and nails. Besides, a storm came blowing in, and I headed back to my car as the drops of rain started falling. A severe weather warning broadcast on the radio as I headed away.

People are like these barns in some ways. We may present a pleasant, put-together look. If you look closer, you’ll see the flaws, the areas in need of care. Some of us are battered by years and pounding rains and icy snow and have more obvious problems. The seasons keep rolling along, weakening what once was sturdy.

How about you? Maybe you’re feeling dilapidated and tired and worn out, not sure if you can stand the next onslaught. Remember that you are beautiful to others, whether the paint is shiny new, peeling off, or gone altogether. It’s character that counts, and character that gives us true beauty not diminished by any storm.

 

 

 

 

Linking up with This or That Thursday, Sweet Shot Tuesdays, Communal Global and Texture Tuesdays. Photos are edited with Kim Klassen’s textures Feliicty, Empty Page, and Be Still .

 

 

 

 

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21 Comments

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Pieni lintu November 6, 2012 at 9:18 am

Beautiful old buildings!!!

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clfroelichCherie November 6, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Gorgeous! I especially love that patterned roof. Very unusual. I just love old barns.

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin November 6, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Wow, these are so pretty! Love the fence!

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Deanna@Snippets from Springdale November 6, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Oh I love these barns, really delightful collection, especially the 1st one with it’s colorful roof design. I may have to take a trip to Michigan just to see the barns.

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Barb November 6, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Love the photos but your words of encouragement are beautiful!

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Marilyn November 6, 2012 at 2:10 pm

I grew up on a farm in Iowa with a big barn painted forest green on the bottom and white on the top. Love to see the old barns but sad to see them slowly disintegrating over time.

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Molly November 6, 2012 at 2:52 pm

I love the dilapidated barn. It speaks of history and age and stories untold.

Mollyxxx

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emily November 6, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Lovely words. I am feeling that way right now, but hopefully we be back to normal in no time!

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Kim Stevens November 6, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Really beautiful photos, and analogy!

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Sherry Galey November 6, 2012 at 3:15 pm

I love blog posts that make a deeper connection with the images. Just lovely, all around.

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Robyn November 6, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Lovely post, Sharon! Your pictures and words are like poetry. Thank You for sharing your thoughts, as I needed to here that today.

Have you been to http://bluffareadaily.blogspot.com/? Tricia has a weekly Barn Charm blog hop.

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Nina November 6, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Hi Sharon, There is a charm in old barns and buildings, the flaws have a history to tell… Beautiful photos, also the metaphorical approach – thank you!

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patty November 6, 2012 at 7:11 pm

beautiful images… i think i prefer the tattered… they tell a story of living.
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Pat November 6, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Charming old barns. I love the unusual roof on the first one.

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Debbie Mercer November 7, 2012 at 12:43 am

Hi Sharon. I love the images of the barns that you captured and your descriptions and thoughts. Thanks for the uplifting words at the end of your post.

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kelleyn November 7, 2012 at 12:54 pm

I love red barns!

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Currie Silver November 7, 2012 at 7:15 pm

oh, Sharon, this is just a wonderful post and the photos are magnificent. it was nice to ponder things as I read along. thanks so much for a nice time!!

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Emille, CA November 8, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Don’t know how I would feel I I would be the owner of the barn, but as a passer by, i’m loving the rustic and old look! Great capture:)

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monica devine November 9, 2012 at 6:41 am

I was born and raised in Michigan, and these photos bring back so many lovely memories. Thank you!

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Nics Cahill November 9, 2012 at 9:31 pm

STUNNING PHOTOGRAPHS Sharon. I love how you have captured the sense of colour and beauty in the form of the buildings. I remember driving through Michigan and seeing these barns too.

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Irmi Ryan December 4, 2012 at 6:23 am

Stunning images and beautiful and uplifting words. You are a beautiful person, Sharon!

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