Never met a barn I didn’t fall for

I love the old barns around here (everywhere).  It always kills me a little inside when someone new moves in and they burn or tear down one of these beauties.  Worse than that, is the people who paint them an odd colour to match their house.  It’s called Barn Red for a reason.


The specific colour is actually more expensive than other shades and these things are huge so it’s not an inexpensive venture, painting one of these, but I don’t know why you ever would.

Never alone

Watching animal mates stick together always warms my heart.  These two were taking turns hunting and sharing whatever snacks they found.  One would take off and the other would sit, patiently waiting for the other to return.  Their body language looked like love to me.  Keeping each other warm and full; weathering the storm together as one.

Never alone 1 of 4

Never alone - 2 of 4

Never alone 3 of 4

Never alone 4 of 4

Red Tailed Hawk

He was so far away that my telephoto hard a hard time capturing the details here so a little editing of colour and sharpness helped this photo along. I was captivated as this hawk circled the fields hunting for some lunch on the first sunny day we had in weeks.

red tailed hawk in flight

Watching him ride the wind currents was incredible.  The dive was the most spectacular, of course, but it was so quick I didn’t have time to adjust to capture it on camera.  Some things in life are meant for your eyes to see alone, I suppose.

Storm – Beauty and Danger

This one shows the very limited visibility on the roads at times though the storm.  It’s hard enough to navigate the snowy, icy roads when can see what’s in front of you. For me, I find it all so captivating I’d rather pull over and shoot photos than drive anywhere, any day.

Storm 2018 - roads

The spots on the photo are snow that landed on my lens.  I quite like the effect they created.  Just look at that sun trying to break through!


The spectacular storm – Evergreens

I was out every day through the storm that recently swept through North America causing havoc everywhere it went. So much snow came down it was amazing…haven’t seen this much since I was a little girl.  Here’s some loveliness to share from my adventures trekking through over two feet of snowfall.


More snow than tree


Laden with snow

More abandoned beauty

It’s no secret that I find broken, abandoned or particularly decrepit things that were once loved by someone very alluring.  I don’t really understand what draws me to them, but I suspect it’s the want to create a record of it so it is no longer forgotten.  Even if no one is taking care of it anymore, everything is still beautiful in some way ….maybe even more so than shiny new things that have never weathered a storm or seen a family grow, part ways; to see new owners come though with hope and dreams in their hearts; never stood against the frozen battering of the winter or relentless heat of the summer.

Someone lived here once.  I don’t know if they were happy or bitter; loved or abandoned; healthy or ill.  I don’t know if there were kids that once played around this house or family pets that ran free, always coming when they were called. I have no idea if someone ugly and cruel holed up in this place, hidden away keeping their bitterness with society tucked away inside.  No matter what happened, something happened here once and now the only evidence of occupation left behind is the old building itself that no longer serves any purpose at all.

I like giving it a purpose, even if for only the quick snap of my camera shutter.




Freeze Thaw Freeze

It’s been cold here, really cold.  Then, a few days later it rose above freezing and the snow we had melted and flooded the fields.  Then, a few days later it got cold again.  Not quite as cold as it had been, but definitely colder than it was.  So what does a heavy snowfall (we had so many inches it was being measured in feet) look like after it melts, freezes, melts and freezes again?

This!  How incredible is that?  Just weather and wind (along with the help of some uneven ground and corn stalks) and magic appears.  Cold magic, but beautiful none the less.  🙂