Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

A little barn magic


A few weeks ago husband and I were over near Lansing Michigan picking up a leftover campaign sign and I noticed the area was full of beautiful barns. And me with no camera. So I vowed that one day I’d go back and see what I could gather for my collection.

Yesterday was sunny, and I didn’t have any commitments, so it seemed like the perfect barn collecting kind of day.

On the way over there I passed a barn I showed you last summer. It was so pretty in the morning light that I had to stop and grab another couple shots. I’m sure you won’t mind seeing it again either.

This is one of my favorite barns because it’s off by itself and it has this tree and photogenic fence. Plus there’s somewhere safe to park.

The hardest thing about hunting for barns is that you might see them, off across a field, or down a road, but there’s often no safe place to park. I love lonely dirt roads where you have time to park on the road, stand just outside your car and grab a shot before anyone else comes along.

Yesterday wasn’t like that.

No, yesterday almost all the roads were paved, and some of them were way too busy to be stopping. No shoulders either, though I generally don’t like parking on the shoulders of a busy road and will forgo the image if that’s the only parking option.

But some roads, though paved, were totally empty. And it helped that I was out there early, searching for the morning light, before too many people were up and about.

Sometimes the whole farm, shot from across their field, and on a side road, is pretty too.

I love farms. Even when I can’t get the shot I am always glad I saw it.

I caught the morning light glinting off this orange equipment out of the corner of my eye. I turned around and went back for it.

But I’m also aware these are people’s homes and maybe they wouldn’t be happy to have a barn stalker driving back and forth in front of their property. Not sure how they’d feel about me parking in their driveway and walking down their lane to get a better angle.

So I don’t do that.

Sometimes all I can get is a quick, crooked shot almost out of the frame, fixable once I get home.

I guess most people would be happy that someone found their barns, mostly old and sometimes falling down, beautiful. But I don’t know how I’d answer the question, “What are you going to do with the picture?” if they asked. Because the answer really is, ‘nothing, I just like looking at them.”

This was on a dirt road, with manicured lawn all around the outbuildings.

I do. Last night I made a slide show out of several images I’ve taken over the years and sat quite contentedly watching them go by. I can’t remember where some of them were, but I sure like looking at them.

Overgrown by trees, it was still a pretty barn.

Yesterday I could have used a few clouds in the sky to add interest. Some of my favorite barn shots are those with big fluffy white clouds hanging low over red or grey barns. But I had to settle for crystle clear blue sky yesterday.

My favorite barn from yesterday’s adventure, and the reason I went back after seeing it weeks ago.

Oh darn.

This one is hanging on, fighting gravity.

I had fun, spent a few hours driving around in the country, and grabbed a few beautiful barns for my collection.

Barns aren’t always red. This one glowed and I had to go back and forth a few times because it was on a busy road. By then the cows that were in the yard had moved off for breakfast. You’ll have to imagine them there.

Kind of a perfect morning.

All barns are beautiful

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

29 thoughts on “A little barn magic

  1. Kind of perfect is right! I, too, have had problems taking pictures from the road:too busy, no shoulders, or a combination thereof. But you got some fantastic photos of barns great and small.


  2. I love barns, too. I’ve tried to work up the nerve to walk up the lane and ask if I could photograph a barn from all sides, but obviously haven’t been able to gather that kind of courage. Yet. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania is a wonderful place to drive the back roads and photograph the barns of the Amish. And, like you, I wonder if I’m invading their privacy in some way.

    Your photos are wonderful. Thank you for taking us along with you in your barn hunt. 🙂


    • Thank you for coming along! There are wonderful barns in Wisconsin too that I want to visit. I saw so many when we were driving through on our way to a rally in MN. No time then, but I haven’t forgotten! I should see if I can camp over that way, or in PA, and make it into a barn photo trip.


  3. I love these photos of barns. Looking at them, it struck me that barns are a lot like people: so similar, yet so different. Color, shape, size, condition — yep, like people. Looks like you had a gorgeous day for barn-hunting, too. One of the best things about yesterday — besides getting the Christmas decorations up, of course — was the Bernese-Golden puppy that stopped by to play with us while he was walking with his daddy. What a precious bundle of fluff and only three months old! Brought happy grins to both me and Domer!


  4. These are wonderful photos; you clearly had a great day. Are there any of the so-called ‘quilt barns’ in your area? I’d never seen any until I got into Kansas, but they really are great. Of course, just-barns are, too. I love them as much as old schoolhouses, and old churches.

    I may be a little too willing to stop on a shoulder, although most of the roads here in Texas, even the farm-to-market roads, are wide enough to allow it. As long as I turn on my emergency flashers and remember to show the camera to people passing me so they know I’m not really in trouble, it works out.


  5. I like that you have created collections and found something that has made you happy. I should do that with my sunset and wildlife/sea bird photos! That one that is leaning– makes you wonder for how long it’s been like that and how much longer it will stay up.


    • I have almost all my photos in files based on topic (and sometimes topic and year, and sometimes topic, year, and specific adventure). Some of the time, like today when snow is blowing sideways, I like to randomly open up a file and let it play. Always makes me smile. I’m sure, once Katie is gone, I’ll be doing that a lot with the thousands of Katie pictures I have stored.


  6. I have always loved barns, considering the limitations you did a great job finding these beauties!


    • Thanks! I saw some real beautiful barns that I couldn’t get shots of, but it was still fun. I’m glad to see you hear, and to read about the new little furry ones. I imagine they make you smile all the time!


  7. These are beautiful barns, Dawn. I wonder the same as you: how do you respond to someone who asks ‘what are you gonna do with the picture?’ Luckily, I have never been asked. But that doesn’t mean that, at some point, I won’t.


  8. Wishing I lived closer to country side with barns like these!! Such wonderful photos, Love barns old and new! Especially if there’s any horses around. Cows are fun too. I’m like a misplaced country girl! Lol 😀 thanks so much for sharing! ❤️


  9. I do like the last white one with the ell. Perfect for my entire clan. I love to look at barn too. I always imagine what my horses would look like in the picture!


  10. So many beautiful barn scenes Dawn! Thank you for sharing them. Looks like a perfect way to spend a morning


  11. Love the pics. I have not done a barn hunt photo shoot in years. Thanks for the reminder.


  12. Great barn shots! You have just made me homesick for the Thumb and the many barns around my hometown area. But you exactly stated the challenge of photographing them–it’s just so often awkward and inconvenient to pull over and find a place to park. Last year, during the month I spent visiting my mom, I often admired the barns but only once paused to photograph it. On the phone. And it didn’t turn out well. One of these days, maybe. Really enjoyed looking at these barns in all their glory and disappearing.


  13. I enjoyed seeing all your barns! I like them too:) One day soon I will have to go for a drive:)


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