Sunday, November 13, 2011

Barn Charm

If you've been visiting here the past few weeks you know Hubs and I spent a weekend in and around Cass, West Virginia. I was lucky enough to spot quite a few barns that hubby had to keep stopping for so I could take photos of all I saw. This first one was just off the highway on a side road. I love the washed out red paint. If you enlarge these you will see an advertisement on the end of the barn. The one word I could make out is Hermitage. There is an inn and restaurant named that nearby but I can't be for certain if there is a connection. Did you notice all the pigeons on top of the silo? The lightning rods atop the cupolas have little stars on them.
We decided to follow the little road in front of the barn for a short distance so I could get a photo of another barn below the road. The fields around the barn circled back quite a distance. I liked how the fall foliage on the trees and the green grasses on the bank of the roadway framed this empty hay wagon.
The fields had recently been mowed and I couldn't resist a shot of the rolls of hay. The sky was completely washed out on this particular morning so I've added a texture to this image. I like the painted effect it gives the photo.
(Be sure to click and enlarge these to their original size.)
Posted for Barn Charm and Ruby Tuesday.

44 comments:

Leora said...

How gorgeous the foliage makes your fine farm photos! The bottom one looks like a Monet: reminds me of haystacks with colors.

Pat said...

Very nice photos! I like all three of them, and especially the added texture effect on the third one!

Liz said...

Lovely pics!

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Maria @ LSS said...

Great captures. Happy RT.

Ann said...

I hear my fav song by John Denver, take me home, West Virginia.

I had an American Missionary teach who came to Borneo. after 28 years we had a reunion, and a boy sang this song.

What do you know, it brought tears to this 70n something woman. She grew up in West Virginia.

Ralph said...

What a cool barn! You must have had quite a trip over the WV hills from the Ohio to this hamlet in the Blue Ridge. The barn is lovely, the faded red pain full of character. It seems with stars on those rods, they are taunting the lightning, daring the electrical charge to follow the shortest path, Neat!

Mimi said...

Oh fabulous barn, Carletta!
And the colours in the last shot are out of this world; I would encourage everyone to enlarge it to see them!

Felisol said...

Carletta,
Every time we drive to and from my birth home I see dozens of red barns in all shapes, and I'm thinking of your wonderful barn pictures.
I will indeed learn to take time to make stops, and catch a few, due to your inspiration.

The stubble field and the haystacks are simply great too.

Gloria said...

Nice photos Carletta. Love those rolls of hay. Happy Ruby Tuesday to you, cept that it's Monday over here. tee hee.;)

Neal said...

All are nice but the bottom is my favorite. I've always liked pictures of bales of hay.

TexWisGirl said...

these are beautiful! love the cupolas!

EG Wow said...

The barn with weathered boards. Handsome barn.

Kim, USA said...

It's beautiful!

Cute Barn

Rose said...

I did notice the pigeons but not the starts...I like that whole scene...love the wagon, and really enjoyed the bales of hay...

Debbie said...

that's a big ole' wonderful barn!! virginia is such a beautiful place!!

Judy said...

We have a few barns left around here that have advertizements on them...Tho like this one they are faded. Love the wagon and hay bales.

Flora said...

Love the white and red! cool pictures!!

Carletta said...

Debbie, thanks for your lovely comment but I just have to let you know that this is Wild and Wonderful WEST VIRGINIA! :)

Saun said...

I would love to make this barn into my house. Gorgeous

chubskulit said...

Wow those are huge hay rolls!

George said...

I like the barn -- and the scenes you captured along that country road. I'm sorry I can't help you with the message on the barn, but I'm confident it didn't say Visit Rock City, which is fairly common on older barns around here.

Dawn said...

Really like the weathered look of that barn!

Seow wei said...

nice shot, lovely.

Eden said...

Beautiful captures.

Tanya said...

i love, love, LOVE that barn! what a beautiful drive!

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

I always enjoy your entries so much, Carletta, because I know they're going to be exceptional, & this one certainly is. I saw that the paint was washed out on the barn, but I didn't see the words until I read what you wrote, then I enlarged the pic & WoW! there's lots of words on there. Could it maybe say The Hermitage Motel & Restaurant? There's more under that, but I just can't make it out... that's so neat!!!
That white fence really adds to the beauty of the place, too, doesn't it.

I really like that shot of the hay wagon... that's a very cool shot!
And, the hay, too... I'm never disappointed when visiting your blog

Thanks so very much for joining Barn Charm =)))

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

That's a very beautiful old barn! Love the cupolas, too. Beautiful countryside to take a drive in!

jeannette said...

Where would we be without a patient hubby, Carletta? Love your hay pic!

Robin said...

Wonderful barn image, so full of history and character, and I love the treatment you gave the hay bales. Great use of texture.

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Nani said...

Too bad the ad is so faded, the old barn ads are awesome! But it's a beautiful barn, LOVE the silo, and it's pigeon-party! The fall colors are so nice. What a great trip!

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

amazing shots and texture! what a lovely barn!
love them all especially the last one.

Elaine said...

Gorgeous barn shot and I love how you processed the hay field!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

The forested area with its changing leaves is calling to me!

DITTY IN RED

Just a pinch of scarlet
To liven up the place;
Just a hint of ruby
Brushed upon your face;
Just a bit of cherry
Dancing round your toes;
Just some sanguine colors—
That’s the way it goes!


© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Autumn’s rubies here and here

Kristy said...

This barn is a beauty and the rolled hay is gorgeous!

Genie said...

Love your barn and your landscape....your processing is wonderful. They are both so appealing to the eye. Nice work. genie

don said...

It took the enlargement to fully appreciate the qualities of your barn pictures. A fine barn to shoot. Nice series follows it too. Nice fall colors in these shots.

Margaret said...

Perfect use of a texture. I love the sight of rolled hay in a field. The barn really DOES need to be enlarged to enjoy everything that is going on. Nice capture.

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Mmmmmmmmm, what a pretty, pretty scene. I so envy all the 'country' photos such as this. Brings back my days of childhood.

DUCK SONG -- and photos of ducks 'round town.

JunieRose2005 said...

Love these country scenes, Carletta. (Of course I would!!) Really like the last shot of the hay field!

Craver Vii said...

The texture effect was an excellent idea for the last pic with the washed-out sky. It adds an interesting character to the image.

Jill Wellington said...

Oooh!! Love the fall colors in your great photos!

Rose said...

Carletta, I commented on this the other day....it took about three tries but I thought the third one took...and either it is not here or I am blind....I really, really liked these, but especially that hayfield.

Liz said...

Great barn! I love the hay bales with the Autumn colours behind - wonderful composition!

Liz said...

Love the truck too!!! Great shots, all of them!