Rustic Old Barn Abstract

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Grassy Creek Abandoned Barn 2 Composition 2
Grassy Creek Abandoned Barn 2 Composition 2

Another old barn photo? Yes! I will always stop to photograph an interesting, rustic old barn. Soon they will all be gone. Until then, I’ll continue to capture their weathered wood, patina metal surfaces, and rustic architectural features. For the best viewing experience, click to view a high resolution version.

Cheers,

C. S.

Season of Lent

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St. Mary's Episcopal Composition 3
St. Mary’s Episcopal Composition 3

For Lent this year, I’ve committed to turning my thoughts and desires away from material wants and instead focusing on the simple things in life that truly sustain happiness.

C. S.

A New Perspective

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Sexton Christmas Tree Farm Composition 1
Sexton Christmas Tree Farm Composition 1

I flew my new Mavic 3 drone in Ashe County last weekend. I sought out a local Christmas Tree farm and they gladly gave me permission to fly over the farm. I’m impressed with the drone’s dynamic range and thrilled to be finally seeing from above. For the best viewing experience, click on the image to see a high resolution version.

Cheers,

C. S.

Fading Family Farm Landscape

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Old Barn on Moore Rd Composition 1
Old Barn on Moore Rd Composition 1

When originally built, I suspect this barn was used to maintain a variety of crops for the family and local community. Now the barn is only used to store a tractor, used to cut grass now growing in former crop fields. These old barns and family farms are quickly disappearing from the rural American landscape.

Cheers,

C. S.

Ashe County Tobacco Barn

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Tobacco Barn on Parsons Hill Rd
Tobacco Barn on Parsons Hill Rd

Driving the backroads usually has a payoff for the adventurous, but patient photographer. This tobacco barn was a welcomed reward after a long dry spell traveling through rural Ashe Country, North Carolina last fall.

Cheers!

C. S.

Impermanence

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Abandoned House on Moore Rd
Abandoned House on Moore Rd

While I love the weathered textures, rust and other features of decay, photographing an abandoned old house can bring mixed feelings.  There are melancholy thoughts of needless decline.  Why was this home neglected and forgotten?  But there is also an appreciation of the effort and sacrifice spent in building the home.  Lives were lived here, perhaps a family’s, it was their home.

There is peace found in the acceptance of impermanence as part of the cycle of life. There is after all, beauty in decay.

Reclamation

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Abandoned Neaves Home Composition 1
Abandoned Neaves Home Composition 1

The overgrown vegetation and patina on metal are both evidence of Mother Nature’s slow but persistent reclamation of the natural and man-made world.  Our sense of order is often at odds with Hers. Will we regain our lost ability to live harmoniously before it’s too late?

Fall Monochrome Landscape

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Farm on Bryan Davis Rd, Ashe County Composition 1
Farm on Bryan Davis Rd, Ashe County Composition 1

Many agree fall foliage is also ideal for monochrome. The ability to adjust the luminosity across the color range can offer up interesting foliage tonality. When I first got out my car on this Ashe County, NC backroad, all the cows were in the shed. As a curious bunch, it took very little coaxing to get them to pose for this landscape composition.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. I’m most grateful for this WordPress and Monochromia blog community!

Cheers,

C. S.

Antiquity

Black And White Photography, C.S. Young Jr., Photography
Abandoned Piano
Abandoned Piano

I found this old piano on the porch of an abandoned house on Silas Creek Rd while exploring the backroads of Ashe County. I try to imagine the music, peace, joy and family experiences once shared from this instrument. Who played, what did they play, and why was this piano and house abandoned?

Cheers,

C. S.

Ashe County Christmas Tree Farm

Black And White Photography, C.S. Young Jr., Photography
Old Christmas Tree Farm
Old Christmas Tree Farm

This old Christmas tree farm on the back roads of Ashe County, North Carolina appears to be in decline.

Cheers,

C. S.