December 21, 2017 • Leave a Comment
There is something appealing about barns in winter, especially I think, if you grew up in a farming community.
The barns that I knew are now mostly in varying degrees of deterioration. It seems that once the livestock is longer present, the upkeep is no longer important. The interiors, divided into stalls and pens, high lofts for hay and straw, bins for grain, are not suited for today's cash crop farm corporations where the need has changed to storing big equipment. We are losing something from a picturesque point of view as the farm buildings are replaced by industrial style utilitarian sheds. Perhaps that is why the winter scene has so much feeling. In our minds we can still feel the warmth, hear the quite sounds of the livestock, and see the shadows in dimly lighted mows; Memories of when the barn was a living part of our lives.
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