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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Images of the Farm

We just returned from some family time at the farm and as usual I took lots of photos. It is a fun opportunity to play around with my camera and look at different subjects.



The horses were happy to oblige, for a while anyway. Too many click, click, clicks of the camera spooked them and they decided to take off to the far end of the pasture.


Mornings were glorious! Watching the sun come up over the trees and shine on the pastures was a great way to start the day.


The humidity was heavy and the spiders that made their webs in the blades of grass sparkled in the morning light.


As the sun warmed the air the butterflies populated the zinnia beds. Big swallowtails to tiny skippers, fluttered from bloom to bloom.






Even the bees got in on the action.



A great place to spend the sweltering afternoons was under the tall trees near the pond. A soft breeze and shade made the heat tolerable. It was also a good place to watch the dragonflies. The problem was that they don't sit still for long plus I forgot my tripod so action shots were out of the question. It was a waiting game and test of patients to see if they would land somewhere close by.




I spent some time examining the banana trees. It is such a fascinating plant. (see my post here to learn all about the wold's largest herb).


The blooms and and leaves that contain the bananas are gorgeous red and yellow.


This little kitten was hiding out in some old hay bales. Just asking for attention.


And even got a little more adventurous the longer I stuck around.


We made a daily visit to the neighbor to deliver food scraps to her chickens. While there I had to photograph this Eucalyptus Tree. It is the largest one I have ever seen. My 10 year old son stood under the tree to show how tall it is. Apparently they will grow up to 6 feet a year and are great at repelling ticks and fleas.


A historic structure on her property is this old barn built by the WPA (Works Progress Administration) during the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration. Since the foundation of this barn dates back to the Great Depression I thought it was appropriate to edit this photo using a sepia effect.


Parts of the structure have obviously been replaced and additions added to the exterior of the barn but look closely to the side and door frame and you can see the original materials are still in place. The purpose of the WPA program (created by executive order in 1935) was to put unemployed people to work. To rehabilitate rural areas structures like these were built.


Thanks to my in-laws for a wonderful weekend of laughs, fishing and great memories!

18 comments:

  1. Sounds like a charming place to visit. Karin, the third shot of the dragonfly is so fun and full of whimsy! Great shot! I hope you and your family had a happy 4th.

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  2. Wow, these are very artistic shots. I love most the expressive eye of the horse and the big spider web. I bet the owner of that web is also big, did you not find it?

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    1. I looked for the owner to the web but didn't find it. I think it was hiding cleverly in the grass but I don't think it was a large spider.

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  3. Great shots you got. Really wonderful of the Dragonfly, well of everything really.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  4. I love your farm images, they look so relaxed. When I am at the farm I am always rushed and the photos reflect that a bit. It looks like peace and tranquility at the farm you are at. I love the closeup of the white horse, Beautiful.

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    1. Donna, I do have more time to focus on taking photos since the rest of my family goes fishing which is not my thing. I don't have the patience for it.

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  5. Gorgeous pictures. You certainly know how to wield a camera!

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  6. What a fun, relaxing looking vacation, and what beautiful pictures! I just love the one of the spider web - it's gorgeous.

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  7. Beautiful photographs enliven the view..the photo of the dragonfly to frame!!

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  8. What a fantastic place to vacation. I had no idea bananas could be grown in the States, thought they were limited to tropical countries. Glad you linked back to your old post, I must have missed that one originally and it was really interesting. Love the photo of the horse, just beautiful.

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  9. What beautiful images! I enjoyed the walk around the farm. The dragonfly pics and the spiderweb pic take the cake! I'll be back to visit your lovely blog again soon. :-)
    Beth

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  10. Karin,

    You really do have a knack with that camera. I was admiring the close-up of the horse's face and then had to admire the colourful flowers. What a beautiful place!

    -Karen

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  11. Karin what a lovely spot to rest and relax with nature...I have never stayed on a farm for any length of time except to visit. I can't believe all the butterflies...

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  12. Wonderful photos Karin, looks like Mother Nature and her creatures were happy to oblige you for some wonderful shots. Love that one dragonfly that looks like it is doing a headstand.

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  13. Those are some incredible photos, Karin. The collection makes for a wonderful expose of the farm. I'm imagining them framed and posted on the walls for your family to enjoy. Nice job!

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  14. Some fab, vibrant photos. I especially like the spider web, butterflies and the cute kitten. Looks like a fantastic trip.

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  15. Such beautiful photos, the horse, kitten and banana tree are my favourites!

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  16. Having lived in Mississippi, I can feel the tempo of this trip through your post. It seems wonderfully relaxing. :o)

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