Friday, December 28, 2007

Around the county

Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day here, up near 60 degrees. DH and I took advantage of it and went for a ride. Even in winter, with no foliage, there is beauty. We laughed about collecting "blog fodder"(feed)! We live right on the edge of our small town but less than 5 or 10 minutes away we have some beautiful mountains and farmland. I've showed you here that I can walk out on my front porch and see the mountains but I thought you might enjoy more views.

You will notice that one of my favorite things to photograph is old barns.


This picture is an old swinging bridge which once led to the old house across the creek. There is a door on the bridge. I don't get it!! Maybe to keep people from crossing when it started to get run down??


This creek always looks so inviting to wade across in summer but not in the winter! Brrr!


Old country stores like this are almost completely a thing of the past.


An old mill dam. It is flowing good right now but during the dry summer we had it only had a little trickle of water.


I never tire of looking at the mountains especially when the sun is just on their peaks.


Another old barn on the hillside.


There are a lot of hillside farms in the area. The cows in the distance look like black specks.


I love how the clouds make shadows on the mountains.


I've mentioned to you before how it saddens me to see old houses long ago abandoned. Notice the outhouse in this picture. I think I've mentioned those before too!


Here's another swinging bridge with a door!! Painted red??? I think this one might be privately owned. All the swinging bridges around here use to be state maintained but they are becoming a thing of the past too.


Here are two favorites old barn AND a corn crib! If you notice, there are mountains in the background of just about every photo!


An old tractor inside:


The only remains of an old homestead:


This one is a beauty!


A house nestled in this little valley:


This is Dave's shadow puppet of a duck...but no shadow!! :o He's a nut!


Back home again to our little town which you can see was also built on a hillside :)


We enjoyed our ride and hope you enjoyed it too. Dave says he will be happy to give private tours (for a fee, of course) if anyone is interested!! The shadow duck show will be included in the fee.