When I shared this photo in January this year, around the time of year I’d taken the photo, many people saw their own thoughts and memories in the image, whether it was a family farm or a barn they knew, or farms they drove past or ones in memory. That’s one of the things I look for in a November image, and along with the swirling sunset and November colors, this photo does it for me too.
Even though I grew up in the suburbs, I was surrounded by farms, many in full production as dairy or truck farms growing acres of vegetables still in the 1960s. The nucleus of a long-time family farm was right across the street from our 1950s-era ranch house, the rambling house still standing with the milk house refitted as a rental but the chicken cook housing a few old vehicles and some chickens. The barn came down before I was old enough to have a chance to explore it, but most of these suburban neighborhoods with the curving streets and cars in driveways also had a farmhouse and an old barn somewhere in the mix.
I love those old barns, that tend to stand longer than the houses do, being built for brute strength to handle the weight of livestock, equipment and materials. At some point I find them alone and isolated, no farmhouse near, abandoned to the overgrown driveway and fields, but still they hold their ground.
I captured this sunset just driving along the road in another suburban development, just at the moment the sun was falling toward the horizon throwing everything into silhouette, a statement of sorts on the disappearing industry and lifestyle that was once the standard of the day.
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- For mobile devices, press on the image to bring up a menu and choose “open in new window”. Go to that window and press until a menu appears and choose as “set as wallpaper” or “set as lock screen” or whatever you’d like—this is slightly different on all devices.
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