Thursday, 08 November 2018 13:38

Staring Down a Feed Trough

What I had mistakenly thought to be the feeding stalls of a milking barn built by the Reeves family in Spring Creek, North Carolina in the early-1950's turned out to be the feeding trough of a beautiful barn used for beef cattle. Regardless of its purpose, the narrow metal container flanked by parallel rows of 2"x6" framing boards, designed with Robert Frost' fences in mind served their purpose for many years, and now have become reminders of a time when such wonderful farms were the norm and barns like this could be found in every cove and holler throughout Madison County.

The angle-of-view I wanted was found by a 42mm focal length, actually rather normal. An aperture of f/22 provided depth-of-field and a shutter speed of 3.0 seconds at ISO 100 provided a medium overall exposure. My point of focus to ensure that I maximized my DOF was toward the front end of the board nailed between the third and fourth studs on the left.

Many memories of being on both of my grandparents' farms came washing over me as I looked down this row. These are the memories that help us to remember who we are, no matter where we are.

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  • Comment Link Donald McGowan Wednesday, 14 November 2018 22:42 posted by Donald McGowan

    Good evening Everyone. Thank you all very much for joining me for this conversation. As it is somewhat late, and I have a very early date with a fellow with a scalpel, I hope you will allow me to make my comments somewhat abbreviated. I promise to be more thoughtful on the other end of the story.
    Hey Horace. It's always good to have you with me. Bonnie and I have a great time with both of the GNPA groups. We said to each other that this was the best overall set of barn adventures we have had since we began. And we're looking forward to more whenever they come. You have a great organization and we enjoy sharing the beauty of Madison County's barns with all of you.
    Hi Joni. Thank you so much for all of your kind words and for sharing those wonderful memories. I can't think of a better way of acknowledging the value of these beautiful structures than by describing the memories they evoke.
    Hey Donald, it's always a good morning when I see that you have joined our conversation. How well I can relate to your description of the forbidden mysteries. There were places in my grandfather's barn that were, likewise, off-limits; and that only made them all the more alluring. Thanks, too, for your kind words about the Image. It was a lot of fun to create.
    Hey Nancy T. I have never known that you were raised on a dairy farm. I think you know that my maternal grandfather was a dairy farmer. What stories we have to share. It was truly good to see you and to be able to share a good meal. We hope your visit in Florida is filled with joy and love, and all the blessings of family; and we look forward to hearing about it when you get back to West Tennessee.
    Thanks, again, Everyone for joining me. I look forward to catching back up on the other side to this pending adventure. Walk in Beauty.

  • Comment Link Nancy Tripp Sunday, 11 November 2018 13:13 posted by Nancy Tripp

    A vintage geometric with lines, lines everywhere. Nice lighting showing the rough-sawn lumber and some details of what is holding it together. I was born and raised on a small dairy farm,in southern IL, until we moved to FL when I was 8 (that would have been the early 50's).
    It was great to see you guys last week. We are in Florida now enjoying the family and sunshine.

  • Comment Link Donald Newsom Sunday, 11 November 2018 10:35 posted by Donald Newsom

    I always go to your weekly image first thing upon arising Sunday morning. This one was an instant "wow" moment. Your story of your grandparents' farms reminded me of one of the magical places of my childhood, my grandfather's workshop. We kids were forbidden to enter, but the mystery only added to the magic.

  • Comment Link Joni Meyer Sunday, 11 November 2018 09:57 posted by Joni Meyer

    Your photography always beautiful and you find such wonderful meaning which each...your journey thru life. It also takes me down the road with my grandparents and family. Appropriate time of year.

  • Comment Link Horace Hamilton Sunday, 11 November 2018 09:41 posted by Horace Hamilton

    The Reeves barn, and Spring Creek in general, are highlights of the barn tours. Both our groups had a wonderful time and came away with great images. Thanks to you and Bonnie for such memorable events.

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