Wednesday, September 2, 2009

My Neck of the Woods

I took a drive a few days ago. It wasn't even a purposeful "drive", it was just running an errand and then driving home. At every turn, I found beauty and inspiration.

This is why I hereby do solemnly swear to never leave home without my camera again, so help me Lumix.


Don't you just want to walk right through that white door and set up housekeeping? Or at least, set up shop? I do.


Here's the flip-side. This picture represents almost all of the current elements of my preferred aesthetic.
1) Rugged brick (aka texture)
2) Clean, white paneled wood
3) Dark, substantial hardware
4) Paned windows
5) Corrugated metal
6) Fresh, green botanicals
7) Faded, seen-better-days wood with rusty trim


I will miss thee, sunflowers. I regret that I have only reaffirmed my love for you in recent years. As it turns out, Elizabeth Arden didn't know you nearly as well as she claimed.


Crab apples! Have you ever stopped to ponder the significance of this tree and the fruit it bears? Me neither. Because all that really matters is that it's pretty.


It felt so serendipitous to stumble upon these good fellas. I passed them by, turned around, drove back (slowly) and took this photo out my passenger window, turned around again and attempted to take one coming from the other direction (there were more pairs of suspenders on the other side) but the guy in the blue jeans gave me a "what the...?" look and I zoomed off, a little red in the face. Our corn commands a great deal of attention, consideration and contemplation around here, but that's probably a moot point.


And please, no lectures, but I also took this picture while driving. It's a back road, so I slowed down to a slow idle...until a mean dog nearly jumped through my passenger window and I zoomed off again.

I really try not to make a habit of taking photographs whilst driving. It's just that sometimes, it can't be helped. A barn the color of faded denim with white piping is entirely worth the risk of a fierce dog attack.


Finally, we have this. The dahlias are fading, but who among us isn't? I have never minded a little wear and tear - a little character. This pretty young thing seems to have lived a full, beautiful life and she's not afraid who knows it. You won't catch her hanging her head in shame or running off for a petal-lift. There is truth to be found in the imperfections. Look closer, and I promise you will see it.

32 comments:

  1. Thanks for risking your life for us! :) The eye candy was a treat!
    ♥ Jen

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  2. Wishing I lived in your neck of the woods...although we live in the country, right now, all that is happening is the tobacco farmers are harvesting and smoking/drying the leaves out so there is a cloud of smoke everywhere!
    PS. Sunflowers and Elizabeth Arden take me back!

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  3. Thanks for taking us on a ride with you. I too often leave my camera at home and wish that I had it when I am out driving. You just never know what you will see.

    I just recently found your blog and SO enjoy it. I love how you write and there is just a sense of simplicity and fun about it.

    Have a wonderful day!

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  4. Photography at the wheel...I've been guilty of that once or twice since moving to the country. There's just too much good stuff to resist!
    ~Andrea~

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  5. They're all magazine worthy pictures! Definitely LOTS of inspiration and beauty...oh that faded denim barn is just screaming "host a party here amongst my lovliness" :)

    T

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  6. Love this post. And I love that you take photos while driving too. Sometimes you just gotta do what you just gotta do.

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  7. You have a very good eye for beautiful things. Wish i could go for a drive with you in your "neck of the woods"...

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  8. Lovely photos!!!! I like the sunflowers with the house (cabin?) in the background. Beautiful. :)

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  9. You have a lot of nerve I would of been afraid to drive back by the group of guys and take photos. The building were beautiful! The brick one was my fave. Traci

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  10. Oh I love it all. I never get tired of farm life or the people in it. Beautiful blue barn at the end. That was worth the danger of a drive by pic!! I would have done the same thing with the farmers too...great shots:)

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  11. I have done some drive-by photo taking once or twice too...but normally not in the farm country. Guess i should try it out. I remember being with you on the way to Allegan when you whipped out your camera and I thought "what the..." ;) Just kidding.

    Beautiful pics.

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  12. I love your second picture with all those elements and texture! I saved it in my "file". Thanks for sharing!!

    XOXO-

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  13. Such a beautiful place--it's like a vacation without having to go too far from home. That sunflower image is a delight.

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  14. I'm pretty sure I recognized some of the genlemen from my favorite novels.

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  15. I just love, love your posts. It makes me want to throw everything in a UHAUL, and move to the country.
    The men staring at the corn *priceless*

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  16. Love the old building and sunflower shot!! Something about it just
    makes me smile!

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  17. I love how you love and enjoy where you live and don't take a minute for granted!

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  18. Be still my heart! Gorgeous!!

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  19. Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures. One of my favorite things to do is go driving in the country. I love barns and freshly plowed fields and a wheat field blowing in the wind. I have always fancied a life in the country but the closest I've come is to work for an agricultural publication. :)

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  20. Just stumbled upon your blog...LOVE it! Really enjoyed your photos, especially. Happy Labor Day!

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  21. <3 Love it all!! You know I envy your country life. :o)

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  22. Loved you photos, thanks for sharing!

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  23. I had to chuckle over the picture with the men...Brady loves going to field days with grandpa. Honestly, it's not the "corn talk" but has everything to do with the sloppy joes and brownies he gets! :)

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  24. Just BEAUTIFUL! You did a great job with the "photo walk-about".
    You know me and my barn fetish. I love these...made me want to be a Midwest girl AGAIN. :)
    Enjoy your weekend, my friend.
    L

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  25. I found your blog tonight and it's delightful! I'm an Indiana girl, too - grew up in Elkhart, attended Bethel College, moved to Indy after getting married. I prefer the "country" life to the city life for sure, but have adapted as needed!

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  26. Great photos. Do you harvest the sunflower seeds or let the birds feast?

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  27. LOVE the pics! I grew up in Amish Country and didn't learn to appreciate it until I moved to the city. There is just something so peaceful and serene about the famrhouses, little cottages, barns, etc. Thanks for sharing the pics with us!

    Stacey
    www.wonderfullyblessedindy.blogspot.com

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  28. i love the pictures of the big group of farmers!
    it's classic.
    love it.

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