Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Springtime Sighting

At 6:30 AM Catherine and I loaded up the car and began the 10+ hour journey to Asheville, NC.  We barely made it in to Indiana when the snow began to fall...from that point on it pretty much either snowed or rain, making the driving rather tedious most of the way. Driving thru the "wind farms" in the Indiana fog and rain they had an eery look to them....many were standing completely still resembling large beings from outer space.  After Indiana we picked up a snip of Ohio, then on to Kentucky where the barns and farms were plentiful.   Driving I would spot one and point, then Catherine would spot another one and point, but we kept driving.

 Finally at Berea, KY I said,

"That's enough, I can't stand it....we must pull off and take a pic or 2 of some Kentucky barns".

We drove down the first rural looking road we saw (altho most roads in that area are all pretty much rural).  We were not disappointed...almost immediately we found this.....


And then this...the fences surrounding these barns were so overgrown, in the summertime you probably can't see anything past the fences.


And this one....


Along with the falling down barns we were also blessed with our first springtime sighting....


Growing along-side the road was a patch of daffodils, all coated with raindrops....sweetness!!  And then these gorgeous berries were calling to have their portraits taken too!  And since Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday challenge was to use one of her Downton Abbey collection, I added "Cora" to the purple berries.


And then....back into the car for another few hours of driving, and stopping for dinner ofcourse,  finally arriving in Asheville, NC at almost 9:00 PM with 2 full days ahead of us to enjoy.  More tomorrow!!


"Notice and marvel at the small beauties and gifts in your life.  When you do, you become an active participate in life and one with all of Life."  ~  Madeleine Kay

Until next time.....





38 comments:

  1. Beautiful pics. Glad you had a nice time.
    Lovely promise of spring.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Sherry

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  2. Wonderful photos, Deanna! Isn't it amazing that barns look wonderful, even if you don't know what keeps them from tumbling down? And how I love your sign of spring! And I also love your texture processing - so beautiful! Have a great week!

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  3. love those rattle-trap barns and the overgrowth! beautiful! glad you stopped!

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  4. Love those old barns and always wonder what their lives were like when they were being used.....Great shots and editing....

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  5. Love the barn and the fence! looking forward to the other part of your ventures!

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  6. I love ruins they have a story to tell hope you had a good time...

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  7. Glad you stopped for those great photos.

    Amazing those barns are still standing. They do look like they're on their last legs.

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  8. Oh those barns look tired but still they do what they must for those that still need them...sounds like a wonderful driving trip and I love your daffodil also...nice that we both had that in our stories this week.
    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for your lovely comment...yes, that was a really good book...more than what I was expecting...enjoy your evening..

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  9. that is marvelous you were able to get away with a friend and get your fix of barns, lovely countryside and images Deanna.

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  10. Sounds like a wonderful road trip. I love old barns and your first barn shot especially catches my eye!

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  11. I hope you have fun Deanna! The barns photos are nice, and I would have jumped for joy to see the daffodils! At least spring is coming to some parts of the country. I just have to wait...

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  12. Isn't traveling just a great big adventure...you captured some beauties!

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  13. Love the barn photos (I brake for barns too):-D
    and that lovely snippet of Spring ♥ watching flurries outside here - we are anticipating 4 or more cm of snow.

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  14. Beautiful images - as usual! I cannot get over the fact that you are seeing daffodils in the ditch! Seriously? If you could only see our ditches full of snow...

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  15. Bet you had fun stopping for these shots! Love just being able to stop whenever the mood strikes.

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  16. Love the barn shots and that touch of spring - daffodil! Your textured berries are charming.

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  17. love love love your berries and the barns are solo awesome! great comps on them.

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  18. What neat barn finds, Deanna. How fun to find a hint of spring in February.

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  19. Looks like you picked the right road! Great shots.

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  20. It sounds like you had a great trip! Glad you are home safe and sound though. Your barn shots are always so cool, love them. I can't wait to see tomorrow's post.

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  21. All I can say is that you must have a pretty good sense of direction if you don't mind turning off and heading down a rural road. Or I suppose a gps would help--we still live in the dark ages. Your barns are always full of character!

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  22. You are quite the traveler to drive that far and in bad weather! Hope the sun starts to shine for you in NC. Those toppling bones of the barns lend themselves to story. I wonder how old they are and why they're falling down?

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  23. hope you are enjoying your trip! thanks for sharing these wonderful photos and happy signs of spring. that pink just makes me so happy!

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  24. Wow, you really found some fantastic country and barns to capture!! And a daffodil!! I live in Indiana, and those wind farms are something. I've never seen them in bad weather yet. Hope you enjoyed your trip to Asheville!!

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  25. Yay! A daffodil! Those barns were so interesting. I am glad you stopped when you did, but also makes me wonder what where the others like? That's okay. I enjoyed this post a whole bunch!!!!

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  26. Those old dilapidated barns make for some beautiful photos. Glad you were able to stop and get a few shots in!

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  27. So glad I drop in - Beautiful photos.. and your Texture Tuesday image is delightful - just the right texture too for this image.
    Like this image a great deal!!!
    Hugs

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  28. You found some great dilapidated barns to share with us! Look forward to seeing what else you might have found.

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  29. Lovely countryside images. I'm always filled with joy by seeing the first signs of Spring. Wonderful quote, purple berries and dito texture.

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  30. I laughed when you said how you and your sister were pointing at barns and were so excited...then had to stop. That's how we all feel driving around looking for these treasures! It's a common thread we all share...even though we may not have another thing besides being a member of this human race in common, we all share this love for our past. I'm so glad I found all you ladies that thrive on taking pictures of our rural history. :) And I love your dafodil!

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  31. I don't always tell my pilot to stop when I see a photo op -- I know he would, but sometimes I feel a little guilt. Lol.

    Love your barn images and the springy teasers.

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  32. What beautiful photos...I absolutely love driving down random country roads looking for photo opportunities. It's like hunting for treasure! Enjoy your stay in Asheville...we visited once about five years ago and I loved it.

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  33. Daffodils! That must mean Spring is coming! What charming barns you found.

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  34. So glad you are taking us along with you on your road trip. Those barns looks so cool.. Don't you just love how much you notice all because you love to take photos. When I was younger I would have never given a barn a second look. I sure do notice them now.

    Can't wait to see more photos.

    Hugs~

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  35. Well this is crazy - I live just across the bridge from Ohio and from KY - clearly I need to take a road trip as these are magnificent barn shots. Safe travels.

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  36. I have been to Berea KY and loved it - took a ton of photos - before I owned a digital camera though.

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  37. Your photos are so nice and the Downton edition too.

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