Old Barns

Old Barns

There is an aura of stoic sagacity around old barns. As I mentioned in my previous post, many family farms in my area are no longer operating and their weathered outbuildings are left to decline. These two are still standing, showing their age with grace and beauty. Eventually in time they will succumb to gravity, probably after a heavy winter snowstorm.


Weathered boards, glass-less windows.

IMG_0166Old slate roof well-crafted long ago, walls sag under its weight, pockets of sky, vines clamber through cracks. She is an elderly person leaning on a rickety fence.



About Eliza Waters

Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
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32 Responses to Old Barns

  1. Line says:

    I think they are beautiful!! 🙂 But what does sagacity mean?

  2. Treah says:

    You’ve done it again with these wonderful photographs! You should do a book…..

  3. Kina says:

    Wisdom, insight

  4. Thank you Eliza for these beautiful pictures. They remind me of my childhood. I wondered why people didn’t tear them down. Now I am afraid they will disappear.

  5. mk says:

    I love old barns! It makes me happy just looking at your pictures. And I admire your description of the barn as an elderly person leaning… I have a not-so-secret wish to someday live in a barn. I visited an antiques dealer (prints & engravings) in Southern California who has her workshop & sales space in a barn. I was so envious. And then there’s the beautiful round barn at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont. (I did a post on that one). I would live there in a minute. Sigh…

    • Eliza Waters says:

      If you did and someone yelled at you for leaving the door open, “What do you think, you live in a barn?” you could say, “Yes!” 😉
      Too bad you don’t want to live here, there are so many barns that would love to be rescued.
      Actually, there are carpenters that specialize in tearing down old barns and reconstructing them for similar purposes or as houses. Kind of expensive in terms of labor, however, but it’s the only way to get authentic weathered wood paneling. 🙂

  6. “There is an aura of stoic sagacity around old barns.” where did you come up with that from? I love that line!

  7. dorannrule says:

    I too find old barns to be handsome reminders of a productive past and I always feel sad to see them slowly crumbling. Your photos show their strengths and weaknesses – all that and more. And at least in such photos we can preserve them.

  8. Lovely buildings and photographs.

  9. Robbie says:

    beautiful old buildings:-)

  10. Robbie says:

    and lovely pictures of them:-)

  11. There is something in your writing and in your pictures… Something so peaceful, almost healing, almost magical. Thank you, Eliza Waters. 🙂

  12. ladyfi says:

    Such gorgeous old barns!

  13. twoscamps says:

    I love old barns! Great series of photos, Eliza….

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks! There is something about barns that draws many of us in. Warmth, protection from the elements, abundant harvests perhaps? It must be rooted in our consciousness.

  14. Sharon K. says:


    I love barns. These are beautiful. Your images do them justice. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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