Wordless Wednesday

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About Eliza Waters

Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
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60 Responses to Wordless Wednesday

  1. MK says:

    Silly me, I had no idea that New England has those free stone fences (or whatever you call them). I saw plenty of them in Ireland. The guides said that they have open spaces to let the wind go through, to keep them from blowing over. Same in Massachusetts?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Perhaps. There aren’t too many builders of these around anymore to ask. They are all throughout the woods here. All of New England was once cleared of trees, the rocks moved to the edges to make fences for sheep and cattle. Every year the frost heaved more stone, more to add to the walls. When the plains states opened up, the farmers were thrilled to leave these stony soils behind.
      Today, for those willing to pay the price for the ‘authentic look,’ these stones can sell for big money. I’ve heard of some walls being ‘stolen’ under the cover of darkness. There is a quiet movement afoot to protect the walls as our historical heritage, but as most are on private land, I doubt it will come to anything.
      Here’s a poem by R. Frost to enjoy: http://writing.upenn.edu/~afilreis/88/frost-mending.html

  2. Maria F. says:

    Stones are like wood, they acquire a much deeper color when moist.

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  4. Jim Ruebush says:

    Reminds me of Ireland.

  5. Widdershins says:

    Go on. Put your hand through that hole … Nah, nothing’s going to grab it. Trusssst me! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. cindy knoke says:

    Wonderful texture and feels cold.

  7. There are similar walls in Yorkshire in England where I live. Called ‘dry stone walls’ most are hundreds of years old and were originally built to protect sheep from wolves. Later on French prisoners of the Napoleonic wars, and lead miners when times were hard, were used to build more and nowadays there are hundreds of miles of them winding their way over the hillsides and moors. You have a superb photo there.

  8. I love the simplicity of a stone wall…my Dad created one to retain the soil behind our family home in the North Woods or “Up North” as they say in Wisconsin. I think this summer I will see if I can photograph it–we don’t have the home in our family any longer…but I am sure the wall is still there…just a five hour drive to get to it! But I think it would be worth the trip.

  9. Eliza, what is one required to do to participate in Wordless Wednesday? Is it a WordPress thing?

  10. The sleeping infant is so well seen, Eliza

  11. I am a big fan of stone-walling! They are so beautiful

  12. albert says:

    And thou, O Wall, O sweet, O lovely Wall,
    That standโ€™st between her fatherโ€™s ground and mine.
    Thou Wall, O Wall, O sweet and lovely Wall,
    Show me thy chink to blink through with mine eyne

    -midsummer night’s dream (v, 8, 168-172)

  13. Now you’re talking – stone walls. ๐Ÿ™‚ Beautiful.

  14. For some reason this really resonated with me- I guess sometimes it is o,.k. to build walls ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Laurie Graves says:

    Great minds certainly think alike. What until you see my wordless Wednesday ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says:

    I love those walls. They are so New England. I love coming upon them in the woods walking. I’m sad to hear they are being stolen. I love the oldness of them.

  17. Love a dry stone wall. Where is this one?

  18. Evokes mixed feelings…raw strength, massive yet ethereal!

  19. ladyfi says:

    You’ve captured the simple beauty of a stone wall.

  20. Robin says:

    Wonderful! I love stone walls. You captured this one beautifully.

  21. dorannrule says:

    A good place for lovers to leave notes…..

  22. This is so beautiful! I love the colors & textures. โค I feel like I can feel and smell the cold air just by looking at your lovely photo. ๐Ÿ˜€

  23. BunKaryudo says:

    I don’t know… I just want to take a run and jump over that wall. It’s probably not a good idea in all that snow, though. ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Lasting tribute to our past

  25. Dalo 2013 says:

    There is nothing quite as nostalgic or peaceful to me than seeing a snowfall or a stone wall ~ and this has them both. Beautiful shot.

  26. Love the composition of this, Eliza, and how your eye caught these rocks. There is something so peaceful about this photo. All I know my heart just sighed. โค

  27. Kathy Sturr says:

    Oh, I so love stone walls! When I lived in Maine the previous owners had made a brick walkway. Brick!! With all that free stone around. I ripped it up and replaced it with stone but I used the bricks to build a small wall in the woods for critters – I wonder if it is still there?

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