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Unknown Hidden Barns   2 comments

I say these are hidden barns for obvious reasons, at least two of them, anyway.  And I say unknown because I have forgotten where they are, except to say that they are likely somewhere in Daviess County, Missouri.

The other thing is: two of them are likely not actually barns, but some other kind of out building. It’s kind of hard to tell, especially since I don’t recall where I took their photos so I can go back for a closer look.

What it boils down to is that Mr. Photographer didn’t do his job. I need to start leaving a small notebook in my car so that when I’m out and about and do a bit of photography, I can note where and what impressions I have at the time. It’s not a bad idea for anyone who likes to engage in a bit of photography while they’re out and about.

Click on the images for a larger photo. Comments are always welcome.

Feel free to visit my Barns! Barns! Barns! flickr photostream where you can participate by uploading your own photos of old barns, farm houses and anything else old farm-related. You can find it here.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Object (Old Barn near Altamont update)   25 comments

Sometimes things can take on a new personality during different seasons of the year. Such is the case with this old barn near Altamont, MO. First, you see the plush summer fashion, followed by the more stark fall look.

Whatever time of the year, old barns are fascinating, full of character and a haven for critters of all kinds. And they make wonderful subjects for photography.

For anyone who enjoys old barns and old farm houses, I have a flickr Barns! Barns! Barns! photostream where you can become a member and upload your own photographs.

To be honest, I had pretty much forgotten about it and hadn’t been there probably since July or August of last year. But I went there today and was amazed to find that there are now 16 members and 92 barns and old farm house photographs! Only nine of the photos are mine, including the three I just uploaded today.

The last time I was there, I think there were two or three members, including myself, and about six or so photographs.

The link to Barns! Barns! Barns! in flickr is: http://www.flickr.com/groups/barnsbarnsbarns/

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Old farmhouse near Gallatin MO   5 comments

I find such beauty in this old, neglected farmhouse. I pass by it often and one time I took my camera and got off a few shots while the setting sun was low in the horizon. This resulted in some nice colors. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Click on the photos for larger ones.

Feel free to visit my Barns! Barns! Barns! flickr photostream where you can participate by uploading your own photos of old barns, farm houses and anything else old farm-related. You can find it here.

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Posted January 24, 2014 by Cris in Americana, Barns, Cris Coleman, Farm, Farm Life, Farms, Preserve the Past

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Old Barn Near Altamont, MO   Leave a comment

Lonely and forlorn am I,
No longer used I am,
Empty except for mice
And other little critters;
But still I stand proud.

Though somewhat less
Than once I was,
Still reaching skyward,
Ready to receive
The hay in my loft
That will never come;
But still I stand proud.

Left alone and abandoned,
Still I understand
That time goes on
And so do people,
Yet I must stay;
But still I stand proud.

Feel free to visit my Barns! Barns! Barns! flickr photostream where you can participate by uploading your own photos of old barns, farm houses and anything else old farm-related. You can find it here.

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Posted January 14, 2014 by Cris in Americana, Barns, Cris Coleman, Farm, Farm Life, Farms, Preserve the Past

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Poor Old Barn   4 comments

I found this old barn not far outside of Jameson, a small, but dwindling rural community in northwest Missouri. Most small rural communities in northwest Missouri are pretty much dwindling away, as the younger folks move away to nearby larger communities and cities where jobs are more plentiful.

My heart goes out to the old way of life, for I don’t find that the city-way of life has more to offer, except jobs and entertainment and restaurants. But color me old-fashioned, for I am, indeed.

Feel free to visit my Barns! Barns! Barns! flickr photostream where you can participate by uploading your own photos of old barns, farm houses and anything else old farm-related. You can find it here.

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Posted December 6, 2013 by Cris in Americana, Barns, Cris Coleman, Farm, Farm Life, Farms, Preserve the Past

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Old barn near Kidder, MO   Leave a comment

This old barns sits on a hill near the intersection of U.S. Highway 36 and Missouri State Highway J. As I didn’t want to trespass, this was the best shot I was able to get. Always be mindful of other people’s property when taking photos. Click on barn for full-size image.

Feel free to visit my Barns! Barns! Barns! flickr photostream where you can participate by uploading your own photos of old barns, farm houses and anything else old farm-related. You can find it here.

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Barns Are a Disappearing Part of Americana   9 comments

Since the advent of BigAg and factory farming, the family farm has been going the way of the dinosaur. Living in the Midwest, I see this more and more—old dilapidated barns, farm houses, out buildings and old windmills, in particular.

They dot the landscape like so many ancient wraiths. Soon they will have collapsed, fallen to the ground and will have disappeared into anonymity. Future generations will not even realize there were inhabitants on America’s vast plains.

The purpose of this blog is to preserve a once prominent way of American life. While I can’t do anything about the run-down condition of these American relics, I can at least preserve the fact that they once existed.

A number of old barns I have taken photographs of in years past have since disappeared. I have already reported on one of them in my fstop fantasy blog You will see this entry below.

I welcome your photographs of old barns, farm houses, out buildings and windmills, or anything else you can think of that will help keep this part of American before the public eye. You may send your submissions to cris47@windstream.net .

Please include your name, location of the site, and any information you may have about the photograph(s). Try and keep your photographs under 500 KB each. Thank you.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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Feel free to visit my Barns! Barns! Barns! flickr photostream where you can participate by uploading your own photos of old barns, farm houses and anything else old farm-related. You can find it here.

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A couple of months later when I drove by, this is what it looked like:

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Another piece of Americana has bitten the dust. Keep them coming in.