Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Old Barn, in a Good Light

The Old Barn,
In a Good Light

Every day begins the same, facing west.
From my seat in the corner of the kitchen, I look out toward woods I cannot yet see, the day’s sun waiting behind me, across the yard.
Broad hickories and spindly locusts stand as black forms reaching tall,
arm in arm, into the deepest blue to say,
“This day will be a fair one.”

Through these trees each evening, I watch the last glimpse of the day’s light slip into the horizon with a great and colorful splash, while dinner bubbles and boils on the stove.
Then, moonlight until morning.
And the next begins, again.

The sun’s rising, though, I almost never see.
Except what light, from behind the barn, sneaks past to tint the tips of the trees, on that fair day—a perfect pink.




And if I rush to the edge of the yard,
and catch it creeping onto the fields,
I find it peeks into the dim east barn windows.







Sunrise on Barn


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35 comments:

TSannie said...

Your part of our world is beautiful. Glad you share.

Mel said...

Looks like such a nice place!
The sunrise on barn pic is my favorite :)

Kelly said...

mesmerizing...you're living the dream with beauty all around you.

The-Grizzled-But-Still-Incorrigible-Scribe-Himself! said...

Lovely! The simple gift of another day.

NCmountainwoman said...

Lovely photographs of the coming light.

Appalachian Lady said...

That's a beautiful barn and lovely prose to go along with it. I am surprised you have snow. We have had only a little this winter--not even enough to cover the ground.

Deborah Godin said...

Another beautiful post, and notes. Loved the description of the dawn to dusk track of the sun. Made me think of this old Beatles tune

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8IacDsNKfg

Lisa said...

I just love the time of day when the sun colors the sky and the trees stand out black against it. Beautiful.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

A lovely time of day. You caught that golden sunrise color on your barn just perfect. I know how difficult it is to capture that. I see it on my neighbors house in the mornings. I don't move fast enough to get it in the morning. I love that window shot too, very artsy.

Barb said...

Hi Nina,
I live in the mountains of CO and have been enjoying your photos and writing for several months. The pictures of the sun on your barn are wonderful. Your blog has a very peaceful vibe! Thanks.

Wendy said...

Very serene post. I enjoyed seeing the sun peeking through the trees.

Becky said...

Beautiful pictures, Nina!!
Makes me want to scout out some barns to take pictures of.
Do you think the local farmers would mind?

Mary said...

Nice, Nina. I'm always aware of the sun's place, too. The rises and sets happen so quickly while the color of the skies change... I miss most of them :o/

KGMom said...

Lovely, just lovely.
There is nothing better than the pearly pink of morning sunlight.

mon@rch said...

Stunning Barn Photos! The first one is my favorite!

Thistledew Farm said...

I have barn envy!!!!

Leza said...

Beautiful!!! :-)

Nature Nut said...

The first picture with the sun is so lovely!

bintang said...

I always love a place like this..
It's beautiful.

RuneE said...

A very fine "story". leading into some great pictures. I liked that.

Kate said...

Wonderful photographs! We're currently at Bosue del Apache outside Socorro, New Mexico, you would love it here.

Kate
cholulared.blogspot.com

Fotosekken said...

Beautiful! And ditto words to go with them. =o)

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Brilliant, beautiful barn/ Tyra

Carolina said...

You live in a beautiful place! Really lovely photos and text.

anthonynorth said...

Lovely words to accompany some wonderful photos.

ramblingwoods.com said...

You have a way of just letting the reader take a big sigh and relax with your posts...

Granny Smith said...

Your photos and words compliment each other beautifully. Barns are beautiful. I used to hunt for them when I was doing a lot of outdoor landscape painting. This is a set of photos that is like one photo essay. I like the small one of the barn window. It's like a little exclamation mark.

ChrissyM said...

Your photos are goregous!

foodiejenn said...

Great shots! Very crisp and well captured!

My "B" entry is posted here and here. Hope you'll take a look as well. Thanks!

Tumblewords: said...

Wow! These are terrific photos!

naturglede said...

Your post was so beautiful today. Have a fun abc!

Rose said...

Just beautiful! Sorry I can't think of a better adjective:) I love old barns--they are a memory of my childhood--and I'm always glad to see them preserved.

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Your prose is poetry.

Kathiesbirds said...

Nina, you are in rare form today. Photography and words? All exquistite! I love your barn!

Reader Wil said...

Very beautiful, Nina. Thanks for sharing your barn and its events with us.