Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Old Wooden Fences

Old Wooden Fences

One of my favorite things to photograph, are old, wooden fences. I feel lucky to find those that are barely standing with several missing posts. I like their fragility and strength, their ability to stand alone and proud, through empty fields of wheat or uncut grasses, and their weathered wisdom of watching decades pass. Their foundation is strong, their wood sturdy and solid. It is evident that no one has paid them any care, and yet they don’t ask for any. They still function as a divider, but without the harsh, prison like, feeling of ten foot high metal fences, or fort-like wooden spears pointing to the sky. I sometimes wonder if these fences, their worn posts, and rusted nails, were ever painted over in white or dark brown. Did the land-owner build them himself or did a local carpenter come and construct it. Most of all, I am grateful that they still stand, that no one has yet knocked them down to replace them with more offensive and isolating walls. I hope one day, to buy a house, with an old wooden fence, which I’ll let stand just as it is.

This post also appears on ELLA'S POEMS


Renegade Eye said...

In some countries it is unusual to find a house, that doesn't have a security fence.

The fences that you like, are like in horror movies.

Renegade Eye said...

I'm content in a modern apartment, with white walls, and straight lines. I'm too Woody Allen like, for wooden fences.

ella said...

The funny thing is that there is nothing frightening about old wooden fences. My horror story would include freshly built, iron-clad, walls that open and close like a guilotine.

I love old!

I respect modern, but I will always expect it to blend with the old...to create harmony instead of an eye sore.

Sort of silly I am commenting to you on my own comment's page.

Renegade Eye said...

I got heat on my blog, for not commenting on comments, that needed answering.

I found out bloggers like it when their comments are acknowledged.

There are countries, that have metal fences, around every home. Chile is like that.

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