Photo a Day Challenge


Before paint was readily available farmers used linseed oil mixed with milk, lime and rust to seal the barn boards. The mixture dried to a dark tint of red.

The old red barn is becoming scarce in Wisconsin. Where once every farm would proudly have a red barn, there are now more and more corporate farms that favor metal pole buildings.

16 responses

  1. Terrific depiction for the theme Lois!

    February 8, 2011 at 6:45 am

  2. Tony

    beautiful colors in a beautiful picture, well done interpretation of the theme!

    February 8, 2011 at 7:11 am

  3. Tammy

    I love the way the branches frame those gorgeous barns! The colors and textures are outstanding…I think this is a new favorite of mine of your work! Simply beautiful!

    I did not now that about the paint mixture…you taught me something new too! 🙂

    February 8, 2011 at 8:16 am

  4. I never knew that about the paint. Thanks for explaining why so many barns are red! Really nice shot – and Tammy beat me to it…the tree branches are a nice frame.

    February 8, 2011 at 8:29 am

  5. Looks like a perfect note card, greeting card or even a CHristmas card. Very warm and homey.

    February 8, 2011 at 1:58 pm

  6. love old weathered barns. nice framing with the trees.

    February 8, 2011 at 3:13 pm

  7. Bobbie

    I love the way you’ve captured the worn and weathered red of the barns as well as the lacy branches of the winter trees. These barns were both practical and beautiful. It’s a shame to see them becoming relics.

    February 8, 2011 at 8:39 pm

  8. Gorgeous colours and textures in those barns and trees, loved the bit of history too, long live the red barns.

    February 8, 2011 at 10:36 pm

  9. Jobascraps

    I never knew that about the paint. maybe I should try it on my deck.lololol

    February 9, 2011 at 11:26 am

  10. Love this barn and how you’ve taken it all in! Great capture and great story.

    February 9, 2011 at 7:23 pm

  11. Steven

    What a cool barn and equally interesting fact regarding how barns became red. I really appreciate learning things like this when an image is presented.

    February 9, 2011 at 7:56 pm

  12. A beautiful old barn. I love old barns, and they are becoming more and more scarce.

    February 9, 2011 at 9:21 pm

  13. Love the composition of this great image!

    February 12, 2011 at 7:03 am

  14. Love the fine branches framing in those barns and the soft color.

    February 12, 2011 at 3:23 pm

  15. Beautiful barn! Unfortunately wood barns are VERY expensive to build AND maintain or we would continue to see them built.

    February 14, 2011 at 4:01 pm

  16. Love these barns and the processing you’ve applied.

    March 5, 2011 at 6:59 pm

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