Friday, January 04, 2008

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From a distance this barn looked like it had huge icicles hanging from the roof. But as I got closer it became apparent that it's just the remnants of a long ago layer of paint.

The paint is scoured away by the force of wind and weather. The area just under the eaves is more protected and creates the icicle effect. This barn was once red and then painted white. The strangest barn I've seen in this area is an odd color of fleshy pink. I can't imagine they chose that color purposely, but then there is the pepto bismol pink house nearby!

7 comments:

Rose said...

You got to post a picture of the pepto pink house now that you have brought it up! I would really like to see it...there was one in TN where I grew up but it is not pink any longer. I always wondered why anyone would choose that color for a house! then I think well why not....

Zanne said...

Yes Rose, I'm going to have to get a picture of that house. It was once a shade of dark brown which suited the contemporary design very well. I'm wondering if the paint job was spurred on by a dispute with a neighbor perhaps? Bright pink houses make sense in the strong light of the Caribbean but not in northern Illinois.

rebecca homecca said...

In my husband's hometown there is a green barn that I always thought was an odd color. Although to make it worse, they never finished painting it. So there is a big section in the top corner with no paint. We've been married 10 years, so I don't think it will get done.

Caffienated Cowgirl said...

That is amazing...it does look like icicles. It's really something what weather can do over time.

KatKit13 said...

There is such a quiet peace to this photo. I keep coming back to it. While the paint job is questionable (LOL), it just has this, I don't know, stability maybe?

And another vote to see the pepto house. ;)

homespun living said...

Great photo!! I love old barns,

Deb

Leslie said...

Sometimes I see a house that's and odd green, or lavender, and I think the owners must have been on a budget and taken a bunch of "mis-mixed" gallons from the bargain bin.