Sunday, July 06, 2008

Farmhouse at the end of the Road

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This farmhouse stands a distance back from what was once a country road, now a major highway lined with developments named fanciful things like "Settler's Cove". Never mind there are no coves within a hundred miles.

The property has undergone several incarnations. The first was as a family farm, raising all the grain to feed their cattle, cows for their milk and a vegetable garden, fruit trees and chickens to round out the diet. After that way of life passed the way of the dinosaur the property became a wholesale landscape nursery. Those businesses are moving further west and now it will become either homesites or the latest strip mall.

This photo was passed through my favorite Photoshop filter called, "Diffuse Glow". The pale blue sky disappears but it works magic on the old house and fence.

115 comments:

BettyWestern said...

Great looking house, great photo.

Mary said...

Simply beautiful! I suppose change is inevitable, but somehow developments and strip malls seem so soulless in the face of such stark beauty.
xoxo,
Mary

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

WOW!! (I thought it was a painting!) What a sad old house--

Donna said...

What a beautiful photo of the old farmhouse. The house reminds me of the one that my grandparents lived in, which was torn down years ago.
It's sad to see these old places go.
Thanks for stopping by my blog.
Donna

Southern Lady said...

Hi, Suzanne ...

Thank you for visiting my "Southern Lagniappe," and for taking the time to leave a note. I love Vienna Sausages too, but try to avoid looking at the ingredients and how many fat grams they have.

I love old houses and enjoyed seeing your pictures. They are very professional looking.

I'm going to add you to my "Favorites," and will be back to visit again.

Sincerely,
Janie

KatKit13 said...

Wow. You can just see what it was like in its day. There's a ginormous old Victorian in Naperville they want to tear down. It's beyond huge. But because it's not in the historic district, it's not protected.

It hurts my heart. Such beauty, craftsmanship, and heart... about to be snuffed out.

Caffienated Cowgirl said...

Such a gorgeous house...I would live there and save it from a fate of asphalt or subdivision.

pablo said...

Very nice effect. Whenever I see one of these old farm houses, I wonder what kind of lives were lived in it over the years. Probably not as romantic as I imagine though.

Jen@The Cottage Nest said...

Oh, I want it. Sweet Hubby and I are in discussions to buy some land in the country somewhere not to far away. I'd be happy to find something with an old barn on it but what a dream to find something with an old farmhouse too!

Great picture. I'm sure it makes it look a bit more romantic than it actually looks in real life.

Rising Rainbow said...

So sad to hear such a lovely old farm house like that is not long for this world.

"JEANNELLE" said...

Well....its sad to see an old abandoned house, but your "Diffuse Glow" really spruces it up into quite a lovely scene!

You've been on my blog list for awhile, but I confess I don't get here very often, but will try to more, for your photos are really well-done!

Mental P Mama said...

That is spectacular. Love it.

Terri and Bob said...

Beautiful! Its too bad that you lose the sky but this is lovely!

srp said...

I haven't had the time to get around lately... but this is marvelous! I really, really, really think you should look into submitting these....

There is a new magazine out called Artful Blogging and also one called Life Images. Your photos and journaling is every bit as fine, perhaps even better in my opinion, as that in the current issues. More people need to see your work!!!!!!!

Significant Snail said...

My grandparents had a victorian style brick farmhouse in Colorado. They built a new home next to it in the sixties. A few years back someone bought the victorian and 'remodeled' it into some sort of Spanish hacienda thing.

I guess all things pass and new things come along. Bittersweet.

Roses and Lilacs said...

Another piece of your local history about to vanish.

Your photos are beautiful--each tells a story.

Thanks for the PS tip on defuse glow. Haven't used it but I like the effect.
Marnie

Veronica said...

That's a beautiful, but chilling photo. I just hopped onto your blog-your photos are beautiful.

poopie said...

That one's magnificent...in a very sad sort of way.

Heather said...

I still say this old house needs me. It NEEDS me.

The Homely Animal said...

It too bad that there isn't more in the future of this place. Such character and presence.

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Annemarie said...

I would, 150% take that house over one in the subdivision any day.

Ladygrande (Texas Marie) said...

I love old houses, and it's a shame that someone does not purchase this property and really make somethin of it. However, most of the "movers and shakers" nowadayas would just rather raze these lovely old homes and build something boxy and new (and often ugly) in its place.

Lotta said...

Oh I like that shot! Especially with the wholesaler's sign.

Have you ever seen the documentary A Farmer's Wife? I think of it every time I come to your blog. It's fantastic and if you haven't seen it you should!

cityfarmer said...

I could not sleep this morning at 2:30 and now I know why....because I was to stumble upon your blog....can we be friends please...enjoy your visit at my "home" when you get a chance.....you'll be added to my favs asap!

Danny said...
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KJ said...

I like what you did with this photo. It's a shame that someone can't salvage this home. Unless the termites have had too much to eat, it has potential.!

KJ

Jenni said...

This picture alone gets you bookmarked! I adore old farmhouses, even the delapidated ones. I hope it sits there a good long while before moving onto it's next life.

Anonymous said...

I just stumbled acroos this blog today. I was so fascinated. You've got some great photos and some great stories. I read through everything. Thank you for sharing.

Barry said...

This photo is just amazing! I love it!

Lori said...

I love what you did with the filter....I need to try that one!

Chancy said...

I happened upon your blog today. This photo of the old grey house is lovely. What a story that house could tell

Anonymous said...

I agree with you on your stance of new housing developments in rural areas. Filled with monotonous, non-unique McMansions with horribly landscaped yards and stupid names. With farmhouses, each house and property is unique and has a certain unique layout that was influenced by the owners. I just wish that those people could see what they are destroying. If I were to move out into the country, I would only buy an existing house with acreage, not be part of a "housing development".

glenda said...

Amazing shot..words can't say the feelings that old house sparked in me. I hate change!!!
I'm a follower of yours as of now.
thanks for preserving images of the past...I like to do that too.
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