A past time that has fallen by the wayside in today's world is "The Sunday Drive in the Country." Before the days of computers, TV's, shopping centers, and air-conditioned cars, people sought other means of entertainment on the weekends. I bet most of you don't remember the world without shopping centers and certainly not TV. I did not see my first TV until I was in the 3rd grade when we moved from Amarillo, TX to Dallas, TX. Staying in a hotel, awaiting the moving van to arrive so we could move into our new home, I noticed the bar across the street from the hotel had TV and was also "air conditioned". Naturally the P's wouldn't let me go alone and gaze into that funny looking tube called a TV. Even after we settled into our new home, it was a couple of years before we actually bought a TV. So Sunday's were spent taking drives in the country, exploring our new surroundings. If you were a baseball fan, as my Dad was, you didn't watch the game on TV, you listened to it on the radio. Many drives found my Dad with his ears pitched listening to the radio while driving his family to the country.
While we drove we spotted the barns as they dotted the countryside, counting how many red barns, how many green barns, how many were square or round or rectangle.
How many were in dis-repair, ready to fall down if not tended to.
As my brother and I grew older and became more involved with school activities, girlfriends and boyfriends, part-time jobs and sports, we lost interest in those Sunday drives and it wasn't until I became a "photographer" (we can say that because when you take pictures, you are a photographer) that my interest in taking drives to the country to spot the various barns, not to count the colors or the shapes, but to snap photos, was restored.
My drives to the country these days usually follow a visit to my sweetie. He is at a facility that is pretty much surrounded by corn-fields and farmland, so after I kiss him goodbye, many times I head out, turning down whatever road that beckons, to find whatever surprise is just around the bend. I take great delight in finding a new route with interesting barns and as an added bonus maybe some farm animals too.
Do you take drives to the country? Are you in love with barns and discovering just the right spot to stop and take that shot? Please join us the whole month of August in posting your barn images on our flickr site and tag them "barns" to be considered for our weekly spotlight right here on "Focusing On Life".
"The world was made round so we would never be able to see too far down the road."
~ Isak Dinesen