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This picture was taken on Buttermilk Road, near Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. After capturing this shot, I converted it to a sepia look. The beam of light in this picture is sunlight reflection, not an edited appearance. This picture is the sequel to the previous shot I posted about the old farm and my recent visit there. The following link will take you to that picture and description, if you care to see it:

A Recent Sneak Peek of the Old Farm and the Tale Behind It.

Now… the saga continues. Although brief, this short piece is told under two subtitles: Whispers from the Past and Memories of a Neighbor and Friend.

Whispers from the Past

As you look at this photograph, it speaks of days past. The glimpse into the dark door and window of the porch beckons one to a time when activity and life filled the now-darkened space. The house’s boards are cracked and peeling, leaning over from old age. The front porch lies fallen in a heap, never to reveal the chronicles of lives spent rocking and talking, of peeling potatoes on a hot day and hoping to catch a summer breeze on the porch, or of shucking corn and breaking beans in late summer. But the beam of light upon this place, as seen in the photograph, connects the present to an earlier time when my friend, Jackie, lived there.

Memories of a Neighbor and Friend

Jackie was quite active and didn’t have a shy bone in his young body. Whenever Jackie made his way for a visit, we ( Uncle Richard and I) knew rockin’ on the porch wasn’t on the day’s agenda. Getting out and running around usually atop the list of things to do, which involved Jackie on his motorcycle. Jackie always rode his bike to get from A to B, except on rare occasions when he’d parked the bike to help us with a chore or two. I recall on one occasion, Jackie helped us transport hay bales for a neighbor. As we were going down the road, standing on the truck bed, and as the truck was picking up speed, Jackie got smacked upside the head with tobacco juice. I’ll not mention who was learning to chew… when he had no business doing so.

I want to thank my wife, Holly, for her collaboration on this writing.

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As an artist I enjoy painting and photographing segments of rural life. Country living became a new world for me back in the sixties when we moved from Chicago, Illinois to East Tennessee. I want to capture what I now see before country living vanishes… at least in my area!

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  • maggie326
    maggie326over 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture Bob. Great image

  • Thanks Maggie, much appreciated!!!

    – © Bob Hall

  • vigor
    vigorover 2 years ago

    Cool old house.

  • Glad to meet you Vivian… thanks for the visit and nice comment, very much appreciated!!! =):~)

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    GEORGE SANDERSONover 2 years ago

    Brilliant capture Bob, the sepia treatment is spot on !!!

  • Thanks a-mill. George!!! This old house has a history with me, in that, a neighbor and friend lived there back in the 1960s when I lived on a farm near by. Much appreciated Buddy!

    – © Bob Hall

  • Tracy66
    Tracy66over 2 years ago

    Awesome shot and work

  • Thanks Tracy!!! Coming back here brought back lots of memories!

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  • wiscbackroadz
    wiscbackroadzover 2 years ago

    Nice work Bob! Loved reading the story behind this old homestead. Not many are able to share actual stories behind an old place like this. Most of us, like myself, can only wonder what life must have been like at some of these forgotton homes. I love finding places like this in my travels around Wisconsin. I’ve been drawn to places like this every since i was young lad.

  • A pleasure to meet you Dennis… Yeah, I’m the same way. Tennessee seems to be loaded with old abandoned home like this one. I’m just glad it’s still standing after all these years. I even wonder if the property owner realizes this old dwelling exists, lol! Thanks for the visit and comment Dennis, greatly appreciated!!!

    – © Bob Hall

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    Irene Burdellover 2 years ago

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  • OH, YEAH… You’ve just made my day Irene, thanks-a-million!!! Also, congrats to all featured artists! I just hope they’re as surprised as I am… =):~)

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  • Marcelle Raphael
    Marcelle Raphaelover 2 years ago

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  • This is GRRRRRREAT news Marcelle!!!! I enjoyed the challenge and am looking forward to new challenges in the future. Many thanks… =);~)

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