This Old Barn

Eric Glaser

Colorado Springs, United States

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On the drive to Durango one day, I came upon this old barn sitting right off the highway. Wholly unimpressed by my presence, and giving me only a half–hearted inspection before moving on to other pursuits, three wooly sheep and a skittish alpaca appeared to be its only inhabitants.

Why I Love Old Barns:

  • They have stories to tell.
  • They provide shelter for the animals we love, the crops we store, and the tools we need.
  • They are of this earth in a way few structures are.
  • With their fences and pastures, they are handsome, pretty, even beautiful.
  • They are strong, time-tested, still standing despite the odds.
  • They get the job done – quietly, with no complaints, no drama.
  • They are all unique, custom-built, with nothing “cookie-cutter” about them.
  • They are breathtaking in their imperfection, and remind us to take heart in our own.
  • In their way, they are all-weather friends: steadfast and loyal.
  • If they could, they would do anything you ask them to.
  • They are genuine, authentic, and couldn’t put on airs if they wanted to.
  • They are a cherished (and fast disappearing) part of our history.
  • They are nearly always the most interesting part of any landscape.
  • Often built by many hands, they represent an enduring symbol of family and community, and a time when human beings came together as neighbors and worked toward a common goal.
  • A quiet, pastoral place where time seems to have stopped, and we are grateful for the rest.

Highway 160
East of Durango
Colorado
United States

The photo was made using a Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital body, an EF 35mm f/1.4L lens, at f/18 for 1/3 second at 100 ISO.

Copyright © Eric Glaser. All Rights Reserved.

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