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Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 6 March 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

This old crumbling barn has a deeper message for each of us.

When we see ourselves as greater than others, when we place humankind above
other creatures, above and beyond the realms of the birds and the fishes,
outside the world of stone and the colors, we give away our power. Only
when we see we are part of everything, joined to creation, bound to all the
realms and integrated into the web of life, do we begin to call on our full
potential. --

-- Barry Brailsford, from "Song of the Silence"

NIKON D700 1/200 second F/8.0 ISO 200 66 mm (35mm equiv.)

Tammy-Cricket from United States

Yes, it might be crumbling but it is still live. This is beautiful.

The saying is one I heard many years ago but I had forgotten. Lovely.

6 Mar 2009 5:02am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

I love this...the trees seem to be ready to embrace.

6 Mar 2009 5:07am

rem_la from Villiers, France

tres belle lumiere !

6 Mar 2009 5:43am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Cool shot. I like the colors.

6 Mar 2009 5:45am

Didier from somewhere, France

Beautiful colors and light

6 Mar 2009 6:00am

Barbara from Florida, United States

I like the framing of the shot and the blue sky through the trees. Old wood structures such as this offer wonderful photo opportunities. Beautiful scene, great shot.

6 Mar 2009 6:01am

Lydie et Roland from BESANCON, France

Sure ! I agree : we just have to listen silently....

6 Mar 2009 6:24am

Nicholas from Shah Alam, Malaysia

I love the tones here. Well done. And I agree. It is time we all see things as a whole.

6 Mar 2009 6:32am

zOOm from Paris, France

Crumbling yes, but still alive ! I love the trees here, forming a natural alley...

6 Mar 2009 6:50am

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States

The two trees frames this image nicely.

6 Mar 2009 7:29am

adele27 from tonekabon, Iran

the compositin and the photo r in great harmony, thnxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

6 Mar 2009 7:32am

Yvonne S. from Tilburg, Netherlands

Beautiful light, nice shot.

6 Mar 2009 7:35am

Momo from Montpellier, France

amazingly beautiful...the human made structure almost becoming one with the nature around it...color and detail just spot on...and the quote...Song of the Silence...something I've been living for a while now...but it threatens so many...human consciousness needs a slap in the face!...thanks Jack...

6 Mar 2009 7:48am

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Beautiful still life and the shapes of the branches against the blue sky are amazing and so detailed!

6 Mar 2009 7:57am

Mathilde from Fontainebleau, France

Beautiful image! serenity in the beautiful color and composition! This is sweet! I love!

6 Mar 2009 8:03am

k@ from Paris, France

Loec the light & mood here, feel like having a stroll at once over here...

6 Mar 2009 8:11am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Colours and light are beautiful

6 Mar 2009 8:30am

lydia from Paris, France

Very beautiful colors , I like the old trees ,,,,,,,,serenity here !

6 Mar 2009 8:40am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

very beautiful, love the tones!

6 Mar 2009 9:04am

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

I love Oaks!

6 Mar 2009 9:15am

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

Here here!!! Absolutely!! A reminder to all:-) A beautiful shot!!

6 Mar 2009 9:43am

Catalin from Bucharest, Romania

very nice shot, with very warm colors

6 Mar 2009 11:05am

Betty from New Jersey, United States

Here in Warren County NJ we have so many of these! It's so sad! Beautiful shot!

6 Mar 2009 11:11am

Pradeep from Chennai, India

The composition is very nicely done...I like that :)

6 Mar 2009 11:13am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is beautiful decay.

6 Mar 2009 11:40am

Veronelle from Lens, France

very nice colors and luminosity

6 Mar 2009 12:20pm

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

Great tones in this shot. A definate message here. Well captured and presented.

6 Mar 2009 12:43pm

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Québec, Canada

I love how the arches of the trees lead our eye towards the run-down shed in the background.

6 Mar 2009 12:58pm

EYES WIDE SHUT from United Kingdom

A wonderfully observed composition, Jack

6 Mar 2009 1:09pm

rokhsana from tehran, Iran

very sharp and alive!

6 Mar 2009 1:19pm

Hema Iyer from Bangalore, India

Beautiful shot and beautiful quote.
I envy you for owning Nikon D700 :-).

6 Mar 2009 1:44pm

@Hema Iyer: Thank you for your kind words, Hema!
The D700 is an incredible piece of technology and certainly better than anything that I ever expected to own.

Alivia from Saint-Etienne, France

Quelle lumière sur ces arbres endormis !!

6 Mar 2009 1:57pm

Ajay from Pune, India

A crumbling barn with a very strong message. May the barn crumble no more.

6 Mar 2009 2:16pm

@Ajay: Age alone does not create crumbling. Lack of ongoing care is even more responsible.

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

A beautiful shot, and very fitting quote...Thank you :)

6 Mar 2009 2:32pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Jack, a lovely shot...composition and lighting are all spot on!! great job!!

6 Mar 2009 2:44pm

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Great shot! The branches look very nice

6 Mar 2009 2:49pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

I love the old trees with naked branches, like arms. nice place, nice colors, and great definition of details with your new D700 ;-) enjoy it !

6 Mar 2009 2:57pm

@Anna.C: The first two days, I had a Photographic Feast!

Barry from Kingwood, United States

Hey Jack! Beautiful photo! The quote is great too! When we separate ourselves from our surroundings we never truely live. Take care.

6 Mar 2009 3:06pm

Scott Schilling from San Martin, United States

This is a great shot - I love the trees and the composition - we have the exact same type of trees with the moss here in the SF Bay Area in the hills - wonderful work! great quote also!

6 Mar 2009 3:37pm

@Scott Schilling: Thanks, Scott. I spent most of my working life in the Bay Area.

Don from spokane, United States

I like the framing of the old barn with the two trees. The very natural color is a big plus. Fine composition. The quote give us something to ponder on a Friday morning. Nice one.

6 Mar 2009 3:53pm

alex centrella from California, United States

what a great image !

6 Mar 2009 4:36pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

since you've already seen my shot for today... in case you're interested, i just put a new description on todays shot, about a sale being run by imagekind, who prints my canvas.... free shipping this weekend... that saves a lot, if you're interested in trying them out!!

6 Mar 2009 5:20pm

@Susan: Thanks, Susan; I'll check it out.

kerfendal from Paris, France

simply beautiful

6 Mar 2009 6:17pm

Ninni from Brazil

A beautiful photo! I love the colours. Those mossy trees...are they the same as the one you showed some days ago?

6 Mar 2009 6:31pm

@Ninni: No, Ninni; several miles away. Thanks for your kind words.

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

You feeling old today : ] best...jerry

6 Mar 2009 6:52pm

@ordinaryimages: Actually today is a good day, Jerry. Probably was feeling all of my 73+years when I set up the post.

NarB from Bruxelles, Belgium

C'est doux, c'est lumineux, c'est beau.

6 Mar 2009 7:16pm

Manel from Girona, Spain

Good shot John. !!

6 Mar 2009 7:49pm

dogilicious from Millerstown, PA, United States

Are there buds on those trees? More life.

6 Mar 2009 9:40pm

@dogilicious: Don't know; I couldn't get that close. But the trees are beginning to bud.

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

Great shot I really like the light

6 Mar 2009 10:18pm

Mike from North West, United Kingdom

Lovely rural shot, having the trees in front of the barn looks great, a very nice shot !

7 Mar 2009 12:26am

@Mike: I didn't have any choice, Mike; there was a fence between me and the scene.

Darin from Seattle, United States

This could make a very nice b/w image. Well, my opinion anyway... :-)

7 Mar 2009 12:28am

@Darin: I agree, Darin; send me your email address, and I will send you a B&W version. I was in a hurry to get up photographs taken with my new toy; so I was too lazy to try it both ways (which I tend to do).

PS - I did a real quick conversion in LR and there is enough tonal range to make a very nice B&W.

marcel lemieux/star_cosmos_bleu from Bedford.Quebec, Canada

Nice all return.s to the source .....words could never totally explain ...everythings is entangle in all......nice reminder...beautiful

7 Mar 2009 2:09am

JJ from Jersey City, United States

A great saying to go with a great shot, the barn may be fading but is standing proud still

7 Mar 2009 2:23am

Bhavvish from Dallas, United States

An amazing shot. Netted Trees and a shack. Lovely tones.

7 Mar 2009 3:42am

Silverado Photography from Clearlake, United States

Very woodsy!

7 Mar 2009 4:33am

Chris Parr from Jefferson City, United States

Wonderful photo and message.

7 Mar 2009 1:44pm

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

What the..???? So you bought the D700!!! Jack, Jack, Jack... LOL!!!! Good on ya!!! Love this shot... the high contrast gives this such a great atmosphere.

8 Mar 2009 2:56am