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Sunday, July 22, 2012

scavenger hunt Sunday ...

This week's words are: wrapped, time together, tell me a story, love/couple and duplicated.  Not so much words as themes in and of themselves.

So, let me tell you a story about my time together with my sister this week
where we visited the Farmer's Market and wrapped things up hunting for barns;
all the while doing what we love to do, talk and take pictures.  
Regardless of how many times we do this,  
the experience is never dull and never duplicated.

My sister comes back east from California once or twice a year and it almost always includes a trip to the Farmer's Market for pictures and a treat. Fortunate for me I noticed this particular flower with a stem that appears to have wrapped around itself. 

After a day of snapping pictures and shopping in Charleston, she came down to my house with the hope of hitting the country roads to hunt for barns.  Living out in the sticks you'd think there would be plenty to pick from, but for the most part what we found could best be described as 'barn sheds'.  After traveling down several roads and coming up empty handed, we figured we might get lucky down 'Dairy Road'.

In no time we came upon a farm so I rolled down the window and kindly asked the man on the four-wheeler if it would be okay for us to take some pictures of his barn.  No reason.  Just for fun.  Before we knew it we had been invited to make ourselves at home and take all the pictures we wanted.

He too was soon off the 4-wheeler eager to tell us about the farm. The duplicated gourds are birdhouses for purple martins and the barn is filled with barn swallows.  Between the two there are hardly any bugs.  It was true, no bug bites at all.  He explained how he once flew planes and noticed this stretch of land, decided on the spot to buy it (he worked with the mines) and run a small working farm. 

he went on to tell me a story about how wild dogs had gotten at his goats and he now only had one left; how it was a challenge to keep chickens because of the racoons, and that in addition to his Angus cows, he had a couple of horses. 

as soon as I spotted the horses, I immediately thought of the little girl down the street who LOVES horses and would give anything (ANY THING) to get the opportunity to spend time with them. I promptly made a mental note to take her back in the future when I suspect the farmer will once again be happy to share his stories, eager to re-explore all the history on his farm.  Perhaps forgetting the day he was minding his own business when out of the blue he was visited by two sisters.
One from the East Coast, the other from the West.

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  1. I see you like barns and countryside as much as I do. Sounds & looks like you and your visiting sister had some great moments. Beautiful captures!!

  2. sounds like an interesting trip - love the bird houses!

  3. I love how your prompts are all from the same story. And your pictures are gorgeous. We don't have many barns/ country/ animals around these parts in so cal so I really enjoy seeing it. Beautiful!

  4. What a neat story to go along with your photos. How nice of the farmer...and how thoughtful of you to give him another chance to reminisce and share his love of the farm. I love when things come full circle like that. :)

  5. I so enjoyed your story - thank you for taking me along!

  6. Really like the horse photo in black and white!

  7. Great images! The flower with the wrapped stem is so cool!

  8. Delightful post. It was fun taking a little "mini tour" of this farm along with you.
    Loved the Wildflower shot with the Wrapped Vine.
    So many interesting things to read about. Well done.

  9. What a great set- my favorite has got to be the 3rd one down. Something about it just speaks to me.

  10. Not only are your photographs wonderful, but you are an amazing storyteller too! This was truly fun to read and provided me with the inspiration to possibly stop by a farm or other place and ask to take photos. :)

  11. I love how cleverly you turned the five prompts into a story of your day...that was awesome. :) Your photos are wonderful - that farm looks like a place filled with great photo opportunities. Thank you for sharing!

  12. What a wonderful day! And wonderful pictures to remember it by. Terrific!!

  13. What a fabulous set of photos....Wow...really nice!!

  14. We discovered the same thing with the farmers when we were barn crawling in Michigan. They are so happy to show you around and tell you the history of their properties. It just adds to the whole experience, I think! What a wonderful time for you and your sister!