Out by the Barn

Yet another perfect morning…bright and beautiful.  And I’m on the hunt for happenings in the yard with camera in hand.  The sun is still low and the angle seems perfect for light and shadow.  I head over to the back side of the property near the barn.

Yellow Lamium

Yellow Lamium

The vibrant varigated folliage of the lamium attacts my attention; the soft yellow flowers dot the green and silver leaves.

Wintercreeper Euonymus on the Old Barn

Wintercreeper Euonymus on the Old Barn

The dark glossy green wintercreeper euonymus is shimmering in the morning sun as it climbs up the side of the old red barn.  I’m glad to have it there…perhaps it’s helping to hold that barn together.

The dancing shadows of branches on an old log next command my attention.  The cut end of the log has a thick coating of moss ranging from golden to green with a bit of copper color thrown in.  It looks like thick velvet with subtle hues and shadings that only nature can produce. 

Even from this distance, I can see the kerria waving its bright green thin stalks covered with bright  golden yellow flowers.  Above is a brilliant patch of blue sky framed by the branches of trees just starting to leaf out.

Moss Covered Log

Moss Covered Log

The kerria frames the lower part of this photo:

Blue Skies

Blue Skies

The redbud tree blossoms are peaking out from behind the white birch.

Redbud Peaking From Behind Birch

Redbud Peaking From Behind Birch

I thought I would lose a good portion of this white birch during that October snow storm.  Branches from surrounding trees had broken off and fallen on the birch, bending parts of it way down.  You can see the slender trunk on the left side of this photo bending slightly.  It had been bent much further toward the ground but has come back to more of an upright position.  The white bark is so pretty against the blue sky and green foliage of other trees and shrubs.

Even from this distance I can spot a clump of purple violets near the base of one of the maple trees.  These are large flowers and leaves, not the more compact type in the lawn that have been stunted due to mowing.

Purple Violets

Purple Violets

This would I think I’ll take some photos of that unusual old metal funnel over by the barn to include in my Etsy listing.  That funnel has been a puzzle for quite a while.  It must have been used on a large piece of machinery, like maybe a tractor, as the funnel itself is over 12 inches high.  It has three roundish protrusions around the  spout which I have not seen on any other funnel.  I’m thinking these protrusions were to provide stability to the funnel but I’m not sure.

Antique Funnel

Antique Funnel

This funnel is listed for sale at my Etsy shop and can be found here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/150523068/antique-primitive-industrial-funnel

And that’s the news from out at the barn, May 7, 2013.

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