High Noon at Wildflower

July 23, 2017

Sentinel on the HillSentinel on the Hill I'll often walk through the trails on my property and see a composition that feels just right even though the sun is overhead and searing and amplifying the lights and darks and I should know better than to photograph in this harsh light, but I shoot the scene anyway. Once again, it shows another dimension to the old red barn.

I just assume that when this barn was built by a Loyalist-descent from Pennsylvania named VanBlarcom, it was sealed with a mixture of linseed oil, which is orange-colored and derived from the seeds of the flax plant, and ferrous oxide, or rust. Rust was used on farms to kill fungi and mosses that might grow on barns, and it was very effective as a sealant. It turned the mixture red in color. One hundred and forty years on, the tradition of the red barn endures courtesy of the hardware store.