Thursday, May 23, 2013

Old Fence Stays

Our neighbor recently had some of her cross-fencing taken down. Walking in her pasture one day, I snapped a few shots of her old fence stays with my cell phone. I think they hold a lot of beauty, even if they don't hold barbed wire any longer or hold back livestock.




Linking to Friday's Fences

119 comments:

Dianna said...

I never knew the term was "fence stays". I just thought they were posts!
But I love them - they're so rustic and beautiful!

Icy BC said...

I think they still look wonderful and hold a bit of history of the place!

Bob Bushell said...

Yep, they look alright, great shots.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Great pictures!

Brk Trt said...

I love shots like that.

Terri said...

We've got several of these that need to be torn down..To me they say country. Nice shots.

Julie G. said...

I love the weathered wood. Cool fence stays!

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Tex
Most people would just pass these posts without taking notice. They are weathered, worn, have history and still make for good shots.
Margaret

Margaret said...

looks like they still have barbed wire... or wire. Yes, they do look cool against the feel - timeless. :)

Maple Lane said...

I love these shots. The one with the big tree in the background is my favorite!

Molly The Wally said...

Makes us think of some type of outdoor sculpture. Have a terrific Thursday.
Best wishes Molly

Mandy Southgate said...

You're quite right, they do hold a lot of charm and beauty. Farmers in this country often have to allow foot passengers right of way across their land - these fence stays reminded me of that.

Magnolia Tea said...

I love old fences, and those are excellent pictures.
Our old farm has an old gate that people can walk through but cows and horses can't. The fence that was attached is down but we didn't want to tear the gate down, too quaint to be done away with.

Jill said...

I love these shots and find them beautiful too!

Nancy Claeys said...

We have quite a few old fence corners and posts like these that will likely outlive me -- nice observations T.

Alica said...

I like old wooden fences...they have so much more character than the new PVC. (but yes, we've succumbed to the new style for some of ours) Those would look nice tucked into a corner of my perennial bed, covered with clematis vines, don't you think? :)

Tanya Breese said...

i think so too!

Indrani said...

Yes, they do look good.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Seeing beauty in the most common things. That's what I really like about your photography.

Hanne Bente said...

Great pictures you show the neighbor's fence - green and lush :)

nic.b van es said...

ja dat heb je mooi gezien.

Karen S. said...

They do hold quite a bit of beauty! I have two neighbors that border on our property and they still have this very kind of fencing, one has it outside of their other fencing that is live! It's useful and at any great distance blends well with nature! Don't fence us in theory right!

Fjällripan said...

Old wood is really beautiful! Love the three in the third shot too :))

Chatty Crone said...

I think it shows the history of the past. sandie

Julia said...

Old fence posts are a great perch for birds. The also tell a story of time that has passed.They make good land mark and are very photo worthy.
Thanks for sharing.

I'm loving my dove.
Hugs,
JB

Duckbutt said...

Old fence stays provide another possibility for still life scenes. They reflect the passage of time.

Michelle said...

I love seeing these old fence pieces!

Linda said...

Looks like a fence with character and charm.

Brian King said...

I'm surprised they were left up. The wooden fence posts are so much better looking than the metal versions. I like that big tree, too!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Seeing these I immediately thought of how due to the lack of timber the settlers in northern Kansas used that limestone rock for fence posts, thus the area is now known as Postrock Territory.

edenhills said...

They are still quite photogenic. I love the look of weathered wood.

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

I like these kind of charming details. I guess once a fence is a completely useless it becomes art!

Haddock said...

Those wooden posts hold a lot of stories to be told.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

They really do make for beautiful pictures!

Jo's World said...

This wood is beautiful out in the field, but it can also "make" a picture using an old piece of barn wood to make a frame. Do you ever do this, Tex?

Cheers,
Jo

Cheryl @ TFD said...

They make charming photos!

MTWaggin said...

I love those and so glad they left them!

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

Useless art. I like your takes .

It has class.

Karen said...

I like the weatherd wood and tall uncut grass.

Inger said...

I didn't know that's what they were called. I love them and I love those we have here too. I also love all the green grass and leafy trees in your pictures. It's horrible here this spring. So dry.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

If the barbed wire was gone on the stays in the last pic, I'd be tempted to jump my horse over it ;-)

Mama Zen said...

I love them!

Margie said...

They do T!

A View From A Brown Dog said...

Agreed, I love to shoot old fences too, one of my faves. Have a great day Tex!

pattisjarrett said...

It's kind of sad, a reminder of what once was. This takes me back to family reunions when I was a kid, stopping by "the old home place" where my grandparents were children. There wasn't much left, this is reminiscent of it.

Rustic Vintage Country said...

I've learnt something here but they are just so lovely and rustic! x

Raggedy Creations said...

Nice pics.

Felicia

Ms. A said...

Reminds me of the fence posts around my hayfield, that I never get to see! (the few that remain, that weren't taken down without permission)

Patty Woodland said...

The stories they could tell

RedPat said...

They are like artifacts - great they have been left.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I do love the old fence with the tall grass growing up around it. The perfect country scene!

ladyfi said...

They look as if they belong! So lovely and rural.

bailey-road.com said...

They are beautiful and give a sense of history to the place.

Leovi said...

What a beautiful composition, beautiful remains of fence, photographic art ...!

Robin Lamb said...

T, hmmm, I didn't know those things had a name!

Eva Ason said...

I like these old fences, great pictures

georgettesullins said...

Agreed. Lovely wood and wire taking the shape that Nature has left it in.

MarkD60 said...

For a very short period of time here in Cayman, there was a small gauge railroad. I found fencposts made from railroad track. Very dated.

Nancy J said...

Lovely, they fit in the paddocks so well, I can see farmers checking the wires, climbing over where there are the "stile" posts,and moving stock to the other paddocks, maybe with their horse tied to one post,These photos are to be kept forever, a true part of history. Greetinghs from Jean

Stephen Hayes said...

Barbed wire changed the West, and it's interesting to see some of these fences coming down.

Paula Fraker said...

I LOVE old fences!! I just love their weathered look because it makes me wonder how many days in the hot sun and nights in the cold winter they have seen just silently standing there.... :)

parker said...

Reminders of the past and how things used to be!

Debbie said...

i always wonder with fences...was it there to keep me out?? or keep something in?? perhaps both!!

beautiful images, gorgeous weathered wood!!

Sharon Larson said...

Ilove coming here to see such beautiful photos
I wish I could take photos like this with my camera.
Hugs

Gail said...

I do love these corner posts and crossings.

barbara l. hale said...

I agree. And I love the way the grass grows up against the posts.

gowestferalwoman said...

wow.

I never thought how a photo could make me cringe and ache involuntarily...

but then I wont tell you how many of those we have put up in the last three weeks...

one mile to go.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh. I didn't know what a fence stay was. I thought you meant that she left the old fence instead of taking it down. My one new thing to learn today, thank you very much!

Susan said...

They are wonderful. Something about fence posts like that just bring the past into the present!

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

Back in the days when people used hammers and nails instead of t-post and twistie wires!

S. J. Qualls said...

The third on is a nice shot with that marvelous tree.

Jan n Jer said...

It still has charm...nice pics.

Pix Under the Oaks said...

I love them Tex! They are all about the rustic ruralness and its charm.. :)

Deanna said...

yeah, just something about old fence posts out in the fields that draw me in. Never get tired of those images.

Frank said...

Love the rural, rustic and uncared for look.

Karen said...

Always nice to see a bit of history, there is definitely beauty in it... in New England we have alot of that, something I cherish.

Primitive Stars said...

Still looks great to me, love the rustic pieces of the fence still standing, Great pictures, Francine.

Paula said...

Takes a special country woman to see beauty in old fences and fence post. I find it fun to drive along fences and check for breaks.

Karen said...

A touch of rusticity in the paddock, makes you wonder what used to be there.

Laura said...

love that gorgeous sky above!

DJan said...

They do, don't they? You've got such a good eye! :-)

Bruce Clark said...

I really like the point of view on your second shot. Everything ties nicely together.

Stephanie said...

Great old fence!

Carole M. said...

it all spells 'country' to me and the pasture looks very healthy and lush too

Michael Manning said...

You've given me a new perspective on fences. I've had to remove my parent's metal fence with concrete posts--very hard work.

eileeninmd said...

Love the weathered wood, great shots!

Saimi said...

Old posts and fences have such character and charm! Love that you noticed and shared the photos!

LV said...

I was blown away by all the comments you receive. Awesome! I appreciate what few I get. You still so more of these fence sights, as people do not tend to keep them up anymore.

Deb said...

Your cell phone takes great photos

Judy said...

Great series of shots!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

We have an old fence in our woods and I only see it in the winter. I just think like old houses, they tell a story, don't they?

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Theresa, Very sculptural and lovely. I like old wood and barb-wire fences too. Have an excellent Friday tomorrow!

Sandy Carlson said...

X marks the spot! These are great!

ReltiH said...

ESAS IMÁGENES ME RECUERDAN, MI INFANCIA EN MI PUEBLO.
UN ABRAZO

Red said...

There's an awful lot of work on these fences. I hated fencing when I was a kid on the farm. Now there are very few fences in the whole county.

Farm Girl said...

They look nice. I like old fences.

Randy said...

Nice shots.

Linda said...

Neat pictures! The old fence is romantic especially with that long flowing grass.

Paul said...

They just don't build barb wire fences like they used to... Good idea for a blog post!

McGuffy Ann said...

I think they are great photos. They have history & character.

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Theresa,
Yes, I feel the same way that these wooden "fence stays" matches the beautiful greenery around there beside its main role♡♡♡ Thanks for the word, p;)

From rainy season expecting Japan (hot during the day), xoxo, Miyako*

Leave It To Davis said...

The number of comments you get on your blog amaze me!

Gerald (SK14) said...

they have a certain rustic ruggedness about them

Existe Sempre Um Lugar said...

Cerca que também serve para marcar a propriedade, perfeito.

Liz Needle said...

They certainly have a lot of charm. I love the grey weathered look of old wood and you have captured it perfectly.

EG CameraGirl said...

I think they are very attractive!

Pamela Gordon said...

I really like these photos. I like the fence ends and the pretty grasses and trees in the background. Beautiful photos! Pamela

MyMaracas said...

They do add interest to the landscape with their weathered textures. We've left a lot of posts standing too, because bluebirds and hawks like to perch on them.

Connie Smiley said...

Good thing beauty isn't dependent on function, because those are beautiful. I love your shot of the fence leaning toward the big tree.

Rose said...

Oh, gee, I love these...specially the one leading to the big tree.

Betty Manousos said...

yeah...they look good!

Nature in the Burbs said...

Love those old, run down fences.

SweetMarie said...

Love all the green and the grass is so pretty! I'm playing catch up. We went to NC. :)

lindaakacraftygardener said...

The old bits of fence look good in the fields, with memories of the past.

Candy C. said...

Old wood is always beautiful in my book! :)

Jeanne said...

I really like these. They would make nice notecards.

Faye said...

Texas outdoor sculpture? Beautiful in the landscape whatever you want to name them.

Kate said...

There's a certain beauty in old objects past their prime.

Deb Crecelius said...

Fences add so much to rural photos.
Great job with these.

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