Since joining a photo exchange group called
I've been, well...charmed by barns!
With lots of pretty summer weather,
I spent several afternoons this week scouting
out the many centennial barns in my
area of Michigan.
As much as I enjoy photographing barns...
One Barn Charm photographer talked
about getting yelled at by a farmer
who didn't want the Barn Charmer to take pictures
of his barn.
I admit to a few scoldings for
taking photos on private property...
AND...for pulling over to the side
of the road and blocking other drivers.
But, as a former news reporter...
we worked by the motto:
It's always easier to get forgiveness than permission.
So, I do take chances, but always cringe
when I infringe on others' property.
Last night, I left early for Photo Club,
so I could take barn photos in the rural
area of Frankenmuth, Michigan.
I saw this nice barn and was going to
photograph it from the road, but a woman
was right behind me.
I pulled into the driveway and
it was HER driveway.
So, I had to back out and let her in.
She looked friendly, so I rolled down
the window and asked if I could
photograph her barn.
"Sure," she said. "You can take it from
any angle you like!"
Her name is Suzie and she was SO friendly!
I walked around...FINALLY able to get
more varied shots closer up than the road.
I meandered around back and this kitty
scampered towards me.
I immediately crouched down...
And held the camera in front of her face...
Didn't even look through the viewfinder.
I was delighted when kitty was in focus.
This is my favorite photo!
Suzie's husband Jim came outside and
asked if I wanted to go up in his cherry picker
to get some aerial views.
"What???" I wondered.
Turns out Jim is an industrial painter and has
a cherry picker that can lift him
up 30-feet in the air.
The next thing I knew...I was zooming up
then zooming in on neighboring barns!
I was taller than Jim and Suzie's barn.
See their weathervane?
As I clicked away, I had to pinch myself.
This was one of those ENCHANTING moments
that happen in life.
Such a special treat from two very
kind and special people.
Once back on land level...I waved goodbye
to Suzie and Jim
and headed to Photo Club,
shooting a few more barns from the road....
Yet feeling that I had experienced a little
I'm about to experience even more magic as Hubby
and I leave for a vacation in British Columbia
on Sunday. I'll be gone for a week, but hope
to have lots of amazing photos from
Maybe I'll see a BARN.
Enjoy the week!