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BARNS OF CALVERT COUNTY – PHOTO A DAY PROJECT: JUNE

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I started thinking about this recently when I asked myself the question: what do I love about this area that I now call home? In other words, I was trying to find new ways to be positive and look for the good in my new location. I have been living here for almost two years but sometimes I still miss “home”. Even though I chose to move here for the right reasons, and I’m not that far away from where I came, I still struggle with these thoughts off and on. So, instead of dwelling in the past, I decided to appreciate the present. To find the good and appreciate what I have, here and now and to build a connection to this new place.

One of the coolest, and most unique things about Calvert County (and Southern Maryland) are all the barns that stem from it’s rural history. I love the country roads and all the farms or pieces of what are left over, from old farms. I had a lot of that on the Eastern Shore, as well, but there were never this many barns and they’re different. Since a lot of the ones found here are tobacco barns, there are just SO many more, because they needed more of them to dry the tobacco in. I’m also tying this project in with my background in geography and environmental/land use planning interests. I see the urban sprawl and trees and fields being chopped down, daily, so this landscape is changing rapidly. By taking these photos, I want to be a part of documenting how looks now. I have a feeling it will change quite a bit in my lifetime.

So, with all these things in mind, on July 1st, 2015, I decided to start this year-long endeavor! Here are my rules/goals:

photograph a different barn each day from July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016.
if I am out of town or something prevents me from shooting, I will shoot multiple barns for each day that I am gone, as close to the dates missed as possible.
any type of camera goes – iPhone, point and shoot, DSLR etc
barns must be located within Calvert County, MD limits
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337/366: 6.1.16/10:54am/Owings/Freedom Hill Horse Rescue/Flint Hill Rd/5D Mark III/16-35mm 2.8L II
Freedom Hill Horse Rescue Barn
Ahh, what a great way to start June – the last official month of my project, it’s a little bittersweet. For today’s shot everything aligned perfectly and they welcomed me to stop by and take photos, on this beautiful morning. I’ve heard of this organization a few times before and I knew that I wanted to get some shots with as many of the horses that I could. The barn is also beautiful and this one does not really show my favorite features of it but I could not resist shooting the full scene, looking down the hill. What a beautiful place for them to call home. From their website: Freedom Hill Horse Rescue is a public non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to saving neglected, abused and unwanted horses that are typically difficult to adopt. These horses are often older, sustained injuries, or developed chronic disease. Because most cannot be ridden or medical treatment is beyond the reach of many people, these gentle souls often find themselves at auction or on a trailer to the slaughterhouse. It doesn’t have to be this way. Older, injured, and well-managed horses still have a lot of love to give and deserve to live a life with dignity and compassion. These horses, after rehabilitation and healing, often become amazing healers themselves to the people they encounter.

338/366: 6.2.16/6:49pm/Barstow/German Chapel Rd/5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Golden Hour Barns
A pair of barns during the golden hour, June is off to a good start.
 

339/366: 6.3.16/6:46pm/Owings/SOMD Blvd/5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Cows and Barns
It only took me 340 days to get this set of barns but we did it! Driving assistance from my husband and a quick stop on the highway, right when the cows were lining up. I’m glad they were out!

340/366: 6.4.16/8:55am/Prince Frederick/Hallowing Point Park/5D Mark III/16-35mm 2.8L II
Park Red Barn
About as close up as I can ever get, so I took advantage of the wide angle lens, for this red tobacco barn.

341/366: 6.5.16/4:07pm/Prince Frederick/Gott Rd/5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Summer Clouds Red Barn
Wow, the pressure is on – I’m hoping to end this project with some of my best shots yet and I feel up to the challenge! I’ve seen a lot of pretty scenes and I have dozens of favorites but there is something about this one that made me stop and just admire it, it reminds me of a painting. I am glad I did not wait for the stormy skies that never came to go out and shoot – this afternoon was perfect, it was meant to be!

342/366: 6.6.16/7:54pm/Owings/Solomons Island Rd/5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Solo Horse and Barn
This single horse is usually out in the evenings when I drive by. So much so, that I say “there’s my horse”. I’m glad I could capture this scene, as I almost always see it. 🙂

343/366: 6.7.16/3:14pm/Port Republic/Hance Rd Park/5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Safeway Barn
I found about five new barns today but this was the best setup and most unique, with the old Safeway trailer, silo and purple flowers.

344/366: 6.8.16/10:31am/Saint Leonard/Parkers Wharf Rd/5D/16-35mm 2.8L II
Old Barns in Corn
Absolutely breathtaking views and unique barns on this road! I’m so glad I was told about it before this project ends. And I’m just a little jealous of the people who live here

345/366: 6.9.16/9:28am/Saint Leonard/Jefferson Patterson Park/5D Mark III/16-35mm 2.8L II
Starburst Tobacco Barn
I’ve photographed this 19th century tobacco barn a few times during photo shoots but never on a summer morning, when the light trickles through the leaves. I knew exactly what time it does this because I shot it yesterday, as well.

346/366: 6.10.16/7:18pm/Saint Leonard/Saint Leonard Rd/5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Sunshine Red Barn
In the last weeks of my project I’ve attempted to cover some areas that I don’t typically travel. The options close to home are getting pretty slim and I am trying to make my shots a little more diverse. I was happy to easily discover this one, along with the sun.

347/366: 6.11.16/11:56am/Prince Frederick/Calvert County Historical Society/5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Urban Barns
There are two structures here, the large barn on the right is mostly covered with weeds now. This location is in the middle of downtown Prince Frederick and was once part of an “urban” farm.

348/366: 6.12.16/6:39pm/Prince Frederick/Barstow Rd/5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Fields of Gold Barns
That sunlight hitting the wheat in the wind… the whole field glistened, how could I not have Sting’s “Fields of Gold” playing in my head?!? So pretty.

349/366: 6.13.16/6:53pm/Prince Frederick/Barstow Rd/5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L

Barns and Wheat

Another barn in a glistening field of wheat on Barstow Rd, just like yesterday but it was today! Looks pretty much the same. I tend to shoot the same areas a few times in a row because the barns are in recent memory. There are so many good ones in this area, I have it well covered!

350/366: 6.14.16/11:44am/Prince Frederick/Sixes Rd/iPhone
Flag Day Hearts Barn
All this time, I thought I’d shoot a flag barn on Flag Day. I did actually shoot one but it wasn’t the best photo so I thought I’d go back later and try again. This white barn has been on my to-do list but it has never looked that interesting when I’ve driven by, until today, my birthday, when these two heart clouds appeared while I was out running. And just like that, I wasn’t as concerned about the flag barn, after all.

351/366: 6.15.16/6:20pm/Huntingtown/Allday Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
New Era Farm Barn
This is just one section of this cute barn that has stables and an indoor rink built with the horse lover in mind. The whole farm is for also sale, so if you have ~$899K, it can be yours!

352/366: 6.16.16/4:46pm/Owings/Earl St/Canon 5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Earl Street Barns
Two out of three, that are right next to each other in someone’s backyard. I’m curious to learn if any of them have been moved, they’re so close together it just seems odd. In other news, I really liked this as a black and white image but I had more votes for this color version.

353/366: 6.17.16/5:59pm/Prince Frederick/M I Bowen Rd/Canon 5D/24-70mm 2.8L
Red Cross Barn
Sometimes you are just in the right place, at the right time. Like last night when I went back to a familiar road, to see if there were any barns left that I have not shot before. I shot a couple others and ended up finding this one last. Someone told me about another barn that has this “naturally occurring phenomenon” before but it was pretty cool to find a different one on my own, it was meant to be. A huge part of why I make these trips down these country roads, is for spiritual and soul-searching purposes. I call nature my church, often, that is where I feel the most at home and my deepest connections. I’m glad I unexpectedly found this one that ties those things together.


354/366: 6.18.16/10:56am/Owings/West Mt. Harmony Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Mt. Harmony Road Barn
Ahhh, another milestone – the last barn that I have to photograph on my way to a wedding! That was always hard on me and stressed me out a little bit but I did it!

355/366: 6.19.16/4:43pm/Sunderland/C Jones Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Father’s Day Barn
The afternoon would not have been complete without me nicely asking to stop to take a photo of a barn or two, on our way home from celebrating…

356/366: 6.20.16/7:40pm/Saint Leonard/Parker Wharf Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/16-35mm 2.8L II
Civil War Era Briscoe Barn
On this first day of summer I had time and a beautiful evening on my side, which allowed me to make a trip back to this gorgeous spot where this very old barn sits, right along the road near the Patuxent River. This barn was built in the Civil War era and it is one of the last remaining ‘bonnet’ barns, dating from that time. It’s in pretty good shape for being ~150 years old, so freakin’ cool!

357/366: 6.21.16/6:44pm/Saint Leonard/Williams Wharf Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Abandoned USA Barn
In between storms I went back to this barn, that I just found yesterday. It was the perfect fit for today, with its USA flag painted on the side and the early sunset behind this abandoned property. When I drove around the corner, I almost thought the pastel colors in the sky had formed into rainbow, in which case I would have really freaked. I was loving tonight’s sky!

358/366: 6.22.16/6:38pm/Owings/Harmony Ct/Canon 5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Three Horse Barn
On a quiet residential court, Jon says “there isn’t going to be anything back here” but I said “keep going”, I’ve learned that’s often not the case. There are barns everywhere, every type and serving every purpose and even with only eight days left to go, I’m still finding new ones.

359/366: 6.23.16/7:05pm/Prince Frederick/Dan Bowen Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Calvert County Flag Barn
I have a list of barns that I plan on shooting in these final days but I still have a few days to fill with whatever ones I want. Then I remembered I had not gotten back to shoot this one. It definitely needed to make the cut, with its Calvert County flag on top, it fits perfectly.

360/366: 6.24.16/6:36pm/Port Republic/Parkers Creek Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Parkers Creek Red Barns
Friday night – just another beautiful set of barns, in a beautiful place.

361/366: 6.25.16/4:50pm/Owings/Chaneyville Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Baby Corn and Barn
Last one on Chaneyville, for the project and a working farm scene, which I like. I have this road pretty well documented, with its many prominent and easy to access barns.

362/366: 6.26.16/7:56pm/Huntingtown/Potts Point Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Golden Hour Tobacco Barn
There are so many to choose from on this road, I wish I could shoot them all! One for today.

363/366: 6.27.16/10:23am/Lusby/Sollers Wharf Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Good Morning White Barn
Tick, tock….only three days left… these barns were not on my must-have list but this road is beautiful and I was already in the area. The front one is painted white and there is an old silo on the one in the back, which is not very common from what I’ve seen. I liked that they were both a bit different.

 

 

364/366: 6.28.16/7:44pm/Huntingtown/Deep Landing Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/16-35mm 2.8L II
Sunset Storm Barns
I’m so glad the day worked out like it did and I waited until right before sunset to head out to shoot. This road and these barns are new to me, so I was happy to find them along with these epic clouds, in this pre-thunderstorm scene! I loved watching it roll in.

365/366: 6.29.16/9:13am/Prince Frederick/Adelina Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Tobacco Barns in the Corn
So close to the end and it has become difficult to decide which barns to shoot! There are still so many great ones left but I happened to be in this area and I really liked the beautiful morning view of these two on the hill, through the tall corn (shot with help from my step ladder). It tells a story of the summer season. I had never been this far down this road before and I always like when I find new ones. So, second to last day of daily shooting has come to pass, on to the last!

366/366: 6.30.16/7:32pm/Dunkirk/SOMD Blvd/Canon 5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Back to Where it all Began Barn
This will likely end up being long, which is why I really need a book instead of social media posts but I must reflect back a little bit on all these barns and this project, on this very last day! Towards the end, I really had to focus and I made a list of the ones that I wanted to include, some of which I got to and some I did not. But the bigger question to me was: which barn would end it all? I knew of several that were unique, beautiful or that had a nice view behind them but they weren’t that special to me… except one, this one, which sits along the highway not too far from a few others, behind Trott’s Produce Stand. It did not take me long to decide this had to be the one, since right next to here is where this project all began on July 1st, 2015. On that day I stood in the produce stand parking lot and snapped a not-so-great shot of a few barns on my iPhone. I remember saying to myself that I was going to do this and on July 1st, I did it and I did not stop until today, 366 days later. My project has officially come full circle, it ended where it began. I will never truly remember how the idea started but I can remember what drove me to begin on that day, which now seems so long ago. I can remember the little bit of excitement I felt each time, especially when I found a new one or got a killer shot. I will remember roaming around Calvert County, aimlessly or very purposefully looking for new barns and planning my day so I could achieve what I set out to do. I could go on and on about the why, the how and the benefits of it but I will save that for another day or maybe even a book or something… One thing I do know is: you do not have to travel far to have an adventure – you can have one in your own backyard or in my case, your own county. Thank you, Calvert County, for letting me wander all your beautiful country roads. I think you are beautiful! Thank you for letting me get to know you, appreciate you and for often taking my breath away, I’ll never forget it!

BARNS OF CALVERT COUNTY – PHOTO A DAY PROJECT: MAY

Original Post:

I started thinking about this recently when I asked myself the question: what do I love about this area that I now call home?  In other words, I was trying to find new ways to be positive and look for the good in my new location. I have been living here for almost two years but sometimes I still miss “home”. Even though I chose to move here for the right reasons, and I’m not that far away from where I came, I still struggle with these thoughts off and on. So, instead of dwelling in the past, I decided to appreciate the present. To find the good and appreciate what I have, here and now and to build a connection to this new place.

One of the coolest, and most unique things about Calvert County (and Southern Maryland) are all the barns that stem from it’s rural history. I love the country roads and all the farms or pieces of what are left over, from old farms. I had a lot of that on the Eastern Shore, as well, but there were never this many barns and they’re different. Since a lot of the ones found here are tobacco barns, there are just SO many more, because they needed more of them to dry the tobacco in.  I’m also tying this project in with my background in geography and environmental/land use planning interests. I see the urban sprawl and trees and fields being chopped down, daily, so this landscape is changing rapidly. By taking these photos, I want to be a part of documenting how looks now. I have a feeling it will change quite a bit in my lifetime.

So, with all these things in mind, on July 1st, 2015, I decided to start this year-long endeavor! Here are my rules/goals:

  • photograph a different barn each day from July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016.
  • if I am out of town or something prevents me from shooting, I will shoot multiple barns for each day that I am gone, as close to the dates missed as possible.
  • any type of camera goes – iPhone, point and shoot, DSLR etc
  • barns must be located within Calvert County, MD limits

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306/366: 5.1.16/11:59am/Owings/Mt. Harmony Rd/5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
May Day Barn
No flowers or people dancing around a May pole (or running around college campuses naked) just another dreary, rainy day with this barn and rolling hills.
 

307/366: 5.2.16/2:20pm/Huntingtown/Matthew Dr./5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Sunshine and Goats BarnLook at that blue sky! I had to get out to shoot in the afternoon because I knew the sun would not last too long. On one side of this scene there were goats saying hi to me, on the other side, a subdivision in between, this beautiful barn! 😦

308/366: 5.3.16/6:32pm/Dunkirk/Howes Rd/5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Thunderstorm Barn
Shooting out of the window in heavy rain, I could see the sun slowly breaking through the clouds to the west and reflecting off the side of this barn. I knew a rainbow was probably soon to follow but it was not where I was and it was not the right time. But I did achieve my barn for the day, so I can’t complain!

309/366: 5.4.16/7:20pm/Huntingtown/Huntingtown Rd/5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
No More Rain Red Barn
Shooting out of the window (stopped) in the middle of the road because why not? I didn’t want to park and get out because it was, once again, raining. I’m so over this rain, I need color and the sun! At least I was able to add another color besides grey and green to this scene, with this beautiful and big red barn.

310/366: 5.5.16/5:47pm/Prince Frederick/Solomons Island Rd/5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Red Truck Barn
I’ve always liked this one, along with this truck. I believe it’s been sitting in the same spot there ever since I’ve started noticing it. It’s small so it may be a type of storage or shed but fits my project rules and I like it, so it works for me!

311/366: 5.6.16/4:57pm/Huntingtown/Twin Oak Ln/5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Holy Cow Barn
Yes, I went there with the caption. How could this scene not make you smile?! I almost did not stop at all but I forced myself to. I already knew of this barn and I knew it would be an easy stop on my way home but I did not know what was waiting for me… baby cows and their momma and three geese, in the back, peeking their heads out of all these cheerful buttercups. It was an instant mood-lifter on another dreary, rainy day. Cheer up, with these buttercups – totally works!

312/366: 5.7.16/1:13pm/Lusby/H G Trueman Rd/iPhone
Hidden Gem Barn
Not my intended target when I stopped at Southern Middle for a quick snap but I loved this hidden gem by the road much more!

313/366: 5.8.16/6:47pm/Huntingtown/Emmanuel Church Rd/5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Mother’s Day Barn

314/366: 5.9.16/6:20pm/Owings/Chesapeake Beach Rd Church Rd/5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Lush Green Barn
Without ALL this rain, how could we have such lush green? 🙂

315/366: 5.10.16/1:38pm/Owings/Appaloosa Way/5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Appaloosa Way Barn
The Appaloosa is an American horse breed best known for its colorful spotted coat pattern. Today, I did not find a spotted horse on Appaloosa Way but I did locate this one along with two barns – this one and a red one right across the street. This scene was my favorite and believe it or not the sun briefly made an appearance in the few minutes that I spent here.

316/366: 5.11.16/2:31pm/Huntingtown/Armiger Rd/5D/24-70mm 2.8L
Fallen Red Barn
Really, every day is looking the same in this rainy stretch of weather we have been having but I promise each day I’m out shooting! I’ve seen a lot of change to some barns, lately. Some have shifted while others have collapsed, or at least partially so. It makes me sad.

 

317/366: 5.12.16/12:30pm/Huntingtown/Smoky Rd/5D/24-70mm 2.8L
Pair of Barns
Another cloudy day makes you realize how color really does affect your mood. Whenever I see fields of buttercups, I am grateful for all the yellow and my mood is instantly lifted! This is one of my favorite barn roads, I’m surprised I haven’t featured this pair yet.

318/366: 5.13.16/5:57pm/Huntingtown/Old Plum Point Rd/5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
May Colors Barn
Oh dear, there is actually color, sun and blue skies in today’s shot!! Makes such a difference!

319/366: 5.14.16/11:20am/Prince Frederick/Hallowing Point Park/iPhone
Playground Barn
One of three, right next to the playground at the park.

320/366: 5.15.16/7:09pm/Port Republic/Yoes Corner Ln/5D Mark III/16-35mm 2.8L II
Tree and Red Barn
So many barns that I passed to get here but when I did, instead of shooting it into the sky and clouds like I thought I would, I ended up liking this up close view with this big tree more.

321/366: 5.16.16/7:52pm/Dunkirk/Brickhouse Rd/5D Mark III/16-35mm 2.8L II
Sunset Old Barn
I had a great day and it even ended with a sunset barn shot! Sunsets, I missed you!!!

322/366: 5.17.16/5:40pm/Huntingtown/Calverton School/5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Please Stop Raining Barn
Really, it just needs to stop! But wow, look at all that green already and it’s only May, this one looks like it’ll be mostly covered by the end of summer. Same with the one next to it!

323/366: 5.18.16/11:59am/Prince Frederick/Leitches Wharf Rd/5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Spring Crops Barn
Caught this one before it’s completely taken over by weeds, along with some crops – what are they? (I’m not a farmer, I just like barns!)

324/366: 5.19.16/3:13pm/Prince Frederick/Calvert County Historical Society/5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Historical Society Barn
I love this old one at the Calvert County Historical Society, lots of character on all sides!

325/366: 5.20.16/1:53pm/Prince Frederick/Sixes Rd/5D Mark III/50mm 1.4
Red Barn in a Field
Beautiful day on a beautiful “barn road” as to like to call the ones with lots of good barns!

326/366: 5.21.16/12:52pm/Owings/Skinners Turn Rd/5D Mark III/85mm 1.2L II
Vineyard Red Barn
I waited for a long time to come back to this one, its so easy to access on my normal commute but I didn’t want everything to be dead. I caught it just when the vineyard is starting to come back to life! Love this color on a rainy day…

327/366: 5.22.16/4:24pm/Prince Frederick/German Chapel Rd/5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Bird and Tobacco Barn in the Rain
Look, another red barn in the rain!!!! Different day and yet it looks just like the others…

328/366: 5.23.16/10:35am/Owings/John C Ward Rd/iPhone
Blue Sky Barn
Caught a fleeting moment of blue skies behind this one!

329/366: 5.24.16/6:40pm/Owings/Boyds Turn Rd Rd/5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Boyds Turn Barn
The hills of Calvert County can prove to be advantageous for shooting angles, the best shot I could get if this barn was from high on a hill at Windy Hill Middle, through the trees.

330/366: 5.25.16/7:19pm/Owings/Skinners Turn Rd Rd/5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Skinners Turn Barn
As the days of my project are numbered, I find myself in the position of wanting to not just shoot because a barn is convenient but also because it’s a good one and I like it. I get a bit of anxiety trying to locate “worthy” barns, sometimes. Tonight, I accomplished both easily, I’ve always liked the character of this scene!

331/366: 5.26.16/7:50am/Owings/Stevens Rd/5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Stevens Road Barn
Acting off a tip about a few other barns, I turned down this country road and was happy to find this cute one on a hill, through the trees, all the way at the end. I took a vote and this shot was the crowd favorite and I agreed, it highlights and frames the barn the best out of all the shots….the barn is the star.

332/366: 5.27.16/7:28pm/Prince Frederick/Mallard Point Rd/5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Big Summer Barn
I had a close call on shooting the same barn twice, tonight! Not the first time that has happened but luckily I usually shoot a few, if they’re close by. I’ve shot so many on this road, I wasn’t quite sure which I’ve actually included. Part of this one was in another scene but was not the focus, like it is today! Today it is the star! I discovered this road in the early winter and it’s amazing to see how fast everything changes.

333/366: 5.28.16/11:24am/Huntingtown/Cox Rd/5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Wooded Tobacco Barn
So close to bring covered by green, I believe it may be by the end of summer!

334/366: 5.29.16/4:19pm/Owings/Briscoes Turn Rd/5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Stormy Barn in a Field
We shot four barns on this road but this was unexpectedly my favorite, with the stormy skies behind it and the lines of the rolling hills making zig-zags through the frame.

335/366: 5.30.16/9:41am/Owings/Stevens Rd/5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Memorial Day Barn
Paying thanks to all that have served and died to protect this country and allow all the freedoms, that we may take for granted.

336/366: 5.31.16/7:37pm/Saint Leonard/Parran Rd/5D Mark III/16-35mm 2.8L II
Cumulonimbus Clouds Barns
So grateful for a beautiful end to this day, the clouds and sunset were amazing tonight…just had to line them up with a barn or two! success!

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BARNS OF CALVERT COUNTY – PHOTO A DAY PROJECT: APRIL

Original Post:

I started thinking about this recently when I asked myself the question: what do I love about this area that I now call home? In other words, I was trying to find new ways to be positive and look for the good in my new location. I have been living here for almost two years but sometimes I still miss “home”. Even though I chose to move here for the right reasons, and I’m not that far away from where I came, I still struggle with these thoughts off and on. So, instead of dwelling in the past, I decided to appreciate the present. To find the good and appreciate what I have, here and now and to build a connection to this new place.

One of the coolest, and most unique things about Calvert County (and Southern Maryland) are all the barns that stem from it’s rural history. I love the country roads and all the farms or pieces of what are left over, from old farms. I had a lot of that on the Eastern Shore, as well, but there were never this many barns and they’re different. Since a lot of the ones found here are tobacco barns, there are just SO many more, because they needed more of them to dry the tobacco in. I’m also tying this project in with my background in geography and environmental/land use planning interests. I see the urban sprawl and trees and fields being chopped down, daily, so this landscape is changing rapidly. By taking these photos, I want to be a part of documenting how looks now. I have a feeling it will change quite a bit in my lifetime.

So, with all these things in mind, on July 1st, 2015, I decided to start this year-long endeavor! Here are my rules/goals:

  • photograph a different barn each day from July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016.
  • if I am out of town or something prevents me from shooting, I will shoot multiple barns for each day that I am gone, as close to the dates missed as possible.
  • any type of camera goes – iPhone, point and shoot, DSLR etc
  • barns must be located within Calvert County, MD limits
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276/366: 4.1.16/1:12pm/Prince Frederick/Grays Rd/Canon 5D/16-35mm 2.8L
Cypress Stables Barn
This scene with horses and big sky at Cypress Stables is so peaceful and beautiful, I almost forgot that I was there to take photos of the white barns in the background. I like how this one looked up at me, when I was walking up the road towards them. What a beautiful little piece of the earth.

277/366: 4.2.16/6:42pm/Broomes Island/Broomes Island Rd/iPhone
Little Broomes Island Barn
A beautiful evening view of this little red barn on the way to Broomes Island. Had to turn around to snap this one

278/366: 4.3.16/7:12pm/Owings/SOMD Blvd/5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Chaneyville Barn

This old barn is hard to access, so my easiest option was to shoot it from the window when we drove by. I’m looking forward to learning more about it, it’s part of several old barns along Chaneyville & Rt 4 and I believe on the historic sites registry.

279/366: 4.4.16/3:05pm/Owings/5th St/5D Mark III/16-35mm 2.8L II
White Barns
I’d love to know more about this spot, some day soon. There are several that sit right near here, along this busy street, I’m sure there’s a good story!

280/366: 4.5.16/7:59am/Saint Leonard/Mackall Rd/5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Sunrays Barns
I chased these beautiful morning skies and sun rays all the way down to this spot, which ended up being better than I expected. It is such a gorgeous view!

281/366: 4.6.16/1:53pm/Huntingtown/M F Bowen Rd/iPhone
Old Barn and a Bird

282/366: 4.7.16/2:25pm/Huntingtown/Emmanuel Church Rd/5D/70-200mm 2.8L
Donkey and a Barn in the Rain
Yesterday’s social media photos were dominated by rainbows and crazy skies, which I wasn’t able to go out to shoot…I didn’t see a single donkey in those photos, though! I’ll take the donkey! 

283/366: 4.8.16/4:45pm/Owings/Honeysuckle Dr/5D/70-200mm 2.8L
Blue Skies Tobacco Barn

Beautiful skies and endless tobacco barns… That’s what my commute was like, this afternoon. I saw at least five – ten that I’ve yet to shoot, just on my route home. It’s so easy and yet not so easy to keep up, somehow I still am. Happy Friday

284/366: 4.9.16/11:15am/Huntingtown/Sunrise Dr/5D Mark III/85mm 1.2L II
April Snow Barn
A random snow shower in April, that’s all I’m going to say about this one!!

 

285/366: 4.10.16/12:15pm/Owings/Chaneyville Rd/iPhone
Red Barn with a Tractor
Bright blue skies, a red barn and tractor, not a bad way to start Sunday’s adventures.

 

286/366: 4.11.16/5:59pm/Owings/Mt. Harmony Ln/Canon 5D/70-200mm 2.8L
Buzzard and a Barn
I’ve always liked looking over at this one when the evening sun hits it. The buzzard on top was an extra bonus, I suppose!

287/366: 4.12.16/2:52pm/Barstow/ Calvert Co. Fairgrounds/Canon 5D/24-70mm 2.8L
Fairgrounds Barn

288/366: 4.13.16/7:54pm/Dunkirk/ Jewell Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/70-200mm 2.8L
Nighttime Barn
I was cutting it very close to darkness, last night but we got this beautiful one in, just in time!

289/366: 4.14.16/12:20pm/Huntingtown/Stinnett Rd/iPhone
Halfway Barn
I used this barn as a running goal, I wanted to reach it to take a photo and then go back home. It ended up being my halfway point and a pretty pit stop. Barns can be used for all types of things. 🙂

290/366: 4.15.16/5:39pm/Prince Frederick/Dan Bowen Rd/5D Mark III/85mm 1.2L II
Tax Day Red Barn
I love this set of well-maintained red barns that sit here. I’ll feature the others on a different day.

291/366: 4.16.16/4:29pm/Owings/Sam Hill Rd/iPhone
Pink Spring Barn
I’m still finding new barns in northern Calvert. Sometimes I feel like I’ve seen them all but found at least four right here. Saving the others for a better camera and skies. 🙂

292/366: 4.17.16/9:49am/Port Republic/Broomes Island Rd/5D/70-200mm 2.8L
Green Tobacco Barn

293/366: 4.18.16/7:56pm/Dunkirk/Brickhouse Rd/5D/70-200mm 2.8L
Evening Tobacco Barn
Sometimes you just take what you can get…. But this shot from my car after sunset ended up working just fine…for a busy Monday

294/366: 4.19.16/12:53pm/Prince Frederick/Dares Beach Rd/5D Mark II/24-70mm 2.8L
PF Kennels Barn
For so long I’ve passed by this one and finally decided to call Prince Frederick Kennels to ask if I could stop by to photograph it, only for them to tell me it was their neighbor’s barn. I’m still going to consider it the PF Kennels barn!

295/366: 4.20.16/4:39pm/Chesapeake Beach/Bristol Dr/5D Mark II/70-200mm 2.8L
Mini Backyard Barn
So, maybe this is a type of shed but it’s got barn wood and it’s the shape of a barn, so it counts! That and it’s just cute.

296/366: 4.21.16/12:34pm/Prince Frederick/Church St/5D Mark II/24-70mm 2.8L
Linden Barn
Today, I made another small step towards my goals and dreams by visiting the Calvert County Historical Society to do some barn research. I am in the downtown Prince Frederick area often but never knew exactly where they were located, and I did not know that several barns sit right here next to the Linden Building. It was a pleasant surprise! After all the research I did, I never took a photo of the plaque – so I’m still not sure of the story for this one but I really liked the purple (weeds?) flowers growing on the side and the unique cuts of the wood on the side. The history will have to wait for another day.

297/366: 4.22.16/2:44pm/Huntingtown/Lexa Dr/5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Earth Day Barn
All that green on Earth Day, love it.
 

298/366: 4.23.16/11:47am/Prince Frederick/Hallowing Point Park/5D Mark II/16-35mm 2.8L II
Hallowing Point Park Barn
One of several right in the middle of this park which was BUSY on a Saturday. I may have edited some cars out of this one, since I really wanted to show the pulled back view with stormy skies.

299/366: 4.24.16/6:25pm/Prince Frederick/Dares Beach Rd/5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Red Barn and White Tree
I’ve waited patiently for many months, knowing this one would be prettiest whenever that tree was in bloom. (If it bloomed, I wasn’t sure if it was even alive for awhile). I’m glad it finally did, just in time for this evening’s shot. So pretty and peaceful, right along the busy road.
 

300/366: 4.25.16/6:12pm/Owings/Old Solomons Island Rd/5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Buttercup Red Barn
Wow, it’s my 300th barn, I can’t believe it. It’s now turning into buttercup season. They’re everywhere and I’m so grateful for my every day stalking of these barns and landscapes, grateful I get to notice these little things and subtle changes.

301/366: 4.26.16/9:59am/Owings/Swan Ln/5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Swann Farms Strawberry Barn
It only took 300 barn shots, for these three to finally make an appearance! What a beautiful morning to hang out at the strawberry patch of Swann Farms…and for barn-stalking!

 

302/366: 4.27.16/6:04pm/Owings/Solomons Island Rd/5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L

Sandy’s Grandfather’s Barn

A long post but sometimes they should be long: If you had to pick beautiful scenes in Calvert County, this one may not have been in the top 366 however, it is one that a good amount of its residents pass on a regular basis. It sits at the bottom of the intersection of Rt 2 and Mt. Harmony Rd but it was not always in this location. Sandy, a woman following my project, and I have been emailing about it and I promised her I would get a shot of it. It’s not so easy to reach because the whole area has been under construction for this entire project, so my best option was to stand out of my husband’s sunroof again, while we waited at the light. 🙂

She told me a story about the barn: it used to be part of her grandfather, Melvin Phipps, farm that was relocated by the State to build Rt 2, since it was not in its current location, it used to follow Mt. Harmony Ln. They moved their house and the family chose to move this barn themselves, to where it sits now. In her words: “It used to be beautiful, but it doesn’t look like that now. After my grandparents died the land was sold, and houses were built near my grandparent’s home where we raised tobacco and had a meadow for the sheep and my pony. But it was beautiful when they were there, and it was a wonderful place to grow up. I used to play in the barn. I remember my grandfather and other men in the family hanging tobacco in that barn, and I used to help my grandfather strip tobacco in the attached “stripping cellar” at the far end of the barn (cinder block addition). Sorry, I’m rambling. Wonderful memories, but sadly, nothing on earth lasts forever.”

 

303/366: 4.28.16/3:13pm/Prince Frederick/Mallard Point Rd/5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Make A Wish Barn
It is so hard to not straighten out these crooked barns, when I’m editing them! Both the dandelions and this barn are still hanging on in the dreary rain. A bunch of wishes lie right beside this one, I know what some of my wishes are, they may or may not involve barns.

304/366: 4.29.16/4:45pm/Chesapeake Beach/Tobacco Rd/5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Tobacco Road Barn
Ahh, it’s taken 10 months but I finally decided that I had to shoot this one today, with all those hills of buttercups, purple flowers and vines growing on it. I don’t think I’ve seen it look prettier. (Bigger scale it looks so much better!) This one is on my road, I pass it several times a day. It always looks beautiful when the morning sun hits it and also when the sun sets, behind it. I’ve shot it in the snow and with my cell phone but I just really loved it right now, even with the dreary weather, just like I always see it – from the road.
 

305/366: 4.30.16/10:34am/Prince Frederick/Sixes Rd/5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Tractor Sign Red Barn
I love the tractor street signs, that I see from time to time. You can but them online! I like this pop of red on yet another dreary day.

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Barns of Calvert County – Photo a Day Project: March

I’m a little behind on blogging my barns, so as I type this (at the end of April!) March is a little bit of a blur. I’m sure, as I organize the photos below and start to copy and paste the captions, the month’s events will come back to me! 🙂 I love reliving these daily adventures, when I scroll through the photos. Sometimes snapping a barn shot is more involved, sometimes it’s literally seconds of my day – no matter what, they’re a highlight and make me happy. That was one of the main reasons for starting this project and I can’t believe all the wonderful things it’s done for me, it’s definitely one of the best ideas I’ve ever had. 🙂

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Original Post:

I started thinking about this recently when I asked myself the question: what do I love about this area that I now call home?  In other words, I was trying to find new ways to be positive and look for the good in my new location. I have been living here for almost two years but sometimes I still miss “home”. Even though I chose to move here for the right reasons, and I’m not that far away from where I came, I still struggle with these thoughts off and on. So, instead of dwelling in the past, I decided to appreciate the present. To find the good and appreciate what I have, here and now and to build a connection to this new place.

One of the coolest, and most unique things about Calvert County (and Southern Maryland) are all the barns that stem from it’s rural history. I love the country roads and all the farms or pieces of what are left over, from old farms. I had a lot of that on the Eastern Shore, as well, but there were never this many barns and they’re different. Since a lot of the ones found here are tobacco barns, there are just SO many more, because they needed more of them to dry the tobacco in.  I’m also tying this project in with my background in geography and environmental/land use planning interests. I see the urban sprawl and trees and fields being chopped down, daily, so this landscape is changing rapidly. By taking these photos, I want to be a part of documenting how looks now. I have a feeling it will change quite a bit in my lifetime.

So, with all these things in mind, on July 1st, 2015, I decided to start this year-long endeavor! Here are my rules/goals:

  • photograph a different barn each day from July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016.
  • if I am out of town or something prevents me from shooting, I will shoot multiple barns for each day that I am gone, as close to the dates missed as possible.
  • any type of camera goes – iPhone, point and shoot, DSLR etc
  • barns must be located within Calvert County, MD limits

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245/366: 3.1.16/4:43 pm/Huntingtown/Emmanuel Church Rd/Canon 5D Mark II//70-200mm 2.8L
Stillwater Farm Barn
I was rewarded this afternoon with this scene. I didn’t feel like going out to shoot but I did it anyway and when I saw this cutie, dining at Stillwater Farm, I couldn’t resist… I waited to make eye contact and snapped away. I’ve already photographed the old barn on the right, which is really cool but not the newer one in the background. Starting March and month NINE with a good one!
 

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246/366: 3.2.16/4:40pm/Dunkirk/SOMD Blvd/Canon 5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Sunset Backyard Barn
My friend’s backyard view = jealous

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247/366: 3.3.16/2:41pm/Prince Frederick/Dan Bowen Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/70-200mm 2.8L
Cattle Barn
So many were hanging out here but this shot of just one, walking towards me down the hill, slightly edged out another one with the rest of his friends.calvert county barns-3248/366: 3.4.16/9:52am/Huntingtown/MF Bowen Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/16-35mm 2.8L II
Red Barn in the Snow
This winter has been perfect for snowy barn scenes and I couldn’t wait to get out and shoot a couple red ones, this morning. I used some editing magic and took out the street signs and road on this one, I had to, it makes it so much better – maybe like it was a long time ago?

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and this is an extra one from March 4th, that I’ve already photographed before! I HAD to include it because it’s just so peaceful and beautiful, in the fresh snow:calvert county barns-5

249/366: 3.5.16/11:53am/Huntingtown/Ponds Wood Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Ponds Wood Barn
There are only a few left on this road for me to shoot – this backyard barn is one of them.

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250/366: 3.6.16/5:00pm/Huntingtown/Bowie Shop Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Trucker Barn
Pretty cool barns here. I loved the sun rays shining through the clouds, in the back, also.
 

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251/366: 3.7.16/3:27pm/Barstow/German Chapel Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/35mm 1.4L
Reflections Barn
There is no water here, just an empty field. I made three barns into six by using a prism to distort the image, it’s magic!calvert county barns-8252/366: 3.8.16/6:04pm/Huntingtown/Emmanuel Church Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Old Barn and a Truck
Procrastination paid off with this cool scene and beautiful skies. I especially love the old fence, truck and all the character of this barn.

calvert county barns-9253/366: 3.9.16/6:18pm/Owings/Mt. Harmony Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Tobacco Barn at Dusk
Made it just in time to an area with quite a few barns, off in the distance. I wanted to get the sunset into this shot but it was just a little out of the frame, but I am just grateful that I got my shot in, before I couldn’t see anything! calvert county barns-10

254/366: 3.10.16/5:40pm/Prince Frederick/German Chapel Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/70-200mm 2.8L
Red Barn through the Trees
I keep shooting wide because the skies have been so pretty, lately. Nathan and I found at least four “new” barns right here, I love when that happens
calvert county barns-11255/366: 3.11.16/5:45pm/Owings/Horace Ward Rd/iPhone
Tobacco Barn through the Treescalvert county barns-12256/366: 3.12/5:17pm/Huntingtown/Stinnett Rd/5D Mark III/35mm 1.4L
Red Barn Prismed
So many red barns right around here, I believe I’ve gotten almost all of them, for this project. Today, I was feeling more on the experimental side and messed around with the prism, again, makes this one a bit different and more interesting, IMO. You can see one of the other barns reflected in the corner.

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257/366: 3.13.16/6:57pm/Prince Frederick/Goldstien Rd/5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Tobacco Barn on a Hill
The only way you can tell that this is a Daylights Savings Time barn is because it was shot at almost 7:00pm! Otherwise, it was gray and gloomy all day and you can’t tell what time of day it is, at all. Good black and white day.calvert county barns-14258/366: 3.14.16/12:44pm/Lusby/Sollers Wharf Rd/5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Horse and a Red Barn
Life brought me to Lusby, today, so I was happy to go out of my typical barn-hunting locations! Loved this horse w/the red barn, in the background and the fog…
calvert county barns-15259/366: 3.15.16/6:17pm/Barstow/ Barstow Rd/5D Mark III/16-35mm 2.8L II
Unpainted Barn in the Sun
I love this scene every time I pass it.calvert county barns-16

260/366: 3.16.16/7:07pm/Owings/ Boyds Turn Rd/iPhone
Pink Sunset Barn
Second barn I shot today but I couldn’t pass up this sunset, at Windy Hill Middle School. Beautiful.calvert county barns-17261/366: 3.17.16/11:35am/Huntingtown/ Smoky Rd/iPhone
Spring Red Barns
I have loved these two along my running route for years. Got low to show the little bit of spring in this shot, maybe there’s a four-leaf clover in there somewhere, too.calvert county barns-18

262/366: 3.18.16/5:13pm/Sunderland/ Solomons Island Rd/iPhone
Barn and a Tractor
Such a cute barn with this old tractor, that sits next to it all the time. Beautiful skies, too.calvert county barns-19

263/366: 3.19.16/1:50pm/Sunderland/ SOMD Blvd/Canon 5D Mark III/50mm 1.4
Pink Flowers Barn
Finally, a shot that incorporates all the beautiful spring flowers and trees that are blooming.calvert county barns-20264/366: 3.20.16/3:44pm/Huntingtown/Matthew Dr/Canon 5D Mark III/16-35mm 2.8L II
Ireland Barn
I don’t know, maybe it’s all the green, the misty rain & the grey skies but this scene with three horses and their barn makes me think of Ireland. Not that I’ve actually been, to have a comparison. ☘☘calvert county barns-21265/366: 3.21.16/3:56pm/Huntingtown/Hardesty Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/16-35mm 2.8L II
Blue Sky Barn in the Woods
Love this hard to see but easy to photograph barn, right along the road. The blue skies make it pop a little more.calvert county barns-22

266/366: 3.22.16/5:25pm/Owings /Boyd’s Turn Rd/Canon 5D/70-200mm 2.8L
Spring Barn
Out of several views out the passenger window, this one showing the spring buds was my favorite. You really have no idea how difficult it is to find new barns with spring flowers!calvert county barns-23267/366: 3.23.16/1:39pm/Owings/Chaneyville Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/85mm 1.2L II
Green Grass Barn
This spring barn was made a bit better by getting low into the grass. It wasn’t that high so I definitely did get low. Get low…..get lowcalvert county barns-24

268/366: 3.24.16/6:51pm/Huntingtown/Emmanuel Church Rd/Canon 5D/24-70mm 2.8L
Red Barn in the Sun-Shade
Partly lit by the warm sunshine, partly covered in shade, the view framed by trees. Pretty no matter what.calvert county barns-25

269/366: 3.25.16/5:11pm/Dunkirk/SOMD Blvd/Canon 5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Yellow Flowers Barn
Ahhh, I had to get these yellow bushes with a barn, before they turned over to green. Mission accomplished. I was granted closeup access to this one, which has also been converted to an indoor batting cage. Barns can have many uses!
calvert county barns-26270/366: 3.26.16/6:01pm/Prince Frederick/Solomons Island Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/24-70mm 2.8L
Vines Barn
Just a typical barn you’d find behind a car dealershipcalvert county barns-27271/366: 3.27.16/6:07pm/Huntingtown/ Llewelyn Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/16-35mm 2.8L II
Easter Barn
“Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life” – S.D. Gordoncalvert county barns-28272/366: 3.28.16/5:43pm/Owings/Honeysuckle Ln/Canon 5D Mark II/70-200mm 2.8L
Pastel Colors Barns
Spring goals slowly being achieved: knocking out yellow and pink flowers with this one! I’m hoping to photograph as many spring colors as I can, while they last.calvert county barns-29273/366: 3.29.16/5:22pm/Owings/Plane Tree Dr/Canon 5D Mark III/16-35mm 2.8L II
Tobacco Barn + Culti Planter
I am not exactly sure what the Culti Planter does but it does look like it’s ready to do some work. calvert county barns-30

274/366: 3.30.16/5:05pm/Dunkirk/SOMD Blvd/Canon 5D Mark III/70-1200mm 2.8L
Corn Crib
This is part of a set of barns, right off the highway. I don’t think there’s corn in there, anymore, my guess is that it is used for storagecalvert county barns-31

275/366: 3.31.16/10:32am/Huntingtown/Jupiter Ln/Canon 5D/24-70mm 2.8L
Barn in the Woods
This little one down a hill, was not the first one I photographed, this morning. I had to stop when I drove by and saw the subtle hints of yellow and green and the little bridge. I knew this was the one for today!
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Barns of Calvert County – Photo a Day Project: February

Completion of February means I’ve shot eight full months of Barns of Calvert County, kinda amazing that I’ve made this work for so long. It definitely makes me realize some things about my life and that we (I) are really capable of doing anything we want to do, if we want to do it badly enough and have the willingness to stick with it. 🙂

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Original Post:

I started thinking about this recently when I asked myself the question: what do I love about this area that I now call home?  In other words, I was trying to find new ways to be positive and look for the good in my new location. I have been living here for almost two years but sometimes I still miss “home”. Even though I chose to move here for the right reasons, and I’m not that far away from where I came, I still struggle with these thoughts off and on. So, instead of dwelling in the past, I decided to appreciate the present. To find the good and appreciate what I have, here and now and to build a connection to this new place.

One of the coolest, and most unique things about Calvert County (and Southern Maryland) are all the barns that stem from it’s rural history. I love the country roads and all the farms or pieces of what are left over, from old farms. I had a lot of that on the Eastern Shore, as well, but there were never this many barns and they’re different. Since a lot of the ones found here are tobacco barns, there are just SO many more, because they needed more of them to dry the tobacco in.  I’m also tying this project in with my background in geography and environmental/land use planning interests. I see the urban sprawl and trees and fields being chopped down, daily, so this landscape is changing rapidly. By taking these photos, I want to be a part of documenting how looks now. I have a feeling it will change quite a bit in my lifetime.

So, with all these things in mind, on July 1st, 2015, I decided to start this year-long endeavor! Here are my rules/goals:

  • photograph a different barn each day from July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016.
  • if I am out of town or something prevents me from shooting, I will shoot multiple barns for each day that I am gone, as close to the dates missed as possible.
  • any type of camera goes – iPhone, point and shoot, DSLR etc
  • barns must be located within Calvert County, MD limits

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216/365: 2.1.16/10:02 am/Huntingtown/Calverton School Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/16-35mm 2.8L II
Jet Ski Barn
Sometimes you just need a place to store your jet ski for the winter. 🙂

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217/365: 2.2.16/2:38pm/Port Republic/Scientist Cliffs Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/24-70mm 2.8L
Groundhog Day Barn
Happy Groundhog Day! Let’s celebrate with this cute barn at the American Chestnut Land Trust and a Christmas wreath…

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218/365: 2.3.16/9:16am/Huntingtown/Lower Marlboro Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/24-70mm 2.8L
Red Barn in Weeds
I love the colors in this one. Winter can be very simple and beautiful!

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219/365: 2.4.16/9:42am/Huntingtown/Plum Point Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/16-35mm 2.8L II
Blue and his Barn
I had a great time with Selena the owner of Canaan Farms, Inc. in Huntingtown, this morning. I took several shots of her 80 +/- year old tobacco barn, which has been renovated to fit her horse and dog boarding, horseback riding and art camp business. Her office is in there, too. (I’m so jealous, all I’ve ever wanted is an office in a barn!) We tied Blue up here, to get some glamour shots. He lives here along with several other horses. I debated on photoshopping out the doggie, but decided to keep him in the photo, he was very cute just sitting there watching our photo shoot. 🙂

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220/366: 2.5.16/8:04am/Huntingtown/Oxford Way/Canon 5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Backyard Red Tobacco Barn
Back at the barn shooting after being away for three days. Sometime over the weekend I put it together that it’s Leap Year, so I now only have to go back and change my numbers on 219 other posts! 🙂 And because of this, I get to shoot one extra barn for this project! I started the day off with this one which is in the backyard of someone’s subdivision home. I love the morning light hitting the trees from behind the barn.

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221/366: 2.6.16/10:32am/Huntingtown/Cox Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Broken Doors Tobacco Barn
A very common-looking sight but each barn is a little different!

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223/366: 2.8.16/1:53 pm/Huntingtown/Walton Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Horse Crossing Barn
I love all the old farm equipment and horse crossing sign on this one!

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223/366: 2.8.16/1:55 pm/Huntingtown/Walton Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L II
Dirt Bike Barn
I don’t know about you but I’d be scared to trespass on this one, there are at least three signs… 🙂

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224/366: 2.9.16/4:40 pm/Huntingtown/Stinnett Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Red Barn in the Woods
The lines from all of the bare trees in winter are the best!

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225/366: 2.10.16/5:09pm/Prince Frederick/Radio Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Urban Red Barn
This little plot of land is currently for sale and it’s just a little bit of what’s left of a farm, now surrounded by suburban sprawl. I’ve only ever seen it during the winter since it’s so hidden by these cool trees. It’s a good one!

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226/366: 2.11.16/2:52pm/Prince Frederick/Adelina Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Black and White Red Barn
I broke one of my rules with this one! I have always said if I shoot a red barn, I will keep the image in color but I think this one has much more impact as a black and white. That horse was there the whole time that I drove by, down the road and back… he only started to move when I got out to photograph him.
 

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227/366: 2.12.16/5:00pm/Huntingtown/Armiger Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Broken Barn
I love, love, love this barn and I am happy to say that I have found quite a few new ones on this road. As this project has gone on, the excitement of finding new barns has become less frequent, since I’ve been down so many roads in the past seven + months. In some ways the beat up ones make me happy because they’re more interesting but also sad, since some of them are in bad shape and may fall soon.

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228/366: 2.13.16/1:53pm/Prince Frederick/Hallowing Point Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
White Barns
A little bit of blue, green and white – reminds me of the earth and slightly of spring!

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229/366: 2.14.16/4:52pm/Huntingtown/Armiger Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/16-35mm 2.8L II
Valentine Barn
I couldn’t resist a red barn on this silly and sweet holiday.

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230/366: 2.15.16/11:46am/Prince Frederick/Solomons Island Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Snowin’ Bowen Barn
Ahhh, so grateful for this snow and that we had to go out, while it was still coming down. I’ve been waiting to shoot this one near Bowen’s Florist for a long time…. it looks so peaceful sitting here, right along the highway.

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231/366: 2.16.16/5:09 pm/Huntingtown/Emmanuel Church Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Trees and Power Lines Barn
This one sits so close to the huge power lines that run through the county, that Nathan and I could hear and almost feel the electricity running through the air. It was a quick snap and get back in the car quick job. No trespassing, as usual but we were pretty close to a place maybe we should not have been

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232/366: 2.17.16/5:29 pm/Sunderland/Wayside Dr/Canon 5D Mark II/70-200mm 2.8L
Sunset Tobacco Barn
Just another beautiful sunset and a barn, love when those two come together.

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233/366: 2.18.16/4:44 pm/Owings/Danbridge Ln/Canon PowerShot S95
Evergreens Barn
Another backyard barn.

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234/366: 2.19.16/5:34 pm/Prince Frederick/Mallard Point Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/24-70mm 2.8L
Mallard Point Barns
So many barns to choose from on this road, I have to start keeping notes of the ones I have shot vs. yet to shoot. Here are a couple and a whole bunch of farm stuff.

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235/366: 2.20.16/11:25 am/Owings/Boyds Turn Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Aunt Bunny Barn
This one is creatively named for the person who told me about this hidden old barn in the woods. Maybe I would have found it anyway but I wouldn’t have known there used to be an old VW bus inside. I didn’t see it in there, today!

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236/366: 2.21.16/1:34 pm/Dunkirk/SOMD Blvd/Canon 5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Finally Got this Barn Barn
This one is so easy to see from Route 4, not so easy to shoot but with the help of my husband’s truck, I shot this one while we were driving. I’m glad I could still lock focus on it, we were moving pretty quickly!

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237/366: 2.22.16/4:32 pm/Owings/Emerson Rd/Canon PowerShot S95
Sunny Old Barn
Love the beat up boards on this little one.

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238/366: 2.23.16/4:38 pm/Dunkirk/Ashwood Dr/Canon 5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Rainy Day Barn
I shot this one very quickly in the pouring down rain just to prove that I’m committed to this project and that I’m also a little bit insane! 🙂

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239/366: 2.24.16/1:33 pm/Huntingtown/MF Bowen Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Calm Before the Storm Barn
The skies had been changing all afternoon, before I shot this one. I love when a storm starts to roll in…

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240/366: 2.25.16/7:41 am/Prince Frederick/Leitches Wharf Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Chasing the Skies Barn
The skies are always amazing after a storm and this morning did not disappoint! I sometimes find myself chasing the skies. Getting my shot in, the way I picture it, is probably similar to the excitement that a storm-chaser feels… just a little more subtle. By the time I got back home, the clouds really rolled in…I love this oil painting effect I put on this one, going to do more painting edits, soon!

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241/366: 2.26.16/4:06 pm/Prince Frederick/Solomons Island Rd/Canon 5D Mark III//70-200mm 2.8L
Highway Barn
A couple of cute barns sit next to each other on the highway, right outside of PF. I’ve started to utilize my husband’s driving as a barn-hunting tactic. We shoot the dangerous ones from his moving vehicle.

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242/366: 2.27.16/2:56 pm/Owings/Old Solomons Island Rd/Canon 5D Mark III//70-200mm 2.8L
Autism Project Barn
This property is home to this cool barn and the Autism Project, Inc. a non-profit serving students on the Autism Spectrum in Southern MD.

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243/366: 2.28.16/12:30 pm/Sunderland/Dalrymple Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Hidden Red Barn
Quick and easy shot, knocking off some of these hidden ones in the woods before they’re overtaken by green!

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244/366: 2.29.16/3:51 pm/Owings/Skinners Turn Rd/Canon 5D Mark II//70-200mm 2.8L
Fortuitous Farm Barn
Happy to see two cows on my commute home and that this one is part of the Calvert County Ag Preservation District 🙂 There are more here, saving them for another day…

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Southern Maryland Barns – Barns of Calvert: January

January has come and gone, I’m well into February and a bit behind on blogging but not on shooting! So many ideas for these images but I’m going to not get too ahead of myself and just focus on what I can! Winter is never my favorite but shooting these everyday and some beautiful scenes, made me appreciate it in a new way! Got some Christmas-themed shots and snowy barns, which I was praying for. Winter has it’s own beauty and I am happy I was able to capture it!

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Original Post:

I started thinking about this recently when I asked myself the question: what do I love about this area that I now call home?  In other words, I was trying to find new ways to be positive and look for the good in my new location. I have been living here for almost two years but sometimes I still miss “home”. Even though I chose to move here for the right reasons, and I’m not that far away from where I came, I still struggle with these thoughts off and on. So, instead of dwelling in the past, I decided to appreciate the present. To find the good and appreciate what I have, here and now and to build a connection to this new place.

One of the coolest, and most unique things about Calvert County (and Southern Maryland) are all the barns that stem from it’s rural history. I love the country roads and all the farms or pieces of what are left over, from old farms. I had a lot of that on the Eastern Shore, as well, but there were never this many barns and they’re different. Since a lot of the ones found here are tobacco barns, there are just SO many more, because they needed more of them to dry the tobacco in.  I’m also tying this project in with my background in geography and environmental/land use planning interests. I see the urban sprawl and trees and fields being chopped down, daily, so this landscape is changing rapidly. By taking these photos, I want to be a part of documenting how looks now. I have a feeling it will change quite a bit in my lifetime.

So, with all these things in mind, on July 1st, 2015, I decided to start this year-long endeavor! Here are my rules/goals:

  • photograph a different barn each day from July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016.
  • if I am out of town or something prevents me from shooting, I will shoot multiple barns for each day that I am gone, as close to the dates missed as possible.
  • any type of camera goes – iPhone, point and shoot, DSLR etc
  • barns must be located within Calvert County, MD limits

185/366: 1.1.16/4:48pm/Prince Frederick/Barstow Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/24-70mm 2.8L
A New Year Barn
A new year is here and DO YOU SEE THAT? yes, it is the sun which came out just in time for this shot of a tobacco barn with an open view. I missed it so much. I’m glad I am kicking off the new year with a great shot…And if anyone is interested, the sign says this farm is for sale. Maybe I should buy it.

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186/365: 1.2.16/3:49 pm/Prince Frederick/Hallowing Point Rd/Canon PowerShot S95
Blue Sky White Barn
Clear blue skies and a white barn – something different from the norm, these days!
 

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187/365: 1.3.16/12:32pm/Huntingtown/Smoky Rd/iPhone
Muddy Barn
Nathan and I were on a run + barn adventure and we definitely had very muddy shoes after we hiked up to this one, which is part of the Patuxent River Natural Resource Management area. I’m glad that most of the corn is gone, we were able to see a full view of the barn.

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188/366: 1.4.16/11:3am/Owings/Mt. Harmony Ln/Canon PowerShot S95
Half of a Barn
I’ve spotted this one before, which looks deceiving. If you glance at it, it looks like a normal barn possibly down on a hill but it has collapsed but it did so in a way that still shows the top part, perfectly in tact. I thought it was still interesting to shoot even though it’s only half standing.

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189/366: 1.5.16/3:24am/Prince Frederick/Leitches Wharf Rd/iPhone
Backyard Barn
This is a little bit of a hybrid of materials, which is what I liked the most about this one – the variation of colors and textures. And it was along my sunny and cold running route, so that made it even better. It doesn’t stand out as much as others closeby but it’s one of my favorites.
 

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190/366: 1.6.16/11:55am/Huntingtown/Huntingtown Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/16-35mm 2.8L II
January Christmas Barn
The holidays are not over yet! At least not for the beautiful barns on the property of the now closed Open Gates Farm B&B. They were so kind to let me come by to shoot, I had not driven by them in December so I had no idea they were decorated but I still wanted to include them in this project! The white ones were my favorite, there are many to choose from, I had a hard time deciding… Merry New Year!

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191/366: 1.7.16/2:34pm/Prince Frederick/Lottie Fowler Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/70-200mm 2.8L
Red and White Barn
New find, new find! Sometimes I really don’t know where I’m going but I’m always confident a barn will show up, eventually. This afternoon, it did not take long to find this one.

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192/366: 1.8.16/10:24am/Owings/Clyde Jones Rd/iPhone
Clyde Jones Barn
So many roads are named after people, there are definitely a lot of repeat names that I see on these country roads. Like this one, which also still has a mailbox by the same name.

 

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193/366: 1.9.16/11:45am/Prince Frederick/Grays Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/70-200mm 2.8L
Gray Grays Barn
This is a shot from another dreary winter day back in December, when I visited the Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm.

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194/366:1.10.16/4:51pm/Prince Frederick/Barstow Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/24-70mm 2.8L
Country Road Barn
Another backup barn shot from last week – I love when I can get up close to these barns. I love the feel of this one and the country road leading you through the photo.

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195/366: 1.11.16/3:01pm/Huntingtown/Breezy Knoll Ln/Canon 5D Mark II/70-200mm 2.8L
Sunny Haze Barn
Back to real-time shooting with this quick shot into the sun. I love the vines growing all over it.

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Good Morning Tobacco Barn
Sometimes, you just have to stop and take a barn photo. Which is exactly what I did from the side of the road, yesterday morning, without even leaving my car! I was going to be out of the area all day but I could not pass up on the beautiful sky we had. Glad I made it happen!

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197/366: 1.13.16/2:22 pm/Huntingtown/Smoky Rd/Canon 5D/50mm 1.4
Prism Star Barn
Not surprisingly, I took the prism that I got at the workshop I attended yesterday and used it on one of my favorite subjects. I love that they still have this star up, I’m pretty sure it is only up during this time of year.

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198/366: 1.14.16/3:27 pm/Prince Frederick/Sixes Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
White Barns with Horses
It doesn’t get much more country picturesque than this scene. I love this set of barns and horse farm. There are others, here for the future but I needed a good barn, today, so this fit perfectly.

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199/366: 1.15.16/7:45 am/Huntingtown/Walton Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/50mm 1.4
Sunrise Pine Trees Barn
I couldn’t pass on the beautiful skies I saw this morning at the bus stop. The sunrise started off with shades of pastels but by the time I reached my destination, it had shifted to much bolder colors. I love the pine trees with this one, I didn’t really want another angle – I liked it right through them.
 

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200/366: 1.16.16/12:22 pm/Sunderland/Dalrymple Rd/Canon Powershot S95
Shadows Tobacco Barn
The 200th barn I’ve officially photographed for this project! There was no seeking out of any specific scene, this was the first one that presented itself, and it was a drive-by barning, from the passenger window – it’s always easy when it’s a team effort.

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201/366: 1.17.16/3:04pm/Huntingtown/Lower Marlboro Rd/iPhone
Snowflakes Barn
Baby snowflakes are flying in front of this one. Hopefully we are getting closer to a snowy barn scene!

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202/366: 1.18.16/2:35 pm/Dunkirk/Howes Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/70-200mm 2.8L
Farm Barn
Today’s barn name is not unique but in some ways it is, because the overall vibe of this property is that this is a place to work. So many barns are just memories of the past and not actively being used. This one is not just a barn that sits in someone’s backyard yard….like so many I see.

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203/366: 1.19.16/2:49 pm/Prince Frederick/Mallard Point Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/70-200mm 2.8L
Red Dairy Barn
Not the norm, as far as barn styles go in Calvert – many of them are traditional tobacco barn shape. I love the light on this road, in the afternoon, it always hits all the barns in the right spots.

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204/366: 1.20.16/1:29 pm/Dunkirk/Ferry Landing Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/70-200mm 2.8L

Canadian Geese Barn

There are a lot of directions I could go with today’s barn caption but I think I’ll stick with this one: I didn’t feel like shooting, I had things to do, it was cold but I did it anyway and I sorta knew where I was going but otherwise, didn’t know what I would find. As soon as I saw a couple of barns with fields of geese out in front, I knew that was what I wanted to shoot. I always do a “safe shot” just to capture the scene quickly in case anything weird happens but then I got creative and I took a little extra time with angles and shooting through things. I was happy with what I had but I waited a little more and that’s when four geese flew right in front of the barn and I knew I had the shot I wanted. On a small scale, it doesn’t have as much impact but it was so peaceful and they were beautiful to see. Every barn I shoot and every day I’m out there, there is a lesson. Some are small and some are bigger. Today’s lesson was about patience, about taking your time and not rushing through things. If you are patient, eventually good things will happen. That is what I got out of today. That little change and chance made my day a little better. Thank you, geese! 

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205/366: 1.21.16/10:39 pm/Huntingtown/Lower Marlboro Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Snowy Red Barn
Just a little tease of snow on the ground for this one. I am hoping that the blizzard will eventually allow for some amazing shots, if I can get out of the house!

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206/366: 1.22.16/12:45 pm/Huntingtown/MF Bowen Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Icicles Red Barn
I guess I could have waited until a bit later, to get more snow with this one but… I also wanted to run, blizzard prep and not risk my life. Something I noticed while editing, that I did not in person are the little icicles forming along the roof. This is also a new one to me, so it’s always a good day when I find a new treasure!
 

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207/366: 1.23.16/10:36 am/Huntingtown/Ponds Wood Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Hidden Barn in the Snow
Technically shot on 1/24 due to the blizzard, yesterday was a no go for barn-hunting. I remember when this one first appeared as we were driving. I gasped like we were getting ready to hit something… but no, it was just out of excitement of finding it. That was back in the fall. It’s not the easiest to access and I was waiting for prime conditions. I think the snow fits this one, it’s very old and cool.

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208/366: 1.24.16/10:31 am/Huntingtown/Ponds Wood Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Black Bird Tobacco Barn
Another hard to get one on top of a hill, on my main commute… glad we were going slow. I did several drive-by barn shootings this morning!

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209/366: 1.25.16/4:20 pm/Prince Frederick/Solomons Island Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Mulberry Hill Barn
Drive by family barn shooting on the highway. We all take shots, it’s fun 🙂

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210/366: 1.26.16/3:47 pm/Owings/Chaneyville Rd/Canon 5D/70-200mm 2.8L
Snowy Horses Barn
What a beautiful scene we pulled up on, yesterday afternoon. The horses were even looking at the camera. So grateful for all this snow!
 

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211/366: 1.27.16/5:12 pm/Saint Leonard/Mackall Rd/Canon 5D /70-200mm 2.8L
Sunset Snow Barn
My eyes were blessed with this beautiful view, tonight! Winter sunsets can be some of the best, add a barn into it and I’m extra happy southern maryland photography27

212/366: 1.28.16/3:47 pm/Owings/SOMD Blvd/Canon 5D /70-200mm 2.8L
Two Tobacco Barns
These are so hard to shoot because they’re along the highway…so it’s taken a while to get them into the collection! They’re simple but I like them high up on this hill, especially in the snow

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213/366: 1.29.16/4:42 pm/Hunting Creek Rd/Huntingtown Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/50mm 1.4
Horses in the Snow Barn
Ahh, is this real life? I have been waiting to shoot this one for so long and I did not even plan on it for today. I drove by it a total of three times, the third time because I decided I had to shoot it with these two black horses but I had nowhere to stop, so I shot it blindly out the window, while driving slowly. (I do not recommend this but I was watching the road the whole time) They just happened to be galloping across, right then…. I feel lucky. Ahhh, so pretty!
 

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214/366: 1.30.16/12:09 pm/Owings/SOMD Blvd/Canon 5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
White Snow Barn
I see this one SO much but I don’t think I’ve liked it as much as I do in the snow. And that truck has been in the same spot ever since I’ve been watching it

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215/366: 1.31.16/4:42 pm/Huntingtown/Twin Oak Ln/Canon 5D Mark III/16-35mm 2.8L II
Leaning Red Barn
I love this one! I’ve been waiting to shoot it while being hopeful it would weather the storms and still be standing, until I was ready. It is still standing! Who knows for how long…

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Calvert County Photographers – Barns of Calvert: December

Well, it’s several days into December, already and I’m still keeping up with my daily barnings! As I sit here, after just going through and posting all of November’s images, I was so pleased with how they turned out. I often scroll through the barns and relive those days and see how different the landscapes and colors have changed. November was definitely one of my favorite months, so far. Since, then, the Calvert Recorder did their story of my project and it was featured on the front page:

 http://somdnews.com/recorder/news/local/a-barn-a-day-chesapeake-beach-photographer-takes-on-yearlong/article_2b097612-ddbc-5e58-8f65-0d4ea126eaff.html

We found it on Thanksgiving and I was so honored to have it featured. This project started off as something very personal and near and dear to my heart, so I’m humbled that anyone else cared! 🙂 I am looking forward to some winter scenes and since my portrait and wedding season has finally, slowed down, I’m excited to put some more effort into the history and other elements, of this project. My initial goal was to just take photos, every day, but now I’m much more invested and want to get to know the stories behind these amazing barns and beautiful places! I’ve already met and been in contact with several barn owners or “leads” and I’m looking forward to meeting some new people (and barns).

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Original Post:

I started thinking about this recently when I asked myself the question: what do I love about this area that I now call home?  In other words, I was trying to find new ways to be positive and look for the good in my new location. I have been living here for almost two years but sometimes I still miss “home”. Even though I chose to move here for the right reasons, and I’m not that far away from where I came, I still struggle with these thoughts off and on. So, instead of dwelling in the past, I decided to appreciate the present. To find the good and appreciate what I have, here and now and to build a connection to this new place.

One of the coolest, and most unique things about Calvert County (and Southern Maryland) are all the barns that stem from it’s rural history. I love the country roads and all the farms or pieces of what are left over, from old farms. I had a lot of that on the Eastern Shore, as well, but there were never this many barns and they’re different. Since a lot of the ones found here are tobacco barns, there are just SO many more, because they needed more of them to dry the tobacco in.  I’m also tying this project in with my background in geography and environmental/land use planning interests. I see the urban sprawl and trees and fields being chopped down, daily, so this landscape is changing rapidly. By taking these photos, I want to be a part of documenting how looks now. I have a feeling it will change quite a bit in my lifetime.

So, with all these things in mind, on July 1st, 2015, I decided to start this year-long endeavor! Here are my rules/goals:

  • photograph a different barn each day from July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016.
  • if I am out of town or something prevents me from shooting, I will shoot multiple barns for each day that I am gone, as close to the dates missed as possible.
  • any type of camera goes – iPhone, point and shoot, DSLR etc
  • barns must be located within Calvert County, MD limits

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154/365: 12.1.15/3:42pm/Huntingtown/Ponds Wood Rd/5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Crooked Red Barn
December is here and that means I’ve completed five full months of barn-shooting, can’t believe it’s been that long, already smile emoticon With this one, I went against every editing instinct and resisted the urge to straighten it out because this is how it sits, crooked and falling apart right next to Ponds Wood Rd. It took me months to know that underneath all of that brush, there was actually a barn and even more time to see that it is still a little bit red!

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155/365: 12.2.15/2:55 pm/Prince Frederick/Tobacco Ridge Rd/5D Mark III/16-35mm 2.8L II
Foggy Barn in the Woods
The fog was looking very cool this afternoon, so I’m glad I was able to get it into my barn shot! Hopefully, this is the last of the dreary photos for awhile. I need some more color in my life.

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156/365: 12.3.15/1:02 pm/Prince Frederick/Dares Beach Rd/5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
New Town Red Barn
This is not really in a new town but it sits on a vacant property, right in the middle of a heavily developed area, referred to by that name. It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when this landscape will change but for now, this old red barn sits here in the weeds.
Lucky for me, it was easy access to pull in and shoot. I was waiting for all the leaves to fall, so you can see it best.

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157/365: 12.4.15/3:08 pm/Prince Frederick/Simmons Ridge Rd/iPhone
Subdivision Barn
I found this new one, on foot while running with Maxwell. I was pretty sure when I turned into this new subdivision, I would find a barn since a lot of these setups used to be farms. I like this simple one with the white tree, behind it and the thing on top of it. Not sure what that is called, I don’t think it’s a weather vane…

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158/365: 12.5.15/3:30 pm/Dunkirk/Lakeview Dr/Canon 5D Mark II/24-70mm 2.8L
Weebles Red Barn
This one reminds me of the old Fisher Price Weebles Wobble barn (am I dating myself?). Anyhow, I’ve known about this one since the very beginning of this project but I was waiting to shoot it, for some reason. I guess today was the day, I like the bright blue sky, too. Lots of color and rustic charm 🙂

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159/365: 12.6.15/4:45 pm/Prince Frederick/Barstow Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/70-200mm 2.8L
Perfect Timing Barn
I had just left a meeting and I only had about 15 minutes of daylight left, so this is what I ended up with! It was not a bad time to be in this area, it has some of the best sunsets AND barn views!

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160/365: 12.7.15/3:32 pm/Prince Frederick/Goldstein Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/16-35mm 2.8L
Awesome Barn
This is a fitting name for this one, it has so many cool attributes. When I first pulled up, the other side was covered in red siding and made it look boring & common but then the rest was revealed, and I was happy with my new discovery.

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161/365: 12.8.15/3:15 pm/Prince Frederick/Stoakley Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/70-200mm 2.8L
Combine Barn
All the times I’ve driven by this one, I’ve always said I’d save it for another day when the sky was pretty behind it. It’s pretty simple on it’s own so when I saw a man and his combine, I knew I wanted this one for today. I turned around and asked him if I could take a photo with the two together. He’s also in there, somewhere, he said he didn’t care. 🙂

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162/365: 12.9.15/2:38 pm/Huntingtown/Twin Oaks Ln/Canon 5D Mark II/70-200mm 2.8L
Simple Barn
There was something appealing about this simple one, today, not just because it is convenient to my house. 🙂 Sometimes less can be more, I suppose.

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163/365: 12.10.15/3:10 pm/Huntingtown/Old Town Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Old Town Barn
I was in a hurry but there is always a barn to be found, close by! Love this one looking down the hill from Old Town Huntingtown.

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164/365: 12.11.15/5:08 pm/Prince Frederick/Main St/Canon 5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L

Bleakness Barn
Got way too close to running out of light, for today’s barn. Luckily, I knew this was sitting here, all alone on Main St. In some ways, the dark lighting is what makes this one better, so I’m glad I ran out of time for any other options. And now I will keep believing that things happen when they’re supposed to happen, and how they’re supposed to happen.

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165/365: 12.12.15/2:25 pm/Saint Leonard/Mackall Rd/Canon 5D/70-200mm 2.8L

Horses and Wreath Barn
We spotted my first Christmas-decorated barn, today, along with a couple horses out for an afternoon snack. I couldn’t pass it up, hoping for more soon!

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166/365: 12.13.15/4:31 pm/Prince Frederick/Mallard Point Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L

Barns and a Tree

I was back on one of my favorite barn roads and had plenty of options to choose from. I thought about not including one or the other but I really loved the tree in between, so, here’s two for today!

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167/365: 12.14.15/2:48 pm/Dunkirk/Jewell Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L

Close Up Red Barn
When the day is dreary, you seek out a red barn! That’s one of my mottos, anyway. It doesn’t always work out that I find one but when I do, the colorful scene always brightens up my mood 🙂

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168/365: 12.15.15/3:01 pm/Prince Frederick/Leitches Wharf Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L

Shadows Barn

If you guessed that the tree branch shadows on this barn are my favorite thing about this image, you are correct! (the winding road is pretty cool, too) This morning’s sunset was amazing but I was not in the right place to capture it along with a barn, so I ended up frustrated and gave up. This afternoon, I went to an area where I knew I could find a decent one, and continue on with my day. This one was not my initial target, until I saw the shadows, which I think make this simple setup way more interesting!

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169/365: 12.16.15/3:24 pm/Huntingtown/Huntingtown Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/70-200mm 2.8L

Overgrown Barn

Winter is the best time to see these overgrown barns!

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170/365: 12.17.15/9:41 am/Prince Frederick/Dan Bowen Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/70-200mm 2.8L

Christmas Colors Barn

If you use your imagination, this is a Christmas-y barn! Even though it doesn’t feel like it, we are one week away from Christmas Eve.

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171/365: 12.18.15/3:24 pm/Prince Frederick/Dorsey Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/70-200mm 2.8L

Black and White Tobacco Barn

I’m almost halfway through my project and still finding new ones on a regular basis, like this one! 🙂

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172/365: 12.19.15/10:04 am/Huntingtown/Old Town Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/85mm 1.2L II

Red Old Town Barn
You can find this one tucked back in someone’s yard, next to Rt 4. It is surrounded by pavement and development but it is still standing strong.

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173/365: 12.20.15/3:41 pm/Dunkirk/Southern MD Blvd/Canon 5D Mark III/85mm 1.2L II

Off Road Barn

I may or may not have taken the Subaru on a slight off-roading adventure, right off the highway. I thought I was turning on a legit road, that immediately turned into an overgrown farm lane…. I made it out in one piece!

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174/365: 12.21.15/3:21 pm/Huntingtown/Huntingtown Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/70-200mm 2.8L

Winter Solstice Red Barn

Short and dreary days sometimes make barn-hunting a challenge but I will not stop! 🙂

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175/365: 12.22.15/11:46 am/Prince Frederick/Grays Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/70-200mm 2.8L

Biscoe Gray Heritage Barn

I already knew of this one but I was just out on a random drive and ended up finding it, accidentally. I know there is a lot of history and information out there on this area, which is now part of the Calvert Nature Society and dates back to Native American settlements. In addition to this barn being a unique shape, another favorite element of this shot is the abandoned house in the woods. That, combined with the dreary day make this one somewhat eerie.

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176/365: 12.23.15/10:03 am/Owings/Neptune Ln/Canon 5D Mark II/24-70mm 2.8L

Winter Flowers Barn

The only thing wrong with this photo is the fact that the tree in front of this barn, has flowers blooming on it. Fall and winter are thoroughly confused but this tobacco barn is still awesome, no matter what the weather.

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177/365: 12.24.15/2:00 pm/Owings/Chaneyville Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/70-200mm 2.8L

Stormy Christmas Eve Barns

After shooting a red barn to go along with the Christmas vibe, we saw how awesome the sky was looking and decided that it must be documented! This is the warmest Christmas week, I’ve ever been a part of, and the rain has not been so much fun. I am grateful that at least the skies parted for this shot of three +. Merry Christmas Eve!

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178/365: 12.25.15/1:25 pm/Dunkirk/Lakeview Dr/Canon 5D Mark II/70-200mm 2.8L

Christmas Barn

There are two Christmas wreaths on this one but I could not actually get them into the shot. But once again, we have Christmas colors featured here between the green grass and beautiful red barn. Merry Christmas to all, including all my favorite barns!

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179/365: 12.26.15/11:27am/Huntingtown/Plum Point Rd/iPhone

Beach Barn

I love this viewpoint, which mixes two of my favorite things, in one shot: barns and the Chesapeake Bay, which was right behind me as I shot this one. I have already photographed the one on the left but realized, that this was the best view I’ve seen of the other one, so I had to stop.

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180/365: 12.27.15/3:21pm/Huntingtown/Walton Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/70-200mm 2.8L

Country Red Barn
The Calvert County adventure continues with these barns along this country road. I always love when we find new ones and these did not disappoint!

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181/365: 12.28.15/9:48am/Prince Frederick/German Chapel Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/70-200mm 2.8L

German Chapel Barn

Another new (to me) barn on another dreary day.

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182/365: 12.29.15/3:55pm/Dunkirk/Talbot Ln/Canon 5D Mark II/70-200mm 2.8L

Dunkirk Town Center Barn

This barn sits unassumingly, behind a ton of suburban development in the heart of Dunkirk. Jon may have decided to put his four-wheel drive to use, even though it was not necessary to get to this one. I can only imagine how this view will change, over the course of my lifetime.

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83/365: 12.30.15/3:44pm/Huntingtown/Ida’s Ln/Canon 5D Mark II/24-70mm 2.8L
Foggy Red Barn
I need the sun and color! Where is the sun!?! Well, until then, here is a pop of color in the gloomy fog.

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184/365: 12.31.15/4:10pm/Prince Frederick/Solomon’s Island Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/70-200mm 2.8L
New Year’s Eve Barn
Well, the year has come to an end and this day also marks my halfway point into this crazy, little project of mine. For the first time in six months, I have been struggling in finding the excitement in shooting my barn photos, which I think has less to do with it being winter and more to do with it being dreary and raining. There is beauty in the winter but the weather has made things a bit dull, so it’s been a little harder than normal to get out and do these, every day. But I still do and I will stick with it, for the remainder of the second half! This project has been one of the most interesting twists to my life, in 2015, and I’m looking forward to seeing what 2016 will bring, to the sunshine, to new (old) barns that I’ve yet to discover and eventually to a new season with more colors to add to my collection. Happy New Year’s Eve! 

 

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Southern Maryland Photographer: Barns of Calvert – Personal Project – November

On Halloween I took the final photo of my fourth month of this project, I can hardly believe that it has already been that long! I’m 1/3 of the way there and man, have I seen some beautiful sites. I still find new barns on a regular basis, whether it’s driving down new roads or just because more are appearing to me, since the leaves are starting to rapidly fall, exposing new ones that have been hidden. I always look forward to starting a new month of barn-hunting, I can’t wait to see what November and the colder months, will bring! Sometimes you have to look a little harder in the winter months, it’s a different kind of beauty but there is always something beautiful to be seen.

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I started thinking about this recently, when I asked myself the question: what do I love about this area that I now call home?  In other words, I was trying to find new ways to be positive and look for the good in my new location. I have been living here for almost two years but sometimes I still miss “home”. Even though I chose to move here for the right reasons, and I’m not that far away from where I came, I still struggle with these thoughts off and on. So, instead of dwelling in the past, I decided to appreciate the present. To find the good and appreciate what I have, here and now and to build a connection to this new place.

One of the coolest, and most unique things about Calvert County (and Southern Maryland) are all the barns that stem from it’s rural history. I love the country roads and all the farms or pieces of what are left over, from old farms. I had a lot of that on the Eastern Shore, as well, but there were never this many barns and they’re different. Since a lot of the ones found here are tobacco barns, there are just SO many more, because they needed more of them to dry the tobacco in.  I’m also tying this project in with my background in geography and environmental/land use planning interests. I see the urban sprawl and trees and fields being chopped down, daily, so this landscape is changing rapidly. By taking these photos, I want to be a part of documenting how looks now. I have a feeling it will change quite a bit in my lifetime.

So, with all these things in mind, on July 1st, 2015, I decided to start this year-long endeavor! Here are my rules/goals:

  • photograph a different barn each day from July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016.
  • if I am out of town or something prevents me from shooting, I will shoot multiple barns for each day that I am gone, as close to the dates missed as possible.
  • any type of camera goes – iPhone, point and shoot, DSLR etc
  • barns must be located within Calvert County, MD limits

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124/365: 11.1.15/4:07 pm/Prince Frederick/Mallard Point Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
New Beginning Barn
The first day of the month, I always feel like it’s a new start and I’m ready for a another set of barns. I’m curious as to what this new month will bring, I’ve already seen so much change since I started this project on July 1st. I’ve passed this road before, in an area full of barns and beautiful views but I never turned down it… it may now become one of my favorite barn roads, there are a TON of great ones! It’s always exciting to see them for the first time. The sun shining directly on this field came and went in the short time I was there, the colors and sky were like a painting.

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125/365: 11.2.15/3:35 pm/Prince Frederick/Tobacco Ridge Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Trail Barn
I found two great ones, today, which are right along this road and next to some of the #ACLT trails. I was not actually running there but was on my way to run in another section, that connects to this area.
I love the textures and colors on this one, both sides were awesome, it was hard to choose which way to shoot from. so pretty.

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126/365: 11.3.15/7:42am/Huntingtown/Old Plum Point Rd/Canon 5D/24-70mm 2.8L
Foggy Barn
This one has been on my barn to-do list but the fog this morning made an otherwise normal scene, look so much better. I decided to go running and barn-photo-ing, at the last minute, this morning. I’m so glad that I did – it was a beautiful start to the day!
 

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127/365: 11.4.15/3:54pm/Huntingtown/Hunt Ct/Canon 5D Mark II/16-35mm 2.8L II
Fall Colors Barn
There are so many barns on this court. This is the third one I’ve shot and all of them are unique. I was saving this one for fall because I like it against all the trees, and that’s the story for today.

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128/365: 11.5.15/2:47pm/Huntingtown/Mill Branch Rd/iPhone
Blue Sky Barn

The weather today was so wacky and all over the place: rain, fog, heat and bright sun and then fog, again. This was the sunshine and warm part of the day. Crazy that the leaves are pretty much gone on the tree next to this one. Winter is on it’s way, even if it doesn’t feel like it.

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129/365: 11.6.15/4:50pm/Huntingtown/Holbrook Ln/Canon 5D Mark II/24-70mm 2.8L
Hidden Fall Barn
I turned down a new road leading into a subdivision and of course, immediately saw a barn 🙂 I got out and a car pulled up (which always has me a bit nervous even though I’m never doing anything wrong) but it was just a lady telling me how she loves this one and always takes photos of it. She also let me know there is a more hidden one behind it, on the hill. Good to know!

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130/365: 11.7.15/1:29 pm/Dunkirk/Ward Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/24-70mm 2.8L
Rainy Barn
All the barns are looking pretty dreary, today, so I went with this one because I liked that the corn was still up, well into November. It looks like there are some picnic tables to dine here, as well. Maybe they’ll invite me for lunch, sometime?

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131/365: 11.8.15/1:15 pm/Huntingtown/Miss Sams Way/Canon 5D Mark III/85mm 1.2L II
Weeds Barn
I’ve always liked this one from the highway, I had to dodge a few suburban obstacles to get the best shot of it, which also involved me ducking down into the weeds. I think they made this look a lot better – I’ve learned that the weeds are different throughout the seasons and they can be beautiful!

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132/365: 11.9.15/2:41 pm/Huntingtown/Hope Ln/Canon 5D Mark II/24-70mm 2.8L

Mix Match Barn

I was in a huge hurry but that wasn’t going to stop me from shooting my barn for the day! I’ve only really noticed this one, which sits behind the Discount Liquor store, since the summertime but it was so overgrown then, I didn’t think much of it.
Now, I can see so much more and it has so much character. It looks like part of it has been built with bricks, cinder blocks and it is still has some of its red paint, where the leaves would normally hide most of it. I’m liking this one, the old clothesline adds a nice touch!

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133/365: 11.10.15/3:21 pm/Huntingtown/Old Town Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/70-200mm 2.8L
New Dreary Barns
I HAD to go to the post office and I HAD to shoot a barn, ideally, close together. I have seen some hidden ones behind development along this road but I never knew how to access them. Thanks TO Google Maps, once again, for finding new ones for me to shoot

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134/365: 11.11.15/1:51 pm/Huntingtown/Plum Point Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/24-70mm 2.8L
Red, White and Blue Barn
Happy Veteran’s Day! I’ve already photographed two barns with flags on them, so I asked around for others. A woman in a group I’m in mentioned this one. I like how the whole scene is also red, white and blue – the barn, clouds and sky.
This barn also has at least one horse, that sticks it’s head out from inside all the time. I’ve always wanted to shoot it with the horse but the flag on Veteran’s Day was more important! I decided to not edit out all the power lines, since this is how it really looks in 2015, still beautiful.

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135/365: 11.12.15/2:14 pm/Prince Frederick/Mallard Point Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Newspaper Barn
Today, I had my interview with the local paper, the Calvert Recorder/SOMD News, about my project. I took Sarah down to one of my new and favorite “barn roads” and we chatted about the when, where and why’s of the project. She was just as surprised as I was, the first time I saw this road, as to how many awesome barns there are in such close proximity.  There are a lot of great ones to choose from but I really wanted to show the cool sky and soybeans, in this shot. I’m looking forward to reading her story about this!

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136/365: 11.13.15/12:22 pm/Owings/Chaneyville Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/85mm 1.2L II
Apple Orchard Barn (They’re Peaches!)
So, I’m not a farmer (even though at times I think I could have been, in a past life…) but I do believe these are apple trees. Correct me, if I’m wrong! (I was wrong, they’re peaches!) I’ve passed these farms on foot, several times, they grow a lot of crops and this area is very beautiful, sitting along the Patuxent River. I almost moved down the street from here, I wouldn’t have minded passing this scene, every day but I’m doing just fine where we are.

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137/365: 11.14.15/5:12 pm/Dunkirk/Yellow Bank Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/85mm 1.2LII
Last Light Barn
This is actually the last bit of light for the day, I barely made it back into Calvert County in time to shoot these.  There are several here, on this AG Preservation land that ends at the Patuxent River. So many that I want to save a few for another day, so I didn’t include them here.

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138/365: 11.15.15/4:49 pm/Huntingtown/Ponds Wood Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Almost Winter Barn
All the leaves are almost gone near this one. It’s hard to reach, so this was a drive by shooting with the help of my barn-hunting assistants. 🙂

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139/365: 11.16.15/12:29 pm/Huntingtown/Cox Rd/Canon 5D/70-200mm 2.8L
Noon Barn
Normally, the noon time frame on a bright sunny day is not ideal for a photo shoot, even a barn. So, I was fortunate to know of this one by the tree line, that was mostly spared from the sun. I liked it best framed it with these tree branches, across the field.
There are some cool ones on this road, I’ll probably get all of them by the time this project ends… that day is not anytime soon!

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140/365: 11.17.15/12:24 pm/Prince Frederick/Sixes Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/85mm 1.2L II
Sixes Barns
I’ve been told about the barns on this road a couple times before, so I decided to drive all of it this time, on my way home from work. There are a lot of cool ones, I really like this open view across this field of a few clustered together, I’ll eventually be back for more!

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141/365: 11.18.15/10:58 pm/Dunkirk/Ferry Landing Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Exposed Roof Barn
I haven’t come across this one since the summer time, and now that the leaves are gone I see much more. My favorite part about it is the exposed, thatched roof. And there always seems to be a piece of each barn missing, just enough to make you wonder what is inside, without actually being able to see. Love all these old barns ❤

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42/365: 11.19.15/4:35 pm/Prince Frederick/Dares Beach Rd/Canon 5D/70-200mm 2.8L
Rain or Shine Red Barn
The only way I was not going to have a dreary-looking barn photo, was to find one with a lot of color, which I accomplished pretty easily! I didn’t know which one I was going to shoot, when I headed out but I pass this one all the time and it seemed to fit for today. It’s right next to Sewell’s Funeral home and out of curiousity, they came out to ask me what I was doing. They were very friendly, and when I told them I go out shooting barns, rain or shine, they laughed… 🙂 Looking forward to more shine, soon!

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143/365: 11.20.15/12:52 pm/Dunkirk/Ward Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/85mm 1.2L II
Rolling Hills Barn
I feel like there should be a creek running underneath or a horse and buggy, nearby, seems like that would fit well with this scene. It almost looks like a covered bridge but the closest bridge is likely the Rt. 4 overpass, not nearly as pretty as this. smile emoticon If you look hard enough, there are a bunch of goats in the lower right corner. I think they like their home.

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144/365: 11.21.15/3:47pm/Huntingtown/Plum Point Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Running Barn Take II
This is one of two barns, right next to each other, that I pass all the time on my neighborhood running route. The one right next to it, I shot earlier in the fall but I did not do it justice because I used my iPhone and it didn’t show all of its charm.  So, I’ll make up for it with this HDR image, which combines six shots into one.

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145/365: 11.22.15/2:29 pm/Dunkirk/Drury Ln/Canon 5D Mark II/24-70mm 2.8L
White Wash Barns
I love the look of these and their variation of color on the barn wood. I may have to come back to shoot the other one, as my focus, in a different season.  They’re both so cool on their own.

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146/365: 11.23.15/4:32 pm/Owings/Mt. Harmony Ln/Canon 5D/70-200mm 2.8L
Hutchins Pond Barn
I love when I find a new barn, it’s like traveling to a new place – the first time is always the best. An extra bonus was finding a large pond and land, right next to it, that was donated to the citizens of Calvert County. I’ll have to come back again, it’s a very peaceful place.

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147/365: 11.24.15/4:02 pm/Huntingtown/Patience Place/Canon 5D/70-200mm 2.8L
Patience Place Barn
I finally got up the nerve to drive down this lane, with Nathan, since it technically has a street sign and multiple houses, so it IS is a public road. I think. There are a few back here, one of which is hanging on by a few boards but I already shot it from a distance, this summer. There is another one that I think fell down but it’s hard to access.  These are all clustered together and this is the best view we could get. I figured since I had a kid with me, nobody would try to shoot at us or yell at us to leave. Sometimes it’s good to have a co-barnstalker.

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148/365: 11.25.15/4:08 pm/Huntingtown/Evans Rd/iPhone
Winter Sun Barn
It does not feel like winter at all, today, but the look of this shot makes it clear that it will be here very soon. Love the sun peaking through the trees.

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149/365: 11.26.15/4:26pm/Huntingtown/Hunt Ct/5D Mark III/70-200mmm 2.8L
Red Barns in the Trees
Today, we found the newspaper article featuring my little barn story. I still needed to take a barn photo, so I took my husband to this set because I knew we could get out and shoot in front of the barns, as well as get photos of new ones. Technically, I’ve shot the one on the left before, from a different angle but I really liked this combo of the two, through the trees.

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150/365: 11.27.15/4:30 pm/Huntingtown/Wilson Rd/5D/16-35mm 2.8L II
Storage Barn
I’ve eyed this one up for a long time, it’s part of a business but nobody was working when we pulled up. Glad I got it with a bit of sunset behind it, that was always the view I pictured.

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151/365: 11.28.15/2:35 pm/Prince Frederick/Buena Vista Rd/5D/70-200mm 2.8L
Silo Barn
This is scene is new to me, although definitely not new. I love the old silo and water towers.

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152/365: 11.29.15/4:48 pm/Huntingtown/Plum Point Rd/5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Dark and Misty Barn
I almost missed my chance to fit a barn in, before it got really dark on me. After a couple failed Google Map searched barns, that turned out to not be what I expected, I went to this one. I actually ended up liking the effect of the misty rain and the dark mood.

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153/365: 11.30.15/4:39 pm/Huntingtown/Ridge Rd /5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
November Barn
These days keep slipping away from me and once again, I barely made it out to shoot before it got too dark, this afternoon. This is the last barn of November, a month I thought would end up being kind of boring but proved to be one of my favorites. Really, they’re all my favorites and I love scrolling through the months and seeing how different things look, throughout the seasons.

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Southern Maryland Photographer: Barns of Calvert Personal Project – October

October is month FOUR of my project. I will have to admit that when I first started this on July 1st, I was not sure if I would stick with it. I’m so glad that I have completed three months of shooting. It has led me down some amazing country roads, where I found some hidden and not-so-hidden gems. Last month, I think things took a turn for the better – I started caring more about the quality of the shots and almost always bring my good cameras out with me, unless I’m in a hurry, then the iPhone does just fine! 🙂 September is always one of my favorite months for weather but I can’t wait for October’s fall leaves and autumn skies. This month should be a goood one! 🙂

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I started thinking about this recently, when I asked myself the question: what do I love about this area that I now call home?  In other words, I was trying to find new ways to be positive and look for the good in my new location. I have been living here for almost two years but sometimes I still miss “home”. Even though I chose to move here for the right reasons, and I’m not that far away from where I came, I still struggle with these thoughts off and on. So, instead of dwelling in the past, I decided to appreciate the present. To find the good and appreciate what I have, here and now and to build a connection to this new place.

One of the coolest, and most unique things about Calvert County (and Southern Maryland) are all the barns that stem from it’s rural history. I love the country roads and all the farms or pieces of what are left over, from old farms. I had a lot of that on the Eastern Shore, as well, but there were never this many barns and they’re different. Since a lot of the ones found here are tobacco barns, there are just SO many more, because they needed more of them to dry the tobacco in.  I’m also tying this project in with my background in geography and environmental/land use planning interests. I see the urban sprawl and trees and fields being chopped down, daily, so this landscape is changing rapidly. By taking these photos, I want to be a part of documenting how looks now. I have a feeling it will change quite a bit in my lifetime.

So, with all these things in mind, on July 1st, 2015, I decided to start this year-long endeavor! Here are my rules/goals:

  • photograph a different barn each day from July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016.
  • if I am out of town or something prevents me from shooting, I will shoot multiple barns for each day that I am gone, as close to the dates missed as possible.
  • any type of camera goes – iPhone, point and shoot, DSLR etc
  • barns must be located within Calvert County, MD limits

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93/365: 10.1.15/1:22pm/Prince Frederick/M I Bowen Rd/Canon 5D/70-200 2.8L
Christmas Tree Barn
A little green scenery to brighten this first dreary day of October. I think it’s a tree farm in the back and there is a small vineyard on the other side 🌲

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94/365: 10.2.15/6:32pm/Owings/Horace Ward Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/70-200mm 2.8L
Crazy Weather Barn
It’s hard to tell how windy, rainy and basically miserable the weather is in this one because the barn is just too cool, to worry about all of that. This was a new and random find, on our way out to dinner. All it usually takes is turning down a side country road or even into a subdivision, they’re everywhere and one will appear pretty quickly. Barns for days.

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95/365: 10.3.15/11:43am/Owings/Chaneyville Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/85mm 1.2L II
Berries and a Barn
This was a quick stop in the drizzling rain. These weed trees with berries growing on them, made this otherwise dull shot much more interesting. It’s like they were just waiting there for someone to frame this barn in the distance 😉 

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96/365: 10.4.15/12:04pm/Port Republic/Broomes Island Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/70-200mm 2.8L
Fire Engine Barn
After scoping out some spots and hanging with some longhorn cattle, we decided this was a good setup. All the shots are looking very dreary, lately, so this pop of color from the old fire truck appealed to me. Hoping the sun will shine soon! 🚒

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97/365: 10.5.15/4:17pm/Prince Frederick/Hallowing Point Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/95mm 1.2L II
Simpsons Clouds Barn
The sun came out and I saw some blue skies with puffy clouds, behind this pretty white barn. That’s all I got for today! 🙂

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98/365: 10.6.15/6:20pm/Huntingtown/Hunt Ct at Stinnett Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
That Sky Barn
Ahh, I love this time of year and time of day – my stepson agreed to go barn-hunting with me, at just the right time. I knew I wanted to show the sky but we also had to be quick and safe, so I picked this one. He offered me some advice on which angle I should shoot from but I liked this one with the sky behind it. This is just a neighborhood barn, right next to someone’s house and about four other barns.

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99/365: 10.7.15/5:53pm/Prince Frederick/MF Bowen Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/70-200mm 2.8L
The Sun is Back Barn
So happy to have some color back in my shots! I liked the sun hitting the overgrown grass, in front of this old barn.

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100/365: 10.8.15/3:40pm/Huntingtown/Cox Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/70-200mm 2.8L
100th Barn
It’s my 100th barn day, time to celebrate with this beautiful one! And in case you are wondering if there are enough barns to complete my project, the answer is yes! There are apparently over 2,000 barns within the county limits. Calvert County is also the smallest county, in the state. I told you there were barns for days…

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101/365: 10.9.15/4:24pm/Huntingtown/Lowery Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/70-200mm 2.8L
De-stressed Barn
There are actually two barns here but the highlight of today’s shot is this really rundown one, it has so much character in one spot. Never underestimate the de-stressing power of staring at an amazing barn, on a country road, even if only for a couple minutes. It works every time!

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102/365: 10.10.15/11:14am/Huntingtown/Ponds Wood Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/85mm 1.2L II
Quickie Barn
On my way to work barn – quick and easy and right on my commute – barn for the day – check!

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103/365: 10.11.15/11:02am/Sunderland/Southern MD Blvd/iPhone
Not Cheating Barn
My husband asked me if there was anything he could do for me, because I wasn’t feeling great. I asked if we could stop to take a quick barn pic on the highway, because we would be gone all day… I’m a bit obsessed with taking these barn photos, every day.

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104/365: 10.12.15/8:13am/Huntingtown/Solomons Island Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Good Bye Barn
I’m not surprised that I’ve already gained so much more than I was ever intending, since I began shooting my barns back on July 1st. I know exactly why I started this project, there are several positive reasons but the more valuable ones seem to have come to me, unexpectedly.
There was an awesome barn, that sat across a field tucked back off the highway. Once I spotted it, I looked at it every time I drove up and down this road and I had a vision for it. I had a plan to shoot it at sunset with the leaves turning perfect shades of fall. I was thinking maybe this week would be the right time. As I was driving home, yesterday, I looked over to check on its status and it was gone. Where it was, stood a pile of wood and a man walking around. I honestly think it may have just happened that afternoon and he was checking out the damage. I’m so sad I waited, it was too late. I have started to feel a connection to these barns, somehow, and it really bummed me out. Lesson learned: don’t wait for the perfect moment, do it now, the perfect moment may never come. RIP, Barn

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105/365: 10.13.15/7:45am/Huntingtown/Ponds Wood Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/16-35mm 2.8L II
Inspiration Barn
This is one of the barns that inspired this whole project. I pass it multiple times a day and I always admire its beat up character, as it sits on the edge of this busy country road. I knew I wanted to shoot it early in the morning, even though I rarely see it at that time of day. I’m glad I was finally able to give this one a good shot, who knows how long it’ll be here!

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106/365: 10.14.15/8:19am/Huntingtown/Smoky Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/70-200mm 2.8L

Beautiful Light Barn
I took photos of four different barns, all within a very small radius of each other, this morning. The light was so gorgeous and I was just in awe of so many beautiful scenes, I just couldn’t decide on which one to use.
I went with this one, for today, because it’s in someone’s backyard and they will possibly get suspicious if I park in front of their house and do this again 🙂

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107/365: 10.15.15/11:39am/Dunkirk/Yellow Bank Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/85mm 1.2L II
Red Barn in a Field
I went with a very unique name for today’s barn – a quick pic on my way home from a shoot. I’m loving all the shades of fall along with this one. Barn Project FYI – if I shoot a red barn, I can never edit it into a black and white image, it must stay in vibrant color.

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108/365: 10.16.15/5:18pm/Huntingtown/Hunting Creek Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/24-70mm 2.8L
Church Barn
I liked this angle through the trees, shot conveniently from the Huntingtown Methodist church parking lot. They were not shades of fall, yet, but I still liked how the leaves gave this one a nice framing.

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109/365: 10.17.15/12:41pm/Dunkirk/Brickhouse Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/85mm 1.2L II
Pumpkins Barn
I almost skipped out on today’s barn because, as is usually the case on Saturday, I was rushing to a wedding.
But I had a few minutes to spare and I’m glad I caught this one, with all the pumpkins out in front. Definitely a good fit for the month of October.

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110/365: 10.18.15/2:39pm/Huntingtown/Plum Point Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/70-200mm 2.8L
Fall Leaves Barn
This is one of the closest ones, to my house. I was saving it for a lazy day but I was also holding out on shooting it, because I knew the fall leaves would make it look much more exciting!

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111/365: 10.19.15/4:511pm/Prince Frederick/Buckler Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/24-70mm 2.8L
Trailer Park Barn
Yep, this one sits right in the middle of a trailer park. Nobody seemed to mind us pulling in and doing a mini-session of this one, sitting in the bright sunshine.

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112/365: 10.20.15/8:13am/Chesapeake Beach/Christianna Parran Rd/iPhone
Fall Corn Barn
I first saw this one in the summer but it was so covered in green and by the corn, you could only see the roof! I was out barn-hunting this morning and not coming up with any good ones, until I passed this one. I’m liking it a lot better, now!

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113/365: 10.21.15/8:18am/Huntingtown/Smoky Rd/5D Mark II/70-20mm 2.8L
So Many Barns (and Cows)
I’ve had a hard time picking barns, lately, because the fall leaves and light have been so amazing. I’ve been going out in the early hours and it brings new lighting and a different look to the barns. This morning there was a lot of fog and dew burning up, as I drove past some but I couldn’t quite catch it in the right place. This road has several of my favorites, I shot another red one this morning, which had some of the effect I was going for but I decided to use this scene because I liked the cows and I think they are only out in the morning hours. 🙂 moo

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114/365: 10.22.15/3:16pm/Prince Frederick/Clay Hammond Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/70-200mm 2.8L
House Barn
So, we had to look hard at this one to figure out whether it was a barn or a house, due to the two windows and a slightly different look but I’m pretty sure this is a barn. I have been down this road once before but this is the first time I saw it, I love when I find new ones! It’s like my own personal scavenger hunt and now that the leaves are falling, I’m seeing even more.

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115/365: 10.23.15/7:45am/Sunderland/Southern Maryland Blvd/Canon 5D Mark II/24-70mm 2.8L
Sunrise Red Barn
I’ve always admired this one, sitting in an open field with direct frontage on the busy highway. One of my goals, with this project, is to photograph as many barns along Rt. 4 as possible, since I feel like those are the most threatened by development. Even if they are not torn down, if the land is developed, the landscape will be forever changed. So, yes, that was me on the side of the Rt 4 highway, during rush hour. It was kinda exciting being that crazy barn lady on the side of the road. The danger was worth it, this is how I always wanted to shoot this one ~ at sunrise.

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116/365: 10.24.15/11:53am/Huntingtown/Ponds Wood Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/85mm 1.2L II
Fall Barn
This one looks really cool in the sunlight, however, it is even cooler that it is right on my commute with easy to access, which is always key on wedding Saturdays.  Two kids were playing in the yard right next to it and started to tell me it’s history. They said it used to be an apple farm, which I have no idea if that could possibly be true but it was cute, none the less.

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117/365: 10.25.15/6:10pm/Prince Frederick/Barstow Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Pink Sunset Barn
I initially wasn’t seeking out a sunset photo, I just had to get a shot in, before it got dark. But then I saw that the sky was looking cool and headed to an area that has some awesome open views. I’m glad I did, this barn and sunset aren’t too shabby!

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118/365: 10.26.15/5:43pm/Dunkirk/ChaneyRd/Canon 5D Mark II/70-200mm 2.8L
Sun Dog Barn
Another gorgeous view and barn, this shot is just missing the sun dog, which was up in the right corner. I tried really hard to get it to show up, it’s just a little lost in the mix of colors. Definitely a lot to take in here and it’s still very beautiful!

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119/365: 10.27.15/5:25pm/Huntingtown/Angelica Dr/Canon 5D Mark II/70-200mm 2.8L
Chesapeake Bay Red Barn
Thankful for Google Maps, which showed me a few new barns that I would never have been aware of, otherwise. This lane ends at the Chesapeake Bay, not a bad spot to call home, at all…

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120/365: 10.28.15/5:15pm/Huntingtown/Allday Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/70-200mm 2.8L
Gloomy Day Barn
Not much to say for today, it was gloomy and I was in a hurry. Unless I trespassed, this was the best shot of this setup that I could get! I’ll take it. 🙂

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121/365: 10.29.15/4:12pm/Huntingtown/Cox Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/70-200mm 2.8L
Rustic Red Barn
I knew this was a good one, I knew exactly where to park and get out, on this busy country road. I had both dogs with me and plenty of cars passing, when I quickly jumped out for a quick snap across this field. Then I realized the car was still in Drive and was drifting away from me, towards a tree with the dogs inside…. luckily I caught it right away and jumped back in, and today’s barn hunting ended on a positive note. It’s never a dull moment on these barn adventures!

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122/365: 10.30.15/8:53am/Port Republic/American Chestnut Land Trustt/iPhone
Red Leaves Barn
I’ve taken photos of this one at #ACLT before, it’s along some of the trails that I run. This morning, I shot it from all sides until I saw these red leaves and knew I wanted them in this shot with the sunlight hitting them! I love when I can get up close to barns, I’m so used to shooting them from far away, it makes for a very different perspective.

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123/365: 10.31.15/6:18pm/Prince Frederick/MI Bowen Rd/Canon 5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
End of October Barn
Four months of my project have been completed, I can’t believe it! Today’s barn is dedicated to the two cyclists that were struck and killed on the road right in front of my house, this afternoon.
Don’t drink and drive. Don’t drive distracted. ❤

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