Friday, January 21, 2011

Wells Dug In Our Hearts

It's no secret .... I love houses and old buildings.   Here are a few local ones that have captured my eye ....  (click on photos to enlarge for much better detail)

This old house sits in front of the marina, just before you cross the bridge onto Taylor's Island in Dorchester County, Maryland.   My sister Bonnie and I were there in late Autumn, and we watched the sun set over the river.

This is a Victorian home that is under renovation in the Newtown District of Salisbury, Maryland ... I love the lace curtains hanging in the windows.

Another house in the Newtown District .... anyone in the market?   I love the sun porch and the balcony and the dormer windows on the top floor.

This house sits in Dover, Delaware.   I love the wraparound porch.   I was visiting my niece and she took me to the downtown historic section of Dover to capture a few photos.   When we neared this house, we noticed a squirrel running along the porch rails.   He scampered to and fro for some time.   I really like the shadows in this shot.

Gary and I rode to Laurel, Delaware yesterday afternoon, in search of fences.  I belong to a group on Flickr called "fence friday" ... so I am always on the lookout for old and unique fences.   We parked in the church parking lot next to this old house and were taken with the architecture of the place.   It's for sale, too.  I'm actually not finished with this edit ... I will be adding a texture before I post it on Flickr.

And lastly, we spotted this old chicken house last Spring while we were traveling the back roads near Whitehaven.   One of the few old surviving chicken houses that made it through last year's winter snow storms.   Many, many of them died their deaths from the weight of the back-to-back storms.  This one hasn't held chickens for a long time, I don't believe.

"On any given day, something claims our attention [literally "grabs our hearts"]. Anything at all, inconsequential things. A rosebud, a misplaced hat, that sweater we liked as a child, an old Gene Pitney record. A parade of trivia with no place to go. Things that bump around in our consciousness for two or three days then go back to wherever they came from... to darkness. We've got all these wells dug in our hearts. While above the wells, birds flit back and forth."
— Haruki Murakami

What kinds of wells are dug in your heart?

Hope everyone is having a beautiful January ....


Bren January 21, 2011 at 10:31 AM  

That first shot looks like you painted it, idyllic. I so love your work. The stained glass & the lace curtains are just so beautiful. You do such wonderful things to these photos and I love seeing life through your eyes

Gloria January 21, 2011 at 12:35 PM  

A rosebud captured my heart recently (and the girl behind the rosebud) ended up on my post today!!! :) All of your photos are amazing! I love that last house the best!! GORGEOUS!!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

XOXO Gloria

myletterstoemily January 21, 2011 at 1:21 PM  

i guess there are almost as many interesting
houses as there are faces.

you have selected some amazing ones!

Pauline January 21, 2011 at 6:12 PM  

These are soooo gorgeous, Frances!!! Your photo editing is simply amazing and perfect!!! Thank you for always sharing these... Sending you lots of love...

Margot y Marga January 27, 2011 at 3:26 PM  

Me encantan las casas de madera en genaral, pero estas antiguas casas americanas me emocionan.
Tus fotos son geniales, que pena no saber inglés para poder charlar, pero los idiomas no son lo mio.
Un beso

momma-nance January 30, 2011 at 11:07 PM  

How your life has changed since you picked up your camera and found a companion on your photo hunts with Gary. I love the pictures you're posting of the area I grew up in. I love the old houses you photograph and the way you edit them just makes them more interesting to look at. Love you.

Anonymous,  January 31, 2011 at 8:14 PM  

As I enjoy these again, all I can say is, Frances .... you are truly gifted!! (smile)
hugs from me :D

Anonymous,  March 4, 2014 at 7:04 PM  

The house you took a picture of in laurel by the church use to be a place for viewings before service. My moms best friend parents owned that home and left after Being there for 3 years because it is haunted. -nick

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