Thursday, May 22, 2014

Mendocino Fences Part 2

Last week I wrote about the beautiful picket fences in Mendocino. Today, I'm returning to the fences in Mendocino, but these ones look a little bit different.


They are the more weathered fences - grey with uneven boards, many of them deteriorating, some of them with a lot of charm. I call them the natural fences because they were allowed to change color and not being cared for by annual or bi-annual new paint. I find them endearing and often more photogenic than the "stylish" fences (although no fence in Mendocino is really stylish).


They remind of fairy tales and hobbits, secret gardens and whispered promises.


Some have rusty old screws that probably no screwdriver can loosen anymore. They have been with the fence for decades and won't give up their place.

Others are roughly hold together by small thick boards; they're practical and do the job - holding up the fence - but they are not necessarily beautiful.


Some serve as a "bar" - sort of...


Others show gorgeous details where you can still see the tree from which they once came.


Whatever and how ever they are - they are beautiful fences in their own way.


I'm linking up to Good Fences over at the Run-Around-Ranch.


31 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

oh, i love these! beautiful, carola!

(the button is working, now!)

Cheri said...

you got some beautiful shots Carola. Makes me want to go on a photo walk! Today the weather isn't being cooperative though.

TexWisGirl said...

carola - i went ahead and linked you in. didn't want you to miss visits because of a snafu. :)

Phil Slade said...

You found great beauty and interest in fences that some might consider just neede pulling down. Nice work. I love the patched up one - reminds me of my very own handiwork. Thank you for visiting Another Bird Blog and your leaving such kind comments.

Andrea Priebe said...

Oh, Carola, I couldn't agree more. They are all beautiful and aging and rusting and lovely, telling their story of times past. Love this ... my kind of fence :)

Andrea @ From The Sol

Rose said...

I love these, too...I always go for old weathered fences...and rusty fences and stone fences and fences painted white...LOL

Ruth Kelly said...

This was a lovely series about a natural fence. Nice photos.

Ida said...

There is a certain charm to aging and weathered wood. I love that you showed details of the fence like the rusted bolts and the bits and pieces of wood holding the fence together. My favorite shot was the last one with the pretty flowers.

Raggedy Creations said...

Im so glad Theresa linked you in Carola, as she said these are beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing.
Love the weathered wood.

MeOfCourse said...

Carola, these photos are totally awesome. I love them!! Absolutely beautiful. Thank you.

Elephant's Child said...

They have sooooo much charm. I particularly like the one with the circular grain. Ooh and ahh.

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

This is an excellent post in word and picture. I love the way you think.

Roan said...

I love these old fences with a splash of color and a dash of rust!

DeniseinVA said...

Hello Carola, I love your photos, such a pretty fence.

Debbie said...

Lovely weathered wood, I really enjoyed all the detail these close ups provide!!

Cranberry Morning said...

What gorgeous wood photos, Carol!

Susan said...

Hi Carola, you've certainly tapped into the spirit of the fence. Your descriptions make beautiful reading :D)

Hindustanka said...

Old fences mean history.. In Kazakhstan we also mainly have wooden ones for our dachas. I love them! They look so natural with some bushes or tress growing just beside them :)My parents are yet to put a fence too on their dacha, and they planned a simple wooden one!
Loving your pictures Carola.

Margaret Adamson said...

Love all the different rusty fences

Gerald (SK14) said...

love the natural fences and their rusty accoutrements

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Incredibly detailed! And I love the weathered wood...and the rusty bolts. Well done.

Frank said...

Old, weathered and rusty. Just great Carola.

Thanks for visiting The Early Birder.

georgettesullins said...

Such a lovely photo essay of images and words. Love the knot hole, the repairs and how the fence shares space with what is growing around it.

nookworm said...

The wood and texture of these fences is outstanding. Natural beauty standing strong! I have never seen anything like them! Wonderful experience for me.

Magic Love Crow said...

They all tell a beautiful, magical, story! I love it ;o)

CJ said...

What wonderful old fences. There is a certain beauty in even old decaying things like there is in old faces. Thanks for stopping by to view my Good Fences image.

Gert said...

Love these fences! So cool.... I love them!

Blessings,
Gert

EG CameraGirl said...

Wonderful weathered wood. It looks great paired with the fresh blossoms.

thirtysevenandcounting said...

These are all charming, especially when there are flowers and vines hugging them. :)

Thanks for your visit and comment on my fences.

~Lindy

Gail Dixon said...

I love weathered fence slats! Especially when adorned with flowers and interesting beer bottles. :)

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Oh yes! I really love these old weathered fences. They create the perfect backdrop for those beautiful pink flowers!