Bird Haven

Mikawoz Bird Haven

Bird Haven

This cactus is quite old and has become home to many birds as evidenced by all the holes in it. The dramatic streaks in the sky are beautiful too. This was taken in the deserts near Mesa, Arizona, USA.

According to Wikipedia, “The saguaro is a tree-like cactus species in the monotypic genus Carnegiea, which can grow to be over 40 feet tall…The saguaro blossom is the state wildflower of Arizona.”

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Old Farm Yard

Mikawoz Old Farm Yard

Old Farm Yard

This is basically a black and white image of an old farm yard including barn and sheds in rural Manitoba.

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Young and Old

Mikawoz Young and Old

Young And Old

I love the contrast between the old rose on the right-hand side who has lived her life and is dying now. The beauty on the right is just beginning her life. Roses are just gorgeous even if they come with prickly thorns. It is the way of life – negative and positive making up the whole – isn’t it?

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Secret Path

Secret Path

Secret Path

This secret path is near an old monk’s monastery in Northern France. The monastery has been converted to a home but there are secrets in the buildings and around the grounds. There is a sense of solitude and peacefulness as one travels along the back ways. I love the green colours in the imagery as well as the rich textured trees. I like the way the vines grow up these trees too.

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Old Sarum

Old Sarum

Old Sarum

Old Sarum dates back to 3000 BC. It is one of the earliest settlements in the Salisbury area of England. I took photos of the ruins and enjoyed the flow of the old rock of the structures and the flow of the green hills as contrast. The steeple of the new Salisbury church and community is seen in the distance.

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Old Oak Tree

Old Oak Tree

Mikawoz Old Oak Tree

 

The tree is majestic, rugged and beautiful. Without is foliage, you see the expanse of limbs.

I like the knot in the tree which gives it character. I love the blue sky above.

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Wheels, Gears and Cogs

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Wheels, Gears and Cogs

Here is a rusted out piece of machinery consisting of Wheels, Gears and Cogs.  I am not sure exactly what this type of machinery is but the intricacies of the wheels, gears and cogs and how they are working together is amazing.  I find this image fascinating even if the machinery is rusted out and does not work anymore.

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Broken Down

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Broken Down

I took this photo because I like the broken down shed in the back.  It may have been a barn but it is not traditional looking as the big, red old barns do.  The attention of the photo starts with the fence and then takes you to the old shed.  Even the wheat grabs your attention along with the fence.  There are so many wonderful old buildings that are still standing and it makes you question what life was like when the farm was a family home with the vibrant pursuit of being a farmer.

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Red Old Barn

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Red Old Barn

“Many years ago, choices for paints, sealers and other building materials did not exist. Farmers had to be resourceful in finding or making a paint that would protect and seal the wood on their barns. Hundreds of years ago, many farmers would seal their barns with linseed oil, which is an orange-colored oil derived from the seeds of the flax plant. To this oil, they would add a variety of things, most often milk and lime, but also ferrous oxide, or rust. Rust was plentiful on farms and because it killed fungi and mosses that might grow on barns, was very effective as a sealant. It turned the mixture red in color.

When paint became more available, many people chose red paint for their barns in honor of tradition.”   This information was provided by the Farmer’s Almanac.

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Broken Rims

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Broken Rims

This is a black and white photo of old broken rims.  They may even be off of the famous Red River Carts.  Red River Carts or charettes in French, were used during the fur trade in the Red River area.  One of the first carts was used in Pembina, North Dakota and expanded from there.  They were mainly pulled by oxen but also horses and mules.  The cart was so buoyant that it could float over streams yet strong enough to carry 1000 pounds.  One reason that the famous roads Portage Avenue and Main Street in Winnipeg, Manitoba are so large is because these Red River Carts were wide and so the streets today are wide and open compared to most other downtown areas around the world.

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