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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Beauty in the Backroads

If you know me at all, you know that I have a passion for outdoor photography. There's nothing I enjoy more than heading down the backroads with my camera.
You can often find me jumping fences, sneaking on to properties I shouldn't be, or laying in the grass, all in the name of a good picture.

I thought I'd share a few of the treasures I've discovered on those backroad drives.

We happened upon this place today on a drive down a country road. It sits at the front of a large farm property. It appears as if it was once a small mercantile.
I'm glad the owners of the farm kept it on their property. It appears they also keep it up. The porch had obviously been swept and the windows were clean.

Here are a few more I thought you might enjoy.

I love the way the spring sun brings out the vivid colors in nature.

This was in my own front yard.

Here's an old home I discovered on a drive a few weeks back. The sun was so strong that day, it was hard to get a good photo of this. I plan to drive back there now that everything is more green and get a better picture.
However, the subject was interesting enough that i wanted to show it to you anyway.

Isn't that a fabulous place?

I hope you've enjoyed these pictures. I'll be sharing many more with you from now on.

What do you like to photograph?

If you show your photography on your blog, please let us know in the comments so we can be sure to check it out.


  1. Incredible! Oh that last picture is amazing! THAT is the colour I've wanted my front door. :)

    Love your shots, Polly. Can't wait for more!


  2. Hi sweetie! You photos are beautiful! Love the structures...very cool! I share my photography all the time on my blog. I have a feature that I do called "Silent Saturday". I just revealed some shots from Alaska!
    Hugging you
    PS I love architecture shots and landscape ones too!

  3. Love the pictures. We live in a small Illinois town, so when you are outside of the city limits, you are in the country. Lots of treasures out there to capture.

  4. I love those photos. Old rickety little houses still in tact and cared for totally warm my heart.

    Your flower shots are lovely! We're still in the gray up here. I'm waiting for everything to pop. Once it does I'll take some photos and post!

    That last building...oh my...I think the hobbits live there! ;D Simply beautiful!

    I love capturing the unexpected with my camera. I don't really know how to use a camera, but I do know how to use "my eyes"!!!

  5. Great photos .. Loved looking at them. We have so many of those type places in a town called Traphill, NC.. its like going back 200 years and folks actually live in them. I need to take my camera next time i go that way..


  6. Love your pictures, the little porch with the swing on it. Down here we call those little places 'HOME'

    The vine cover cottage makes you curious- like what little elven creatures live there?

    great pictures.
    I take pictures of plants and birds and things around my yard. Am just learning to take better pictures.

  7. I love to photograph lots of things. But mostly nature. You must frame those first few at least, Polly!

  8. Love both the location and your photos. I like taking pictures of our family at the beach. Love the sand, water and sky. I'm hoping to try a few more outdoor photos with my simple camera after being encouraged by Donna at Funky Junk Interiors and her photo series.

  9. Hi Polly,
    Your pictures are beautiful. I love the old mercantile building. It has just the perfect weathered look to it. I also love the ivy covered home.
    My son is the real photographer in our house. He's the photo editor of the yearbook this year and has taken wonderful photos all year of all the sports at the school. He recently took outdoor Senior pictures for one of his friends and they turned out amazing.
    I'm not a proud mother am I :-)

  10. What great pictures. I love old barns and old farm houses that hold so many memories. I like to imagine what took place years ago in them. Can you imagine?

    Thanks for sharing.

  11. Love all your photos. I am on a mission to improve my photography skills this years. Here is the address to a picture of my duckling Dilly who is currently the subject of a series I am writing for my blog.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

  12. Love your new blog look. You take beautiful photos. Makes you feel you are right there.
    I love taking photos of my grandkids the most.
    I am wanting to get a new camera and needing to learn more about photography when I do.
    Looking forward to Wednesday.

  13. I'm not much of a photographer, but I like to paint still life.

  14. I like to photograph old trucks, barns, houses, tools,anything old or used up..
    I have a blog called
    Stop by some time...

  15. Your outdoor photographs are stunning. Love the first three pictures... make me daydream! Your blog is so so lovely, I became your newest follower wouldn't wanna miss a single post ...

    Have a great weekend!

  16. The doorknob on that last house looks so new and shiny...doesn't it? Wow, what a house. Don't you just wonder what is going on inside of it?? As for me, I like to photograph people, places, and things! : ) I'm pretty random...which you can see on my blog. Thank you so much for visiting the other day!

    Have a beautiful week!

    : )

    Julie M.

  17. Hi Polly, I've just found you by way of Funky Junk and Robins Nest! (Love your apron btw!) I'm with you on the outdoor photography, it's positively my fav too! Just so much beauty to capture, everything is a work of art! Your photos are wonderful as is your blog! I look forward to following along!


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