Down on the Farm Fine Art

Down On The Farm

A collection of farm, rural, country living images from artist and photographer Edward M. Fielding.  Photographs and artwork taken and inspired by New England farm scenery around the Vermont and New Hampshire area known as the Upper Valley.  See the entire collection here – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/collections/farm+life

The Farm Life Collection

The Farm Life Collection includes over 250 images dealing with rural and country scenes of farm animals, barns and agricultural landscapes.

Sunset over the old red barn.
Sunset over the old red barn.

“After The Storm Passes” framed print by Edward Fielding.  Customize your print to life with hundreds of different frame and mat combinations. Our frame prints are assembled, packaged, and shipped by our expert framing staff and delivered “ready to hang” with pre-attached hanging wire, mounting hooks, and nails. Ships within 2 – 3 business days.  Storm photographs and artwork – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/storm

 

Old Red Tractor in the Snow
Old Red Tractor in the Snow

“Old Red Tractor in the Snow” – Part of the collection of over 100 vintage tractor fine art photographs – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/tractor

Vintage Tractor Gallery – a portfolio of over 100 vintage tractor photographs and artwork

Barns, Farms, Fresh Country Air

From Jenne Farm in Reading, Vermont to the backroads of Orford, NH, to walking the dog in Etna, NH, the Farm Life collection captures scenes from old family farms that still work the soil, milk the cows, tap the trees and produce fresh food for local tables.

Ely Vermont Old Wooden Silo And Barn Black And White Framed Print
Ely Vermont Old Wooden Silo And Barn Black And White Framed Print

A 100 year old barn in Ely, Vermont.  The  Old Wooden Silo And Barn Black And White framed print by Edward Fielding can be purchased with hundreds of different frame and mat combinations. Our frame prints are assembled, packaged, and shipped by our expert framing staff and delivered “ready to hang” with pre-attached hanging wire, mounting hooks, and nails. Ships within 2 – 3 business days. http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/products/ely-vermont-old-wooden-silo-and-barn-black-and-white-edward-fielding-framed-print.html

Inside The Horse Barn Black And White
Inside The Horse Barn Black And White

The setting sun fills this horse barn with a beautiful warm glow. Vermont Photography by Edward M. Fielding http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/inside-the-horse-barn-black-and-white-edward-fielding.html

Recently Sold: Lobster Landing

Lobster Landing Sunset by Edward M. Fielding

Lobster Landing Sunset by Edward M. Fielding
Lobster Landing Sunset by Edward M. Fielding

Recently sold framed and matted print of “Lobster Landing Sunset”  by Edward M. Fielding shipping to Pine Brook, NJ.

  • Image Size: 12.000″ x 8.000″
  • Total Size: 15.75″ x 11.75″
  • Print Material: Luster Photo Paper
  • Frame: CRQ13 – Black Wood (CRQ13)
  • Top Mat: Arctic White
  • Finishing: 1/8″ Clear Acrylic – Foam Core Mounting

About Lobster Landing Sunset

Lobster Landing is a traditional looking lobster shack in the harbor of Clinton, Connecticut on Long Island Sound.

This is one of those “lucky shots”. Driving around with my parents, showing me some places I hadn’t been before – photography gives one great excuses to explore. Timing just happened to be perfect. I just love all the junk around this place and the sunset was perfect.

Buy A Print or Product of Lobster Landing

“Lobster Landing Sunset” is available in a variety of fine art, museum quality prints on paper, metal, acrylic, canvas and even wood surfaces as well as on products and gift items such as mugs, tote bags, throw pillows and more!  See all of the options here.

 

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Lobster Landing Sunset on metal, sofa sized.

Best Lobster Roll according the Shoreline Times which said “A perfect New England lunch doesn’t require much prep, and the ingredient list is so short even the most forgetful can remember it — lobster, butter, roll, lemon. But there’s one element that can’t be found at the store — lobster shack magic.

Clinton’s Lobster Landing,  readers’ pick for Best Lobster Roll, owned by Enea (who just goes by ‘Bacci’) and Cathie Bacci….The Baccis have owned the century-old shack for nearly 20 years and combine their Italian tradition of eating lobster warm, with melted butter and lemon, and thus began the Lobster Landing legend.

The lobster roll is the main attraction of course is the lobster roll, described by local author Mike Urban in his book “Lobster Shacks,” )as “…chock full of buttery, fresh-picked meat…loading up the oversize bun until the lobster crowns out of the top.”

New Artwork featuring the old “Cabin in the Woods” now available

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Cabin in the Woods Autumn

Cabin in the Woods – “Cabin in the Woods Autumn” is a new watercolor artwork from Edward M. Fielding based on an original photograph taken in Etna, New Hampshire, a rural part of Hanover, NH, home of Dartmouth College in the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont.  “Cabin” features a rustic old building in Hanover Center surrounded by a forest of deciduous trees in peak fall splendor.

Prints of this artwork are available as prints rolled in a tube for local custom framing by the collector or on ready to hang canvas, metal prints or framed and matted.  This artwork of a old rustic cabin in the woods is also available on cell phone covers and other products such as tote bags.

 

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A canvas print of Cabin in the Woods is available in custom sizes to fit your decor.

Museum-quality canvas prints are available.  Each canvas print is hand-crafted at one of our global production facilities using premium cotton / poly canvases, pine stretcher bars, and archival inks.

Custom framing
Custom framing and matting is available with hundreds of combinations to choose from to make the work fit your decor.

We currently offer 230 frames and 100 mats which can be used to create museum-quality masterpieces from any print. Our interactive framing interface allows you to preview your prints in any of the thousands of frame and mats that we carry. You’re sure to find one that suits your taste and enhances the beauty of your print. All of our frames are assembled, packaged, and shipped by our expert framing staff and come with a 30 day money-back guarantee. If you are unhappy with the quality of your print, frame, or mat for any reason, simply mail it back within 30 days of delivery, and you’ll receive a full refund of your purchase price.

See all of the watercolor effect artwork in this special gallery:  http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/collections/watercolor+artwork

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Upper Valley Foliage Past Peak

I’m going to call it. The Upper Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont is past peak. Sure there still is a lot of color around but there are also a lot of stick trees and with the wintry weather mix due, snow flurries, rain, overcast skies and down right gray skies, you better head south if you want to see some great foliage.

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Luckily I got a few days in this year to add to my “Fall Collection” – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/collections/fall+collection

The Fall Gallery in my overall portfolio of photography and artwork for sale as prints, framed art canvas prints, metal prints as well as products, has about 70 of my favorite images from trips around the New England area in the autumn foliage season. You’ll find barns, covered bridges, trees, landscapes, farms, classic cars and more.

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What is the Autumn Foliage Season?

Autumn leaf color is a phenomenon that affects the normally green leaves of many deciduous trees and shrubs by which they take on, during a few weeks in the autumn season, various shades of red, yellow, purple, black, orange, pink, magenta, blue and brown.[1] The phenomenon is commonly called autumn colours[2] or autumn foliage[3] in British English and fall colors,[4] fall foliage, or simply foliage[5] in American English.

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In some areas of Canada and the United States, “leaf peeping” tourism is a major contribution to economic activity. This tourist activity occurs between the beginning of color changes and the onset of leaf fall, usually around September and October in the Northern Hemisphere and April to May in the Southern Hemisphere.

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What is leaf peeping?

Leaf peeping is an informal term in the United States for the activity in which people travel to view and photograph the fall foliage in areas where foliage changes colors in autumn, particularly in New England. The origin of the term “leaf peeping” is not well known. A similar custom in Japan is called momijigari.

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Fall Foliage Season Under Pressure

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I don’t know about you, but I feel a lot of pressure every year around the fall foliage season.  Call it performance anxiety or just simple pressure or something.  Every year Mother Nature puts on this amazing show that lasts only a few weeks and usually around the same time it deals out some rather nasty weather from hurriacanes, to tropical storms to snowstorms.  Plus this time of year always seems like the crush time when you have kids in school.

Carefree summer is over, time to get back on schedule plus do all those chores you meant to do all summer but it was too hot.  Cut, chop and stack firewood, get your flu shot, get some new tires, pull up the garden, batten down the hatches — and sneak out around the region to capture amazing fall foliage shots between rain, wind, drizzle, and whatever comes along.

Then you fire up the old social media and see all kinds of great images being captured by photographers around the region.  Where is the peak? Is it past prime? Where did I want to return?  Where did I say I wanted to come back when the foliage season begins?  What do you mean we have dinner plans during golden hour?  Which moon is it and how many more years before its this great again?

And so on and so on. It can get nerve racking especially since there are so many places in New England to see great fall foliage.  So many places I’ve already been and so many places yet to explore.  In some ways the winter season can be such a relief after the busy summer and fall months.

So far I did manage to get out and take some great fall foliage shots in Vermont and New Hampshire.  Even made it down to Cape Cod, although it was a few weeks early.

In a lifetime of photography, you really only need a couple of killer images in a season.  I got really lucky this week with a shot of two Adirondack chairs in a park in Norwich, Vermont just over the bridge from Hanover and Dartmouth college.  The composition was all mine but the amazing lighting came from someone above smiling down on me.  It was a rather blustery day with warm tropical breezes (at least for late November in the Upper Valley) and suddenly the stormy sky opened up a bit and gave me some amazing studio like lighting  around my subject.

I kind of like the overcast days we get so often in New England.  Its like a giant softbox.  As long as you don’t include the sky in the shot, this nice even light can be great.  But this particular light was something altogether different because the light was on the foreground but darker in the background.  It created a more 3D effect then I would have gotten normally.

Autumn Splendor
Autumn Splendor Watercolor by Edward M. Fielding

The Challenge of Fall Foliage Photography

I see the challenge of photographing fall foliage is in finding a great subject, composing it to show off the colors of the fall AND timing everything with the peaking foliage and the light of the day.

We see the beautiful trees exploding with color filling our entire visual range.  The hardest thing is selecting what to include in the photograph in a compelling composition.  Often the trees themselves are kind of boring as the main focus, often they are better as supporting actors.

The quick snapshot impulse is to aim at a colorful tree, center it in the frame, snap – and post on social media.  Of course as we know these shots typically don’t produce a lasting memory.  For something that elevates the image to art, we need a compelling subject to pull us into the image.  A fence, a road leading down a path of colorful trees, an old tractor, people, a dog, covered bridge, — something interesting with the colorful foliage engulfing the view.

See more in the Fall Collection by Edward M. Fielding

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Model T Fords and Me

I don’t know what it is but I see Model T Ford’s every where in my travels. I guess I just live in Model T Ford territory.

What I do know that central New Hampshire has a rather active local chapter of the Model T Clubs of America. So I’m probably running into members all the time such as this beauty spotted in front of the Danbury Country Store:

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And this other Model T pickup just down the road which I believe has been restored by the same craftsman.

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Member Warren Henderson posted this front seat video of one of the clubs rides.

I’ve run into the club at the Canterbury Shaker Village where the background of historic buildings made for the most perfect, movie set like background to highlight the beautifully restored Model T and Model A cars.

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I ran into this cool Model T Ford on 4A in Wilmont, New Hampshire:

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But is not just in New Hampshire where I’ve spotted these great old historic Ford cars. I’ve seen them on the island of Maui, Hawaii being engulfed by tropical jungle plants:

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And on the side of the road in Vermont:

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About the Ford Model T:

The Ford Model T (colloquially known as the Tin Lizzie, T‑Model Ford, ‘Model T Ford’, or T) is an automobile that was produced by Henry Ford’s Ford Motor Company from September 1908 to October 1927.[1] It is generally regarded as the first affordable automobile, the car that opened travel to the common middle-class American; some of this was because of Ford’s innovations, including assembly line production instead of individual hand crafting.[2] The Ford Model T was named the world’s most influential car of the 20th century in an international poll.

The Model T set 1908 as the historic year that the automobile became popular. The first production Model T was produced on August 12, 1908[4] and left the factory on September 27, 1908, at the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan. On May 26, 1927, Henry Ford watched the 15 millionth Model T Ford roll off the assembly line at his factory in Highland Park, Michigan.

There were several cars produced or prototypes by Henry Ford from the founding of the company in 1903 until the Model T came along. Although he started with the Model A, there were not 19 production models (A through T); some were only prototypes. The production model immediately before the Model T was the Model S,[6] an upgraded version of the company’s largest success to that point, the Model N. The follow-up was the Ford Model A (rather than any Model U). Company publicity said this was because the new car was such a departure from the old that Henry wanted to start all over again with the letter A.

 

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Train Photography Opportunities in Connecticut

Looking to photograph trains this summer?  Check out the oportunities in the train friendly state of Connecticut.

There are plenty of railfanning opportunities and train photography in Connecticut. Connecticut might not be a very large state but it does have a lot of train photography opportunities for train fans to get out and ride the rails on a steam train or trolley. Plus the states close proximity to major metro areas of New York and Boston means their are plenty of rail fans in day trip range of these attractions.

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A Round Up of Connecticut’s Fine Railway Museums

Many of the following tourist attractions for rail fans are not too far from each other. In a getaway weekend rail enthusiasts should be able to take in several of these fine living museums.

 

Train Photography: Essex Steam Train and Steamboat

Connecticut’s best known and premiere rail attraction has to be theEssex Steam Train in beautiful Connecticut River Valley.

Located along the Connecticut River with connections to a steamboat near the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam as well as a hiking connection to the Gillette Castle, Dinner Trains plus special events like the Circus Train and Thomas the Train appearances, the Essex Steam train offers a variety of riding options for railfans.

Movie buffs would be excited to know that scenes from the last Indiana Jones movie were shot on the Essex location.

The Essex Steam Train has been a Connecticut Valley fixture for over forty years and offers mainly the excitement of a train ride due to its great location and available trackage. The organization offers less in terms of museum exhibits.

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Train Photography: Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum

The Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum is located off Bridge Street in downtown Willimantic, Connecticut, on the original site of the Columbia Junction Freight Yard. Our collection includes locomotives and rolling stock, as well as vintage railroad buildings and a six-stall roundhouse reconstructed on the original foundation.

Visitors can receive a guided tour of the museum and kids of all ages can operate a replica 1850’s-style pump car along a section of rail that once was part of the New Haven Railroad’s “Air Line”.

Future plans include extending track from the museum site to the Bridge Street entrance, reconstructing structures such as water towers on their original foundations, and erecting a Railroad Station/Visitor Center.

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Train Photography: Danbury Railway Museum

The Danbury Railway Museum located at at 120 White Street in the old Danbury Train Station at the corner of White Street and Patriot Drive, houses plenty of hands off and hands on exhibits including a Lionel model railroad

You can ride an original New Haven RR operating turntable, explore the Boston & Maine 1455 Steam Engine and tour of the 6-acre Railyard with over 70 pieces of historic railroad equipment and artifacts. Train rides are available on weekends April – November.

Train Photography: Connecticut Trolley Museum

Located in East Windsor, Connecticut, the Connecticut Trolley Museum was founded in 1940 making it the oldest incorporated museum dedicated to electric railroading in the United States.

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Among the collections is the “Streetcar Named Desire”. The museums include exhibits and trolley rides around the track. The Connecticut Trolley Museum has over 70 pieces of rail equipment dating back to 1869. During your visit, you can see historic passenger and freight street “trolley” cars, interurban cars, elevated railway cars, passenger and freight railroad cars, service cars, locomotives, and a variety of other equipment from railways around Connecticut and from places like Brooklyn, Boston, New Orleans, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Springfield, Lynchburg, Montreal, and Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

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Train Photography: The Shoreline Trolley Museum

Not the biggest transportation museum in the state but this museum located near New Haven is a lot of fun. There is a small museum with local historic trolley information and a fun trolley ride along the shoreline and salt marshes to the car barn where you get an informative tour of the trolley restorations.

The Shore Line Trolley Museum has been an important part of the community since its incorporation in 1945 as the Branford Electric Railway Association – it boasts a collection of nearly 100 vintage vehicles as well as artifacts and documents from the trolley era. The museum is easy to reach, its only 3 minutes from I-95 or US-1, just off the East Haven Town Green.

Train Photography: Railroad Museum of New England

Located in Thomaston, the Railroad Museum of New England is a great place to see vintage rolling stock including including locomotives of all types, passenger cars, freight cars, and cabooses.

The RMNE is started in 1968 in the region of the Naugatuck Railroad. The members of the museum are currently restoring the Thomaston Station including several outbuildings including display tracks, and operating control tower and more.

Train Photograpy: Tourist Trains, Museums, Displays Around CT

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1899 Barn Cupola Ely, Vermont

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Barn Cupola on a 117 Year Old Barn

Vermont and indeed all of our rural areas across the country are slowly losing their historic barns.  These structures build and raised by hand (no machinery was available to do the heavy lifting), were built for use and have with stood all that nature can throw at it.  Wind, rain, snow, insects, rot, moister and just plain usage.

As family farming has declined, so has the use for these old barns and the time and expense needed keep them in shape.  In today’s world, its easier and cheaper to throw up a new barn or a modern plastic hoop or metal structure ordered from an Internet site rather than build a majestic barn with the help of your neighbors.

This old barn in Ely, Vermont has a date on it.  Way up on the cupola you can see a sign that reads 1899.  Imagine all of the things this old structure has witnessed.  The current state of the barn is abandonment.  There is still a farm around the barn but the barn its self is not used and is surrounded by overgrown vegetation.  There is even a vine growing nearly to the top of its silos.

I’ve visited this beautiful old barn over the year but on a recent trip I tried something different.  Rather than photographing the whole structure with a wide angel lens, this time I tried a 70-300 lens and worked at capturing some of the details.  I had plenty of sunshine and a sturdy tripod so I was able to shoot at f22 with a nice shutter speed of around 100.  I was really happy with the results.  The photograph of the cupola captured plenty of details and the dynamic range of the RAW file allowed me to bring out all of the texture of the old wood in post processing.

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In architecture, a cupola /ˈkjuːpələ/ is a small, most often dome-like, structure on top of a building. Often used to provide a lookout or to admit light and air, it usually crowns a larger roof or dome.

 

The word derives, via Italian, from the lower Latin cupula (classical Latin cupella from the Greek κύπελλον kupellon) “small cup” (Latin cupa) indicating a vault resembling an upside down cup.

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The cupola is a development during the Renaissance of the oculus, an ancient device found in Roman architecture, but being weatherproof was superior for the wetter climates of northern Europe.[citation needed] The chhatri, seen in Indian architecture, fits the definition of a cupola when it is used atop a larger structure.

Cupolas often appear as small buildings in their own right. They often serve as a belfry, belvedere, or roof lantern above a main roof. In other cases they may crown a spire, tower, or turret. Barns often have cupolas for ventilation.

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Trescott Water Supply Lands Hanover New Hampshire

Trescott Water Supply Lands – Now Open for Recreation!

The vast lands feeding Hanover’s drinking water reservoirs comprise one of the largest undeveloped and ecologically significant tracts remaining in town. The land supports well-managed forests, prime wildlife habitat that has potential to be some of the best in New Hampshire, and excellent agricultural soils. It offers crucial connectivity for wildlife and recreation between Lord’s Hill, Oak Hill and the Appalachian Trail.

Hanover, New Hampshire, home of Dartmouth College, is supplied mainly with water from three reservoirs located in the hills above the town.  The protected land around the drinking water supplies are known as the Trescott Water Supply Lands and have been largely unavailable for public usage until very recently.  The land has been logged by the town over the years and hunting has been allowed to keep tabs on the deer populations but now the land has been opened for respectful usage for hiking, photography and leased (and picked up after) dog walking.

The Trescott Water Supply Land’s primary purpose is to:

  1. Provide clean, pure drinking water
  2. Conduct careful forestry for clean water; manage deer to promote a healthy native forest
  3. Respectful recreation that does not interfere with forest management or threaten the water supply.

The Trescott Water Supply Land’s are accessible from either the parking lot in Etna on Dogford road (its a bit of a mess from recent logging) or off of Trescott Rd. not too far from the Balch Hill, conservation lands.

There is a Trescott Water Supply Lands hiking guide and map available here – http://www.hanoverconservancy.org/calendar/council-updates-2/water-co-land-info/  I recommend staying on the main roads for two reasons – one its easy to get lost down one of the many logging roads that look like trails, and two – there are tons of ticks to collect if you start walking in the tall grass.  Be sure to stay on the paths and keep any dogs on a leash and pick up after your pet.  Respect the land now that it is open to the public!

 

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Did you know?

Dartmouth College is a private, Ivy League, research university in Hanover, New Hampshire, United States. Incorporated as the “Trustees of Dartmouth College”, it is one of the nine Colonial Colleges founded before the American Revolution.

In 2010 the Town and College created the Trescott Water Company, a land management company with equal ownership of 1,165 acres by the Town of Hanover and Dartmouth College. The 178 acres within 250′ of the reservoirs and the water treatment infrastructure are owned by the Town. Previously, the Town held 47.2% of the Hanover Water Works and its land, and the College 52.8%.

The Hanover Conservancy is a private, non-profit organization focused on land conservation in Hanover NH. The Conservancy is dedicated to the conservation of land and water, and to deepening the appreciation of natural resources for the benefit of the Hanover community and beyond. We achieve our mission with programs in land conservation, active land stewardship, environmental education and support for conservation oriented public policies.

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Classic New England Barns

Classic New England Barns in Etna New Hampshire

Video presentation with examples of classic New England style barns found in the Etna, New Hampshire town just outside of Hanover and within the region known as the Upper Valley.

Videographer and fine art photographer often chooses these classic New England barns of Vermont and New Hampshire as subject matter for his landscape photography and prints are available including framed artwork, canvas, acrylic, prints as well as products such as tote bags and throw pillows. Most of the images in the barn portfolio were take in the surrounding area of Vermont and New Hampshire with the occasional barn from Montana or Wyoming.

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A barn is an agricultural building usually located on farms and used for various purposes. In the North American area, a barn refers to structures that house livestock, including cattle and horses, as well as equipment and fodder, and often grain. As a result, the term barn is often qualified e.g. tobacco barn, dairy barn, sheep barn, potato barn. In the British Isles and Continental Europe, the term barn is restricted mainly to storage structures for unthreshed cereals and fodder, the terms byre or shippon being applied to cow shelters, whereas horses are kept in buildings known as stables. On the Continent, however, barns were often part of integrated structures known as byre-dwellings (or housebarns in US literature). In addition, barns may be used for equipment storage, as a covered workplace, and for activities such as threshing.

 

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The New England Barn was the most common style of barn built in most of the 19th century in rural New England and variants are found throughout the United States. This style barn superseded the ”three-bay barn” in several important ways. The most obvious difference is the location of the barn doors on the gable-end(s) rather than the sidewall(s). The New England and three bay barns were used similarly as multipurpose farm buildings (housing animals, crop storage and other uses all in one building) but the New England barns are typically larger and have a basement. Culturally the New England Barn represents a shift from subsistence farming to commercial farming thus are larger and show significant changes in American building methods and technologies. Most were used as dairy barns but some housed teams of oxen which are generally called teamster barns. Sometimes these barns are simply called “gable fronted” and “gable fronted bank barns” [4] but these terms are also used for barns other than the New England style barn such as in Maryland and Virginia which is not exactly the same style as found in New England. A similar style found in parts of the American mid-west and south is called a transverse frame barn or transverse crib barn.

 
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Classic New England Barns by Edward M. Fielding – See more at: NEW ENGLAND BARN PHOTOGRAPHS AND ARTWORK