Archive for the ‘Americana’ Category

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned   38 comments


Living out in the boonies like I do, there’s never a shortage of abandoned stuff lying around. Here is just a small sample.

Comments are welcome.

You’re welcome to come visit my Barns! Barns! Barns! photostream in flickr where you can upload your own photos of old barns, farm houses and other related items. You can find it by clicking HERE!

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Square Hole by Cris Coleman is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License

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Old farm house and a flickr update   28 comments


This is an old what looks to me to be a farm house, although it’s an oddly shaped one—perfectly square. I could, of course, be wrong, not having gone inside it. I don’t tend to climb over barbed wire fences. They’re up there for some reason, and I’m not willing to tangle with them in order to find out why. I’d just as soon not wind up with a load of buckshot in my rear or worse places.

While I’m on the subject of old farm houses, I just remembered that I have a flickr photostream called Barns! Barns! Barns! I haven’t been there since somewhere around last July or August. I had basically forgotten about it.

It’s a site where people can upload their own photographs of old barns and farm houses, as well as anything else old farm-related. At the time I was last there, I think there were two or three members and about six photographs, three of them mine.

I decided it was time I uploaded some more old barns, but when I got there, I was amazed that there are now 16 members and 92 photographs of old barns and farm houses! Only nine of the photographs are mine, including the three I just uploaded.

Anyone who loves old barns and old farm houses are welcome to come over and have a look. There are some nice ones there. I’m definitely going to have to go back there more often.

Here is the link to Barns! Barns! Barns! in flickr. So, here it is:

Red Barn Field 3993 A
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Posted February 1, 2014 by Cris in Americana, Cris Coleman, Missouri, Photography, Photos, Pictures

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Neglected old farm house   15 comments


I pass by this old neglected farmhouse quite often. I can only imagine what it looked like in its heyday. It must have been a beautiful home with lots of room.

It pains me to see such ruination, but I still see the once-good in it. So I photograph it.

It may be that this will be the last photograph that is taken of it before it collapses, torn down or is razed. But I and the world will still know of it.

Please enjoy it. Comments are welcome. So are likes. Heehee.

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Posted January 24, 2014 by Cris in Americana, Cris Coleman, Missouri, Photography, Photos, Pictures

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B . . . Is For Barn   23 comments


Lonely and forlorn am I,
No longer used I am,
Empty except for mice
And other little critters;
But still I stand proud.

Though somewhat less
Than once I was,
Still reaching skyward,
Ready to receive
The hay in my loft
That will never come;
But still I stand proud.

Left alone and abandoned,
Still I understand
That time goes on
And so do people,
Yet I must stay;
But still I stand proud.

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Posted January 14, 2014 by Cris in Americana, Cris Coleman, Missouri, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Remember

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A is for . . . Art   21 comments


Two-Face, the Lone Ranger & Silver

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Mama Can

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Papa Won’t

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Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge: Alone in Majesty   15 comments


The view from the top is always the best, even in the animal kingdom. Goats will climb on a two-foot stump to get a better view. Children will climb for the shear joy of climbing. And how many of us have ever climbed to the top of a hill or mountain and marveled at the beauty of our surroundings? This chicken is obviously enjoying her aloneness as she surveys her surroundings.

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Posted December 10, 2013 by Cris in Americana, Cris Coleman, Missouri, Photography, Photos, Pictures

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Skeletal Remains   8 comments


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In the central states, you see a lot of sights like this—abandoned, worn-out, rusted-out farm house, as well as barns and other out buildings. While I find them photogenic, I also look upon them with a certain sense of sadness. This particular house is in the outskirts of a small burg called Jameson, Missouri.

It’s part of America we’ll never see again, as the rush to the big cities for “jobs” has left self-suffiency pretty much behind. In its place is BigCorp, which has taken over the country and the world, as well as the job market. So now, people have to kowtow to them so they can bring in an income to feed and care for their families.

As I said, it’s a sad affair. In the words of “You’re a mean one Mr. Grinch,” we read: “You’re a mean one Mr. Grinch. You really are a heel. You’re as cuddly as a cactus, And as charming as an eel.” Substitute BigCorp for Mr. Grinch and you know how I feel.

Guardian of the Dead   1 comment


As long as people have been around, there have been graveyards. They may not always have been neatly laid out in rows and columns like this Old Union Cemetery, near Gallatin, Missouri, but they’ve been around.

While the idea of cemeteries evoke organized plots of land with upwards of tens of thousands or more burials, I view them as anywhere people are buried, whether or not they are marked as such, or whether they are nondescript “holes in the ground,” perhaps in a corner of a farm, perhaps in the jungles of Viet Nam.

Cemeteries are sacred spaces and should be treated as such. Unfortunately, science, under the auspices of archeology and anthropology, are allowed to desecrate cemeteries through grave robbing for purposes of study and scholarship.

These so-called scientists get all excited when they happen across an old skull or bones of someone’s departed one. They make up stories for them, based on any peripheral evidence they might find, as to who these people were or how they might have lived . . . and call it science. I call it blasphemy.

I say, “Let the sleeping dead lie and leave them to rest in peace.”

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Posted December 5, 2013 by Cris in Americana, Cris Coleman, Missouri, Photography, Photos, Pictures

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon (Defunct RR Bridge)   5 comments


Liking all things old, I was returning home from Iowa when I saw this old railroad bridge in northwest Missouri that is no longer being used. In fact, I believe the tracks have all been removed. Yet, it makes a nice foreground to the horizon, although I would have liked to have the sky it bit more blue.

An old railroad bridge in northwest Missouri no longer being used.

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Posted October 28, 2013 by Cris in Americana, Cris Coleman, Missouri, Photography, Photos, Pictures

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Happy Halloween! (End of the Line)   12 comments


I was out driving around looking for something to take photos of and came across this. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do/did.

You gotta love this guy's imagination. I must admit, this is new to me.

You gotta love this guy’s imagination. I must admit, this is new to me.

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Posted October 27, 2013 by Cris in Americana, Cris Coleman, Fantasy, Missouri, Photography, Photos, Pictures

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