Thursday Doors – Farms and Barns

You can’t go wrong with white.

A few weeks ago, I shared some pictures with a One-Liner Wednesday post that were taken while my brother and I were rapidly making our way from Ames, Iowa to the Minneapolis Airport (MSP). I mentioned that I had some photos of doors-at-a-distance, but that I would save them for a later date.

Today is that date, and that’s really good news for you. For the third time this week, I will do very little writing (beware, Saturday is coming). I could share the story about why we were heading to MSP, but you can read that for yourself. I’m just going to load a bunch of photos into the gallery, do my best to explain them in the captions and hope that you enjoy this post.

Thursday Doors, for the uninitiated, is a weekly blogfest for door freaks aficionados, orchestrated by none other than Norm Frampton. Norm opens the festivities early each Thursday morning and keeps the doors (get it?) open until noon, Saturday. Enter through Norm’s door, look around, maybe add a comment, and look for the blue frog. Click that little guy to enter a gallery of doors from around the world, literally. If you have a door to share, you will find everything you need to make that task dirt-simple

About Dan Antion

Husband, father, woodworker, cyclist, photographer, geek - oh wait, I’m writing this like I only have 140 characters. I am all those things, and more, and all of these passions present me with opportunities to observe, and think about things that I can’t write about in other places. I have started this blog to catch the stuff that falls out, overflows and just plain doesn’t fit the other containers in my life.
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74 Responses to Thursday Doors – Farms and Barns

  1. Rural doors are a wealth of history. Nice assortment of architecture you captured, Dan. :-)

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  2. dweezer19 says:

    Looks just like the ones I (tried) to shoot on our drive from KC to Lincoln. I love seeing the old barns and farmhouses though. I always wanted a wood frame two atory house with a big wrap around porch. Then I saw one too many horror films. That grain bin house looks intriguing….see you Saturday!

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  3. Joanne Sisco says:

    A nice collection of different styles and sizes of barns and silos. I really like that grain bin that’s now a house. There’s just something about round buildings and architectural features that is so appealing! Wouldn’t you love to see the interior and how they’ve divided it into various living spaces?

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  4. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a white barn before…….. let me think……. nope. Your post about that flight reaffirmed my belief that it’s a terrible way to travel, lol.

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  5. GP Cox says:

    Looking good, Dan! Would be nice to make one of those barns into a Barn-dominium to live in!!

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  6. When I worked at the museum back in St George, we looked into purchasing an old barn to use as a gallery/meeting/theatre space – it’s a niche market I guess – but there seems to be a trend whereby old buildings are removed and rebuilt to suit on your site. The thought was appealing, but the price tag? Not so much.

    So, what’s wrong with the last picture? No doors!

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  7. Jennie says:

    Love this Dan. There’s something about barns that is always appealing.

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  8. quiall says:

    I love old barns! What stories they could tell . . .

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  9. bikerchick57 says:

    Nice gallery, Dan. I love the look of barns, both old and new, no matter the color. The casino cracked me up. Pretty unique…I’d like to see the inside (but not gamble). As with many door photos from Norm’s weekly series, the inside of the grain bin house intrigues me. Wouldn’t you love to knock on the door and ask to see the inside? I bet it’s pretty cool.

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  10. loisajay says:

    I would love to see the inside of that grain bin house. If I head up north county, we have some barns, but not near as many as you. Such great photos, Dan.

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  11. msgt3227 says:

    Wonderful, Dan!!!

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  12. joey says:

    Great photos, especially for zooming, but not too fast. ;) I love the “um, something collapsed” and am a fan of the photo captioned with “Quite the collection…”
    Somewhere, my MIL knows, we have a big round barn literally called The Big Round Barn.

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    • Dan Antion says:

      Thansk! I’m all for naming things as they appear. My favorite word is ‘fireplace’ – simple and nothing more needs to be said. I can imaging directions, “turn left after the big round barn.” Works for me :)

      I do like the “quite the collection” and others that depict what I think of as a traditional farm scene.

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  13. White barns are pretty rare, right? I tend to favor the red and brown (just raw wood) ones, but barns in any color will always capture my eye.

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    • Dan Antion says:

      We have a couple of white barns around us in CT, but in general, I think they are rare. I really like the brown/natural barns, but I guess they are all in various states of decay. They still do capture you eye and imagination.

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  14. Having lived in Indiana for a number of years I really enjoyed your photos today. :-)

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  15. Norm 2.0 says:

    Nice collection Dan. Gotta love old barns, farmhouses and silos.
    Thanks as always for the support :-)

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  16. It makes me happy to see thriving farms. I grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, but my grandparents lived on a farm about an hour and half away. Between that and traveling in or through the Midwest, I’ve seen a lot of farms. I like the shot of the airport, too.

    janet

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    • Dan Antion says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed this, Janet. I always enjoy looking at the farms as we drive by when I visit my family in Iowa. Driving north to MSP seemed to have more bans on display than driving east/west to and from Omaha. Maybe it’s just that I was in the mood to be distracted that day.

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  17. LOL… you’re keeping us on our toes, Dan. I had to look twice at the one of the jets. :D
    “Doors at a Distance” — I like it. Have a thriving Thursday! Hugs.

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  18. J Walters says:

    Great way to capture these images. Y’know we all drive by shots like that and perhaps never think to do what you did. (Or in my case, know I won’t get it in focus, so don’t try) Your post is a good reminder to us all that we should think outside the box more.

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  19. Val Boyko says:

    Love these barns and farms Dan 💛

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  20. ianbcross says:

    Distant doors. Has the hopper fallen down on the last shot?

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  21. Sandi Staton says:

    I love old barns! Reminds me of my childhood days when my brothers and I would play in them and build tunnels using haystacks. We also loved exploring old mills. The road we lived on in Newark, Deleware was called Old Mill Road. There were two of them and both were dilapidated and had keep-out signs posted. But being three curious, risk-taking kids, we went in them anyway. They were creepy and creaky but a lot of fun.

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    • Dan Antion says:

      You were a child after my own heart, Sandi. I played in old barns and building and I ignored those signs as often as possible. Those places were such fuel for the imagination.

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  22. JT Twissel says:

    I like sliding barn doors too. Is there a casino in the barn?

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  23. marianallen says:

    Nice bunch of pictures. I LOVE sliding barn doors! Yay! And those are the fanciest silos EVER. The grain bin house looks hard to temp-control, but I expect they’ve figured something out for that. The weathered barns are the best.

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    • Dan Antion says:

      Thanks. I was wondering about insulating a round tin can for living space, but it’s in northern Iowa so you’re right, I guess they figured that part out. Sliding barn doors are the best!

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  24. jesh stg says:

    Wow, nice collection of barns! When living in the city for most of my live, I never understood when people went gaga over barns, but now I live in the middle of nowhere, I’m beginning to understand that there are not many buildings to look at, and there are so many types of barns that they have become landmarks. My favorite is the round blue one between the trees:)

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    • Dan Antion says:

      Thanks! I love barns, of all shapes and sizes. We don’t have a lot of general “farm style” barns around us. Lots of tobacco barks, but not many for hay and animals. Still, there are enough to make the ride interesting.

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  25. LindaGHill says:

    Great photos, Dan! :D

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  26. reocochran says:

    I loved the grain bin house. I enjoyed the first white barn photograph best! The barns in your collection all look focused, which says a lot for your aim, point and shoot abilities while rushing in your brother’s car! :D
    I accidentally didn’t get a door in my post, but love visiting doors folks like you! Have a wonderful weekend, Dan.

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    • Dan Antion says:

      Thanks Robin. Just so you know, the photos I used in these two posts were about 1/4 of the ones I took. Most were too blurry to use. I like the white barns in this set.

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  27. Don’t they tend to get some serious snow in Iowa? A white barn during a white might be hard to see? I love their silo shapes out there, and the old barn with the finial is neat.

    The Grain bin house is interesting. I’m going to search that and see if there are interior images online. I’d love to see one decorated, and furnished. I would think circular walls everywhere would be hard to furnish, but I could be wrong. :)

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    • Dan Antion says:

      They do get a lot of snow in this area. I never thought of what a white barn might look like in a snow storm. Wasn’t there an old joke about that? I was able to find some interior images of the Bin Houses. Thanks for your comments on the photos :)

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      • I don’t know any jokes about it, but I have heard about farmers having to tie a rope from the house to the barn and use it as a guide during a snow storm/blizzard. Having a white barn would make it tough to see and easy to get lost I’m thinking so, that rope to the barn thing must be true.

        I’m planning to look for grain bin houses today online. I’ll have some time to search while under the dryer at the Salon. :)

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  28. Great collection, Dan! I think the old barns are the best, such character whether standing or collapsed!

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  29. I like the white barn better, too.

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  30. Great article. Loved the pictures. Your camera does pretty good on the move.

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