Two things are happening this week that caused me to bring a not-exactly-new collection of doors to the festival. One, work is driving me crazy. Two, I love these barns! To be clear, these are all new photos. They’re just new photos of barns, some of which you’ve no doubt seen before. Still, there’s a difference, and the difference is what I focused on. These barns have tobacco in them.
We have enjoyed some unusually dry and cooler weather this September. The barns are open so the tobacco can dry without the need to fire up the propane heaters. Also, the harvest is much faster now that they aren’t growing the tobacco under shade cloth. When they grew shade tobacco, the plants would get to be six or more feet (1.8m) tall, and they would harvest individual leaves from the bottom up, over a period of weeks. The tobacco they are growing now is shorter and they harvest the whole plant at once. Entire fields are cleared in one or two days.
When harvested, the tobacco is hung on racks, and the racks are hung in the barns on two layers. The sides of the barns open so that air can easily flow in and around the tobacco. Large ridge vents across the roof, or mechanical ventilators or a variety of gable-end vents give the cool dry air somewhere to go. So do those big doors at each end. You can smell the tobacco as you drive by. I have to admit, even given all the information about the health risks, that smell is enticing.
Today’s gallery includes mainly open barns (and these barns open every which way) and hanging tobacco or, in some cases, just interesting angles, lines and light.
Thursday Doors is the brainchild of Norm Frampton, who brings us barns and other doors from Canada, Italy and elsewhere. More important, he invites people from around the world to join him, so there is always an abundance of interesting and beautiful doors. If you want to see more doors, or share your doors, head on up to Norm’s place and check it out.