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Gates and Fences; New Page at Phall Photos


Rustic rope and wood fence. Grayland, WA PHALL PHOTO 2013

Rustic rope and wood fence. Grayland, WA

As far back as I can remember, I have loved car, truck and RV road trips because I was so entertained by looking out the windows. I am still an observer of life beyond the vehicle windows.  I love the size, shape and color of everything, as far as my naked eyes can reach. I keep at least one set of binoculars in my truck, and usually one in my purse, bag or backpack. I like to look at things up close, at different angles, and in different lighting.  Long before I owned my first camera, I recorded “good shots” in my mind; often boring anyone who would listen to the details about the objects of my observations.  Now I have a camera, the internet and you! No details, so you shouldn’t be bored:>)

I fell in love with gates and fences while I worked as a real estate agent years ago. I raised my children in the country and always loved the western theme of many country gates and fences. Some had a hunting theme, some were rustic, some were just plain neglected “antiques.” Not surprisingly, on the Western Washington coast, gates and fences tend to lean toward a nautical theme. They are elaborate to whimsical, with everything in between. The salty ocean air and more than our fair share of rain and clouds  around here cause fences and gates to rust and grow moss, lichen and mold quickly.

Gates allow access to a home at the owner’s discretion. Gates are the first focal point to a property when entering, and the last thing seen when exiting. Some gates provide high security, with cameras and codes, some have a simple lock, while others don’t ever close. My neighbor wants to install one to keep the deer from snacking on our plants and flowers. Others want privacy, with a capital “Stay Out!”

Fences tell their own story. Fences are erected to keep someone or something, either in or out.  I’ve seen utilitarian livestock fences that stretch up steep hills, across miles of fields and forests, and some that even tip-toe through small creeks.  Some say that  fences make good neighbors and some demand, “Don’t fence me in!” Looking from the outside, in, I have run across some beautiful, ugly, fun and charming fences in my photography travels.

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Author: Patti Singleton

Pursuits of happiness include gardening, walking the desert, reading, writing, photography, traveling and genealogy.

14 thoughts on “Gates and Fences; New Page at Phall Photos

  1. That’s a wonderfully timeless image…I like the faded colors, and imagine it would make for a good black & white conversion too! Your descriptions, and expressions here, are nicely poetic, and work very-well to illustrate too…it’s like taking a vicarious road-trip…


  2. What is it about fences and benches that are so evocative? Great image.

    • Oh, yes, benches too! I just don’t have many photos of them… of course I just posted 30 fences and gates and I didn’t think I had many of those either! Still more coming:>)
      Thanks for stopping by, Marilyn. I’ll have to go see what evocative images you are capturing lately.

  3. This is great, Patti! I love fences and windows, too 😛 I’m waiting for the page to load to see the others.

  4. You mentioned observations from ground vehicles like cars, trucks, RVs. Well, my favorite thing recently is to gaze out the window of a plane and enjoy fluffy clouds and blue skies especially if there is inclement weather on take-off. And then the miniature houses, fields, and cars as the plane descends. Wonderful feeling of detachment and awe.

    • Yes, I agree. I have a lot of fear when flying, but I noticed that having my camera and taking photos really helped while talking multiple small plane trips in Hawaii and bigger trips to/from the mainland. Nighttime trips are the worst because I can’t get lost enjoying the world outside of the windows:>)
      Thanks for stopping by again.

  5. Patti, I love the Halloween look of your blog :)!

  6. Love the photo Patti I have a thing for fences running over green hills and I love rustic wrought iron gates. In fact rust in general on anything can make a great art piece I loved your post.

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