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Sunday, November 27, 2011

on vision and mind


"What is seen by the eye is transformed and 
colored by the vision of the mind."
-   Robert Wade  
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I have an enormous aversion to barbed wire.
It has been the cause of many mishaps around our place...all of which include "my girl and her horses."

It seems a brutal and medieval type of material...and for the life of me I cannot figure out why any would be used when there are safer, less harsh, (and prettier) means to fence something in.

On a walk I came upon this rolled up bunch of the dreaded stuff.
I disdainfully cast it a glance.


It made me wonder just how many times our thoughts 
on matters get clouded by what we hold in our minds.




My conclusion ended up being...

"I will always prefer barbed wire rolled up in a heap,
 no matter how nice it may seem in the light of the setting sun.
Barbed wire is STILL... barbed wire."
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34 comments:

Hilary said...

It is indeed nasty stuff but there's no denying that it's texture and contrast against most everything around it sure does make for fine photography.. as you've just illustrated.

EG Wow said...

Your photos of barbed wire are wonderful...even though you dislike it so much.

Horst in Edmonton said...

Great photos, Dawn.

TexWisGirl said...

nice shots! but i hate the idea of your daughter and her horse running into trouble with it!

Farm Girl said...

Yep nasty stuff barb wire. I have so many scars from it. With my horse too.
Also a incident when I was catching baby frogs. My sister in law uses it for the neatest wreaths.
So it can be turned into something that is nice. Just like other things that come into life.

darlin said...

It's a wonder that barbed wire still exists, there must be something which will do the job and is safer. Great thoughts Dawn and lovely photos!

Country Mouse Studio said...

Oh I agree it's nasty stuff but the photos are great.

Saun said...

Agree definitely nasty stuff, your photos are gorgeous.

Debbie said...

it always evokes a weird feeling for me....a kind of forced, unkind confinement!!

Slamdunk said...

Lovely photos Dawn.

We had a close call with some old barbed wire a few weeks ago. We were hiking and I had lifted the kids across a small stream to a leaning tree for a photo. The youngest kiddo lost his balance and slid down a couple of feet onto the base of the tree. It was then I noticed the ancient rusty barb that he had just missed.

We counted our blessings.

Navigating Northward said...

I can't tell you how many shirts and jeans my husband has ripped on barbed wire ... I agree. "Dislike".

Rick said...

I have some jeans that can attest to its nastiness. You have cast it in a benevolent light with these lovely shots.

Ruby said...

Hi! i'm following your wonderful blog. I enjoyed the bubble photo.. :)

Peter said...

Great feature on something I don't see much of, nicely put!

roobo69 said...

I'm amazed that barbed wire is the same wherever in the world it is found. But it does make for wonderful photographs...

Buttons said...

Oh Dawn how I love the way your mind works, it is a little like mine:)
I do not like barbed wire either My Hero's sister has a huge scar on her face from a childhood encounter. A lesson she never forgot. I have seen many a horse encounter too. Things I hope I never see again.
It sure looks pretty in the sun if you can get past the horror it can cause. B

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Lol. Beautiful photos despite your aversion! Great thoughts and quote to describe your thoughts. :)

Leah J. Utas said...

It makes for great pics.

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

Beautiful photos of an ugly subject...maybe I am too harsh but never thought of wire as beautiful

Marissa @Life On Our Side Of The Mountain said...

Nice shots, Dawn. Barbed wire seems pretty cruel, in my opinion.

ladyfi said...

Even the barbed wire - so sharp and aggressive - looks lovely in the right light.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

If it's done right it's not so awful, but it typically never is, and when it gets to sagging and rusting it leads to problems. My horse has a big scar on a back leg from just such an incident on the ranch where I boarded him way back in 1995.

Cat said...



love and light

Leenie said...

Even evil barbed wire can look like art with the right lighting and camera angle.

Nat said...

Barbed wire... horrible stuff! Makes me think of senseless wars fought on muddy plains...

Nat said...

... but you have made it seem beautiful!

Leenie said...

Only eight hours away? Do come visit! We could have a great time on our skis. DH and I visited Alberta and B.C. a few summers ago and I was blown away by the beauty. The Canadian Rockies are jaw-dropping gorgeous.

Out on the prairie said...

I took a large tract down and placed it on a tree as a wreath. I have been snagged too many times, especially when it is low to the ground. i have a forthcomng tale about this beast.

Tim said...

Barbed wire does certainly have its harsh effect; but you managed to present it with an artistic beauty.

Deb said...

it can be very dangerous...but beautiful too...love your photos....

Mike said...

Nice pictures! Rusted barbed wire makes me think of having to get a tetanus shot :-(.

Lynette said...

It will always remind me of concentration camps...not happy thoughts;-)

Allison said...

Though when twisted into a wreathe and decorated with pine boughs, it can be quite a lovely holiday thing!

bon bon said...

you made barbed wire look lovely! AND these shots kind of compliment the blue flowers in the post before this one!