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Old Suburbia


I finally did it!  I woke up a bit early and went out in search of morning light.  I will admit, it’s not easy for me to get up earlier than normal and to get myself out of the house, but it was worth it in the end.

First…I got lost lol. Where once stood rows of farms and fences are now homes on streets with stoplights.  I was completely turned around and precious light was slipping away before I finally got my bearings.  Fortunately, my laser-like eye and deft maneuvering of the vehicle allowed me to spot this barn tucked amongst the trees and park to get a decent perspective.

It’s sad to see the past fade away.  I hope this barn is around for awhile longer.


Old Suburbia

Old Suburbia



Author: lauramacky

Journey of a Body on this Earth

119 thoughts on “Old Suburbia

  1. There are two things that I really like about this picture, the morning light and the subject matter. Excellent shot!

  2. Reblogged this on william patrick photo and commented:
    Gorgeous capture….I just love old barns!

  3. Beautiful my friend

  4. Oh wow that is a great photo…

  5. Very nice light and photo Mark 🙂
    Have you heard anything from Angie in the last week? I haven’t been much online in last week.

  6. Definitely worth getting up early! Great Shot 🙂

  7. This would be a wonderful new habit to nurture! …. I’m working on this myself right now 😉
    There is a such impact when the morning light is captured like this. A beautiful photograph.

  8. Wonderful picture – the light and composition are excellent.

  9. Such character in these these old barns…beautiful capture and love that golden light!

  10. What a great selection for your next blog Laura. I really like the lighting, colors, and overall feel of this image. And you’re right, we NEED old barns like this to stick around for a while. I think it gives us a profound sense of our history, if not our youth. Cheers my dear friend 🙂

  11. Wow! I love this. The sunken feeling, soft light, makes you want to take a deep breath and relax into yourself. Just be, and be okay with what you are, in this moment. Way to get up early, that is hard and yet so rewarding. Thanks for sharing!

  12. What do they say? Early bird eats the worm…. Nice light

  13. Beautiful, Laura! And bravo for getting up early. I will have to try that sometime :-).

  14. You’ve proved that early morning light is one of the best lights. Getting up early is tough but you’ve been highly rewarded with this photo. Congrats!!!

    Where is this barn located? I’m also looking for additional photo sights in the Bay Area – particularly in the North Bay. Landscape would be my main interest. Suggestions. Have you come across websites that might have some good suggestions? Thanks.

    • Thank you Tim 🙂 This was in Contra Costa County. They’re around for sure. I’m not as familiar with the NB though. 😦 Probably best to just google “barns” in the town you’re interested in. Maybe then look at the images and click on them? That’s about all I’ve got as far as suggestions there. 😦 Sorry i couldn’t be more help!

  15. Nice shot and I like the story that goes along with it. I have been in that situation more than once…perfect sky, perfect clouds when I leave home – then time slips away and by the time I get to the target – gone & gone…
    getting up early is so worth it 🙂

  16. Love the light. This makes me miss home so much…lovely.

  17. Very nicely done, Laura. Getting lost might be a technique I should try. Great lighting and I know such moments at this time of day are fleeting.

  18. It is a chore to get up early but like you said Laura the light is beautiful and you image clearly shows that 🙂 Wonderful image.

  19. Great shot Laura. I like old barns as well.

  20. Very subtle…nice!

  21. May be it’ll last for a while if hidden away. If not, perhaps the old wood of the barn will find a second life.

  22. Nothing beats the light in the morning, does it? But be careful – it’s like a drug – once you experience that magical light in a morning you’ll find yourself getting up early again and again, on the chance you’ll get that serene light in your images. 🙂

  23. Well done Laura! I’m utterly useless in the mornings which really isn’t great for a photographer 😉 Lovely saggy old building!

  24. Love!

  25. I always like to see the use of light to reflect off of objects rather than to shoot straight into it like the traditional sunset/sunrise photos. I get up at 4:50 am for work every morning and already see it getting light outside. I couldn’t imagine getting up earlier than that at the moment as I’m always so tired. I always enjoy a sunrise photo over a sunset one though. Great shot! 🙂

  26. Nice capture Laura. I am always up at daylight. One day I might just go for a walk and see what I capture. 🙂

  27. The same sort of thing is happening here Laura, farms are turning into housing estates, it is so sad to see them disappear. Where we are it was once the edge of the city, not anymore, it spreads out a lot further now.
    I love the light hitting the barn, and so glad you didn’t get so lost you couldn’t find it.

    • I think a lot of people feel the way we feel. I wonder what it would be like to look into the future about 200 years. I’ve often thought this would be a good question to ask on a blog but need to figure out how to incorporate my photos and a poll. 🙂 Thank you for liking the image and the light.

  28. Looks like that barn has a story ? great image Laura

  29. I’m so pleased you got up early Laura. Super pic .. and I like you find it sad to see so much disappearing.

  30. First of all, congratulation for getting up early. I absolutely love this photo. I could lose myself in it for hours. I must admit that I have always had a soft spot for old barns. Great catch Laura. -Max-

  31. This is really beautiful Laura… worth the early morning!!
    Such a lovely old barn and yes I feel sad too that the things of old move on.
    So good to capture them while they are there. This has loads of character!!

  32. Love how the morning light gently falls across the barn. It looks doesn’t look historical or antique, it looks vintage in my opinion. It does look like it’s falling apart. I’m guessing you played it safe and didn’t venture beyond the fence 🙂

  33. People who are not bitten by the photography bug don’t understand the golden hour of light you get in the morning and again at sundown. I’m usually a solo act as I drive long distances in uncomfortable weather condition just to capture that light. The results are always worth the effort, at least to me. 🙂 Very nice capture in this post! I love old building & barns. 🙂

  34. Exceptional lighting and a variety of shades – a great image, Laura!

  35. good for you!! and beautifully worth it!! I love the light and I love old barns.

  36. Old barns are the best. . . . especially if they are falling down. . . .

  37. Your early rise certainly paid off

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  39. nice image laura! love the way you used the light to bring out the texture of the barn!

  40. I’d say the photo was well worth getting out of bed 🙂

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