Red Barns of the Berkshires

“Only he can understand what a farm is, what a country is, who shall have sacrificed part of himself to his farm or country, fought to save it, struggled to make it beautiful. Only then will the love of farm or country fill his heart.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupery


Closing out our summer travels, we spent two weeks exploring the Berkshires, where we had a home some 15 years ago.  It hasn’t changed much, but that’s one of the things we love about it.  Excellent theatre, great music, and some wonderful restaurants go nicely with the beautiful rolling countryside.  As a photographer though, it’s the classic barns dotting the landscape that draw my eye.  Nothing original here but there’s a reason these barns are so iconic – they really are quintessential New England.  Here are a few of my favorite scenes from our time in the hills.  To see more barns, as well as some of the adorable animals found in many of them, please visit my website at www.tinaschell.photoshelter.com , and click on “Farms of the Berkshires” Gallery.

CLASSIC RED

CLASSIC RED

AMONG THE WILDFLOWERS

AMONG THE WILDFLOWERS

“The first farmer was the first man.  All historic nobility rests on the possession and use of land.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

SPIFFY

SPIFFY

NEEDS PAINT

BEHIND THE GATE

“Life on a farm is a school of patience.”

Henri Alain

LITTLE BARN, BIG BARN

LITTLE BARN, BIG BARN

BLUE SKY, RED BARN

BLUE SKY, RED BARN

“Listen to the falling rain, and crouch for warmth beneath the lee of some old barn.”

Charles Dickens

Many of the barns were abandoned, leaving details that appeal only to the photographer’s lens.

KEEP OUT

KEEP OUT

RED DOOR

RED DOOR

While others showed how strongly the farmers felt about home and country.

AMERICAN PRIDE

AMERICAN PRIDE

COLONIAL FLAG

COLONIAL FLAG

11 thoughts on “Red Barns of the Berkshires

  1. Wonderful photos, as always, Tina. Barns are such interesting structures and truly have a life story. Your photos imprint that.

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