Hudson County Meander- Weekly Photo Challenge: Fray



“There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.”

Bernard Williams

An interesting challenge from John Godley this week with the word “fray”. The dictionary defines it as “unraveled or worn at the edges”. It goes on to portray usage in such terms as “frayed nerves” or “jump into the fray”. I’ve opened with a slightly humorous twist on the theme, with what might be considered bargain treatment for a case of frayed nerves :-).  I found it on a photo expedition last week in downtown Hudson, New York.  It should be recognizable to Peanuts fans everywhere!



“History always has a few frayed tricks up its sleeve.”

Terry Pratchett

On a more literal front, notice the frayed edge of cloth poking out of the door behind this old gas pump. This little scene from yesteryear was spotted in the hills around the same area. My husband and I  were following a scenic route recommended by Mister Google which did not disappoint. Here then, some of the other scenes that greeted us along the way.



“Nature’s heart beats strong amid the hills.”  

Richard Monckton Milnes

While my husband drove, I co-piloted – shouting out for a stop whenever something caught my eye. Let’s just say we made many stops, indulging along the way in a very satisfactory visit to Dad’s Copake Diner-home of yummy burgers, friendly waitresses, and delicious soft ice cream – yet another visit to days gone by!



“A quiet, secluded life in the country….such is my idea of happiness.”

Leo Tolstoy

Of course the bucolic countryside was home to quite a few lazy cows and grazing horses. One farm is home to a number of rescued horses, including the two below. I found myself wondering if the mare’s white face was the result of mistreatment or simply old age. Of course we hoped it was the latter.



“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

George Orwell



 “God had given him a tail to keep the flies off, but he would sooner have had no tail and no flies.”

George Orwell

So where do the cows and horses return when they’ve eaten enough grass/flowers/hay and it’s time to call it a day? To the iconic red barns of course. We saw lots of those as well, including both old and new, spiffy and nearly done in/worn/shall we say “frayed”?!



“Honor the Lord with thy substance, and with the first fruits of all thine increase. So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.”

Proverbs 3:10



“Creating a new theory is not like destroying an old barn and erecting a skyscraper in its place.”

Albert Einstein

The rural roads notwithstanding, downtown Hudson offers a wealth of opportunity for a photographer. I’ll surely be posting some captures from my visit in the coming months. But I’ll close with one more literal example for the theme –  the tattered edges of a newspaper on a colorful downtown door.


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“Two of the cruelest, most primitive punishments….the empty mailbox and the silent telephone.”

Hedda Hopper


Want to see some other frayed examples? Click here.


80 thoughts on “Hudson County Meander- Weekly Photo Challenge: Fray

  1. I get such a COZY, WARM & CHARMING feeling from these magnificent photos…..just LOVE the feeling of’ ‘stepping back’ in time!!! You have truly captured the magic….just FABULOUS!!!!

  2. Nothing quite like the frayed old buildings and barns on country roads…very well done. And I was smiling right away with the “There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face” quote, as a dog wagging its tail can stop the fraying of the mind and bring a smile so quickly. Your 2nd shot is my favorite…reminds me of old places outside of my home town.

    • Thanks Randall. I was amazed at that old pump and grateful that with a few changes of position I was able to capture it in a wonderful setting :-). As for the opening photo, I suspect if we COULD get decent advice for $.05 there would be far more sanity in this crazy world!

  3. Wow Tina, I remember those silos! We used to drive by there sometimes and wonder aloud why they chose that tile – it’s very unusual. I love that area – you did it justice, of course!

  4. Shouting out for a stop to take photos sounds very familiar – if I am not the one driving. I have been lucky people usually were patient enough to…hit the breaks in the proper moment without too much complaining. 🙂
    I really enjoyed wandering along, Tina – the photos as well as the perfectly chosen quotes.

  5. You really touched a ” nerve” with this one! The country side, cows, horses, barns and the simple life all take me back to that rural side of my family. I was in your backseat with the windows rolled down… A very nostalgic post! Love it!

  6. thanks for taking us along on your journey. beautiful images, all! this is exactly how my husband and I roll…he drives and I tell him when to stop so I can catch a photo or two!

  7. enjoyed this road trip! that weathered barn door is brilliant, and the inexpensive nerve treatment sign.. i remember Lucy well 🙂 perfect examples for this week’s challenge.
    some great quotes, too. thanks for sharing.

  8. Hi Tina,
    Thank you so much for stopping by my place today…it led me right to yours!
    I absolutely love your photos and accompanying words. In fact, my hubby walked in on me gazing at the barns and he simply said, “You really do love pictures of old wood, don’t you?”
    Um, yes. Yes I do! Yours are perfect and beautiful. I can’t wait to see more!
    Michelle (from Ps and Qs)

  9. Love these country photos. I know what you mean about having a husband drive while I shout, “Here!” A signal to pull over, of course. My favorite picture is the red barn. I’m obsessed, I suppose, with these aging buildings dotting the American landscape. Thanks for a great close-up.

  10. Excellent interpretation of the challenge. Life is no less frayed today than back then. I love the Hedda Hopper quote and I guess we could add to it no likes on Facebook or blogging! 🙂

    • Thanks Andrew – seems its the runaway favorite, including mine ! I like your comment about it being full of stories. I was attracted to the colors but you nailed it with the story comment.

  11. My frayed nerves, whenever I have any, would be soothed by these sights, too. I think the horse’s grey is from age, so don’t feel bad. Always enjoy your “found” quotes, too.


  12. Very apt choices for the theme, Tina. I love the variety on offer here – from the frayed edges of a cloth, to the slightly worn face of the mare and that old, worn-out red barn. All about being able to observe and not just look at things, isn’t it?!

  13. I’m all cured now just to see your weekly meditative and full of wisdom contributions, Tina. I don’t need a dog, maybe one of those cows with a tail, no flies, please. Exquisite as ever. Perpetua.

  14. Mr. Google, are you sure? 🙂 Nonetheless, an idyllic road trip beautifully captured, as always. I live the last photo with that little green post-a-note commanding so much attention on the red door frame.

  15. Beautiful photographs, Tina. I love to co-pilot! And I’m so good at it, too! 🙂 Ah, the horse. Yes, I’m going with old age, also. I enjoyed this ride in the country…

  16. A difficult challenge this week, but you rose up to it and took us on a delightful country drive too. Thanks Tina. I really enjoyed the views and especially the photo of the cows 🙂 How wonderful to spot them!
    Jude xx

    • Thanks Jude – yes the cows were a great find. I have several shots of them laying beside a pond just being lazy but liked the one with the single cow facing the wrong way. My kinda guy! Thanks for stopping by.

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