Saturday, 20 January 2018 09:17

The Hills Are Alive

High above the verdant valley of Spring Sreek, North Carolina is a farm that seems straight out of the Sound of Music. Perhaps there are other barns in Madison County with greater physical character or architectural beauty, but none can surpass the magnitude of the setting of the Maris barn, built in the early decades of the twentieth century. Last week, on the heels of the snow and rime ice that graced the high ridges of the Newfound Mountains, Bonnie and I headed directly for this magical setting in the last rays of the setting sun. The green hillsides will abound soon enough, but on this day their emptying into white was more than enough to hold our amazement.


A focal length of 28mm, well-into wide-angleland, gave me an angle-of-view that allowed the barn to dominate the scene, but still be seen as overshadowed by its surroundings. An aperture of f/20 provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 0.5 seconds in the still air at ISO 100 gave me an overall medium exposure.


This amazing structure has stood on its own in the face of many Appalachian winters, and still it sings its song of communion to the surrounding hills.

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