Black & White Fence (Almost)

Don’t know if it is because I like color more than black & white (unless B&W is someone else’s photo, someone who knows how to do black and white photography) or I like breaking rules (just a little bit). Hope Cee has a sense of humor today because I’m entering this in her B&W Challenge: Fences. I enjoy looking at this fence gate taken on a frosty winter morning.

Wishing Cee and everyone else a relaxing weekend; enjoy everything you do. Please stay safe and get vaccinated if you haven’t already.

Fences on Manitoulin Island



I’m still fascinated by these split rail fence – this fence is on Manitoulin Island in Ontario, Canada but I have also seen them along the Blue Ridge Mountain Parkway in the Eastern U.S., also a rocky land with thin soil.

This is not a photo I used in a previous post on these fences, because of the chain-link fence in the background. But for the WoollyMuse’s challenge “fences” this seemed perfect because there are three different kinds of fences in this uncropped photo.

Fences of Manitoulin Island


We saw a lot of these split rail fences as we drove down lots of roads to get to destinations unknown. JB said he remembers seeing these fences as a child when he and his father visited his great uncle’s and great cousin’s farms in the Durham, Ontario area.

They were everywhere – on working farms, along the side of roads with no farms in sight, along the road with the woods creeping to overtake them. Some were fairly new and well maintained while others were in states of disrepair. And there was a variation of this split-rail fence.

I have a fascination with fences, I like their beauty but it isn’t a political issue where I believe land should be divided and fenced instead of allowing for free-range. I can’t come down on either side – but I appreciate good fences that are aesthetically pleasing and/or functional. These were functional.

As we drove and I observed the rocky fields I realized that a good portion of the island has very thin soil so it is impossible to dig post holes deep enough to keep a fence standing. Thus the people solved their problem by designing fencing that could support itself above ground. Another version of the second set of fencing is to build the triangle with two sides connected to the upright post and put large rocks on the side that lies on the ground. They used what they had – large numbers of cedar trees that are rot resistant and rocks and a little wire. I didn’t notice any duck tape or bubble gum.


‘Round and Down Dirt Roads

Yesterday, Julie and I traveled ‘round the dirt roads to the southwest of where we live in Michigan. It is the first time since last fall and it felt so good. Like coming home together. This time is so very special, although it is hard for me to define why. We experience solitude but also the excitement of new ‘finds’.

We frequently don’t have a destination when we start, but always arrive at where we need to be. This week we went ‘round dirt road we had never found before and this surprised us. We went ’round, turning left and right to follow the dirt, sometimes ending up where we started only to turn onto a new dirt road. We found Straight Road that took us ’round to where we were hungry and heading back towards lunch.

Here are a couple favorite rounds I found on our ’round about.

Silo covered with ivy vines and shadows.

Silo covered with ivy vines and shadows.

Fence post with round hole & pipe - once painted purple. Notice the saw marks.

Fence post with round hole & pipe – once painted purple. Notice the saw marks.

Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week is Round. I hope you get ’round to visiting her here:

Travel theme: Round