Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Old Homestead

It is Autumn in most of Canada, and the hillsides and ravines are full of the usual red and gold colours, as the leaves react to the shortened hours of daylight, and the cooler and often frosty nights. However, here in the southern most tip of this country, it just isn't ready to happen yet. I went out into the county to find some of those colours, and as you can tell from this scene, had to settle for Autumn colours on the buildings instead. This old homestead, which was a 114 acre lot right on the shore of Lake Erie, just West of Kingsville, Ontario, was settled by John A Park and his wife and 6 children around 1842. It is now a Conservation Area. We arrived there about a half an hour before closing time, and this did not allow much time for photography. This is one of the scenes that I did manage to shoot, and I found the Hollyhock by the split rail fence in the foreground to be a nice complimentary daub of colour to the building in the background. It is a place that I shall likely return to another time.

4 comments:

John Minkowskyj said...

The plants in this garden remind me of 'Sweetmans Garden' here in North Bay. Thanks for the photo.

David c.h. Brown said...

Hi John,
Thanks for looking in. Believe me, this place is no where near what Mr. Sweetman's Gardens are. Also, I have just realized that there are more Autumn colours here in the city than out in the county. Go figure Eh? Dave

Mike de Moree said...

Hi Dave,
I thoroughly enjoy these old 19th century farms and buildings. Maybe its the architecture and the garden designs but I suspect it has to do with a, imaginary of course, simpler way of life. Thanks for the images.
Mike

David c.h. Brown said...

HI Mike,
It's so easy to lose yourself in these places, and let your mind drift backward a hundred years or more. Thanks, Dave