I keep going back to photograph this well crowned fence post. It is on the boundary between the allotments and the bean field. I first caught sight of it back in the spring when I was out using my Lumix on ‘dramatic monochrome’ setting. Then it was surrounded by drifts of Queen Ann’s Lace. Now the dying grasses have a nostalgic end-of-season look, and all before summer has hit its stride. But either way, spring or summer, colour or black and white, I find myself captivated by the image. I cannot say why.
copyright 2015 Tish Farrell
This post was inspired by Jithin at PhoTrablogger and his challenge: Mundane Monday #16 in which he urges to go out and find beauty in the ordinary things around us.
44 thoughts on “Bouquet of Barbed Wire”
I think it’s a great image – it draws you in, and it’s unusual.
Thank you, A & D. A photo with hooks? 🙂
I understand your captivation. Nature has a wonderful ability to take man-made ‘ugliness’ and turn it into a thing of beauty.
That’s a very good way to put it, Rebecca.
It is a very strong image.
Such contrast between man-made and nature
Thank you, Debbie.
I love this photo. I too have a thing for wooden fences and barbed wire….and who knows why.
Odd the things that speak to us, isn’t it.
It makes me think of places I love…as well as always keeping on the lookout for barbed wire while riding horses! 🙂
Gosh, I would certainly not like it near horses. That’s rather worrying now you mention it, Janet.
It all depends where you ride, Tish. We ride in Wyoming, in the mountains, through areas that have been fenced for years. If you get off the trails, you have to be aware of places that might have wire, just as you have to watch for the plants that indicate water and a soggy spot to be avoided, or any other possible hazard.
Barbed and/or razor wire as a burglar deterrent are almost ubiquitous in some parts of SA.
Not my favorite stuff.
But a nice photograph, all the same.
Yes there was masses of it in Kenya and Zambia. I hated it there.
Very effective….but your title takes me back to a disturbing TV series in the 1970s
Just saying to Robin what a brooding, and oppressive series that was. Remember being a bit fascinated too. Perhaps whoever wrote it, Lynda la Plante?? had a thing about barbed wire too.
Andrea Newman wrote the book upon which the series was based….
Ah-ha. That’s the name I was struggling for. Torrid is also the word I was also searching for. Thanks, Sue.
Torrid is the word!
I love the look of razor wire, especially in the city with bits of old, sun-bleached debris caught in it, not sure why. Wouldn’t think it nice to look at, maybe it’s something in the contrast. Or we’re control freaks, like the notion of security.
It is an odd thing to like when you come right down to it. Being reared in the country, I was forever being disentangled from the stuff. Then electric fencing appeared in farm fields and that was more exciting.
I love the angle you took for this one, Tish. It really is a beautiful shot, perfect for the theme. 🙂
This works well Tish – and I am old enough to remember the TV series (just 🙂 ) … what ever happened to Susan Penhaligon
It was quite something that serial. So much smut and angst. Don’t have that kind of thing up at the allotment. And yes, what did happen to Susan Penhaligon. Sounds like a title for a short story.
I can see why you are drawn to this and I do like the way you have photographed it. I had to go and see the black and white image and I think I like that better, possibly because the delicate froth of the lacy flowers is such a juxtaposition with the harsh brutality of the barbed wire.
The cow parsley version is probably the one I prefer too. I liked the juxtaposition (ambiguity) of the soft and sharp.
Wonderful image – so much texture set against the bluest of skies…Janet.
Thank you, Janet. It was good to catch that sky. At the moment it’s mostly full of big fat storm clouds.
This is a gorgeous capture. It is so vibrant. The colours and composition is just great. Thank you for joining the challenge 🙂
😀 I’m so happy to join in.
I can see why you like it so much. I prefer the black and white shot, it’s really striking!
It says ‘crown of thorns’ to me, Tish. 😦
Yes, that had occurred to me too, Jo.
Texture, lighting, and the counterpoint between the barbed wire and the grass. And of course, the exceptionally blue sky.
Thank you, Marilyn.
No wonder you keep coming back to this. Monet’s haystacks, watch out, as you keep revisiting and creating different beauties.
Hello Meg. I’m feeling that Monet’s Haystacks could become a name for a condition – obsessive compulsive creative disorder? 🙂
It has an artistry about it and would make a interesting painting
I confess to a highly edited version which makes it look just that 🙂
Zing! Great image. You may have a new Lumix, but it is your photographer’s eye that makes a brilliant image.
What a very heartening thing to say, Ian. Thank you.