A brief, drive-by shot

General Article

A quick, drive-by shot

I determined at the incredibly previous second to try out and get a image of this old barn as we were being driving previous it. Helps make a adjust from a far more typical red barn, and I appreciated the form of it.

An fascinating website link, with the info underneath, that responses the issue: “WHY ARE BARNS Generally PAINTED Pink?”


“If you’ve ever driven as a result of a rural region, it is really probable that you’ve seen the red barns that speckle the farming landscape. There are many theories as to why barns are painted red.

Centuries in the past, European farmers would seal the wood on their barns with an oil, typically linseed oil — a tawny-colored oil derived from the seed of the flax plant. They would paint their barns with a linseed-oil combination, typically consisting of additions these types of as milk and lime. The mixture produced a very long-lasting paint that dried and hardened swiftly. (Right now, linseed oil is bought in most home-enhancement retailers as a wood sealant). Now, where by does the red arrive from?

In traditionally accurate terms, “barn red” is not the vibrant, fireplace-motor red that we typically see these days, but far more of a burnt-orange red. As to how the oil combination turned typically red, there are two predominant theories. A single is that rich farmers additional blood from a latest slaughter to the oil combination. As the paint dried, it turned from a vibrant red to a darker, burnt red. The other is that farmers additional ferrous oxide, otherwise known as rust, to the oil combination. Rust was plentiful on farms and is a poison to numerous fungi, which include mildew and moss, which were being known to developed on barns. These fungi would lure humidity in the wood, rising decay.

Irrespective of how the farmer tinted his paint, having a red barn turned a modern detail. They were being a sharp contrast to the classic white farmhouse. As European settlers crossed around to The us, they introduced with them the custom of red barns. In the mid to late 1800s, as paints started to be produced with chemical pigments, red paint was the most reasonably priced to obtain. Pink was the shade of favor till whitewash turned more cost-effective, at which point white barns started to spring up.

Right now, the shade of barns can fluctuate, typically depending on how the barns are made use of.”

“Dairymen, usually, comprehend the whole worth of pure air to the herd, mainly because they know the problem in which an unventilated steady is found on a cold early morning. They know the air in these types of a barn is lousy, and that the moist, frosty barn is an unhealthy spot for the cattle. Early wooden cupolas were being small far more then decorations. By the early 1900’s, the Jamesway cupola was an vital aspect in cow overall health.” I think the cupolas in my image are possibly Jamesway cupolas, or incredibly very similar.


Posted by annkelliott on 2015-04-24 sixteen:05:24

Tagged: , Alberta , Canada , scene , surroundings , rural scene , rural , farm , fields , barn , old , wooden , drive-by shot , gentle brown , whitish , building