Monday, October 15, 2012

Kentucky Barn Charm ~ Tobacco Barn in Oct

Shots taken somewhere northeast of Manchester, KY, I think. --- We got lost & lost my orientation even with a GPS!
Update:  Several comments about the green vine.  The green vine on the back side of the barn is Kudzu. Its a very invasive plant of Southeastern US.  Brought from Japan, its said someone thought it would be a good controller of soil erosion.  I've been told the plant is not invasive in Japan.  Wikipedia claims it spreads at the rate of  150,000 acres a year.
It climbs trees, buildings, electric lines- anything in its way.
This poor farmer has a nightmare of a problem.  Herbicides only work temporally.  
So DO NOT grab this stuff and take it home.  

First 3 are road shots resulting in the hazy look.

Last picture tweaked with the GIMP program using the Unsharp Mask Filter tool and the Color Level tool

Linking to Barn Charm
Thanks to-
GIMP for cropping & other digital effects
 Photoscape for downsizing & watermarking photo


  1. I think that barn is more overgrown than the one I photographed! And has even more rust. Great old barn!

  2. great looking place. love all the vinery and really like your edited one. :)

  3. Nice shots! We don't see tobacco barns in Iowa but I have seen them in SW Wisconsin.

  4. Lovely old barn and the ivy appears to be making monsters!

  5. Beautiful!! I lived in KY for a while, and saw many tobacco barns. I think they are SO cool!

  6. Great barn shot and love the vines beginning to turn color.

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  8. oh, i love the 4th shot ... how it brightens up the view. great barn!! (:

  9. Lovin all the vines... it'll soon take over the whole barn.

    Thank you for joining =)

  10. there is something about the wave of the vines that is so pleasing to the eye.

  11. I like the soft focus of the first three photos and the last one show how much fun--and unexpectedly creative--the effects you can get with an editing program. We live in a beautiful state, don't we?

  12. I have heard cattle will eat kudzu but I am not sure if it is true or not. Lovely shots...

  13. Thanks for linking up this week. I assume that kudzu is growing all over the place in these pictures. Tom The Backroads Traveller

    1. This shot was taken in south eastern KY. I find it grows more closer to the Tenn line and south. We don't have it in south central KY where we raised cows, so I don't know if they eat it. Not to be confused with the "cud" which is a ball of grass the cows chew on from the first stomach while resting and swallow into another stomach.

  14. a beautiful barn with lots of charm & character. sometimes it pays to get lost!

  15. What a great old barn!

  16. I love the way the kudzu is creeping up over the barn, sort of like a mother's protective arms.


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