Tuesday, May 1, 2012

When barns were vain II

This old barn is located at a nearby vineyard. Early farmers to this area took tremendous pride in the barns they built. Not so much anymore. Today it's strictly business, with modern barns having all the grace of a big metal box. The cupolas adorning the top tended to be very ornate, but primarily they served as a way to vent off the heat generated by fresh hay stored in them. When barns catch fire they rarely survive, as they burn like blowtorches.

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