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I started thinking about this recently when I asked myself the question: what do I love about this area that I now call home?  In other words, I was trying to find new ways to be positive and look for the good in my new location. I have been living here for almost two years but sometimes I still miss “home”. Even though I chose to move here for the right reasons, and I’m not that far away from where I came, I still struggle with these thoughts off and on. So, instead of dwelling in the past, I decided to appreciate the present. To find the good and appreciate what I have, here and now and to build a connection to this new place.

One of the coolest, and most unique things about Calvert County (and Southern Maryland) are all the barns that stem from it’s rural history. I love the country roads and all the farms or pieces of what are left over, from old farms. I had a lot of that on the Eastern Shore, as well, but there were never this many barns and they’re different. Since a lot of the ones found here are tobacco barns, there are just SO many more, because they needed more of them to dry the tobacco in.  I’m also tying this project in with my background in geography and environmental/land use planning interests. I see the urban sprawl and trees and fields being chopped down, daily, so this landscape is changing rapidly. By taking these photos, I want to be a part of documenting how looks now. I have a feeling it will change quite a bit in my lifetime.

So, with all these things in mind, on July 1st, 2015, I decided to start this year-long endeavor! Here are my rules/goals:

  • photograph a different barn each day from July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016.
  • if I am out of town or something prevents me from shooting, I will shoot multiple barns for each day that I am gone, as close to the dates missed as possible.
  • any type of camera goes – iPhone, point and shoot, DSLR etc
  • barns must be located within Calvert County, MD limits

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306/366: 5.1.16/11:59am/Owings/Mt. Harmony Rd/5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
May Day Barn
No flowers or people dancing around a May pole (or running around college campuses naked) just another dreary, rainy day with this barn and rolling hills.
 

307/366: 5.2.16/2:20pm/Huntingtown/Matthew Dr./5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Sunshine and Goats BarnLook at that blue sky! I had to get out to shoot in the afternoon because I knew the sun would not last too long. On one side of this scene there were goats saying hi to me, on the other side, a subdivision in between, this beautiful barn! 🙁

308/366: 5.3.16/6:32pm/Dunkirk/Howes Rd/5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Thunderstorm Barn
Shooting out of the window in heavy rain, I could see the sun slowly breaking through the clouds to the west and reflecting off the side of this barn. I knew a rainbow was probably soon to follow but it was not where I was and it was not the right time. But I did achieve my barn for the day, so I can’t complain!

309/366: 5.4.16/7:20pm/Huntingtown/Huntingtown Rd/5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
No More Rain Red Barn
Shooting out of the window (stopped) in the middle of the road because why not? I didn’t want to park and get out because it was, once again, raining. I’m so over this rain, I need color and the sun! At least I was able to add another color besides grey and green to this scene, with this beautiful and big red barn.

310/366: 5.5.16/5:47pm/Prince Frederick/Solomons Island Rd/5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Red Truck Barn
I’ve always liked this one, along with this truck. I believe it’s been sitting in the same spot there ever since I’ve started noticing it. It’s small so it may be a type of storage or shed but fits my project rules and I like it, so it works for me!

311/366: 5.6.16/4:57pm/Huntingtown/Twin Oak Ln/5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Holy Cow Barn
Yes, I went there with the caption. How could this scene not make you smile?! I almost did not stop at all but I forced myself to. I already knew of this barn and I knew it would be an easy stop on my way home but I did not know what was waiting for me… baby cows and their momma and three geese, in the back, peeking their heads out of all these cheerful buttercups. It was an instant mood-lifter on another dreary, rainy day. Cheer up, with these buttercups – totally works!

312/366: 5.7.16/1:13pm/Lusby/H G Trueman Rd/iPhone
Hidden Gem Barn
Not my intended target when I stopped at Southern Middle for a quick snap but I loved this hidden gem by the road much more!

313/366: 5.8.16/6:47pm/Huntingtown/Emmanuel Church Rd/5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Mother’s Day Barn

314/366: 5.9.16/6:20pm/Owings/Chesapeake Beach Rd Church Rd/5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Lush Green Barn
Without ALL this rain, how could we have such lush green? 🙂

315/366: 5.10.16/1:38pm/Owings/Appaloosa Way/5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Appaloosa Way Barn
The Appaloosa is an American horse breed best known for its colorful spotted coat pattern. Today, I did not find a spotted horse on Appaloosa Way but I did locate this one along with two barns – this one and a red one right across the street. This scene was my favorite and believe it or not the sun briefly made an appearance in the few minutes that I spent here.

316/366: 5.11.16/2:31pm/Huntingtown/Armiger Rd/5D/24-70mm 2.8L
Fallen Red Barn
Really, every day is looking the same in this rainy stretch of weather we have been having but I promise each day I’m out shooting! I’ve seen a lot of change to some barns, lately. Some have shifted while others have collapsed, or at least partially so. It makes me sad.

 

317/366: 5.12.16/12:30pm/Huntingtown/Smoky Rd/5D/24-70mm 2.8L
Pair of Barns
Another cloudy day makes you realize how color really does affect your mood. Whenever I see fields of buttercups, I am grateful for all the yellow and my mood is instantly lifted! This is one of my favorite barn roads, I’m surprised I haven’t featured this pair yet.

318/366: 5.13.16/5:57pm/Huntingtown/Old Plum Point Rd/5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
May Colors Barn
Oh dear, there is actually color, sun and blue skies in today’s shot!! Makes such a difference!

319/366: 5.14.16/11:20am/Prince Frederick/Hallowing Point Park/iPhone
Playground Barn
One of three, right next to the playground at the park.

320/366: 5.15.16/7:09pm/Port Republic/Yoes Corner Ln/5D Mark III/16-35mm 2.8L II
Tree and Red Barn
So many barns that I passed to get here but when I did, instead of shooting it into the sky and clouds like I thought I would, I ended up liking this up close view with this big tree more.

321/366: 5.16.16/7:52pm/Dunkirk/Brickhouse Rd/5D Mark III/16-35mm 2.8L II
Sunset Old Barn
I had a great day and it even ended with a sunset barn shot! Sunsets, I missed you!!!

322/366: 5.17.16/5:40pm/Huntingtown/Calverton School/5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Please Stop Raining Barn
Really, it just needs to stop! But wow, look at all that green already and it’s only May, this one looks like it’ll be mostly covered by the end of summer. Same with the one next to it!

323/366: 5.18.16/11:59am/Prince Frederick/Leitches Wharf Rd/5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Spring Crops Barn
Caught this one before it’s completely taken over by weeds, along with some crops – what are they? (I’m not a farmer, I just like barns!)

324/366: 5.19.16/3:13pm/Prince Frederick/Calvert County Historical Society/5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Historical Society Barn
I love this old one at the Calvert County Historical Society, lots of character on all sides!

325/366: 5.20.16/1:53pm/Prince Frederick/Sixes Rd/5D Mark III/50mm 1.4
Red Barn in a Field
Beautiful day on a beautiful “barn road” as to like to call the ones with lots of good barns!

326/366: 5.21.16/12:52pm/Owings/Skinners Turn Rd/5D Mark III/85mm 1.2L II
Vineyard Red Barn
I waited for a long time to come back to this one, its so easy to access on my normal commute but I didn’t want everything to be dead. I caught it just when the vineyard is starting to come back to life! Love this color on a rainy day…

327/366: 5.22.16/4:24pm/Prince Frederick/German Chapel Rd/5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Bird and Tobacco Barn in the Rain
Look, another red barn in the rain!!!! Different day and yet it looks just like the others…

328/366: 5.23.16/10:35am/Owings/John C Ward Rd/iPhone
Blue Sky Barn
Caught a fleeting moment of blue skies behind this one!

329/366: 5.24.16/6:40pm/Owings/Boyds Turn Rd Rd/5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Boyds Turn Barn
The hills of Calvert County can prove to be advantageous for shooting angles, the best shot I could get if this barn was from high on a hill at Windy Hill Middle, through the trees.

330/366: 5.25.16/7:19pm/Owings/Skinners Turn Rd Rd/5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Skinners Turn Barn
As the days of my project are numbered, I find myself in the position of wanting to not just shoot because a barn is convenient but also because it’s a good one and I like it. I get a bit of anxiety trying to locate “worthy” barns, sometimes. Tonight, I accomplished both easily, I’ve always liked the character of this scene!

331/366: 5.26.16/7:50am/Owings/Stevens Rd/5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Stevens Road Barn
Acting off a tip about a few other barns, I turned down this country road and was happy to find this cute one on a hill, through the trees, all the way at the end. I took a vote and this shot was the crowd favorite and I agreed, it highlights and frames the barn the best out of all the shots….the barn is the star.

332/366: 5.27.16/7:28pm/Prince Frederick/Mallard Point Rd/5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Big Summer Barn
I had a close call on shooting the same barn twice, tonight! Not the first time that has happened but luckily I usually shoot a few, if they’re close by. I’ve shot so many on this road, I wasn’t quite sure which I’ve actually included. Part of this one was in another scene but was not the focus, like it is today! Today it is the star! I discovered this road in the early winter and it’s amazing to see how fast everything changes.

333/366: 5.28.16/11:24am/Huntingtown/Cox Rd/5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Wooded Tobacco Barn
So close to bring covered by green, I believe it may be by the end of summer!

334/366: 5.29.16/4:19pm/Owings/Briscoes Turn Rd/5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Stormy Barn in a Field
We shot four barns on this road but this was unexpectedly my favorite, with the stormy skies behind it and the lines of the rolling hills making zig-zags through the frame.

335/366: 5.30.16/9:41am/Owings/Stevens Rd/5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Memorial Day Barn
Paying thanks to all that have served and died to protect this country and allow all the freedoms, that we may take for granted.

336/366: 5.31.16/7:37pm/Saint Leonard/Parran Rd/5D Mark III/16-35mm 2.8L II
Cumulonimbus Clouds Barns
So grateful for a beautiful end to this day, the clouds and sunset were amazing tonight…just had to line them up with a barn or two! success!

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Summer sessions on the beach are always awesome! I loved this Kent Island engagement session at Bay Bridge Marina and Terrapin Beach on Kent Island. <3

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Wow, this Downtown Annapolis engagement session was so much fun. We didn’t let a little bit of heat (90+ degrees?) bother us, these two were troopers. I cannot wait for their Eastern Shore wedding, this fall!

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Original Post:

I started thinking about this recently when I asked myself the question: what do I love about this area that I now call home? In other words, I was trying to find new ways to be positive and look for the good in my new location. I have been living here for almost two years but sometimes I still miss “home”. Even though I chose to move here for the right reasons, and I’m not that far away from where I came, I still struggle with these thoughts off and on. So, instead of dwelling in the past, I decided to appreciate the present. To find the good and appreciate what I have, here and now and to build a connection to this new place.

One of the coolest, and most unique things about Calvert County (and Southern Maryland) are all the barns that stem from it’s rural history. I love the country roads and all the farms or pieces of what are left over, from old farms. I had a lot of that on the Eastern Shore, as well, but there were never this many barns and they’re different. Since a lot of the ones found here are tobacco barns, there are just SO many more, because they needed more of them to dry the tobacco in. I’m also tying this project in with my background in geography and environmental/land use planning interests. I see the urban sprawl and trees and fields being chopped down, daily, so this landscape is changing rapidly. By taking these photos, I want to be a part of documenting how looks now. I have a feeling it will change quite a bit in my lifetime.

So, with all these things in mind, on July 1st, 2015, I decided to start this year-long endeavor! Here are my rules/goals:

  • photograph a different barn each day from July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016.
  • if I am out of town or something prevents me from shooting, I will shoot multiple barns for each day that I am gone, as close to the dates missed as possible.
  • any type of camera goes – iPhone, point and shoot, DSLR etc
  • barns must be located within Calvert County, MD limits
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276/366: 4.1.16/1:12pm/Prince Frederick/Grays Rd/Canon 5D/16-35mm 2.8L
Cypress Stables Barn
This scene with horses and big sky at Cypress Stables is so peaceful and beautiful, I almost forgot that I was there to take photos of the white barns in the background. I like how this one looked up at me, when I was walking up the road towards them. What a beautiful little piece of the earth.

277/366: 4.2.16/6:42pm/Broomes Island/Broomes Island Rd/iPhone
Little Broomes Island Barn
A beautiful evening view of this little red barn on the way to Broomes Island. Had to turn around to snap this one

278/366: 4.3.16/7:12pm/Owings/SOMD Blvd/5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Chaneyville Barn

This old barn is hard to access, so my easiest option was to shoot it from the window when we drove by. I’m looking forward to learning more about it, it’s part of several old barns along Chaneyville & Rt 4 and I believe on the historic sites registry.

279/366: 4.4.16/3:05pm/Owings/5th St/5D Mark III/16-35mm 2.8L II
White Barns
I’d love to know more about this spot, some day soon. There are several that sit right near here, along this busy street, I’m sure there’s a good story!

280/366: 4.5.16/7:59am/Saint Leonard/Mackall Rd/5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Sunrays Barns
I chased these beautiful morning skies and sun rays all the way down to this spot, which ended up being better than I expected. It is such a gorgeous view!

281/366: 4.6.16/1:53pm/Huntingtown/M F Bowen Rd/iPhone
Old Barn and a Bird

282/366: 4.7.16/2:25pm/Huntingtown/Emmanuel Church Rd/5D/70-200mm 2.8L
Donkey and a Barn in the Rain
Yesterday’s social media photos were dominated by rainbows and crazy skies, which I wasn’t able to go out to shoot…I didn’t see a single donkey in those photos, though! I’ll take the donkey! 

283/366: 4.8.16/4:45pm/Owings/Honeysuckle Dr/5D/70-200mm 2.8L
Blue Skies Tobacco Barn

Beautiful skies and endless tobacco barns… That’s what my commute was like, this afternoon. I saw at least five – ten that I’ve yet to shoot, just on my route home. It’s so easy and yet not so easy to keep up, somehow I still am. Happy Friday

284/366: 4.9.16/11:15am/Huntingtown/Sunrise Dr/5D Mark III/85mm 1.2L II
April Snow Barn
A random snow shower in April, that’s all I’m going to say about this one!!

 

285/366: 4.10.16/12:15pm/Owings/Chaneyville Rd/iPhone
Red Barn with a Tractor
Bright blue skies, a red barn and tractor, not a bad way to start Sunday’s adventures.

 

286/366: 4.11.16/5:59pm/Owings/Mt. Harmony Ln/Canon 5D/70-200mm 2.8L
Buzzard and a Barn
I’ve always liked looking over at this one when the evening sun hits it. The buzzard on top was an extra bonus, I suppose!

287/366: 4.12.16/2:52pm/Barstow/ Calvert Co. Fairgrounds/Canon 5D/24-70mm 2.8L
Fairgrounds Barn

288/366: 4.13.16/7:54pm/Dunkirk/ Jewell Rd/Canon 5D Mark II/70-200mm 2.8L
Nighttime Barn
I was cutting it very close to darkness, last night but we got this beautiful one in, just in time!

289/366: 4.14.16/12:20pm/Huntingtown/Stinnett Rd/iPhone
Halfway Barn
I used this barn as a running goal, I wanted to reach it to take a photo and then go back home. It ended up being my halfway point and a pretty pit stop. Barns can be used for all types of things. 🙂

290/366: 4.15.16/5:39pm/Prince Frederick/Dan Bowen Rd/5D Mark III/85mm 1.2L II
Tax Day Red Barn
I love this set of well-maintained red barns that sit here. I’ll feature the others on a different day.

291/366: 4.16.16/4:29pm/Owings/Sam Hill Rd/iPhone
Pink Spring Barn
I’m still finding new barns in northern Calvert. Sometimes I feel like I’ve seen them all but found at least four right here. Saving the others for a better camera and skies. 🙂

292/366: 4.17.16/9:49am/Port Republic/Broomes Island Rd/5D/70-200mm 2.8L
Green Tobacco Barn

293/366: 4.18.16/7:56pm/Dunkirk/Brickhouse Rd/5D/70-200mm 2.8L
Evening Tobacco Barn
Sometimes you just take what you can get…. But this shot from my car after sunset ended up working just fine…for a busy Monday

294/366: 4.19.16/12:53pm/Prince Frederick/Dares Beach Rd/5D Mark II/24-70mm 2.8L
PF Kennels Barn
For so long I’ve passed by this one and finally decided to call Prince Frederick Kennels to ask if I could stop by to photograph it, only for them to tell me it was their neighbor’s barn. I’m still going to consider it the PF Kennels barn!

295/366: 4.20.16/4:39pm/Chesapeake Beach/Bristol Dr/5D Mark II/70-200mm 2.8L
Mini Backyard Barn
So, maybe this is a type of shed but it’s got barn wood and it’s the shape of a barn, so it counts! That and it’s just cute.

296/366: 4.21.16/12:34pm/Prince Frederick/Church St/5D Mark II/24-70mm 2.8L
Linden Barn
Today, I made another small step towards my goals and dreams by visiting the Calvert County Historical Society to do some barn research. I am in the downtown Prince Frederick area often but never knew exactly where they were located, and I did not know that several barns sit right here next to the Linden Building. It was a pleasant surprise! After all the research I did, I never took a photo of the plaque – so I’m still not sure of the story for this one but I really liked the purple (weeds?) flowers growing on the side and the unique cuts of the wood on the side. The history will have to wait for another day.

297/366: 4.22.16/2:44pm/Huntingtown/Lexa Dr/5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Earth Day Barn
All that green on Earth Day, love it.
 

298/366: 4.23.16/11:47am/Prince Frederick/Hallowing Point Park/5D Mark II/16-35mm 2.8L II
Hallowing Point Park Barn
One of several right in the middle of this park which was BUSY on a Saturday. I may have edited some cars out of this one, since I really wanted to show the pulled back view with stormy skies.

299/366: 4.24.16/6:25pm/Prince Frederick/Dares Beach Rd/5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Red Barn and White Tree
I’ve waited patiently for many months, knowing this one would be prettiest whenever that tree was in bloom. (If it bloomed, I wasn’t sure if it was even alive for awhile). I’m glad it finally did, just in time for this evening’s shot. So pretty and peaceful, right along the busy road.
 

300/366: 4.25.16/6:12pm/Owings/Old Solomons Island Rd/5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Buttercup Red Barn
Wow, it’s my 300th barn, I can’t believe it. It’s now turning into buttercup season. They’re everywhere and I’m so grateful for my every day stalking of these barns and landscapes, grateful I get to notice these little things and subtle changes.

301/366: 4.26.16/9:59am/Owings/Swan Ln/5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Swann Farms Strawberry Barn
It only took 300 barn shots, for these three to finally make an appearance! What a beautiful morning to hang out at the strawberry patch of Swann Farms…and for barn-stalking!

 

302/366: 4.27.16/6:04pm/Owings/Solomons Island Rd/5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L

Sandy’s Grandfather’s Barn

A long post but sometimes they should be long: If you had to pick beautiful scenes in Calvert County, this one may not have been in the top 366 however, it is one that a good amount of its residents pass on a regular basis. It sits at the bottom of the intersection of Rt 2 and Mt. Harmony Rd but it was not always in this location. Sandy, a woman following my project, and I have been emailing about it and I promised her I would get a shot of it. It’s not so easy to reach because the whole area has been under construction for this entire project, so my best option was to stand out of my husband’s sunroof again, while we waited at the light. 🙂

She told me a story about the barn: it used to be part of her grandfather, Melvin Phipps, farm that was relocated by the State to build Rt 2, since it was not in its current location, it used to follow Mt. Harmony Ln. They moved their house and the family chose to move this barn themselves, to where it sits now. In her words: “It used to be beautiful, but it doesn’t look like that now. After my grandparents died the land was sold, and houses were built near my grandparent’s home where we raised tobacco and had a meadow for the sheep and my pony. But it was beautiful when they were there, and it was a wonderful place to grow up. I used to play in the barn. I remember my grandfather and other men in the family hanging tobacco in that barn, and I used to help my grandfather strip tobacco in the attached “stripping cellar” at the far end of the barn (cinder block addition). Sorry, I’m rambling. Wonderful memories, but sadly, nothing on earth lasts forever.”

 

303/366: 4.28.16/3:13pm/Prince Frederick/Mallard Point Rd/5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Make A Wish Barn
It is so hard to not straighten out these crooked barns, when I’m editing them! Both the dandelions and this barn are still hanging on in the dreary rain. A bunch of wishes lie right beside this one, I know what some of my wishes are, they may or may not involve barns.

304/366: 4.29.16/4:45pm/Chesapeake Beach/Tobacco Rd/5D Mark III/70-200mm 2.8L
Tobacco Road Barn
Ahh, it’s taken 10 months but I finally decided that I had to shoot this one today, with all those hills of buttercups, purple flowers and vines growing on it. I don’t think I’ve seen it look prettier. (Bigger scale it looks so much better!) This one is on my road, I pass it several times a day. It always looks beautiful when the morning sun hits it and also when the sun sets, behind it. I’ve shot it in the snow and with my cell phone but I just really loved it right now, even with the dreary weather, just like I always see it – from the road.
 

305/366: 4.30.16/10:34am/Prince Frederick/Sixes Rd/5D Mark III/24-70mm 2.8L
Tractor Sign Red Barn
I love the tractor street signs, that I see from time to time. You can but them online! I like this pop of red on yet another dreary day.

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I loved shooting this short and sweet session and it was so much fun planning with the Dan, without her knowing a thing! We communicated all the way up until the very end, with updates to me via text as to when they would arrive at this pier, the sight that I set up his sign for him and waiting impatiently. My role, besides proposal photographer, was to play a hobbyist nature photographer who just happened to be out there photographing nature scenes and birds (and luckily, there were actually several birds and pretty scenes to shoot, while I waited!) When I finally did see them making their way down the pier, my heart was beating so fast but I kept my cool. It was awesome watching so much happiness unfold right in front of me! 

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