Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Grange - SkyWatch Friday

We stumbled upon this abandoned Grange building near Alma, Michigan recently. I kind of liked the way it was sitting at this intersection in the middle of the country. I could just imagine during the horse and buggy days, people coming here for meetings and social events - back when everybody knew their neighbor's, and helped each other out when someone was in need.

The Grange organization started around the end of the Civil War. Apparently it was much like a co-op, where people shared information and new technology with each other,and many other community events and functions. It's purpose and existence has changed and evolved thru the years.

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24 comments:

  1. That grange building looks like it is sitting out in the middle of nowhere. I like the composition -- road in front and road to the side; makes it look like a roadway encircles it. Pretty clouds in the sky.

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  2. What a terrific capture, Gwendolyn! Love the clouds in the blue sky and your composition is fantastic! Such an interesting old building, it's like stepping back in time. Wonderful! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

    Sylvia

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  3. Lovely intriguing image Gwendolyn ~ it kind of tells a sory. Nice capture! Have a great weekend :)

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  4. Wonderful and a bit lonely - I like the greyish little cottage :)

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  5. What a great old building! Love the light and color. Super composition and lens choice.

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  6. It looks very similar to an old schoolhouse here in Southeast Missouri... It's a very charming place in your shot & I love that sky!

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  7. Great sky and clouds...like the old building too.

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  8. Old buildings are such wonderful subjects for photography. Nice composition! Like the lighting. Great shot.
    Joyce M

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  9. Wonderful SkyWatch Photo, just stunning

    Regards, Bram

    My SkyWatch Friday

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  10. Great picture, reminds me a bit of Atget's photography, that solitary building, just great !

    Erwin

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  11. What a great spot for that and the sky is perfect. I love this one.

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  12. I like how it sits at the fork in the road, ready to catch everyone passing by.

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  13. It reminds me of the days of the old West. Very nice sky in the background.

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  14. Love old buildings. There are still some functioning granges in the US.

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  15. I love this picture; and even more the story behind it. This must have been at the crossroad/center of a farming community at one time. When we were first married, my husband taught at a one-room school and we were asked to join the Grange. it was a nice place to meet people -- I never really understood their mission totally. We only lived there a couple of years.

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  16. I love it! Makes me feel like I've stepped back in time.

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  17. it look so peaceful here. lovely place.

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  18. If we don't know the story it just don't matter to us why there is such building like that in the middle of no where. That is really a great shot haven't been to many places in MI, that's why I'd love to go on weekends a drive to just wonder around and be a local tourist. Thanks for sharing! Happy Friday!

    SkyWatchFriday

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  19. What a beautiful little place enfolded in the arms of the road. There is a lot to be said for the the days of yore when people were friendly and helpful with each other unlike today where they seem to distance themselves into their own little virtual worlds.

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  20. Such a great photo! I wonder why the building was abandonned? Maybe I am going to have to make up a story...

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  21. How interesting...
    Thanks for sharing and stopping by my blog!

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