15 Aug 16. Got a call last week form an old navy friend saying sorry for the short fuse but he had Friday available and would we like to meet him in Port Townsend. That being one of Jan's favorite places to visit and shop, we said yes and made our way there as soon as she got back from church. Taking Hwy 104 W we turned off on Hwy 19 also known as Beaver Valley Road. About 10 miles along that road you come to the Egg And I Road, the former location of the home of Betty McDonald who wrote among other things The Egg and I and more importantly, the Mrs Piggle Wiggle series of books. The road obviously being named for her book. At that intersection resides an old barn that is on its last legs. As we drove past it on Friday morning the field directly across from it was peppered with perhaps 100 dairy cows of various colors. I really wanted to capture that shot, as well as one of the barn, but we were running late and traffic was hot behind us. So I stupidly passed it up and made it on time to Port Townsend. We had a nice time visiting in the city, doing some shopping, and breaking bread together. All the way back home I wondered if the cattle would still be in the field when we got there but as it was generally milking time I wasn't surprised, although obviously disappointed, that they weren't. The barn however was, so we pulled off the road and I took a few shots. The image you are seeing today, clouds included, is pretty much what we saw, save for me having removed a couple of annoying elements. There is a sign attached to the fence surrounding the acreage, not visible is this framing, that reads "beware, mean bull!" I looked all over for him contemplating that I could get a better shot on the grassy side of the fence, but after some deliberation - with myself - I decided, perhaps needlessly, that on that occasion discretion was the better part of valor.
I've cropped the base image some, removed as I said some distracting elements, and adjusted the contrast just a bit for better color saturation. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/300 sec @ f /14.