Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above,
Don’t fence me in.
Let me ride through the wide open country that I love,
Don’t fence me in.Cole Porter
Fences draw lines across our landscapes, towns and cities. They say, do not pass. This is my land, that is yours. Or they say, stay out or stay in, keeping domesticated animals from wandering and wild ones from attacking.
Fences can be purely utilitarian, or they can become things of beauty. They provide a surface on which to hang things. A sign, maybe some sort of decoration, or even washing! Flowers and plants attach themselves, finding a route up towards the sun, softening the angular lines of a fence.
Dawn has asked us to share photos of fences for this week’s Lens Artists challenge. They are a great subject for photography, especially for the technique known as leading lines, a favourite of mine. So I was a little surprised to find relatively few fences when I first started to search my archives. There seemed to be far more walls!
Perhaps that says something about our English landscapes, where hedges or walls are more commonly used? Or about the fences in my London suburb which seem fairly nondescript compared with the characterful ones I’ve seen on my travels? Anyway, in the end I found quite a few, and even took one photo especially for this challenge, something I rarely do. I hope you enjoy them!
I’m starting with a couple from Cattle Point, the most southerly point of San Juan Island, WA; this fence lines the path to the lighthouse there
Also at Cattle Point, this time down on the beach
Still in Washington State, this was taken near Newhalem Creek in the North Cascades
My feature photo is also from WA, at Box Canyon in Mount Rainier NP
Washing drying on a fence in Ban Xong Ja, a minority village in northern Laos
Fences lining the main street of Ban Houa Done Deng, a village on an island in the Mekong in southern Laos
The fence around a family compound near Fimela, Senegal
Fences used as windbreaks on Sal, Cape Verde
The fence has been almost buried by shifting sand dunes in Oman’s Empty Quarter
At Praia do Faro, Portugal
Boardwalk fences, also at Praia do Faro
And a third from Praia do Faro, shadows of me, my husband and the causeway fence
Fence and fire hydrant on the boardwalk of Atlantic City, NJ, on a wet and windy day
Old signs and various implements and paraphernalia on a fence in a coffee shop in Madrid, New Mexico
In the Big Horn Mountains, WY
A rather half-hearted fence on the island of Chiloe, Chile
And just to prove I could find a few fences closer to home …
Linnet on a barbed wire fence in Boulmer, Northumberland
No parking, Ealing
Park fence in the snow, Ealing
Climbing plants on a fence in Ealing
[taken this morning just for this challenge!]