GATES and FENCES

New page set up 6 October, 2013 (30 photos)

As far back as I can remember, I have loved car, truck and RV road trips, because I was so entertained by looking out the windows. I am still an observer of life beyond the vehicle windows.  I love the size, shape and color of everything, as far as my naked eyes can reach. I keep at least one set of binoculars in my truck, and usually one in my purse, bag or backpack. I like to look at things up close, at different angles, and in different lighting.  Long before I owned my first camera, I recorded “good shots” in my mind; often boring anyone who would listen to the details about the objects of my observations.  Now I have a camera, the internet and you!

I fell in love with gates and fences while I worked as a real estate agent, years ago. I raised my children in the country and always loved the western theme of many country gates. Some had a hunting theme, some were rustic, some were just plain neglected “antiques.” Not surprisingly, on the Western Washington coast, gates and fences tend to lean toward a nautical theme. They are elaborate to whimsical, with everything in between. The salty ocean air and more than our fair share of rain and clouds  around here cause fences and gates to rust and grow moss, lichen and mold quickly.

Gates allow access to a home at the owner’s discretion. Gates are the first focal point to a property when entering, and the last thing seen when exiting. Some gates provide high security, with cameras and codes, some have a simple lock, while others don’t ever close. My neighbor wants to install one to keep the deer from snacking on our plants and flowers. Others want privacy, with a capital “Stay Out!”

Fences tell their own story. Fences are erected to keep someone or something, either in or out.  I’ve seen utilitarian livestock fences that stretch up steep hills, across miles of fields and forests, and some that even tip-toe through small creeks.  Some say that  fences make good neighbors and some demand, “Don’t fence me in!” Looking from the outside, in, I have run across some beautiful, ugly, fun and charming fences in my photography travels.

Elderly Things fence, Centralia, WA PHALL PHOTOS 2013

Elderly Things fence, Centralia, WA
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Elderly Things PHALL PHOTOS 2013

Elderly Things
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A sweet fenced garden at Elderly Things PHALL PHOTOS 2013

A sweet fenced garden at Elderly Things
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Escaping plants, Centralia, WA PHALL PHOTOS 2013

Escaping plants, Centralia, WA
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Rose fence, Centralia, WA PHALL PHOTOS 2013

Rose fence, Centralia, WA
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Centralia, WA PHALL PHOTOS 2013

Centralia, WA
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Built-in fence art on Greg's property where I live. Westport, WA PHALL PHOTOS 2013

Built-in fence art on Greg’s property where I live. Westport, WA
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More fence art at Greg's. PHALL PHOTOS 2013

More fence art at Greg’s.
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Overcome by nature. Centralia, WA PHALL PHOTOS 2013

Overcome by nature.
Centralia, WA
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Fence obscured by blooms. Aberdeen, WA PHALL PHOTOS 2013

Fence obscured by blooms. Aberdeen, WA
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White picket butterfly bush. Aberdeen, WA PHALL PHOTOS 2013

White picket butterfly bush. Aberdeen, WA
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Beauty in and out. Hwy 105. PHALL PHOTOS 2013

Beauty in and out. Hwy 105.
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Only the weeds and I notice this abandoned gate. Hwy 105 PHALL PHOTOS 2013

Only the weeds and I notice this abandoned gate. Hwy 105
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Not sure of its duty, but still standing there through all. Johns River area. PHALL PHOTOS 2013

Not sure of its duty, but still standing there through all. Johns River area.
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Westport Marina sidewalk fence. PHALL PHOTOS 2013

Westport Marina sidewalk fence.
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Fishy fence in Westport, WA. PHALL PHOTOS 2013

Fishy fence in Westport, WA.
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Viewing tower safety rail is a fence of sorts:>) Westport, WA PHALL PHOTOS 2013

Viewing tower safety rail is a fence of sorts:>) Westport, WA
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This fence makes me want to look on the other side...a secret garden? Westport, WA PHALL PHOTOS 2013

This fence makes me want to look on the other side…a secret garden?
Westport, WA
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Fishing village yard art. Westport, WA 2013

Fishing village yard art. Westport, WA 2013

So Westport :>) PHALL PHOTOS 2013

So Westport :>)
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Westport Marina PHALL PHOTOS 2013

Westport Marina
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Westport, WA PHALL PHOTOS 2013

Westport, WA
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A fence that is no fence; non-fence. Westport, WA PHALL PHOTOS 2013

A fence that is no fence; non-fence. Westport, WA
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Overtaken by roses. Westport, WA PHALL PHOTOS 2013

Overtaken by roses.
Westport, WA
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Patriotic fence:>) Westport,WA PHALL PHOTOS 2013

Patriotic fence:>) Westport,WA
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Seagull fence. One of my favorites. Westport, WA PHALL PHOTOS 2013

Seagull fence. One of my favorites. Westport, WA
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Fireweed and hummingbird in front of sadly neglected fence. PHALL PHOTOS 2013

Fireweed and hummingbird in front of sadly neglected fence.
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Roof fence. Aberdeen, WA PHALL PHOTOS 2013

Roof fence. Aberdeen, WA
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Rustic fence in Grayland, WA PHALL PHOTOS 2013

Rustic fence in Grayland, WA
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Nautical rope draped over wood fence. Grayland, WA PHALL PHOTOS 2013

Nautical rope draped over wood fence. Grayland, WA
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Watch here for more fences and gates soon!

6 thoughts on “GATES and FENCES

    • I’m not even sure of its purpose as there is just an open field on the other side…no fencing…maybe just to keep tourist from camping there?
      Hugs and thanks for stopping by:>)
      Patti

  1. Fantastic, Patti. If I have to choose, I’ll go for the rustic gate with ropes but I love the arty hanging gate without a fence–but then I don’t have to choose. I loved your write-up, too. When I think of gates and fences, I think of liminal spaces, the worlds between life and death, light and dark, awake and asleep, conscious and unconscious. Hecate is one of many Goddesses of the Gates or Threshold. There are many more, but I know her best.

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