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February 18, 2014 - 6:23pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in BARNS, Stafford.

Heading back from Bethany this afternoon, I stopped along Clipnock Road, Stafford, for a couple of pictures.

Above, a barn and horses and below the windswept snow bank near Route 5.

January 25, 2014 - 3:22pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in BARNS, weather, corfu.

If you've ever driven down Route 33 heading into Corfu, you've seen this barn.

When I left Le Roy at 2:30, there was no snow falling. As I arrived in Corfu at 3:15, it was coming down pretty good.

November 28, 2013 - 11:48am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, BARNS.

Barn on Lewiston Road at Batavia Oakfield Townline Road.

Happy Thanksgiving.

November 22, 2013 - 12:27pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, BARNS.

The past couple of years, on my eastbound trips down Route 5 in the Town of Batavia, heading toward Wortendyke Road, I've been watching this barn slowly slipping away. This morning, the barn is leaning further to the north and closer to the ground than I've seen before.

October 29, 2013 - 3:18pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in BARNS, Stafford.

Passing through Stafford today, I spotted this horse in a field near a bright red barn. Another beautiful day in Genesee County.

September 30, 2013 - 9:28pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in BARNS, Stafford, fall.

Shot late this afternoon.

August 3, 2013 - 3:34pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in BARNS, history, Stafford.

One of Genesee County's grandest of the old barns collapsed today.

A good portion of the yellow barn next to the Stafford Fire Hall on Main Road, Stafford, simply gave way about 1:45 p.m.

Stafford Fire Chief Bill Plaisted said residents heard a lot of creaking coming from the old barn -- probably built in the 1830s -- all this morning.

Firefighters used a thermal-imaging camera to ensure nobody was trapped in the structure.

Plaisted said the barn was likely headed for demolition soon anyway. The owner wanted to donate it to the department for a controlled burn for firefighting practice, but Plaisted said before that could happen, workers would have been required to remove the shingles from the roof.

"Looking at it now, that wouldn't have been safe," Plaisted said.

He also recalled a local resident telling him how years ago there was a basketball court on the second floor. From the second floor to the ceiling, it was so high, he said, that nobody could throw a ball from the floor up into the rafters. That's how big the barn was.

In April 2010, I took a photo of the barn (bottom photo in this post) that proved pretty popular. UMMC purchased a large canvas print of the photograph to hang in its new surgical wing (the print has since been moved to another part of the hospital). To view a larger online version (or to purchase a print of the picture, click here).

June 13, 2013 - 11:01am
posted by Howard B. Owens in BARNS, photos, byron, Ivison Road.

These two pictures were made from just about the same spot on Ivison Road, Byron, just before sunset yesterday.

May 15, 2013 - 8:38pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in BARNS, elba, mucklands.

Yesterday, for the first time -- believe it or not -- I visited the mucklands. I was back out there today (yes, there's a related story coming). The mucklands are an impressive sight, to say the least, and entirely fascinating, as I have learned over the past 48 hours or so. There are several of these type of old, low-slung barns out there.

May 3, 2013 - 9:34am
posted by Howard B. Owens in BARNS, Le Roy, Pavilion, Bethany, Stafford.

After the Genesee County Economic Development Center meeting yesterday evening, I had two choices: Go home and write some stories that I gathered information on during the day, or take advantage of a great spring day and drive around and take some pictures.

I chose pictures taking. I would have time, I reasoned, to write later in the evening.

Near the end of my loop through Le Roy, Pavilion, Bethany and Batavia, I stopped by a friend's house for a chat. Near the end of my visit, Billie called and told me about the teen in the gorge at Indian Falls.

So rather, than writing my stories last night and posting these pictures last night, I spent four hours on the Indian Falls story. 

Here's the photos from yesterday evening and those stories I need to write are coming.

The barn above is on Main Road in Stafford. Two more shots of it below.

Route 19, Town of Le Roy.

Cook Road and Route 20, Pavilion.

Transit Road and Ellicott Street Road, Bethany.

April 30, 2013 - 10:37pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, BARNS.

Barn on Pearl Street Road, Batavia.

April 26, 2013 - 11:19am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, BARNS.

A barn on the Batavia side of Batavia Elba Townline Road, near Route 98. 

It's a beautiful day.

April 25, 2013 - 12:36pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in BARNS, photos, east pembroke.

While out taking pictures of railroad crossings this morning, I passed this barn on Brown Road.

April 7, 2013 - 8:27pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in BARNS, photos, Pavilion.

I've driven past this old, worn-down barn and farmhouse on Route 63 in Pavilion dozens and dozens of times and thought -- some day, I need to take a picture. On the way to the feed bunk fire today, I finally figured out how -- I think -- to make the shot. So after the fire, I went back and made this picture.

March 27, 2013 - 8:52am
posted by Howard B. Owens in BARNS, photos, Darien.

Heading back to Batavia from the fire in Darien yesterday, I passed this barn I've passed many times, but this time it seemed like a good time for a picture. This seems like a very well-preserved barn. The location is just east of Smithley Road on Route 20.

October 26, 2012 - 3:05pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in BARNS, photos, elba.

I figured this would be the last decent morning for fall photography (considering the weather predicted for next week), so I struck out early this morning and headed up to Elba to see what I could find.

I found myself on Arnold Road, which, I was surprised to discover, I had never been down before. The barn above is on Watson but shot from Arnold.

I then headed down Watson and met John, a former horse trainer, who let me take a picture of his barn and picnic table.

I started out at at Pine Hill Cemetery.

October 17, 2012 - 1:09pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, BARNS, photos.

Many times I've driven down Ellicott Street Road, Batava, and spotted this old barn and saw the picture potential. There is no good way, though, to get a picture of the barn from the public road. Yesterday, I contacted the proper owner and got permission to walk onto their property and take some pictures, which I did this morning.

August 8, 2012 - 9:33pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in BARNS, photos, Bethany.

I've always liked the yellow barn on Transit Road off Route 63 in East Bethany, but I don't think I've ever made a good picture of it. Perhaps this is it.

May 23, 2012 - 10:31pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in BARNS, photos, elba.

Really, without a plan, I found myself in Elba late this afternoon, and then my drive back to Batavia took a few twists and turns. Here are some pictures from the drive.

Above, a red barn on Ford Road.

My intention was to take a picture of the tree to the left. The cows either thought I had food or are eager to get on camera and they came running over toward Route 262.

The McCoys on Norton Road gave me permission to walk into their back yard and take a picture of this old barn, which turns out to be just over the property line and actually on Torrey Farms' property.

There's a couple of old shacks on Norton Road that always draw my attention. The flowers in this case provided some added visual interest.

Anybody care to identify this plant? This was actually taken off Bank Street Road, Batavia, but I saw the plant two or three times while driving through Elba.

April 20, 2012 - 8:36pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in animals, BARNS, photos, bergen.

On the way out of Bergen this morning I spotted this horse eating dandelions in front of one our area's more attractive barns, so stopped and made this picture.

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