Horse whiskers, how do we love thee?

Farm country. The Thumb. Michigan.

This blog harks back to the country.

Farm fields.  Barns.  Silos.  Horses.  From the Thumb of Michigan.  Late August.


My daughter and I were visiting my parents.  We had just driven to Port Huron to watch the movie “The Help.”  (Good reviews from blogger, in case you wondered.)

Upon return, I said, “Adios, I am going to photograph the country.”
Silos at dusk

What you see, dear reader, is photos from that evening and the next day.

Old barn...not too many years...and this barn will be reclaimed by the earth.

(I am actually going through photos right now.  Tossing this, saving that.  Deciding which might be worthwhile.  Which might contain a story.  Which might visit–shhhhh, don’t tell the photos–the Recycle Bin.)

Lookin' through your car window as you drive through country backroads in the Thumb of Michigan. August, 2011.

These were taken during a visit with my parents in the fertile Thumb of Michigan.  Where corn and beans and other crops rise from rich soil.  Where farmers toil and produce good crops during a good year.

I hope this year is a good year for them.

Sunset lights barn.

My brother and his wife and family has a farm with horses in the Thumb.  But it’s not a working farm, a farm which must produce or the family starves.

Pastoral scene. Barn. Silo.

It’s a farm with a tractor and three horses.

Long field, sky

It’s a hobby farm.

Backlit willow at dusk

I like to visit it when we’re downstate and nuzzle the horses’ soft noses.

My niece, Keely, and one of her horses

My dear niece, Keely, with her brand-new driver’s license stopped by my parent’s house while we were there.  Did I want to loan her my car?  Or would she like to accompany me on a visit to feed the horses and move them to a new pasture?

I would introduce you to this horse, but do not recall its name. I'm sorry. (It's one of Keely's horses.)

Yes.  Aunt Kathy would like to visit the horses.  So off we went.  Click here if you didn’t read a more formal introduction to Keely’s horses from another recent visit.

Horse whiskers, how do we love thee?

What I remember most about the visit to the horses was the whiskers.  (OK, OK, Aunt Kathy is a little strange, we know.)  They were so beautiful up close.

I hope you enjoyed this “Country Edition” of the blog. Thanks for reading!

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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20 Responses to Horse whiskers, how do we love thee?

  1. Beautiful! These photos make me want to go back to Michigan…. NOW!! 🙂
    Can’t wait to see “The Help”, althought I’ll have to wait for it to come out on DVD. It’s already added to our Netflix queue.

  2. P.j. grath says:

    Oh, yes, we love horse whiskers! Also Michigan barn, wherever we find them. My husband has a relative whose farm near Tawas features an old log barn. I’d love to make the trip again, just to see that barn.

  3. These photographs seem so to say “America” to me from UK. Wonderful!

  4. Susan Derozier says:

    Wonderful pictures Kathy and I LOVED the horse whiskers. Also like The Help!

  5. Great pictures! I love old barns… but I love horse whiskers even more. 😀 That last shot is awesome.

  6. Sybil says:

    It may sound odd, but I love the scent of horses. And hay in the field. Thanks for triggering some memories.

  7. Brenda Hardie says:

    Thank you, Kathy for allowing me to tag along on this visit to see the horses and barns and silos and fields. 🙂 Makes me want to pack up and move right now! You have no idea how much I long for a life like that! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    By the way…your niece is beautiful!

  8. I grew up on a farm in southern Ohio and I live in the country now with lots and lots of orchards. Farms, but different from the corn and wheat and beans of my childhood. I get to see my homeland pretty frequently, but all the same I am a sucker for “country” pictures. Thanks for sharing yours.

  9. Colleen says:

    They look so soft. those beautiful horse whiskers. And yes, I enjoyed this very much!

  10. Dawn says:

    ooooooh love the whiskers! And of course always love a good barn picture…liked the light on the silo especially. Looks like a fun trip!

  11. Karma says:

    I do love the horse whiskers! I’m never close enough to horses to appreciate the whiskers, so I am glad you did it for us.

  12. wolfsrosebud says:

    Gotta say… loved the horse’s whiskers. Did you give him a little something after the picture.

  13. Susan D says:

    Loving all of it. Thank you 🙂

  14. Oh, you have me itching to drive through the rural parts of my county to bask in the glow from barns and fields of grain. I have seen my share of horse whiskers. When my daughter would trim her horse’s whiskers, he’d make all kinds of funny faces.

  15. Robin says:

    Beautiful photos of beautiful scenes. Reminds me a lot of where I live now, in rural northeastern Ohio.

    I like the horse whiskers too. 🙂

  16. Kathy says:

    Thank you all for stopping by and enjoying the “country” of the Thumb of Michigan. Keely’s horse–I’m sure–was especially delighted with your visit and your admiration of his whiskers. 😉

  17. Kathy says:

    P.S. Wolfrosebud, no–I did not give the horse anything to eat afterward. Keely led him into a new pasture to graze, so he enjoyed munching lots of tall grasses and appetizing flowers.

  18. Cindy Lou says:

    And this is part of what makes America beautiful! I’ve promised my momma a trip down country roads so she can take pictures of barns….you’ve got some lovely ones here :} I especially like the rosy silos!

  19. Reggie says:

    Such a nice haul of pictures, Kathy – and I too love that photo of the horse whiskers, with the light behind them like that.

  20. Kathy says:

    Thank you again everyone. The trip downstate to visit the barns and admire the horse whiskers (oh, yes, and to see my mom and dad) seems like it happened in a past lifetime. LOL! Something new every day…

    I also often think that the old barns are disappearing way too quickly. In 40 years how many will be left?

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