Metropolitan Homesick Blues

Southampton Stories & Other Stuff


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Side roads. Concession roads. Hardtop and hard-pack gravel. Graded and ungraded. Rutted and rain-eroded. They can get your car dust covered or mud caked depending on weather and which road you’re on. They are Bruce County two-lanes leading you everywhere and not necessarily where you want to go.


We often drive these Bruce County back-roads. She is looking for birds. I’m looking for pictures. I don’t care much about shooting birds. My meager 250 mm lens fails in comparison to some of the big glass that other shooters carry. Most times, birds are just too far way to capture anything decent.


I’m OK with that. I’m more interested in what was…the abandoned barns and farmhouses, the fences, the fallen in roofs and stone foundations…the what’s-left-on-the-land from times gone away.


The structures that faced years of winds and weather, that struggled to stay upright and remain proud of what they provided to their hard-working owners…structures of shelter and warmth, places, markers that families once called home.

Some markers are different.


This pockmarked weathered stone, its carved inscription unreadable, sits solitarily, a sentinel overlooking a vista of fields un-ploughed or planted. It seems out of place. More often than not you’ll see clusters of resurrected tombstones sitting on the side of secondary roads salvaged from some long forgotten cemetery to make room for more farmable fields. This one stands alone.

Cloud shadows silently drift across the fields it watches over. Why is it there? Is there meaning in its placement? Or is it just a photo-op for a wandering amateur with a camera? I doubt if I will ever know. But I take the shot anyway and move on.


There is a great deal more to discover and capture on these roads.


So we drive on.

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  1. Love this post. It reminded me of all of the Bruce County roads I’ve traversed, mostly to get to and from hiking trails. The last photograph is amazing. You can’t help but wonder who looked out through this curtained window at one time.


    December 9, 2016 at 11:05 AM

    • Thanks for reading and your comments. There’s lots to disc
      I very indeed. And great hiking trails with lots of picture opportunities.


      December 9, 2016 at 12:15 PM

  2. Hi Ed,
    Thank you for your ‘post’ of the Bruce Peninsula and its treasures. Your rendering is as telling and illuminating as the surrounding countryside. I am herewith inviting myself to another stroll across your section of the Bruce trail. My favourite time of year is that fleeting moment just as the trees bud, just before the leaves unfold. We are only days away from winter covering the scenes you have depicted here. A whole new story lies ahead. I hope you and Norma will enjoy this long and peaceful season on the ‘Bruce’.


    December 9, 2016 at 11:25 AM

    • You’re on Fred. It will be trail clean up about that time. Perfect. Bring the puppy. Thanks. Bests of the holidays to you and Beth.


      December 9, 2016 at 12:12 PM

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