In 1893, the FRONTIER THESIS by Frederick Jackson Turner proposed that the "American Democracy" was formed in the West. The evolving and moving of the frontier line with pioneers moving westward resulted in the American Democracy. Liberty did not come out of the Atlantic Coast, it came from new, unknown lands permitting exploration and freedom, no longer tied to European ethics. The frontier had no standing armies, established churches, aristocrats or nobles, nor for landed gentry who controlled most of the land and charged heavy rents. And this increased dramatically with President Lincoln's "Homestead Act" giving free land to anyone willing to explore the West. Frontier Land was free for the taking.
The results were a democratic people.
Unfortunately today, it seems we are going backwards, beholding to the Rich & Powerful, and the freedoms of the westward movement are long gone.
In this view, a westward movement cattle ranch house and barn are returning to the Earth.......
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EstudioChispa (1860) 2013-10-16 8:23
Great shadow detail, great colors in the wood, a great study on abandonment and decay.
And yet there are signs that some efforts are being made to preserve this wreck. Besides the goat wire fencing, I see supports have been placed on the left side of the larger building. Interesting -- but to what end?
Silvio1953 (115145) 2013-10-16 12:15
Ciao Ray, lovely composition with fascinating ruined wooden houses, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
saxo042 (36712) 2013-10-16 15:36
I enjoy your note and also Russ' comments. I like the picture too, a documentation of this house, soon to be a house no more. Good colours and nice composition.
kabel (1541) 2013-10-16 21:57
Hello Ray, an excellent view of the old ruin of a building her in the west. Good composition and good color. this would make a great addition to a wild west theme or a ghost town theme.
Lets' start one up,
fabbs99 (15675) 2013-10-16 22:04
A poignant presentation of the ruined ranch house.I love to see the disarray in the frame which has been captured very deftly.Great shot with nice earthly colors of the rust.Thanks for sharing.
Noel_Byrne (20105) 2013-10-17 4:37
The shot itself is beautiful, I love ruins and this is a beauty as I dont see wooden ruins very often, so a unique vision for me. But on reading your note, it takes on a new context. Perhaps we witness the death of true democracy, and this is a very symbolic image to mean that. Here in Ireland, we see our government trying to grab more and more power as they try to reduce powers of local government and councils, heck they even tried to get rid of the Irish senate in a recent referendum, but were thankfully defeated. I know this is happening all over the world as the right of so called free people in western countries are slowly eroded.
A beautiful picture with a rather sad meaning. Thanks for your cool insight on this.
All the best
ikeharel (51495) 2013-10-17 4:38
Good morning Ray,
The wrecked hut hardly still standing, with supprt beams like crutchs as you wrote "returning to the Earth..." shown in the fine light and in good contrast to its surroundings.
The iron-net there is from more modern era, than time specified late 19th century.
Cheers for a nice photo of rural USA.
elenimavrandoni (14197) 2013-10-21 20:30
Ray, I guess all beautiful things come to an end so they might as well become beautiful pictures!!
great note, nice dedication!!
thanks for visiting me and for your comments, it means a lot to me!!
mcmtanyel (10079) 2013-10-25 16:18
I don't know what it is about decaying buildings that is so attractive, but they are! Nice photo with a nice commentary.