Photographer's Note

A barn is an agricultural building used for storage and as a covered workplace. It may sometimes be used to house livestock or to store farming vehicles and equipment. Barns are most commonly found on or near a farm.

In older style barns, the upper area was used to store hay and sometimes grain. This is called the mow (rhymes with cow) or the hayloft. A large door at the top of the ends of the barn could be opened up so that hay could be put in the loft. Trap doors in the floor allowed animal feed to be dropped into the mangers for the animals.

Many barns in central Norway are painted red with white trimmings. One possible reason for this is that ferric oxide which is used to create red paint, was the cheapest and most readily available. Besides the colour looks particularly good in the landscape, be it white snowy winter or green summer!

The small barn in the image however isn’t painted at all and it makes an exception. But normally it is the barns near the main farm buildings that are painted, the one we see here is a typical remote barn located on a field quite a distance from the main houses.

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Additional Photos by Pablo Minto (pablominto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9892 W: 315 N: 14432] (53746)
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