It was a bright and sunny November day, but it was very cold and windy when I stopped to explore the remains of a burned out barn. Barn fires are not uncommon here; abandoned barns are targets of vandals and the occasional lightning strike. There was six inches of snow on the ground making it hazardous as I tripped and stumbled around in search of a photograph I just couldn’t find. I was getting colder and more frustrated by the second.
Walking back to the car I passed by these berries. I had noticed them on the way in, but at the time I was looking for the image that I thought I was going to find. Not finding it, I decided to look again. The berries had thrived in cow-flop rich soil, and as the barn continued to decay, Nature did as she always does when given a chance and the vines flourished.
I had chosen the kit zoom when I was still in the car because I didn’t want to change lenses in the cold; I didn’t trust my cold fingers, so it was a matter of finding a secure place to stand while I zoomed in and out to frame the image.
Pentax K10D with kit zoom, processed in Photoshop CS4.