Posted: December 30, 2013 in Canon 7D, Deserted, Details, Door County, Fences, Fields, Photography, Shadows, Snow, Wabi Sabi, White, Winter, Wisconsin

Saturday afternoon, different vineyard. Different look.

vinyard4Please notice deer stand in the distance. We are Wisconsin.


This last shot looks like a sketch.  The trunks of the plants as well as the upright support posts cast strong horizontal shadows,  echoing the rows of thin wires stretched across the top. In stark contrast to all of these rigid horizontal and vertical lines, the red cordons or arms of the grape plants appear to be pin wheeling about the field.


The Apollonian and Dionysian, order and chaos, alive and well in Door County vineyards.

  1. sedge808 says:

    it almost seems more beautiful to me.
    the quietness is so good.

  2. Marjorie says:

    Stancions in the silence, anthropomorphic. Beauty manifest, Patricia. Oh your eyes!

  3. andykidd says:

    I have been thinking about these a lot over the last few days. Not sure how one conveys a feeling, but these convey a hostile beauty to me. The wires remind me of the no man’s land surrounding prison camps. But the snow and vines show nature’s beauty. How do they grow vines in such a climate? Much more than that … I’d like to see these printed.

    • Andy…I didn’t answer immediately because I was mulling your response. I would have to say that I would agree with you on all counts–perhaps with different words, but I am there. Re: your prison connection, did you catch the deer stand in the distance in pic #3? I don’t know if you have such things in your part of the world, but here hunters can hide and wait for the deer to come out into the fields. Could certainly pass for a guardhouse as well. What attracted me to these settings is the starkness, the rigidity of lines and, yes, the feeling that humans have imposed a steely grip on the landscape and then vanished, confident that they have bent nature to their wills.
      For all my mulling, that isn’t a completely coherent answer but I certainly do thank you for sharing your take on these shots and prodding me to express what I was seeing.

      • andykidd says:

        Hi Patricia, no, I can’t see the deer stand (I though you meant a deer – standing – originally), but don’t worry I’ll keep searching. We do have deer here, escapees from imports, but rare. I hope you and the vines survive the cold, we are hearing about it here. My last sentence in my previous post also is ambiguous, what I meant was there was more to the pictures I had not articulated, AND I think printing these for real life viewing would be worthwhile. Cheers 🙂

  4. andykidd says:

    Ah! I see it in picture #2. Yes!!!!

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