Fencing near & far: LAPC

Fencing of rock is heavy and enduring,

Guiding the way

Rock fencing
Coumeenoole Beach, County Kerry, Ireland

And dividing the land to conserve it

Steens Mountain
Steens Mountain, Oregon

A fence of rope is lightweight,

Preserving the past

Poulnabrone Dolmen
Poulnabrone Dolmen, County Clare, Ireland

And relying on the respect of visitors for its strength

Cedar dugout canoe
Discovery Center and Museum, Hood River, Oregon

Woven wood fencing uses slender branches,

Woven together randomly

Woven wood fencing
Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre, County Meath, Ireland

And supported by thicker sticks, standing at attention

Woven wood fencing
Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon

Wire fences blend into the background,

Hiding their resilience

View from Ballingarraun
View from Ballingarraun, County Kerry, Ireland

And relying on tilting poles to remain standing

Old fence
Strawberry Mountain, Oregon

Horizontal wood fencing follows patterns,

Precise and orderly

Stairway and fencing
Stairway at Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

And returning to the disorderliness of Earth as they age

Zigzagging fence by Metolius River headwaters 27Nov2016
Fence near headwaters of Metolius River, Oregon

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Fences

22 thoughts on “Fencing near & far: LAPC

  1. Terrific approach on this one Siobhan. I loved the way you described the characteristics of each type of fence and your images are beautiful. Loved the woven wood and zigzags especially

  2. Such a great variety this week and to think they are all…fences. I think next to beer, fences must be an Irish name. They just do it right, placing their walls and fences exactly where they are meant to be. My favorite though is of Strawberry Mountain. I love the layers of the land with the fences as the lead. So nice, Siobhan.

    • Thanks, Donna! Yes, lots of fences in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Like here, they have many rock fences because the soil is too rocky for fence posts. Yes, I liked the Strawberry Mountain scene, too!

    • Though I don’t know the history of that exact fence, this type of fencing has been around since the Neolithic age. We have a similar fence at the High Desert Museum, where I volunteer. I believe the fence there, and at Malheur, are recreations of fencing common in the late 1800s/early 1900s. The fence at Malheur helps protect the pond, where a wide variety of wildlife lives.

    • Thanks, Sarah! I was waiting for a good prompt for the Strawberry Mountain picture.The zigzag fence is one of my favorites.

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