Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Fences

Fences? My first reaction was that I avoid fences in my photography, and now that we’ve moved into a neighbourhood without them, I will not be able to participate.  Then, I revisited old photographs, and what do you know?  Fences!

The featured image is a garden gate at the Butchart Botanical Gardens in Victoria, B.C. The sign says ‘Private’ which is a disappointment.  There is something so alluring about a garden gate.


Further up the island is the Cathedral Grove.  The fences here are to keep visitors on the path and protect the wildlife.  I hardly noticed the rails as the eye is drawn upward.


Eclectic fencing converts this parking lot into an intimate patio for pub-goers in Apache Junction, AZ.

While looking for fences, I came across this photograph, taken in Joshua Tree RV Park, California.  It even inspired a poem:


(Thank you to Leya for hosting this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Fences.)


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11 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Fences

  1. Love the poem!

    I also love fences, as they make wonderful trellises… all fences need gates …

    A community without fences would be an interesting experience. A big adjustment, too. I guess a dog is never ever able to romp free? Perhaps it encourages humans to mingle outdoors? (Or stay indoors – could not wander out back with morning coffee before getting dressed …)

    Curiosity is nagging – is “no fences” for aesthetics? For weather conditions management? Or …. ?? (Thoroughly indoctrinated to fences as property delineation, even ranches are fenced to keep the cows “home”. I have lived my entire 72 years going through gates, expecting and respecting fences. You’ve given me a teasing puzzle to ponder.)

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    1. I know – me too. Grew up with fences. We own the house, but lease the land – it’s a retirement concept. The landowners do all the lawn maintenance and snow shovelling. We can have gardens, if we are responsible for them, but no fences. People have decks that they fence in for dogs.

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      1. Trade-offs! Having someone else manage the lawn and snow would be fantastic. Especially so if you are off traveling a good portion of the year … one could always paint or collage or wax poetic about fences to ease the adjustment, huh?

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