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Harley Warrick – The Barn Painter In The News



It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted to BluegrassPhotography.Net so I thought it was about time I catch up a bit and get some news out. In this case it’s news stories I’m posting about.

As I’m sure most of my subscribers know, I have a passion for old barns. Old Mail Pouch barns in particular. So when I recently had an opportunity to dig into the life of the most well known barns painters, Harley Warrick, needless to say, I was very excited. Harley’s son Roger and I were talking one day about his father’s history and I asked him if he had a collection of photos and/or videos of his father’s work. A few weeks later Roger showed up at my door with a few boxes of photo albums and a box of old VHS video tapes. The videos were all “news reels” of stories local media throughout the region had done on his dad later in his career when he had become somewhat of an Americana icon. I told Roger I thought all his media should be archived in digital format and offered to scan all the photos and digitize all of the video tapes.

What started out as an archiving project turned into a video of news clips that I offered to produce for Roger. Although I had offered to take on the task free of charge, Roger kindly offered up a couple of old Mail Pouch items from his collection, which I certainly agreed upon. The final video includes quite a few videos from various local news stations and some national shows like Good Morning America and On the Road with Charles Kuralt. The video also includes some radio interviews that are backed up with photos from the Warrick family photo albums.

Although most of you reading this probably are not Mail Pouch “geeks” like me you may enjoy the historical information in this video and associated photo collection.

Click here to view the video. Enjoy!

Click here to view the archived photo collection. Enjoy!


Lanthier Winery, Madison, Indiana


It’s been a long time since I’ve posted a new gallery so I thought I’d catch up.

First off, I’m not a wine drinker, and I normally don’t care to shoot flowers. So I decided to go out of my comfort zone this past June while camping at Clifty Falls State Park in Madison Indiana. I visited the Lanthier Winery AND shot photographs of flowers! The one glass of wine I drank was good. I won’t pretend to know anything about wine and write a half-baked wine critique, but I will have to say, the winery grounds are absolutely beautiful. If you’re a wine lover or a garden lover this place is for you. Here’s a link to their website.

As far as the photography goes, I obviously have a long way to go in shooting flowers but it was fun giving it a shot.

Here’s a link to the entire gallery. Enjoy!

Dogs Days of Summer Art Fair


Looking for something to do this weekend? Visit BluegrassPhotography.Net at the 3rd Annual Dog Days of Summer Art Fair in beautiful Rabbit Hash, Kentucky! I’ve been busy wrapping lots of new canvas prints so even if you’ve been to one of my shows there will be lots of new stuff to see. And since Rabbit Hash is a great place to shoot I’ll of course have lots of photos from right there in the lazy little town on the Ohio.

Fair dates and times:
Saturday, July 28th, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday, July 29th, from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM

And don’t forget to pass this along to all your friends and family!

Hope to see your there!

Ashland, Kentucky & John Prine


I never win anything! Except… John Prine tickets in Ashland, Kentucky.

A FaceBook friend turned me on to a radio contest in Morehead, Kentucky to win tickets to the John Prine show in Ashland so I signed up thinking, “Here’s just another way of someone getting my contact information, to be used to fill my spam box for the next 10 years”. But no, I actually won. As I said, I never win anything like this so I was really excited. I mean, John Prine, and I won something.

So the debate started. Who should I take? My wife, who knows not one John Prine song? My son, who loves John Prine? My buddy Ken, who is such a fan he’s seen John Prine before most of us knew who John Prine was? Ken’s seen his share, Michael has had his share of free shows with dad, so once I made Betsy a “best of John Prine” CD and she thought it was “good”, the wife was the choice!

Unfortunately, since I was honest and asked about bringing in my camera, and turned down, you don’t get to see any shots of the actual show. But if you’ve been here before and read any of my posts, you know I shot images along the way. Since I’ve driven the AA highway dozens of times most of the shots are from right around and in Ashland. I really didn’t have a ton of shooting time but thought I’d share what I did end up shooting. Of course there’s a Mail Pouch Barn. But there’s also some shots of the Paramount Theater, the venue the show was at. The Paramount was an awesome theater that I would have loved to shoot interior shots of, but again, they wouldn’t allow me to take my “professional” camera in even though there were hundreds of people shooting during the show, with “amateur” cameras. There’s also a few shots of downtown Ashland as well.

Here’s the entire gallery. Enjoy!

Almost Heaven, West Virginia


I’ve been wanting to make a run to West Virginia for quite a while. If you’re a regular on my blog you read in my last post that I headed that way a few weeks back but missed it by a few counties. Finally I decided to go for it on the last Saturday in January. Whenever I go out on one of my photo trips I try my best think about the cost of gas and plan the trip accordingly. This was not one of those well thought out trips! The first three hours were spent driving out route 32, which I had done just the weekend before.

Although I planned this trip to shoot six Mail Pouch barns I had located, as usual I found some other great shots along the way. I ran across the scene above on this old dirt road I probably shouldn’t have been on to begin with. After all I drove through a creek to get to it. I also ran across the Bob Evans Farm in Rio Grande, Ohio. When I saw the sign along Route 32 I thought about a Bob Evans menu I had seen of the Bob Evans logo painted on the side of an old barn so I figured I’d drive the few miles off the main path to check it out. Unfortunately I was let down. Either the barn I had seen on the menu was somewhere else or Photoshop trickery.

Even though I’m glad I finally made my West Virginia trip and had some good captures I have a feeling the “Mountain State” is still on my short list for the next trip. I think it will end up a weekender.

Here’s the entire gallery. Enjoy!

Not Quite West Virginia


Southeast Ohio Barn

I’ve been wanting to take a trip to shoot West Virginia’s Mail Pouch barns ever since one of my boys gave me a book of Mail Pouch barns in West Virginia shot by Steve Shaluta for Christmas. Last Saturday I was packing up to venture off to “Almost Heaven… West Virginia” when Betsy reminded me we had a “date” at 7:00 that night! So much for West Virginia. Since I already had long johns, 3 shirts, 2 pair of socks and my hiking boots on I decided to head out, with no destination.

I thought I had shot every Mail Pouch barn within a hundred or so miles from home but soon learned not so! I decided to head out Ohio Route 32 east since I hadn’t been out that way. I ended up hitting Highland, Pike, Jackson, Scioto and Adams counties, shooting 6 Mail Pouch barns including re-shooting one that I had shot way back in 2000. That was my first Mail Pouch photo, long before I became obsessed.

Although my goal is to shoot Mail Pouch barns, I usually end up running across so many other great scenes that catch my eye. Those usually end up being the better shots of the day. Like the shot above. I discovered this barn and bails of hay driving up a steep hill in Adams County. It’s one of those shots that just appear. It’s scenes like this that keep me going out on my day-long drives.

By the way, one week later, yesterday,  I made my trip to West Virginia. But since I only hit 2 counties I plan a return weekend long trip soon.

Take a look at the whole gallery here. Enjoy!

Quick Trip to Rowan County, Kentucky


Here’s a few shots I grabbed on a recent trip to Rowan County, Kentucky. I’ve passed both this barn and “Dehart’s Bible and Tire” a few times a year for the past 12 years so decided it was about time to stop and shoot them.

I have considered shooting a collection of Quilt Barns but decided that if I would take shooting those as serious as I do the Mail Pouch barns I’d never be home on the weekends. I’ve noticed more and more of these showing up in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. Maybe when I run out of Mail Pouch barns I’ll start shooting these.

Take a look at the rest of the gallery here. Enjoy!

The Covered Bridges of Parke County. Part 3!


Betsy and I made our first trip to Parke County, Indiana in November of 2008 so I could shoot as many of their 39 covered bridges in one day as possible. I had no idea what an impossible task we had taken on that day, but it was obvious that it would require a return trip. Last year I set out one morning not knowing where I was headed and again ended up in the “Covered Bridge Capital of the World”. Again, I still couldn’t capture everything in one day!

Last week I told Bets it seemed I was loosing the fall colors early this year and wanted to go on a “photo trip”. Sometimes she’ll just say, “be careful, have a good time, see ya later!”, and other times she’ll go along for the day. If she had known I was going to head out at 7:30 (or wanted to) she may have opted out, but by 8:00 we were headed out for my third trip to Parke County, Indiana.

I had read online that Saturday was the “Parke County Covered Bridge Festival”. I assumed that meant there would be more people than normal driving the back roads and getting in my shots, but discovered there’s actually a huge festival in Bridgeton. Parke County is a very rural area so I was quite surprised to run into miles, and miles of traffic headed to the festival. Luckily I had already shot the bridges in that part of the county in the past so once we got through the mess we were pretty much traffic free for the day.

Without checking my past galleries I can’t say for sure how many Parke County bridges I’ve shot on previous trips, but this visit took us to 12 of the 39 bridges.  Again, without looking at past photos I’d say this was the most I’ve shot in one day since going to Parke County. I think it’s time to collect them all and put together a book… “The Bridges of Parke County”. Sound familiar? I’ve had so many people ask me if I’ve shot all the “Bridges of Madison County”, obviously brought on by the movie staring Clint Eastwood. I hate to say, no I haven’t and beyond that I’ve not even made it all the way through the movie! On a side note, the Madison County in the movie is in Iowa, and there are only six bridges in the county. People already think I’m nuts to drive 3 hours to Parke County, Indiana to shoot 12 bridges. My guess is they would have me committed if I drove the 10 hours it would take me to get to those 6 bridges in Iowa! Besides that, it’s Iowa, what else could I shoot? Call me crazy if you’d like, but I enjoy capturing and sharing photographs these structures of our past.

Take a look out this year’s gallery of Parke County bridges here. Enjoy!