Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: #10 Fences

You can’t stop demographics. And show me a fence that ever worked. It didn’t work at Hadrian’s Wall. The Great Wall of China didn’t work. The Berlin Wall.~James Turrell
For this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, Ann-Christine has challenged us to think about fences.   Now more than ever, we live in a time of fences.  Walls are intended to protect property, keep people out, and/or keep people safely within specific boundaries.  But history tells us that fences and walls simply don’t work.  Over time, they are torn down, scaled, or simply crumble.

My photo collection this week focuses on happier use of fences–as creative ways to separate exterior spaces.  Here are some of my favorite fences taken during our travels.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden, Vancouver, B.C.

The only fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.~John Locke

I loved how this fence frames the view of the ornamental pond and garden.  It was constructed to honor the Chinese immigrants who contributed so much to the city of Vancouver and maintained strong ties with their homeland.  This garden is constructed with materials shipped from China.

Dr. Sun Yat Sen Garden

California Dreaming, La Jolla.

The wide world is all about you, you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot for ever fence it out.~J R R Tolkien

This charming house with its matching fence made me stop in my tracks.  Have you ever seen such a pretty spot near the beach? 

La Jolla Bungalow, CA.  Shot with a Canon 40D.

Flying Point Beach, Long Island, NY

The only true borders lie between day and night, between life and death, between hope and loss.― Erin Hunter

I will never forget walking along this beach at sunset one summer evening.  The light at this time of day at Flying Point Beach was spectacular.  It’s hard to believe that you’re just a few hours from Manhattan.

Flying Point Beach, Long Island, NY. Shot with a Canon 70D.

Chicago, Illinois

He has sat on the fence so long that the iron has entered his soul. ~David Lloyd George

The first time I walked past this house in Chicago, I was startled by the man carved into the brick wall.  For a second, I thought he was staring at me. 

Wall Artistry, Chicago, IL. Shot with a Canon 40D.

Lincoln Road, Wayland, Massachusetts

I can attempt to stay on the fence. However, the problem is that the fence is a figment of my fear not a reality of my journey. ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

I have visited this road in Wayland, Massachusetts many times, but it never fails to charm me.  I love its low stone walls, open fields, and graceful oak trees–such a quintessential New England scene. Besides, I love meeting all the friendly and very happy dogs along the route.

Lincoln Road, Wayland, MA. Shot with a Google Pixel 2.

I hope you enjoyed my collection of fences from the United States and Canada.  Are fences in your part of the world made of stone, wood, metal or some other material?  Are most houses set behind high walls or low fences?

Thanks to Ann-Christine for this week’s challenge, and to all of our participants for their responses. Amy will post the next challenge on Saturday, September 15th.  For more information on how to join the challenges, click here. Most importantly, remember to TAG your post ” Lens-Artists ” so it appears in the Reader.

And finally, have an inspiring week!

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  1. Thank you for the message of walls, Patti. Photos of fences from US and Canada are beautifully captured and words are inspiring.
    Dr. Sun Yat Sen Garden is very special, it’s so perfectly framed by the moon door; and all construction materials were shipped from China, incredibly. Thank you for sharing with us!


    • Hi, Amy. Thanks so much! The moon door is gorgeous, isn’t it? It was “begging” to be in the shot! I was amazed that all the materials came from China throughout the garden.


  2. Examining your examples of fences, I began to think about them the way you described: as separators of exterior spaces and realized that this separation is rare to see without the aid of human activity.


    • So true, Atreyee. Humans have a need to delimit their property! When we were visiting my grandfather’s village in Italy, the villagers let the cows graze free. They trust their neighbors! I loved that.

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