Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #10: Fences

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

J R R Tolkien

Where I grew up there were stone fences everywhere – even our garden had one, and we loved to climb and to play there. That stone fence was meticulously put together by my great grandfather and his family.

For centuries stones have been gathered from the ground to open up for grazing cattle or growing crops, and then laboriously made into beautiful stone fences stretching miles and miles over the landscape…

I guess this is the reason to why my favorite fences are made of stone. But there is a great variety of other fences in the world, both beautiful and practical.

If we travel up north in Sweden – these leaning beauties are frequent.

In Poland I found this perfect fence – creating total harmony with the surrounding nature.

In the Azores, especially in Faial, they use hydrangea to make natural fences for the cattle. The hedges can grow 3-5 meters high.

Which is quite different from Bhutan, where we encountered this most unnatural fence…But, in the rural areas they have to use whatever is at hand – and in the vicinity there was a working sawmill.

Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.

Robert Frost

The marble fences in the Forbidden City, Beijing, create mazes between the buildings.

Fences and walls can be effective and even soothing, at least for those who build them.

Richard Engel

Somewhere in the Canary Islands I found this modern, somewhat sprawling fence. Only because of the palm tree, it still managed to create a certain harmony.

But, real craft work is making the harmony in this elaborate iron fence, in Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, Spain.


 If you put fences around people, you get sheep. Give people the room they need.

William L. McKnight

At the great Carnival in Lund, people gather in thousands – and for students, there are no fences unclimbable… they believe, like Locke, that

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

John Locke


This week, the Lens-Artists challenge is to show us your favorite fence. Or, maybe you prefer fencelessness? Looking forward to your ideas and posts!


Have you seen these – from last week’s Action challenge?

Sue of WordsVisual plays with shutter speed for action feeling

Su Leslie of Zimmerbitch caught a precious moment

Ron Mayhew’s Blog with, to me as a Scandinavian, a very American action gallery


Here are a few reminders about the Lens-Artist Photo Challenges:

  • Welcome to join the challenge this week.
  • Use the tag “Lens-Artists” in your post.
  • Create a link to this post.
  • Amy will post the next challenge (#11) on Saturday, September 15th.


As always, thanks for joining the challenge and have an inspiring week!



185 comments on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #10: Fences

  1. I really love all of these pictures that you took! I love that there is a variety of all different types of fences all over the world. I thought it was really cool that you included where it from, gave detail and explained them. I also liked how you gave some background information about your life with the stone fence. Personally, my favorite was the fence in Sweden. I love all of the colors in the scenery, and while looking at the photo, it feels like I can actually feel the crisp morning air, the dew on the ground, and the sun on my face. These pictures are amazing!

  2. Hi Leya beautiful captures as I already acknowledged in my post on the subject. The one which spoke to me the most was the chain saw massacre, sorry I mean chain saw fence, but unfortunately also the ugliest fence (but to me most interesting capture).

  3. What a lovely sequence of fences / walls. I love the moss covered rocks in your first image and the wonderful blue and white in the Canary Islands. Here in Cornwall we have a lot of ‘Cornish hedges’ which are built of stone and also Hydrangeas and Fuchsia hedgerows that are gorgeous right now. I’ll have something for you shortly 🙂

  4. […] Maybe, someday traveling will be for us, too?  In the meantime, it is fun to dream once in a while.  So if I could be a world-traveling blogger, where would I go?  I’ll need to do some research…thank goodness there are awesome travel bloggers out there to check out.  For today, I shall travel and see the world through the Lens-Artists Fence Prompt! […]

  5. […] Although I only “know” Leya for little over 2 months I am quite sure she knows me well enough to realize I am not a rude person. Littered in the context refers to a lot of fences and they are beautifully captured in amongst other places, her Scandinavian world: go see. […]

    • I hope to see your entry soon! And fences are more practical in rural areas I guess. In villa centers they maybe more want to define themselves with different fences.

    • Thank you for the information – funny I had never thought if that! And yes, I have been working with the election for some weeks now and will be working the whole Sunday. A very important election for the democracy, the climate and our future.

  6. […] The biggest problem with Ireland was trying to pick just ONE fence. There’s a ton of stones in that country and they build endless fences with them. A moss-covered stone fence on the Precipice Walk in Dongellau, Wales. A stone and barbed wire fence in England’s Lake District. In Argentina the only place we really noticed fences were the low adobe walls around cemeteries in the High Andes. In the Belgian dunes a wind fence keeps the sand from going astray. The prickly vegetation acts as a fence as well.  Red earth and make-shift fence in the desert country just off of scenic Hwy 128 in Utah, USA. A bike up against a decorative picket fence in Volendam, Holland. Fence with skull decorations up in the hills above Merritt, Canada. A wrought-iron fence around the the Islamic Square in Madrid, Spain.In some parts of Costa Rica the growth is so luxuriant that poles ‘planted’ into the ground start to sprout branches and leaves – after awhile only the barb wire strung between them shows that it started life as a fence.A black bamboo fence with a view on our Inle Lake trek in Myanmar. More of the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Fences. […]

  7. That moss covered green wall/ fence is amazing. A lovely collection of images which really gives a feel for the different boundaries in different countries.

  8. I love the old stone walls in Yorkshire and I’m very much hoping to see those in the Azores next year, Ann- Christine. Thank you very much for a lovely sequence of shots. The Swedish ones are so unusual to me. 🙂 🙂

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