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The Witch of Plum Hollow lived here
The Witch of Plum Hollow lived here

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Challenge: Historic Landmark -- The Old & The Beautified (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2014 Challenges 2014
Camera: Nikon D7100
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Nikon
Location: Plum Hollow, Ont
Date: Jun 24, 2014
Aperture: f.29
ISO: 100
Shutter: .5 seconds
Date Uploaded: Jun 25, 2014

Yes, there was a so-called witch living here...she is better known as Mother Barnes. This is the Mother Barnes Homestead, owned by one of her granddaughters. Mother Barnes/Witch of Plum Hollow

The word witch, in this sense, was not a negative term. If anything Mother Barnes was largely revered as the wise woman that she was. It was a reporter who dubbed her as 'The Witch of Plum Hollow' and it stuck,as many wise women were indeed regarded as witches. Thus the name stuck.

The seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, Elizabeth Barnes was from an upper-middle class family, of Black Irish (Spanish-Irish descent) who emigrated from Ireland to Canada in the early 1800s. She had several children and, after her second husband left her, in order to support them she used her gift of the second sight.

Recognized far and wide as a clairvoyant, dowser, soothsayer and seer, she solved at least one local murder, read tea leaves, told fortunes and is reputed to have been consulted at least twice by no less a figure than Sir John A. MacDonald, Canada's first prime minister.

This is her house, on the original property, though restored as it was allowed to fall into disrepair. Still, her granddaughter has ensured that as much of the original beams and timbers were used in the reconstruction as possible.

pp: shot RAW, straighten, crop, brightness/contrast, dodge, burn, blur, diffuse glow, resize, sharpen, save for web

Place: 81 out of 94
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07/07/2014 03:15:28 PM
Wow, your placement sucks! lol. I wasn't expecting you to ribbon with this, but I would have figured it would land somewhere in the middle at least. It was one of my favorites from the challenge.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/06/2014 11:36:21 PM
I love the grain and the old time feel to this image.
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07/06/2014 08:23:12 PM
love the blur, glow
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07/06/2014 06:45:02 PM
Almost bohemian. Very artistic, different and unique. Cool shot.
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07/05/2014 06:49:25 AM
I'm not a fan of the treatment, but given the subject I see why you did it. Interesting. 6
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07/03/2014 01:50:24 PM
Looks like something from a fairy tale.
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06/30/2014 07:00:39 PM
I love how you've processed this. Especially after seeing the title, the image is very creepy. It seems like there's a slight, intentional blur covering the whole image, except the door. This kind of sucks me into the door. It's as if there's a witch inside and she's put a spell on me!
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