Wash day in Amish country can be a rainbow of color.This is one of many aspects about the Amish that I have no clue about.They are very reserved in general,but they seem to like colorful things as well,which to me seems ironic,but I have many things I do not totally understand about them,but that is fine.
This local farm stand sells mums by the hundreds and that is a fact. there is a field behind here that has a couple hundred mums in each color and if there was only a nice farm I could include,it would be awesome.Years ago,it was very rustic,but now they put up signage and plastic roofs and it lost its cool factor.I managed to capture a buggy going by the display out by the road.
A group of Model A owners takes a day trip through the Lancaster county countryside,which occasionally means passing a horse and buggy. These vintage cars are not going to set any land speed records,but they travel in style and grace and allow one to slow down and enjoy the scenery on an autumn day.
This group of model A enthusiasts took a driving tour through the back roads of Lancaster county recently, and one of their stops included the historic Resslers Mill,which is the setting they are driving past in this photo.This group of cars belong to The Susquehanna Valley Region of the National Model A Restorer’s Club (MARC). The purpose of the club is to encourage members to acquire, restore, preserve and exhibit the Model A” Ford.
These Amish barn builders seemed to have no fear of height as they worked on this barn roof with no safety harness system.What really blew my mind was how they stood on the metal roof that was most likely a very slippery surface as can be seen in the top photo. They all walked in unison carrying each piece across the structure which seemed a little iffy to me. The bottom image gives you an idea how high they were.
This is a pair of shots looking up the old railroad line near my home.A rail trail is going to be built in the coming months and has been the source of much stress over the past year. For close to 5 years,some of which had me serving as a trail committee member,I was involved in trying to do the right thing for the residents who live along the trail.Two months before the project was set to begin,some moron comes up with the brilliant idea to fill this historic section in with dirt to save money. it is very scenic with rock outcroppings and such but a promised tunnel under a road was said to be too costly,so the idea to add fill actually became reality. It is estimated to take several thousand truck loads of dirt to fill in what was a beautiful corridor,so the lesson I learned is never trust elected officials to do as they promised.
Today marks the Thirteenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on our country on september eleventh of 2001. For me, like countless others, this day is permanently etched into my mind and like most I remember the exact moment it unfolded. For me it was a crystal clear fall day out in the country photographing blue morning glories on a farm, when the radio began to crackle with hints of something unspeakable. I recall driving as fast as I could to get to a television and being glued to it for days. Take a moment today to think of and pray for those who were lost that day, and especially their families who were left to cope with such heartbreak.
Every anniversary of this event, I find myself watching the documentaries on television and each and every time I am instantly taken back to that moment and overcome with a sense of deep despair, and I can’t begin to imagine the heartache for those who never got the chance to hold their loved ones again. I have never been to the twin towers memorial, but I have been to the Shanksville crash site in Pennsylvania and while it is not an over the top memorial, I can definitely say it is a place of quiet reflection that really hits you. I felt this Angel statue from a cemetery in New York was a fitting image for today. It is among my favorite infrared images that I have shot. If you have a moment and care to hear Michael W. Smiths tribute song to 9-11 called ”There she stands”, I posted a link here.
This unique moment was one I was glad to have captured but it would have been better with a longer lens.I was driving when I noticed what appeared to be a wheelbarrow load of black puppies being unloaded at an Amish farm and as I scrambled to grab the camera and focus,I see one lone white puppy coming out of the mix.The boy was being very careful with each one and had a big smile the entire time. A 200mm lens barely reached and the light was terrible but just the white puppy and the way I captured him lowering it made for a rather unique moment in time.