LOOKS LIKE THESE FELLAS HAVE BEEN DOING SOME LOGGING IN THE BUSH AND I NOTICED LATER THEY HAD BROUGHT A BIG JUG OF WATER WITH THEM
I’M ABOUT A QUARTER MILE AWAY FROM THESE LADS
With blue skies overhead and a cooling breeze off the lake I don’t think we could have asked for a nicer morning. Air was clean and fresh in the countryside as it blew through our open windows sometimes gusting strong enough to blow my hat off several times. No annoying bugs and no uncomfortable humidity. Just a real joy to be out on a summery Saturday morning in Southwestern Ontario.
SAY FELLAS CAN YA LET ME IN HERE
AWWWW GEE THANKS FELLAS:))
<<< I SAW A LOT OF SNUZZLING GOING ON THIS MORNING BETWEEN NOT ONLY HORSES BUT CATTLE AND SHEEP AS WELL
With all the madness and violence in the world bombarding us from all directions these days how nice to leave all that behind for a few hours and do a little time traveling back through an age our parents, grandparents and great parents once knew. A seemingly simpler time when worldly events weren’t on one’s doorstep on a daily basis. Life was by no means simple in those days but compared with what we call present civilization I think there is something in all of us that longs for those long ago days.
IF IN YOUR TRAVLES YOU REACH THE INTERSECTION HERE IN ST. HELENS YOU ARE PRETTY MUCH IN THE MIDDLE OF HURON COUNTIES AMISH COUNTRY
COUNTRY SCHOOL HOUSE WITH SWINGS AND TEETER-TOTERS
THESE ‘OLD ORDER’ AMISH/MENNONITE FOLKS ALL SEEM TO HAVE VERY LARGE AND VERY HEALTHY LOOKING GARDENS
PHEEBS ALWAYS ENJOYS THIS BEAUTIFUL SCENERY AS WELL
IT WAS THE HORSES I SAW AND DIDN’T REALIZE I HAD PEOPLE IN THE PHOTO UNTIL LATER WHEN I DID THE EDITING
Driving slowly through the serenely peaceful Amish countryside I am constantly reminded of the vast differences of our modern way of life compared to the Amish folks I see traveling the roads in their horse and buggies. I see their beautiful well kept farms, their strong work horses, large garden plots brimming with vegetables, well fed cattle, their rolling hills of hay and clover. And I see the people too. Men in dark blue shirts with overalls and straw hats hitching up teams of horses. Children playing in shaded yards with the boys dressed like their Dads and the girls dressed like their Moms in their long dresses and bonnets. I often see the Moms with the children tending to the gardens. Oh how much I would like to photograph them all………but as a rule I don’t.
I know Amish folks are sensitive about having their pictures taken and although I do take photos of them occasionally I am very careful and very sensitive about crossing the line. Last thing I want to do is make someone uncomfortable and not only that, I myself am very uncomfortable taking photos of people and especially if they know I am taking photos of them. Unless I can do it candidly I pass up many great people photos almost daily. Long time readers have probably noticed how the vast majority of my photos do not include people.
AWWW COME ON MOM QUIT BITING AT THOSE FLYS i’M TRYING TO HAVE MYSELF A LITTLE SNOOZE OVER HERE
JUST SOAKING UP A WARM SUNNY SUMMER SATURDAY MORNING
I drive by some of the greatest photos ever in Amish country and this morning was no exception again. You just can’t imagine how beautiful some of these rural farm scenes are and especially when the folks themselves are outside and it’s the children at play that would make some of the greatest photographs of all and yet I never ever stop or raise a camera to take children photos in the privacy of their own yards simply knowing how uncomfortable that would make everyone feel including myself. Also, any photos you do see of Amish or Mennonite people that I have taken I can tell you they are all done with my 300mm telephoto lens from a long distance away.
I’M GUESSING THIS AT A HOMEMADE MOBILE SAW MILL
NOTICE ALL THE BUGGY TRACKS LEADING IN AND OUT OF THIS AMISH FARM
I take these photos not to sell or profit from in any way, I take these photos to show my readers a different side of life that many may have never seen or imagined before. To show how these hard working folks live a totally different way of life than the majority of we folks do. I may not agree with their strict religious ways but I do respect and admire their principles, their morals, their work ethic, their honesty, and their coming together for the benefit and common good of their fellow man.
NICE TO SEE THE BROWN EYED SUSANS AGAIN THIS YEAR
SPOTTED THIS BUGGY WHEN WE STOPPED AT LAKE WAWANOSH
THIS WAS PARKED A FEW YARDS AWAY BUT I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT IT WAS
LOOKING AT THE BUGGY I NOTICED A MOVEMENT AND A DARK SHAPE IN THE TREES AHEAD
LOOKING CLOSER I SAW THE DARK SHAPE WAS A HORSE TIED TO A TREE
WALKING OVER TO THE SHORELINE I SPOTTED THESE AMISH FELLAS OUT FISHING AND IT LOOKS LIKE ONE OF THEM MAY HAVE JUST CAUGHT A FISH
NOTICED LATER WHEN I EDITED THIS PHOTO ALL THESE FOLKS HAD LIFE JACKETS ON
I QUICKLY DEDUCED THEY ALL CAME BY HORSE AND BUGGY AND THIS 2 WHEELED CART IN THE GRASS WAS THEIR BOAT TRAILER WHICH OF COURSE WOULD HAVE BEEN HOOKED ON BEHIND THE BUGGY. I WOULD HAVE LIKED A PHOTO OF THAT GOING DOWN THE ROAD BUT PHEEBS WAS TIRED BY THIS TIME AND ANXIOUS TO GET HOME….ME TOO
HOWEVER, BEFORE LEAVING PHEEBS SURE GAVE THAT BUGGY A GOOD SMELLING INSPECTION
CONE ON BUGSY TIME TO GO
CAN’T WAIT TO GET HOME AND SEE MOM
All and all it was another great drive through the countryside for Pheebs and I and if it wasn’t for our many relaxing morning excursions I really don’t know what I would do with myself most days. Fly apart I guess. For me personally I can’t think of a better way to start my day or a better way to end my day than sharing it through words and photos with my readers…………..
WOULD YOU BELIEVE KELLY PICKED UP A STRAWBERRY PIE AT THE MENNONITE STORE SOUTH OF BAYFIELD TODAY….IT SURE WENT WELL WITH OUR AMISH/MENNONITE TOUR THIS MORNING
GROANER’S CORNER:(( An elderly priest was speaking to a younger priest. "You had a good idea to replace the first four pews with plush bucket theatre seats. It worked like a charm! The front of the church always fills first now."
As the young priest nodded, the old priest continued, “You also told me to assign a little more beat to the music because it would bring young people back to church. So, I supported you when you brought in that rock ‘n’ roll Gospel choir. Now, our services are consistently packed.“ "Thank you, Father," answered the young priest. "I am pleased that you are open to the new ideas of youth." "All of these ideas have been well and good," said the elderly priest. "But, I'm afraid you've gone too far with the drive-thru confessional." "But Father," protested the young priest. "My confessions and donations have nearly doubled since I began that!" "Yes," replied, the elderly priest. "I appreciate that, but the flashing neon sign, ‘Toot 'n’ Tell or Go to Hell’ cannot stay on the church roof!"