Blue Skies, Snowpack, Old Barns and Breathtaking Landscape Draw Us Back to Easton....Again

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Have you ever noticed how we're drawn to things?  People, places, things....in my love of photography I'm often drawn to places where I know there is ample opportunity for photo ops.  No matter the season, I find myself drawn to Easton, NY again and again.  In fact, if you're a regular follower, you know my last blog post featured it.  Unlike the majority of popular opinion, I love winter.  I should clarify...I don't love the sub zero cold and I don't like driving or walking on dangerous ice, but I love, love, love the snow-covered landscape. That might translate to my little backyard, or the snow-laden trees along the roadside and it definitely includes the breathtakingly beautiful snow-covered country landscape of Easton.  Since my last visits to Easton were on cloudy, grey days, we thought we'd return again on this beautiful, sunny day and retrace our most recent drive - a road we'd never taken till our most recent trip. This time we took it in the opposite direction.  Let me just say, it was amazing.  I'm embarrassed to say I took over 300 photos and have whittled my favorites down to 50+ which I'll be sharing in a few blog posts.  Though I could never live that far out in the country, I can easily understand why people do.

 What is it about old cars sitting in a field that makes them so charming?
















This one's for my Mom - she loves trees!








Is it just us or do you see what we see? In my many years of picture taking, the photos from this one road trip might be my favorites...ever. I so love the Easton countryside, all the barns and outbuildings, the sheep and horses, the gnarly trees and wobbly fences... all tug at my heartstrings and beg to be preserved in photos. If you know anyone whose property I included, please share with them. I hope you'll come back soon for the second installment of this road trip.  Yes....there is more.  Stay warm and stay dry.  I read today that Spring is only 59 days away.  Hopefully that means we have a few more good snowfalls to enjoy & admire.  I'll document them, you just stay in and enjoy from the comfort of your warm nest.  See you soon at Life As I See It.

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A Wintry Road Trip Through Easton Where Troubles Melt Like Lemon Drops

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


Well, I promised I'd take a break from the bird blogs and I'm here to keep that promise.  That's not to say I haven't got loads of bird photos awaiting the next bird blog - but for today I'll focus on my other passion...road trippin' on the back roads of Easton, NY.


Except for the company of my family, there are few things that excite me and fill me up more than a ride on a dirt road and the sight of an old barn.  In the past couple of years, I've discovered that, even more than a beautiful sunset or the rush of the waves of the ocean, back country roads during any season are my freeway to peace and tranquility.  It doesn't really matter which roads they are, but the back roads of Easton in Washington County are definitely on the top of my list of favorites....followed by Schoharie County and Chatham, NY.  I think we all have our 'happy places', those places where our troubles melt away and our minds clear, our stress dissolves and our pangs of accomplishment guilt quiet themselves, if only temporarily.  We had occasion to be in Easton over the holidays, once on Christmas Eve and again a few days later, both times following some wintry weather making the landscape snow covered and picturesque.









 From new life to life passed......





Between the snow, ice and vegetation, we had a hard time seeing the cemetery stone even though we knew the fence must be that surrounding the country plot.  If you look right in the center, you can see it.









Yup....I don't know quite what it is, but this landscape just calms me and soothes me. It's my Calgon, 'take me away' from the day-to-day cares, the worries and the rush of life. I hope this little road trip gave you a moment or two of calm too.  Keep warm and keep safe.  This winter is proving to be a real NY winter....great for us shutterbugs but difficult for workers, especially the farmers whose barns I've featured here.  Till next time at Life As I See It, remember this.....Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere and sometimes in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself.
If you love barns as much as me,  you might be interested in this article I found, The American Barn:A Disappearing Icon
https://americacomesalive.com/2014/01/28/barns-disappearing-american-icon/


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