Wednesday, March 24, 2010

An Amish Muscle Car

I couldn't tell if this boy was working or having fun. Maybe both. Vicki and I went to Amish Country for the first time last Saturday and I fell in love with the area. So I went back today and did several "drive by shootings" like this one.
Since the sky is so beautifully blue and one one the clouds reminds me of a heavenly arrow pointing the way for the boy and his dog, I've decided to submit this to Skywatch Friday. Just click the link and see amazing skies from all over the world.

67 comments:

Woody said...

Nice Photo James. That is a common site around here. If you were in Kinzers, you were about 30 minutes from where I live. Glad you liked it...

Sistertex said...

Don't know if the boy is working or having fun, as you mention. However, it looks like the dog ahead of the team of horses is having a pretty good time! This is a great shot, James. Weather looks beautiful too.

Thom said...

I would so love to visit that area. Wonderful photo and great caption :)

Woody said...

Nice shot James. Do you know what kind of muscle car he's driving? It's not the popular model. It's a manure spreader.

mbkatc230 said...

I love this shot James. I went to high school in an area of northern Indiana that had a large Amish community. Thanks for some fun memories! Kathy

Piyush said...

Nice shot James. :)

Sistertex said...

Hi again James! Thanks for visiting...yep that song kept running through my mind as I was working on the post. 'over and over....'. The Tommy James and the Shondells version of it. Funny you thought of it too! :)

Luis Gomez said...

James, what a great image. Love the composition and how the boy and the dog truly seem to be having fun or just doing what their doing. It is a timeless image.

tapirgal said...

Hi James,

Nope, no mirrors. It was so strange to see those non-airport-issue-looking chairs in such a long row - more like an art installation, but I didn't see description of the "work" :) Or any signs not to sit.

This is an amazing photo - nice action! Those are some strong horses, and although the wagon seems to have seen better days, it's still holding up! The dog is having fun. I'll bet this could become a great area to return to often for photos.

~Cheryl said...

Very picturesque! Pretty horses, too.

Sunny said...

Great shot and I love your title!
Sunny :)

Lily Hydrangea said...

that is really neat. I love the boys silhouette against the landscape.

Dina said...

I can see why you fell in love with Amish Country. Great picture.

Maybe because that is a manure spreader the boy is in a hurry to get home.

Seenath Kumar said...

You really reminded me the time of old new cars.

Bibi said...

Oh, I remember SO WELL driving along (in an automobile) with my grandfather, who would tell me all about the Amish and the Mennonites. This is a fabulous photo, well-caught!

Don't show it (!) to Fort Lauderdale Daily....he and I have been having a fun-jest about Yugos....

Olivier said...

personnellement je l'aurais vieillis un peu, et on aurait été transporté dans le passé. Superbe photo et composition

Malyss said...

I know Amish people only through movies or TV, but I admit they fascinate me.
I think the boy is having both fun and work; The horses are so strong! it must be difficult to drive them! The picture is full of movement and beautyful colors.It would be a gret advertising for their community!

Hilda said...

Those are very impressive horses. I think I actually like them more than skinny Arabians. I thought the boy was standing up until I saw the high stool. And if this is just a sample, it's easy to understand why you fell in love with the Amish country there. Lovely!

Gunn said...

This is like watching an American film...
I nearly hear the music...
A great shot!:-)

Naturedigital said...

Beautiful photograph..

Spiderdama said...

Nice shot and landscape! Lovely with the blue and green:-)

VP said...

I can't say, but there is an age when fun and work are happily indistinguibile. Beutiful image, it gives a sense of purpose, joy and serenity.

amatamari© said...

WOW!!!
This is a really a exceptional and unique click!
:-)

Clytie said...

This is an extraordinarily beautiful shot. I think maybe the boy is looking off at that heart-shaped cloud you caught there in your picture.

Stickup Artist said...

You made it! Good for you. That is such an awesome shot. It looks like a beautiful day which the Amish boy, the horses, the dog, and the photographer are all enjoying! I'm so happy to see the Amish farmers haven't been completely pushed out by development. Such a peaceful scene yet so full of life. I love this shot!!!!

Rebecca said...

Boy you guys get around. I think I'll hire you as my tour guide of the area! Love the Amish and this shot. I haven't read the comments before mine, but want to make sure you know about the taboo on photographing Amish faces.

Lois said...

I have visited this area several times and I'm always afraid I will offend them by trying to take their picture, so I try to be discrete. This is a great action shot! I love the dog.

Rebecca said...

Good for you for researching that. I just always 'heard' he rumor so avoided it so as not to cause a problem. Now that I know....hmmmmm. :)

tapirgal said...

James, thanks for your nice comment. Maybe I'll use the Pompeii staircase and windows on reflection day.

Carver said...

What a wonderful shot. I love the sky, the horse and driver and the whole beautiful rural scene.

Regina said...

Amazing! Wonderful and interesting place.
Going to the link now.
Thank you for sharing James.

Happy weekend and spring.

Elisabeth said...

That image takes me back to Pennsylvania...very nice.

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overtiredmum said...

What a fab picture - it looks like a still from a movie. xo

Louis la Vache said...

The more «Louis» learns about the Amish, the more respect he has for them.

Carolyn said...

James this is such a captivating photograph...I can't stop looking at it! Well done and thank you so much for sharing it!
Smiles

SandyCarlson said...

I wonder if the horses envy the dog's freedom!

Jane said...

Awesome action shot with the horses, lovely almost cloudless blue sky. Thanks for sharing James:)

Martha Z said...

Great shot, Love the title.

Riet said...

What a wonderful shot of those running horses, Beautiful.

Ebie said...

Hi James, the clouds remind me a dancing fairy leading the "muscled" man to its destination!

I agree, I love the title post.

ewok1993 said...

This is so beautifully captured and composed that it should be hanging on a museum about Americana.

Jeanie said...

Great shot! The cloud looks like the space shuttle, I think...
You certainly captured a great moment.

Artlover said...

Great shot James. The open landscape provides a space in the picture.
Have a nice weekend:-)

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

What a great shot. Not just the skies but the muscular horses, the dog, the geen fields, and that muddy wagon.

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

A lovely photo and so peaceful. The air must have been wonderful to breathe in without all the pollution from modern day vehicles.
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Lew said...

Great shot! Beautiful country and sky! I would guess that he is going back to the barn to reload. This is farming as it used to be and the Amish maintain their farms, equipment and animals in great condition. I am seeing a lot of the modern spreaders (rubber tires and pulled by tractors) around here.

eden said...

Fantastic capture. I love the composition.
Have a great weekend!

Eaglesbrother said...

Good shot...now the boy needs to run that spreader through the "Spreader Wash"..lol

Johnny Nutcase said...

that's a pretty sweet shot - day in the life, huh? Nice!

Marka said...

Welcome to Pennsylvania Dutch Country!

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Reminds us of home. We lived just 30 mins from Lancaster Co., Pa and Ruth grew up outside of Shippensburg, Pa where she had many Amish neighbors.
Great Photo!
Darryl and Ruth : )

ρομπερτ said...

What an amazing photography, able to provide somehow hope, that it takes many times muscles to make, to keep this life, human.

In my opinion, worth to be framed and hung out in public. Chapeau !
Please have a nice Friday.

Kcalpesh said...

It's lovely! What fun it must be to be, country side on such a beautiful day! Nice shot James.

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Randi said...

Amazing! What an interesting place - I have only seen Amish communities on film. I have to go to your link now!

Tash said...

Extraordinary. A Troika - I thought only the Russians used them. Fantastic shot, James. Applause, applause.

jabblog said...

What a marvellous photograph. It captures the simplicity nd hard work of Amish life. We could all learn from these people and slow our pace of life.

Pam said...

That is a fantastic title, James! I love the action you captured in this shot. I can almost feel the movement.

Halcyon said...

Too funny James! I guess all teenagers will come up with a way to show off. :)

Happy Friday! This is a lovely choice for the skywatch.

syel said...

love the composition of this photo! there's something about it that makes me laugh and envy the boy! :)

Martha in PA said...

Isn't it awesome out there. I am so ready for a Sunday drive to Amish Country... if only they would stop scheduling me to work on Sunday's! Beautiful picture. Some times that way of life is very tempting!

Dimple said...

A 3 horse power muscle car! Great shot!

Tarun Mitra said...

Fantastic...great shot

Samson said...

That's an awesome shot James

Kilauea Poetry said...

Wow..this is terrific! Just an incredible image-

Renee said...

James--the little dog "leading the pack" cracks me up. Great shot!

happilyretired said...

Wonderful photo with a clever title!
Hugs and blessings,

Tinsie said...

What a great photo!