The last two stops

The dairy farm was one of our last stops on the tour.  This little beauty was born that day, Saturday, September 15th.  I felt like we were all the happy grandparents stopping in to look through the nursery window to see the new kid in town.
Mommy hovered close by. I love how you can see where she licked the little one’s back…messed up his fur.
Meanwhile, in the other half of the barn lunch is being served.  

The last stop on the farm tour was a horse farm.  These horses are auctioned off for harness racing.  

There were beautiful horses everywhere.  It was fun to watch young kids as they walked up to the fence to pet these gentle creatures.  

Thank you for “joining” me on this tour.  This week has been a kind of documentary here on this blog, not my typical kind of posting, but I have enjoyed sharing these images with you. Thanks to the ability to schedule the posts ahead of time I was able to plan them out a bit and make it easier on myself.  

This was a photographers dream, in my book. Just getting out, going to a new place, camera in hand, makes me happy.  It takes a bit of networking, of listening around, of talking to others in the community to find out what is going on in your part of the world.  I urge you to do the same, even if you don’t have a camera, go out and see what is new and exciting in your “neck of the woods.”


The Orchard

As we rode in a tractor drawn wagon through the apple orchard on the farm tour, I sat next to an elderly man who looked at all those fruit trees with a critical eye.  He knew his apple trees and had so much to tell about them.  I heard him talk of the spraying, the pollinating, the inspecting, the timing of more spraying…of all the knowledge it takes to tend an orchard.  He was accompanied by his son on our wagon ride and the two of them exchanged a lot of observations about this orchard.   
I never knew that an apple had so much work behind it.  
The trees were heavy with fruit in varying shades of red, yellow, and pale green.  
We were given a tour of the “press” room where apple cider is made.  This one uses modern machinery, not the old wooden press.  The header photo on this blog is an image from that part of the tour.  
As I write this I’m actually enjoying a cold cup of that cider…and it is delicious!  

Another farm

Sheep at a farm on the tour.  Looks to me like she is smiling.


I kind of thought this one wanted to see my credentials.
These images are from a soybean farm, where they also happen to raise sheep.  Farms are not what they were when I was growing up. Though I doubt that it has ever been easy to own and operate a farm, it seems that it is even harder now.  We did hear comments about how the drought has affected production in many areas.    
Throughout the day of the tour, and then as I sort through all these photos, I’m reminded of how we depend on this good earth for sustenance.   We have a great responsibility to take care of it so that it will continue to sustain and feed those who remain after we are gone.
Thanks for stopping by… I hope you are enjoying the tour!

Farm tour, first stop

I have found that the local photography club is a great resource for finding things to do within your own community, or just a short drive away.  Saturday Mark and I toured several farms in the county northeast of us, in the Hancock County Farm Tour.  The weather here was fabulous, and we really learned a lot and had a great time.  This week I am going to show you some highlights of most of the places we visited. 

The first stop was the Bison and Bees farm. We were treated to some chili made with
buffalo meat while we were there, and it was really good.
 This young buffalo was so cute to watch. I love those little nubbins growing on this head!
 We didn’t see the actual bee hives, but did go into the building where they process the honey.
It smelled so wonderful inside.  And a jar of this did come home with us.
 I wonder if they have a home brewery? 
 The garden was really beautiful and full of lots of good veggies, herbs, flowers. 
At the end of the day I had 248 images in my camera, but I have whittled that down a bit and now maybe have less than half that amount.   All of these images here are taken with my 70-200 Tamron lens.  I had it set to shutter priority, which was perfect for these conditions.  The more I use that lens, the more comfortable I am in using it.
This kind of practicing is the kind I like…