October 25, 2012

He's a little bit country...

...I'm a little bit rock n' roll.  And let's just keep it that way.  Once upon a time, I had a brief foray into being "country" by trout fishing with my boyfriend.  But then I got him to propose to me and I promptly handed him the fishing rod, exchanged my waders for a pair of stilettos, and he become my Better-Half.  I set my trap and then said BUH-BYE to country life.

I am soooo not into the whole country/rural scene.  I don't like to get my shoes too dirty, I definitely don't like the smell, and I just CAN'T live out of striking distance of a Bloomingdales.  Three strikes, I'm out.  But, I joined a local photography group recently (Delaware Valley Photo Friends for anyone local and has an interest) and lo and behold...I found myself not only in Jersey on a photo outing, but at a freakin' FARM.  Let me tell ya, my shoes were shot AND it reeked to high heaven.  BUT...I got some cool shots.  An added plus...I finally get to participate in some link ups that I NEVER thought I'd be able to (ie, Rural Thursdays...it will be a quick visit I'm sure).  So it was a win-win. Well, except for the shoes may they rest in peace. This was actually kind of a cool place, sort of like a museum where NO ONE keeps quiet and you can touch EVERYTHING (even some things ya really just don't wanna touch, or smell).  Howell Living History Farm in Lambertville, Joisey.  Lots of animals, nature, smells and colors.  And as usual, I showed up with impractical footwear (but I looked good).



"Which Way?"
Lambertville, NJ




"Follow the Leader"
Lambertville, New Jersey




"Country Roads"
Lambertville, New Jersey




"Horse Power"
Lambertville, New Jersey




"Curtains"
Lambertville, New Jersey




"Red Rover"
Lambertville, New Jersey




"Autumn"
Lambertville, New Jersey




"Up on the Roof"
Lambertville, New Jersey




"Corn Stalks"
Lambertville, New Jersey




"Repetition"
Lambertville, New Jersey




"Wagon Days"
Lambertville, New Jersey




"Foot Bridge"
Lambertville, New Jersey



A fun day for sure.  And I met some very nice and serious photo enthusiasts who made me quickly realize how little I truly know about photography.  BUT I know what I like, and I like what I know (which is a heck of a lot more than I did at this time last year).  But still so much to absorb...and isn't that a great thing?  If only my shoes hadn't absorbed so much FARM...ugh.

--Kathy



36 comments:

  1. Kathy!!! I freakin' love this delightful story and pictures of your trip to "ewetopia"! You truly are an awesome photographer (regardless of what you might think you do or don't know)
    ...and how cool that you have the added bonus of having to go on a shopping spree to replace those shoes!!
    Fabulous shots - every one!

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  2. I am in total awwwwwwwe of these shots. I so wanna be you when I grow up!

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  3. Love the colors and design in your images! Bloomingdale is 2 min. up the road from me, but their influence hasn't reached me yet:)

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  4. Oh my gosh I am so glad your shoes met the farm. These are just stunning. I think Follow The Leader is absolutely awesome and Country Roads as well. Be still my heart.

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  5. These are ALL so absolutely wonderful. So autumn. Love them!

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  6. Great shots Kathy! and maybe you should buy some rubber boots for this sort of outing.... just hose them down after you come home. Really love the photos you got!

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  7. Stunning photos! My favorite is the sheep winding through the autumn countryside. You have an artist's eye for sure!

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  8. That second shot is gorgeous. Great colors.

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  9. My goodness Kathy, such beautiful shots. You definitely have winners there. Now find some photo competitions to enter. :)

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  10. Oh that sounds like me... I realise there is a so much I don't know about photography but every single shoot I learn more and more. I love the 'follow the leader' shot. The colours are exceptional and the sheep have a slightly soft focus to them. Brilliant work

    Mollyxxx

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  11. Hello, gorgeous!! The country photographed well!!

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  12. Well-I love these shots. Clean and crisp and vibrant. Love the sheep shot!!! And the tattered curtain certainly tells a story. Kathy can u please email me. I'm having serious issues with my camera and was wondering about your settings and what u edit with. If I'm not too much of a bother. Thanks! iamsasy@aol.com

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    1. Well duh..... I forgot a letter. iamsasyk@aol.com

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  13. These are really amazing! Such rich colors, if you hadn't written NJ, I think I might have thought myself in Ireland. Happy weekend.

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  14. Oh, my that second shot and the last one...those are amazing! The rest are very pretty but those two...they just jumped off the screen at me.
    (You also made me giggle a bit because my oldest daughter sounds a lot like you and the whole country thing :-)

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  15. Beautiful!! I love the colors. So pretty. And I love Lambertville. Although I will say we always for some reason park on the New Hope side & walk around there- (which has turned into quite the tourist trap lately - what a shame!!) - but never once have we parked on the L-ville side to walk around. Why? I have no idea. But next trip we will do it. Maybe Christmas. I love it there around the holidays. So much fun! Your shots are gorgeous and I love that you show the other areas of lambertville and not just the typical areas like where the shops or the bridge is. :)

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  16. WOWSERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good job on the photos!!!!!!!

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  17. I love each of these photos. They're all so beautiful! Have a great weekend!

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  18. Beautiful fall photos! The corn field pic is my favourite. <3

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  19. I love the looks of country life...but if I had to live it...and work it...and smell it, I wouldn't like it one bit. I don't even like animals very much. I am allergic to hay. I get migraines from the sun. Thank God for suburbia.

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  20. Beautiful! A nice excuse for more shoes?

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  21. Now it wasn't all that bad was it? I didn't realize you were such a diva, Kathy. Lol.

    Gorgeous photos as usual. So glad you shared at RT this week. xo

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  22. These are all wonderful! Love your perspective on all things farm-like. I would feel quite at home there (minus the smells). In the city is where I feel like a fish out of water. :)

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  23. Well it certainly is beautiful & very "fall" indeed. You really did get some great shots here.

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  24. I would also rather photograph a farm than live on one. You got some gorgeous shots!

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  25. Absolutely beautiful photos Kathy. I'm with you on the country thing, great to visit then run to the King of Prussia Mall!

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  26. Absolutely fantastic photos. I´m speechless! The color, the shapes and everything!

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  27. Fall in all its glory. The second picture is the most impressive.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  28. Wow!!! I just love these especially the sheep following the leader gorgeous.

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  29. Well for not being a country gal you sure did get some amazing shot. These all look amazing. Such beautiful fall colors my friend.

    Hugs~

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  30. oooohhhhh kathy, i love lambertville, we go often, and there is a shopping part!! we went a few weeks back and past this spot on our way in to town! i wanted to stop for the halloween "maze" but the hubs wasn't interested. well actually, he was hungry!!

    your images are beautiful!!

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  31. Just plain beautiful photography!

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  32. every visit to your blog is a joy. Your stories, photography and positive energy shine through with every post. Thank you for joining in the fun at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. Happy Sunday wishes xo

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  33. LMAO!!! You are a mess right along with your shoes! Dirt stained shoes is a small price to pay to capture these amazing pics! I know your shoes really got some gook on them taking pics of the horses & hens. ♥these two! The upside is capturing amazing pics earned you a justifiable reason to go shoe shopping. What?...shopping next to diamonds and wine are a girl's best friends.

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  34. These pictures are gorgeous! I found you through the photo friday linkup. amazing pictures!

    Joanna @ http://jofindsjoy.blogspot.com/

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