The cows made me smile

The cows made me smile

Leaving Sault Ste. Marie, I drove down the eastern coast of the UP because I hadn’t experienced it before.  Beautiful homes, beautiful views of the straits and Lake Nicolet until I reached a point where the roads forced me to head inward.  I happened upon a field at 15 Mile and Riverside where the cows were relaxing in the mid-afternoon grass.  I stopped to take their picture.  And something about the scene and their attitude and how the black one watched my every move and almost seemed to be posing.  It made me smile.

October 23, 2016          Barbeau, MI          Nikon D90

Selfie with a turkey

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Inside the barn of the petting farm I sat down on some hay bales to watch the pigs in their pen.  A few chickens and a turkey had free reign of the barn and seemed to be checking out the pigs and other animals, too.  This turkey walked over to me, hopped up on the hay bales next to me panting (I assume from the heat).  It did not fear me, in fact it let me stroke its head and neck for several minutes.  I new this had to be a selfie moment.

June 11, 2016          Heritage Park, Taylor, MI          Apple iPhone 6

I see you, too

I see you, too

At the petting farm, this cow seemed shy as I approached it and wanted its picture.  Maybe it was just being playful.  I liked its delicate eye and eyelashes peeking from behind a post and rail.

June 11, 2016          Heritage Park, Taylor, MI          Nikon D90

Amish Tuesday afternoon

Amish Tuesday afternoon

A young girl working the field, turning over the hay to dry.  Her field and farm are directly behind a large tourist complex that boasts a gift shop with Amish goods and crafts and a family seating restaurant featuring Amish style cooking.  I wondered how this girl feels, if she is somehow on display or exploited here in the Amish countryside sprinkled with small towns and crowded with tourists.  I admit feeling a bit guilty watching her and taking pictures as she worked the field.

July 20, 2015          Bird in Hand, PA          Nikon D90

Red wagon

Red wagon

There are two rustic buildings on the south stretch of the Cades Cove Loop: a house nearer to the road and a barn to the north or the house, both across the road from the Tipton Place.  The barn is a treasure of photo opps (for me anyway) and one of my favorites was this red wagon parked decades ago under the protection of the barn. Capturing the shaded tones within the barn from my vantage out in the afternoon sun was a challenge but I think I caught them in this shot.  Memorabilia from a simpler, albeit more challenging, lifestyle.

April 25, 2015.  Cades Cove, Smokie Mountains National Park, TN     Nikon D90

 

John Cable Mill

John Cable Mill

At the far west end of the Cades Cove Loop is the John Cable Mill, on the same grounds as the Becky Cable House, the Cades Cove Visitor Center, and the barn I liked so much for two barn shots below.  The Mill seems the epitomy of rustic; very old wood grayed from decades of weather, an old walkway to the water wheel, rock foundation visible next to the wheel.  Not that I’m an expert on rustic architecture… it just looks darn old and I could have spent several more hours there finding interesting areas on and around the Mill to shoot.

April 25, 2015.  Cades Cove, Smokie Mountains National Park, TN     Nikon D90

 

Barn still life (3)

Barn still life (3)

As I approached side of the barn I noticed this little moth and how it’s color blended nicely with the patina of the old wheel and barn implements, its delicate life so opposite to that of the aged iron.  More contrasts are shown with the arcs and points, lines and angles, soft light and tone and shadows.

April 25, 2015.  Cades Cove, Smokie Mountains National Park, TN     Nikon D90