Friday, May 28, 2010

Watchtowers


PHOTOGRAPHER'S JOURNAL: Poised on the west edge above a long, broad valley, these tile silos preside over the ruins of an old dairy farm and acres of cultivated fields. TODAY'S has been here before. "In Blazing Soy" and "Forsaken Acres" were made last fall just after the first frost when the fields of soy had been shocked to yellow. Yesterday's image, taken on the same December shoot as this one showed the farmer's abandoned home.

Travel in the valley moves north-south. Steep walls to the east and west isolate a ten-mile corridor of unhurried hills. In winter it becomes a hall where flocks of snowdrifts loiter and romp, but the snow is long gone. For the past week it's been part of my regular beat. There are half a dozen farmsteads of interest along the edges, and cows graze in pastures bordered by brown fields of newly planted corn or long grass ready to be mowed; the patchwork hills roll gently now like a body waking from sweet dreams.

4 comments:

Trotter said...

Hi Ted! It's incredible the things that you find on your tours around the corner. I'm always stunned with your excellent pictures!!

Blogtrotter Two has a sunset cruise for you! Enjoy the cocktails and the views and have a great weekend!!

Ted Roth said...

Geographically this is a very odd area as it is an old transit corridor north-south but there are no roads here that cross the NY-CT border. Further north is one dirt road that goes over the Taconic mountains but it takes about 45=0 minutes to cross a distance of a dozen or so miles. 8 or 10 miles south one can cross the border at Millerton on good roads, but further south crossings are few. Very strange to be so isolated so close to NYC. Thanks for visiting. Keep trotting.

Dick said...

I like them both, perfect shots, the sunlight reflection is wonderful too.

Ted Roth said...

Hi Dick and thanks for the visit. Too bad I didn't find this site a few years earlier before the roof caved in on the barns.