Tuesday, November 7, 2017

MaryJo's Overlook

MaryJo's Overlook / 18x18

My friend Carol has engineered a whole day's worth of Pennsylvania farms to see, photograph, paint - wherever the spirit takes us, and whatever time allows. We stop first at the home of her friend MaryJo, who lives at the edge of a huge, old farm that's been run by the same family for generations. 

Carol relaxes and watches and kibbitzes as I set up to paint. In time, she gets a call from her friend Sam, a photographer who is in the area for a few days. Sam and his driver decide to come over to the farm, and so, in a while, we are joined by them. 

I paint and Sam and Jonathan take photographs, and we talk and laugh and enjoy the beautiful, crisp morning. Then MaryJo and her wife come home, and suddenly, it's a party in the driveway. They are lovely hosts, and they take Sam down onto the farm where he shoots more pictures while I finish the painting. 

Afterwards, we say our goodbyes, and Carol and I head out to continue our farm odyssey. Some of the farms we saw are in the "Scenes from the Road" below. 

Scenes from the Road 

I can't remember where each farm is, though I know all were somewhere near State College, PA. The farms in the area are incredibly beautiful - my guess is that the soil is rich and the people extremely hard-working.

The white farm below - home of the longhorn - is Penn's Cave, which bills itself as "America's Only All Water Cavern and Wildlife Park."

I'm not a huge fan of zoos or wildlife parks, though I have to say this one looked really good, and the animals that I saw looked healthy, and as though they have enough room to live the kinds of lives they would live in the wild.

Dog of the Day

We met this guy - or maybe this girl? - as we drove from one farm to the next. 

A Final Thought

"October's poplars are flaming torches lighting the way to winter." 
- Nova S. Bair

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