This weekend was the last weekend of Farmstead, a popular motorcycle rally near Mount Vernon, Ohio. The event has raised large amounts for charity since 1999.
I was visiting with my friend Bill Kent, when his friends coaxed him into getting his daughter Kenzie to do a burnout. It happened and it was the photos speaks for itself. This may be the best photo I’ve taken this year.
It was strange that I wasn’t even thinking about seeing Amish before I took this photo. I was riding the backroads on my motorcycle thinking about the good and bad of modern culture. I was thinking about how much better real life is than the virtual realities that we are presented with today.
I had stopped to photograph a covered bridge on Frampton Road off of State Route 586 near Martinsburg, Ohio. The light for that was horrible. As I was giving up and loading my camera into the motorcycle, I heard the hooves coming and turned just in time to catch this shot.
The next weed from my backyard for the blog is thistle.
I’ve been looking into uses for this one for a while. It does compost well and I’m reading that it’s good to eat. Haven’t tried it yet though. I’ve given up on killing it by natural means, but I will pull it in certain areas of the property.
So far, I’ve found websites that say you can eat it, but most reports on the taste are bad. For now, I’ll just compost them.
Growing up in Mount Vernon, I was around many eccentric people. My best guess is that the combination of Kenyon College, farmers, and industrial types of people brought in the inventors and other types of intelligent people that had their own ideas about what would work.
I was happy to find this Jaguar collection. It let me know that the eccentricity was still alive, even though much of the industry is leaving or gone and the farming has left the hands of many private farmers.
I have to wonder how many city ordinances he would be breaking in so many other places in the country. It’s a great thing where you can still do want on property that you “own”.
I found these cars to be inspirational. I’m not sure what he’s doing with them or what the future plans are. Right now, the collection is just intriguing and interesting.
It’s a frequent event for my wife and I to head on out on our motorcycles in the evening. This frequently leads to seeing a sunset. Sunsets are nice, but photographically speaking, they’re boring without a subject. The night I took this photo, my subject, a farm, happened to be where the moon was rising instead.
The trick with a moon in a composition is to get into a position with a zoom lens where a good amount of zoom is required. This enlarges the moon in the photo. I’m actually quite a distance from this farm.
I hope I captured the quiet tranquility of the scene as it was. I used a Canon 55-250mm STM lens that has proven to be a great lens to carry on the motorcycle. It’s a little large, but small enough to mount on a Canon T5i Rebel and have great zoom capabilities in a camera small enough for motorcycle.
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