Father/Daughter Motorcycle Burnout

Motorcycle burnout with a a Father and his daughter.
A Father and his friends assist his daughter in a motorcycle burnout.

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.

My New Honda Goldwing F6B

Choosing my big cruiser was an agonizing decision.

  • Harley-Davidson for resale value?
  • Indian for the looks?
  • Victory for the speed and power?

Then, I found this Honda FB6.

  • Resale value? I don’t think I’ll want to sell it.
  • Looks? I don’t shine bikes anyhow, so the matte paint will work fine.
  • Speed and power?  The Goldwing beats them all.

I probably should mention price. It was far less money than the comparable models that the others offered. There is a drawback for some though and that would be the looks.

Honda F6B On A Country Road
2015 Honda F6B on a country highway in Ohio.

I am so happy with the choice I made. This motorcycle is the nicest one that I’ve ever owned. The photo was taken on a return trip from The Smokey Mountain area in Tennessee.

The bike performed great on The Tail Of The Dragon and every other mountain road that I took it on. The miles just rolled by without the familiar aches and pains that my other bikes give.

I will be writing more about this Goldwing and Goldwings in general. I am very happy to have found this niche of the motorcycle market.

Speeding Amish Buggy

Amish horse and buggy speeding by.
An Amish Buggy Speeding By

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.

Knox County, Ohio Spring House Remains

I admit, I’m to young to know what this was. I had to post it to Facebook to find out from older people that this was a spring house.

Spring house in Knox County, Ohio.
Spring house on Sycamore Road in southern Knox County, Ohio.

They were very important buildings on farms before electricity and other methods of refrigeration came into use.  The idea was so simple; Use the cool air rising from a spring to cool a building.

Some were made of wood, but the moist air would rot them quickly. Many times wood was used temporarily until enough fieldstone could be gathered to make one out of stone.

Why this one survives when I have never seen another, I don’t know. Here is a better explanation of spring houses if you’re interested.

Thistle. What’s It There For?

The next weed from my backyard for the blog is thistle.

A thistle plant.
A Canadian thistle plant.

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.

A Lot Full Of Junk Jaguars

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.

Antique junk Jaguar car.
Junk Jaguar sits rusting in Mount Vernon, Ohio.

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”.

Collection of Jaguars in Mount Vernon, Ohio.
Row of rusting antique Jaguars.

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.

Free Blackberries

The results of my research of permaculture are blackberries. I was following advice to let at least a small portion of your property go back to nature.  When I did, I was rewarded with blackberries.

Bowl of blackberries.
Free blackberries from my backyard.

I hope to learn more, but it’s been trial and error with a lot more errors than successes. Error’s aside, it’s been a enjoyable and interesting to try.

Chasing Sunsets Leads To A Moonrise

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.

Moonrise over an Ohio farm.
Moon rising over a Licking County, Ohio Farm

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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