MUD AUCTION

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On Saturday, I had been told that there was a Auction going on not far from my home, so I decided to go take a “look see” at just what was there.  After finding a parking place, which was tough to do, I started walking around just to see and hear what a Auction is all about.  Above is one of the Auctioneers pointing to baby lambs to be auctioned off.  These people have their own language in selling off what is for sale.  They talk so fast that I just can’t understand them, except for knowing a few words they’ve said.  Guess you must be around them alot more often to take in what is said so fast.  The cute little lambs were selling at $30.00 for one animal.  That was the last bid I heard.

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There are quite a number of Amish people that live in my area, so it seem’d that alot of them were here to see what could be bought.  Here are just some of the Horse & Buggy’s that they travel in.  Some have their Horse’s covered to keep them warm with a blue blanket.

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Some of the Buggy’s even have padded seats!

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2 day’s before this Auction, it had rained pretty hard for awhile.  This plus the snow melt from milder temperatures, made everything a muddy mess!  I shot this Image to show you just how over-cast it was.  The weather was not good, again!  It was cold & windy.  Notice the long lines of cars parked on the side of the road to the right and in the back ground.  Way in the back is where I had to park my car & walk in the slop for about a 1/4 mile.  I should have worn Mud boots for this!

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One of the things I do on nice day’s is drive around the back country roads looking for something to photograph.  The Country roads often supply you with nice homes that are off the beaten path.  Such as this one.

Probably, at one time in the past, this was a single 2-story old home.  You can tell if the home is older just by looking at the brick work on the original structure, which I am assuming is the center part of the home.  Now, this owner has taken this old home and added on to it making it much nicer than before.

In driving around back Country roads you never know what is around the next corner on roads you’ve never been on.  There are so many back roads here in the Historic Oley Valley.  Sometimes I get lost, and not sure just where I am.  I usually find my way around.

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Just down the road a bit from the home I just pictured before is this old Barn.  It looks as if no one has used it in a long time.  I say this because while “snooping around” there was no one here.  Nothing.  Someone owns this and must take care of it, but not much.  The grass is mowed, and there is a old cow water tough there, but it has not been used in a long time.  No cattle around anywhere.  The ole’ Barn is just fading away into History.  Behind me and out of this Image is the Farm house.  It also look’s neglected.  No one there, either.  Empty that I could see.  I wonder why?

INFRERED PHOTO

 

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Well, I see that it’s been a bit more than 17 day’s since I’ve made of Post here.  There have been some interesting things I’ve done since then.  The above is just one of them.

I had mentioned awhile back that I have taken a interest in Infrared Photography.  I still have the interest in it, but it’s taking me a long time and some money to try and get it just right.  It’s not all that easy to do, as might be thought.  You have to have your camera settings just right or the Image will not come out very good.  I have tried a number of different Infrared Lens’s that just screw on the front of my 58mm Tamron Lens.  There are other way’s to shoot Infrared, and that’s have your camera changed over to block out the light and take only Images in Infrared.  That will cost you about $200.00 US money.  I really don’t want to go that far.  If you do it, that’s the only thing the camera will take is Infrared Images.  That can get kinda boring after awhile.

So, what I’ve done is purchase a 58mm Hoya IR Filter @ 720n.  This filter just screw’s on the 58mm Lens that I have for my Pentax K10D.  However, it’s still not all that simple.  Using a Tripod with a remote shutter trigger is a must.  Now, I have to mount the camera and focus on the subject I want to shoot.  After getting your subject in total focus, I have to lock the focus, and very gently screw on the IR Filter so it does not move the Lens.  Now, that you have the IR Filter on you can’t see thru the Lens.  This is why you make sure the focus is right before doing that.

Then, I press the Remote Shutter Trigger and hold the exposure open for about 30 sec. in Blub Mode.  Then release the shutter and wait for the camera to process the Image which usually takes about 15 sec.  If your exposure is right, it should come out white, red, and some black.  Then it’s on to more editing with my Photo Editing Programs to bring out more of what the camera did for me.

The above Image is of a old Farmstead that is not far from my home.  I had to play around a bit with this, to bring out the color.  It’s worth it when you enjoy doing Infrared Photography.

Thanks for reading and still following.

Les

THE LIGHTS OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON

 

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WELCOME TO KOSIERS CHRISTMAS VILLAGE

Not far from my home, is a once plain ole’ Diary Farm that is owned by Samuel Kosier, and his Wife.  Back about 30 yrs. ago, Sam started decorating his home and the Dairy Barn with Christmas lights.  Just adding a few strings of lights here and there to light the farm up for the Holiday Season.  Then as each year went by, he added more and more lights making it more noticeable to passers by who began to notice.  More & more lights were added over the years, and the farm started to back up traffic on the country road.  He started charging people to come in a see all the Christmas Lights that he had added.  Back then he charged $3.00 just to walk around and look.  Now, more than 30 yrs. later it has grown to this that I will show you.  He no longer has his Dairy Cows, as you would imagine!  The Image above shows the main Barn all decorated up for the Season with 3 HO Train Sets and model homes.

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Looking up to the entrance of the Farm.

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This is the Main House of the Farm.

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This is looking down towards the Lake that is in front of the Farmhouse.  The lights on the Lake keep time with special music and make a colorful display.

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The Main Barn looking across the Lake and reflection.

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More Lights & reflections in the lake. 

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Just one of the many different display’s on what used to be a pasture yrs. ago.

 

 

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In closing, this is what the one time Dairy Farm look like from a distance.  Since the Farm is located on a back country 2 lane road, I had to pull off the road, get out of my car with tripod and camera in hand and shoot this Image.  People come from all over the county to see this amazing place that has been here for as long as I can remember.  I think that each year, Sam add’s more and more, even though it might be only a little bit here and there.  The people never seem to stop enjoying what they see.  The cars line up night after night in long lines to bring the kids in all of us to see this terrific display.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you enjoy this.

Les                                              

THE OLE’ MILKHOUSE

 

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Long, long before there was air-conditioning and refrigeration, this was the only way that milk on the farm could be stored and preserved until the milk wagon could take it away for processing at the dairy.

This old Milk House was once a part of the farm the existed here more than 100 yrs. ago.  The small building has a room on the inside with a 4ft. x 7ft. long x 3ft. deep trough that held cold water that was drawn from the well using the hand pump to the left of the building.

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This is the way Milk was stored back then.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

JACOB KIEM FARMSTEAD 1753

 

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There are a number of old Farmsteads in and around my neck of the woods.  This is another one.  This one is registered on the Berks County National Historical Sites.

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More of the Farm area.

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The old Barn.  My car sits in the background.  If you haven’t noticed from my previous Posts, most of the old Barns all have the same shape and size.  Guess back then it was a common practice.

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Here you can see just how common “Cold Cellars” used to be.  This one is under repair.

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A few of the real old structures have a plaque, usually up on the junction of the eves.  There are some that don’t have anything.  Others have a plain cement plaque located on the side of the house somewhere that say’s when it was built.  The sign out front of the property say’s “Jacob Keim Farmstead 1753.”  This one say’s 1732.  Maybe this is when the house was built.  The rest came later on.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les