Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The absence of fear.......

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the
judgment that something else is more important than fear.
Ambrose Redmoon

After leaving the Snowy Owl and heading home on Sunday,
Barb and I came upon a long line of cars we at first
thought was an accident. It was blowing snow and
visibility was poor. We slowed down and waited until we
could see what was up ahead. We were surprised to see
an Amish buggy with two horses trotting along as if the
cars and trucks didn't exist.

How dangerous this looked to us.
Their 'Sunday Meetings'
are apparently more important than a fear of traffic and
weather conditions.

We passed with care and went to the top of the hill and pulled
over.... put the windows down and waited for the photo-shoot.

It seemed a long time before we could see the horses coming
and posed ready with cameras in hand.
The 'Amish' which is a faith group of it's own
has attempted to preserve the rural culture
of the 17th Century. They try to avoid many features of modern
society and isolate themselves from American culture. And...
many of them do not drive cars depending on their sect.

Their horses are always impeccably groomed,
disciplined, and fearless. It's always a thrill to see
and observe them.

The last shot was my favorite. I can see the puff
of 'breath' from the horses open mouth as he passes.

A vision of Rural America

To God be the Glory ~~ Great Things He Hath Done


Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Those pictures belong on a Christmas card.Love the effect with the snow and all.WOW!

NCmountainwoman said...

Wonderful series of photographs. I loved every one of them.

jalynn01 said...

Thank you Ruth and NCmw... I so enjoy photographing these wonderful people.

Bird Girl said...
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Bird Girl said...

Sorry I messed up my comment ;-)
Anyway - I still am amazed that an Amish buggy would driver would go out in a snow storm on one of the most dangerous two lane highways in the country (and with kids in the buggy) Crazy!!! But makes for a nice photo op!

Shellmo said...

The Amish have always fascinated me! I enjoyed your photos!

Tina said...

Such a sight you've captured.. one that evokes so many different feelings..such strong faith, such a devout belief system..to drive their buggy on that road in those conditions, such stamia as seen in the horses and the cold riders inside, such individualism..qualities I do so admire.

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