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Romantic Buggy Ride In The Snow by Gene Walls

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A young Amish couple was actually enjoying themselves in an open buggy while the snow was falling like crazy. He was driving while she held the large umbrella over their heads. The wool blanket covering their legs was turning white as the snowflakes were accumulating on their laps. She was laughing heartily as they passed by at a quick trot.

It was completely unexpected when the young couple drove by. I had just gotten back into my van to leave (after shooting my favorite abandoned farmhouse), when I heard the horse’s hooves clomping up the hill. I got my camera (which was still mounted on the tripod) up to my eye, just in time to catch this shot through the windshield!

Behind the buggy, you can see the roof of the “Forgotten Farmhouse”, covered in snow. This location is just east of Clarkstown, Pennsylvania, in Muncy Valley, USA. The photo was captured in December of 2009, during our first big snowstorm of the season.

I have tremendous regard for the Amish people. I choose to avoid showing recognizable faces in my photos of the Amish, out of respect for their wishes, unless they grant permission.

The Amish are about the most “eco-friendly” people on earth!

This image is also available as a Christmas Card

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This photo was taken hand-held with a Canon EOS 10D camera body using a Canon EF 35-350mm f/3.5-5.6L zoom lens set to 35mm. The shutter speed was 1/180th of a second at f/9.5. The camera’s ISO was set to 100.

Please note that this is a full color photograph, the heavy snow and dim evening light just makes it look like it was shot in B&W.

Your comments are always welcome! Constructive criticism is appreciated.

© 2009 Gene Walls

All copyright and reproduction rights are retained by the artist. Artwork may not be reproduced or altered by any process without the express written permission of the artist. A copyright watermark is embedded within the image to guarantee successful prosecution, in the event of any violation.

3,566 Views and 140 “Faves” as of 1/19/2013

“Winner of the “Snow Is Falling” Challenge in the Where On Earth Is This Group
(Rare 5-way tie for First Place)

WINNER in the Most Viewed challenge in “Horse and Rider”

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Hello, My name is Gene. I live in the Susquehanna river valley (West Branch), in the mountains of north central Pennsylvania. I strive to produce photographic images that are simply “true” to the subject, usually with minimal post processing. If something is beautiful or interesting enough to deserve a viewer’s attention, it justifies being captured just as it is …or as close to reality as possible.

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Comments

  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaabout 5 years ago

    Oh man, I have wanted to be where I could do this for a long time! Great job, Gene!

  • Thanks, Maureen! It was a total surprise when they rode by. I was back at my van to leave (after shooting the farmhouse), when I heard the horse’s hooves clomping up the hill. I got my camera (which was still mounted on the tripod) up to my eye, just in time to catch this shot! I was thrilled when I saw that it was relatively sharp.

    My best,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • debbiedoda
    debbiedodaabout 5 years ago

    This is beautiful but I bet they are cold.

  • Thanks a bunch, Debbie! They didn’t seem too cold, in fact they were laughing and having a very good time. I think they were really enjoying our first big snowstorm of the season.

    Best regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • LjMaxx
    LjMaxxabout 5 years ago

    Simply beautiful~

  • Thank you very much!

    Best wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • izzybeth
    izzybethabout 5 years ago

    thank you for sharing… tis beautiful.

  • My pleasure! Thanks for your kind comment!

    My best,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • ©FoxfireGallery / FloorOne Photography
    ©FoxfireGaller...about 5 years ago

    That is wonderful, it looks like something from a bygone age. I guess the Hamish still live like that. In some ways that is wonderful.

    I love the way you captured it – instant fav.

  • Thank you very much, C. J.!

    I live in an area in Pennsylvania where there are quite a few Amish family farms. Buggies are not such an uncommon sight in farm country around here. Although, an open buggy with an umbrella used for cover in a snowstorm… that is a very rare occurrence.

    I really appreciate the “FAV”!

    Best wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyabout 5 years ago

    Amazing shot! It has that old feel to it of course from the buggy!

  • Thank you very kindly, Joanne! Yes, the heavy snow also gave the shot a kind of “fuzzy” look that also added to the “old” feel. It also looks like it is a “sepia” print, but that is just how it looked in the evening snow .

    – Gene Walls

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 5 years ago

    How wonderful!!!

  • Thanks, Lorilee! It was quite a sight to see!

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • CanyonWind
    CanyonWindabout 5 years ago

    One of your best shots Gene. My wife wants it for her background for her I phone . Told her she had to buy it.
    Regards.
    POP’s

  • Much appreciated, POP’s! Thanks for your incredibly supportive assistance, too!

    My best,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Judy Seltenright
    Judy Seltenrightabout 5 years ago

    Awesome capture.

  • Thank you so much, Judy!

    Best regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Barssel
    Barsselabout 5 years ago

    This would make a great addition to the Horse and Rider group

  • Thanks! I appreciate the kind suggestion and have already submitted this photo in “Horse & Rider”.

    Best wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

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