Middlefield, Ohio, Snowed

This time in Ohio, I really wanted a hearty collection of snowy barns. For most farmers, this is only functional lot of land for a couple months a year. Although many small commercial farmers and country folk had sizable barns of their own, there is an entire breed of barn raisers who pass saturday afternoons doing just that. The Amish. Middlefield has a strong Amish community, and though we used to drive out to carriage town for fresh cheeses and hatchets, I can't say I've joyridden among the wild horses and bonneted brides. First was breakfast at Belle's in Burton. Homestyle food, and pretty good eggs and hash.

A Cadillac buried until about 8 feet of plowed snow.

Burton has a large park in the center of the loop. This is the park.

Burton shops.

More Burton shops.

Easily a foot of snow.


Ardent Burtonite carolers.

Taking a back rode through the farmland, we ran into an issue. Mom rode shotgun and Deb in the back. I wanted the pictures, and most of the roads didn't carry traffic -- just the occasional truck, van, or carriage -- so it wasn't a problem for me to park on the road, walk out and compose a few shots, and hop back in for our subtle Amish safari. Other times, I was easier to just hand Deb the camera and navigate the truck and point for her to shoot. This is one of those where I told her what to shoot and she composed the finer details. Truly, this was a team effort.

While waiting for the perfect Amish shot, I had to kill some time. A first rate, multiphase barn behind me.

An honest to goodness Amish moment.

By combining our Amish folklore, we learned quite a bit on how to spot Amish farms. Firstly, they tend to pull all curtains to one side of the window, rather than split between two pulls. Also, they tend to share land that will get handed down the generations. Rather than moving down the road, they'll instead build in a line from the main road. When grandpa can no longer fend the cold from his beating heart, every family gets to move one house closer. In an area with electrical poles, following wires is a third hint. Still, beautiful land.

A small barn and shack.

A barn with a silo.

Earthy winter tones from an exceptionally clear day and unhewn grasses.

Another team shot. Just what I wanted.

Not Amish, but still some good farmwork.

Also not Amish.

Favorite of the trip. Easily. Luckily, no one was behind us when I slammed on the brakes as this field caught my attention. How mom and deb were so patient can only be rewarded with good prints of this.

Many fences to keep the herds separate.

Obviously not Amish, although I believe the horse did get quite exception gas mileage.

His unleaded friend.

For those looking forward to a break from insistent chill that pulls at your bones, a freshly dried pair of jeans and sweatshirt is just as good as a cup of cocoa. I can't imagine chipping into that pair of overalls.

Some mild trespassing was necessary for some of these. Luckily, no one got shot...hard.

A barn with a yard.

Yoders is an Amish restaurant. They serve very heavy food, often family style by the person. Everyone eats until they are full. Apparently, they also sell Amish handmade crafts, which include 4-foot, tie-dyed dinosaurs.