Buggy on Mud Level Road

By taggart  
Buggy on Mud Level Road
Rural Pennsylvania: 12

This is a Mennonite buggy returning home from a Sunday church meeting yesterday afternoon. The weather was turbulent suggesting rain was eminent-- it was!

Notice the carefully manicured fields ---

and the power lines---a vital part of rural life!

Thank you to many who commented on my last image, all greatly appreciated as are the UA s from NDODS, Tibetan, Chinga and Mex!

addendum : To help with an answer to Ronnie"s question, my scholar husband offers this: There is ONLY 1 variety of Amish. Mennonites have groups that range from Old Order (similar to Amish) to well educated college graduates including physicians, etc. They all are peaceful plain people with an agrarian focus!

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RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
4 Dec 2012 12:35AM
I have seen similar buggies in programmes about the Amish communities on TV, and there have been many such programmes in recent years.
I was wondering what the relationship of the Mennonites is to the Amish.......must go into Google to find out more.

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taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
4 Dec 2012 12:43AM
Mennonites / Amish----a very tangled history--- here-- they wear a slightly different "uniform"--- Amish buggies are grey, --but somewhere else the might be white or yellow--- Both sects choose to use the one room schools (their own) and there are some Mennonites who will drive cars-- cell phones and electricity--- We find it a complete mystery---

Google is a good idea!
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
4 Dec 2012 1:09AM
Thanks for that info, Jenn.......good of you to bother.
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
4 Dec 2012 1:21AM
Jenn -- this is a great documentation of rural life in PA -- photojournalism at its best. This is the sort of Americana that needs to be preserved with work like this.
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2012 1:37AM
I'll always think of the film Witness when I see these vehicles.
One of my favourite all time films.
Such a different sight from our rural areas
and really interesting to see Jenn.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
4 Dec 2012 2:45AM
Good rural scene. I'm not sure what state we were in a few years ago, but we seen a few of these buggies driving on the roads. ......Sandy
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
4 Dec 2012 3:05AM
Society could learn an awful lot from these folk, good stuff Jenn......

LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2012 3:07AM
I think of 'Witness' too. This is a photograph that gives me a view of rural life that is very different from anything I have experienced in Europe.
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
4 Dec 2012 4:11AM
A great photo of this vast open landscape ! I find the Amish and Mennonite so interesting - salt of the earth type people SmileGrin
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2012 5:22AM
An interesting and well composed image Jenn, matched by a fascinating and informative narrative. As Walter says photojournalism at its best. It strikes me as a hard yet appealing way of life.
Well done Jenn.
4 Dec 2012 5:33AM
Conveys a sense of wide openess and solitude. Like it.

jdinne 14 16 England
4 Dec 2012 6:40AM
Superbly composed Jenn, great sense of openness. Watched a tv programme about the Amish find them interesting.

Tibetan 5 3 England
4 Dec 2012 7:42AM
My first thought was Amish! I think most of us have seen documentary's about them, interesting peaceful people. A very good photo Jenn, good presentation a very good light in spite of the pending rain, good clear detail, a big like from me, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
4 Dec 2012 7:50AM
The flat landscape is very much like here in the Fens. A most interesting capture Jennn.

CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2012 8:06AM
My first thought too was Amish, fascinating information Jenn, and a well composed image.
4 Dec 2012 8:18AM
Nice shot Jenn, like the composition,
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2012 8:28AM
A wonderfully interesting foreword supported by a rather delightful and thought evoking photograph.

Regards Nathan
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
4 Dec 2012 9:30AM
Wonderful shot Jennn. It looks so peaceful and well ordered. A lovely picture in the modern world.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1918 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2012 9:31AM
An image of open plains and the pioneering spirit, still battling on.
I like the crop, broad and expansive.
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2012 11:30AM
Great image!
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
4 Dec 2012 12:05PM
We'll all be going back to this for of transport one of these days the way the cost of fuel keeps climbing in the UK! Not sure I'd know how to drive a horse and buggy though!Tongue Makes a really lovely image.

SlowSong Plus
9 7.3k 30 England
4 Dec 2012 12:26PM
I love the wide open space. And that buggy is so smart. Smile

Quote:An image of open plains and the pioneering spirit, still battling on.
I like the crop, broad and expansive.

I'm with Moira here, good shot.

FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
4 Dec 2012 2:03PM

Quote:A great photo of this vast open landscape ! I find the Amish and Mennonite so interesting - salt of the earth type people SmileGrin

My thoughts too Jenn, lovely image,
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2012 2:14PM
A definite mix of the old with the newSmile

Love the title of the roadWink

Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2012 2:20PM
As per your usual Jennn,
very informative and
a superbly captured shot
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2012 2:36PM
They are a fascinating group of people - your image brings their way of life to life.
4 Dec 2012 2:48PM
As if I am in a pollution free zone, no smoke, no noise.
saltireblue Plus
7 7.9k 33 Norway
4 Dec 2012 4:07PM
Your choice of 'widescreen' format excentuates the vastness of the landscape, Jenn. An image representing what many would say is a simpler, less complicated lifestyle, but is it really? I wonder.
Thought provoking.

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2012 4:16PM
so lovely to see this wonderful image
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
4 Dec 2012 6:01PM
Yes, they are a complete mystery Jenn. For some reason the neatness of the rows is fitting - I lvoe to see those rows on the farms here - something to photograph one day.

Hop-A-Long 11 52 1 England
4 Dec 2012 7:58PM
Good composition in this great documentary shot.
This is an insight into a life that is totally alien to me, wonderful.

9 10 10 England
4 Dec 2012 8:42PM
Have visited Lancaster Couty and Berlin in Ohio and my memories and photos are very precious.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
6 Dec 2012 8:10PM
A lovely well composed country scene Jenn, the land looks very flat where you are
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2012 10:34PM
Lovely shot... IB
pascalg Plus
10 37 France
7 Dec 2012 4:51PM
old & new...
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
8 Dec 2012 12:53AM
oh yes, that is just so well composed.. heading for the downpour but moving on. Glad you told me.
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2012 7:46PM
There is such a peaceful air about this image, no fast cars, no crowds, simple, just a buggy drawn by a horse - and the open landscape. Great one Jenn, really do like this.

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