By taggart  

When I stopped at Rachel's place with some flowers for her bedridden mother, she noticed my camera on the car seat and broke into one of her mischievous grins---

Her eyes sparkled as she said "you want to see upstairs in my barn? "

So, as we clamberd up to the hay mow, she told me she had the best view of the valley!

View 2 shows the wide view--
View 3 shows the next astonishing view --
PS-- that is Rachel's sister in the barnyard

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gajewski 17 10 9 United States
15 Sep 2011 12:44AM
1) I LOVE the point of view. This shot tells a story. You can see the love for each other as they make eye contact in your shot.
2) Yes -- what a view.
3) VERY nice composition.
4) a real documentation of rural Americana in PA today.

However, I don't see the other views you mention.

gajewski 17 10 9 United States
15 Sep 2011 12:45AM
Ooops. Now the views appeared.
gajewski 17 10 9 United States
15 Sep 2011 12:49AM
V2 -- another great documentation of rural life -- and an interesting juxtaposition of power lines and horse drawn transportation. Nice tones in the sky -- polarizing filter?
V3 -- an even more emphatic clash of cultures. Certainly a story being told here -- a bit frightening.
mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
15 Sep 2011 1:03AM
I watched a documentary on the telly about the Amish recently Jenn.
Seems a hard life with plenty work and very little ''play''.
But they seemed very contented for it !!
Good shots.
15 Sep 2011 2:03AM
Very nice images well captured.
Allen, Smile
JimV 15 6 3 Canada
15 Sep 2011 3:02AM
You've captured the rapport between the sisters very nicely in V1 Jennn, V2 seems almost like a time warp, while V3 brings one back to the present with a slow rush, bet the truck driver wasn't too happy about being caught up behind them.
Incidentally I've often wondered if the Amish have cars, or is all their transportation needs met with horse and buggy?
Rgds., Jim
PS. How nice of you to stop by with flowers for the invalid mother.
RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
15 Sep 2011 5:18AM
A very nice documentation of a snatch of life in the Amish community, Jenn, and I cannot add anything other than to agree with the remarks of both Walter and Jim.
barbarahirst 13 27 12 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2011 8:09AM
What a delight to see these...
Those cows look a bit lean to me ...I guess its the time of the year
morpheus1955 14 3 2 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2011 8:45AM
Excellent set of images Jenn, it looks a very hard life they have chosen, but in idyllic surroundings.

mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2461 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2011 8:48AM
V1 is so beautiful, there's a three-way conversation going on, the two sisters' loving relationship plus your involvement.
I saw a comment in an exhibition review recently, 'Every picture should have a way in'. This exemplifies it perfectly, the viewer is drawn into the conversation.
I like the very telling contrast in V3 too.
gingerdelight 15 298 11 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2011 9:28AM
I also like V1 for the unspoken communication between the sisters - but what a splendid place to live! Three wonderfully interesting images Jenn, thanks for sharing.
CaroleS Plus
11 442 3 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2011 9:30AM
A superb set and such a wonderful dialogue intro. Carole
MickyMc 14 8 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2011 9:34AM
Looks a wonderful place to live and very very interesting shots.
EAS 12 1 13 Scotland
15 Sep 2011 10:31AM
It's all been said above. So enjoyed this little glimpse of their lives.

annettep38 10 220 42 Luxembourg
15 Sep 2011 11:40AM
a beautiful report! and you can see a lot of tenderness in the two sisters
SlowSong Plus
13 9.9k 30 England
15 Sep 2011 11:46AM
What a wonderfully simple way of life in that gorgeous countryside. Must be hard work, but it all looks so serene.
Joline Plus
15 37 59 United States
15 Sep 2011 12:12PM
V1 has to go down as a classic. It is one of the most delightful images I've seen in a while.
You are a good neighbor, and I'll bet Rachel knew exactly how to give you a gift in return, and a beautiful one at that.
User_Removed 13 26 2 United States
15 Sep 2011 1:44PM
3 warm, wonderful photos, Jenn! Love the POV in v1, and the sort of Currier & Ives look to v2. v3 is a classic - good for the buggy!!
(Typical modern bureaucracy, jailing those 8 Amish men for not having some sticker on their buggies!)
LexEquine 15 1 19 United States
15 Sep 2011 3:19PM
'v1 is a Special Shot,' Jenn. {3} excellent, artistic, & well-togged images, here.

Ciao~ Peter
Maiwand 14 3 73 England
15 Sep 2011 4:19PM
Three wonderful shots Jennn depicting aspects of a way of life that is so unknown to most of us. I wonder what kind of world we would have if we all subsrcibed to their principles ?? I suspect in many ways it would be better.
AnneWorner 14 620 43 United States
15 Sep 2011 4:56PM
The pov is superb - love the interaction between the two women - a quite place in the midst of modern day life - especially evidenced in v3.

pluckyfilly 15 351 33 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2011 8:10PM
what a splendid set of piccies and a great story within
15 Sep 2011 9:57PM
The connection between the 2 sisters and the smile is very heart warming in V1, Superb job Jenn, !!!...Kathy
NeilWigan Plus
11 17 16 England
15 Sep 2011 11:09PM
Good record set of a way of life alien to me .Looks very peacefull.
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
15 Sep 2011 11:12PM
A fine set of images telling a story, v1 was a great choice as the lead
Suehh 14 39 6 England
16 Sep 2011 2:16AM
Love these Jenn------- a great docu set - and so different to the life I see here in the UK - it all looks idyllic - and the ladies' fondness of each othr (and likeness to each other!) just shines. I so love image that tell a story - would love to see more if possible.
Anna62 10 1 Australia
16 Sep 2011 9:38AM
what a beautiful set of images Jen..so good to see different cultures...just delightful Smile
pascalg Plus
14 37 1 France
16 Sep 2011 4:23PM
nice point of view, but not so keen on the lady's face in the fg...
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2011 5:56PM
Great story with this set of images!
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
16 Sep 2011 9:05PM
Excellent set of images
frz67 12 10 32 Italy
17 Sep 2011 2:02PM
everything has been said!
excellent, esp. v1
22 Sep 2011 2:41AM
brownsilent 14 7 2 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2011 9:07PM
Oh, I always loved your pics of the Amish people - they are very hard working - but still they enjoy life as it comes, and they have quite a lot of humour.

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