save our farms

Africa 2013

New England Farm 2014

Our small farms are struggling.

I find myself automatically saying, “our” farms whenever I’m speaking or writing about the small farms in the USA, as if we all owned them. Why do we feel that they are our farms? And if we feel so much ownership in them, why don’t we get our hands dirty investing in and protecting them?

“Our” farms are in crisis.

Our farms have been in crises since the begging of the new world population on this continent.

New England Medley

A little of this…a little of that: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont

Seasonal travel in search or autumnal colors is a great way to explore new territories.

Upper left: view from a graveyard looking across a glassy river.
Flower: The 3rd week in September in NE should have been chilly, but it was 80 degrees all week and rained the day we returned to sunny California.
Tombstone: An old graveyard with a lone tombstone, tipped from the tree roots,  peers from under an overgrown tree.
An historic late home from the late 1700’s, in Taftsville, across the road from the covered bridge and a stones throw from the corner merchant store. Incredibly quaint neighborhood. I should have spent 3 hours just shooting there.

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..and some more…

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Old barns: there’s a reason why they are clichés…

What is it about old barn imagery that intrigues us?

We love them just as we love visions of autumn leaves. There are millions of multicolored leaves hanging on the breath of an autumn moment before they turn brown and crumble to join the indistinguishable brown soil beneath our feet…and yet, so many of us love the uniqueness of each one.

These leaves hadn’t quite turned so we kept heading farther north towards Canada from Conway, NH.

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Kancamagus Hiway, NH

Quick facts

New Hampshire Route 112 is a 56.39-mile-long
East–west state highway in northern New Hampshire.
The highway winds across the state, connecting Bath to Conway via the scenic and mountainous area of the White Mountain National Forest.
Wikipediahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Hampshire_Route_112

Kancamagus Highway Fall Foliage

Fall Foliage season at the Kancamagus Highway is by far the best time to visit the Kancamagus. Most people come to the Kancamagus Highway during the foliage season to see the bright colored leaves. The smell of the changing leaves is something you will remember for the rest of your life, it will always take you back to the memories of being at the Kanc.

The highway winds across the state, connecting Bath to Conway via the scenic and mountainous area of the White Mountain National Forest. Part of this highway, which runs through the White Mountains, is known as the Kancamagus Highway. This highway is known for its views of autumn foliage and is a popular drive in September and October for the leaf peeping tourism.
The drive along the Kancamagus Highway takes you back in time as you drive through a forest that offers no comforts of the modern day world; no gas stations, no restaurants, hotels or other businesses have pierced their way into the heart of the Kancamagus Highway. Those luxuries are left behind at both ends of the scenic byway but well within reach when needed. Its only major intersection, Bear Notch Road, which connects with the town of Bartlett, is closed all winter.

Route description

View along NH Route 112 in the White Mountains

The eastern terminus of NH 112 and the Kancamagus Highway is in the town of Conway at New Hampshire Route 16 (the White Mountain Highway) and New Hampshire Route 113. Traveling almost entirely within the White Mountain National Forest, the highway follows the Swift River valley west and climbs to the summit of Kancamagus Pass at an elevation of 2,855 feet (870 m), then descends to the valley of the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River, which it follows to Lincoln, the western terminus of the Kancamagus Highway. NH 112 continues west, crossing Interstate 93 and U.S. Route 3 in North Woodstock, then climbing through Kinsman Notch and descending northwest along the Wild Ammonoosuc River to its western terminus, in the town of Bath at U.S. Route 302 and New Hampshire Route 10, about 4 miles (6.4 km) from the Vermont border.