Scouting for barns, bridges and buildings in East Amwell and West Amwell Townships has been challenging. Many of the narrow country roads, the ones where the barns are located, are not mapped on Google Maps. I used Google Map's satellite view to find objects and bridges, but could not get addresses. It was impossible to use Google Street View to virtually scout many roads that looked like they might have farms with barns.
Earlier in the week while Bhavna and I went searching for a new trial, we drove around some very narrow country roads that we had not driven before. On some of the streets, we found barns that I thought were interesting. I took photos with my iPhone, so I could use the GPS data to find the barns later.
My goal was to photograph the barns near the golden hour. I thought the light would look good on the red of the bar.
The property at 9 Gulick Rd was challenging to photograph. Gulick Rd is very narrow. I parked almost in the ditch and quickly set up my tripod at the back of the CUV. I was not able to fit the whole scene into one frame. Well, I could have, but I would have had to trespass on the property on the other side of the road.
My position on the side of the road created problems for passing cars, so I quickly fired off a few frames and left for the next stop.
The Amwell Ridge Farm is on Google Maps, but the location on Google Maps does not map to the physical on Rocktown Road. Rocktown Road was even more narrow than Gulick Road. Bhavana yelled at me to get out of the road as a car approached.
I convinced Bhavna to come with me to the Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers’ Market. Earlier in the week, I ordered a rustic loaf of bread and a 7 year aged reserve cheddar from Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse in Milford. I ordered online, but pick up is at the farmers' market.
Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers’ Market is hosted at the Case-Dvoor Farmstead in Flemington, about a 45-minute drive from home. We didn't know what to expect, but we pleasantly surprised. Beside Bobolink, we bought a few containers of spicy pickles from picklelicious for Kiran. She loves their pickles. I bought some native wildflower plants for my garden and roasted coffee beans.
Now for the strange bit. We stopped at one booth where a woman and her family were selling a sort of Balkan calzone and a sweet pastry which she thought I "needed". When I explained that I don't eat too many sweet things due to Type 1 diabetes, her husband, who was seated on the grass nearby perked up. He got up and insisted on praying for me to be healed. I was polite, but then it got weird when he tried to lay his hands on me. I did my best not insult the man when I insisted that I had to leave. But he persisted in explaining that disease was all in my mind and that he could cure me with prayer. Did I mention he was not wearing a mask and insisted COVID-19 was a hoax? Yup. Weird.
After the market, Bhavna wanted to go for a hike. We quickly ate our "Balkan" lunch, changed, and drove over to the St. Michael’s Farm Preserve. The last time we hiked this trail it was winter, the air was cold, and the ground was frozen. We had a blast then, but this time, we were miserable. The preserve is mostly open fields. The air was humid with temperatures just above 30ºC. We were wilting. Bhavna wanted to turn around, but we persisted and found a fork in the trail that took us into the forest. That was more fun, but the trail wasn't as beautiful as the Rocky Brook and Mount Rose trails.
I was in the kitchen when I looked out the window and saw this foal strolling across the lawn. I grabbed the Canon 70-200mm, gingerly slid open the sliding door and was able to snap some photos.
Near the Stonebridge Trail in Skillman. #sunset #barn #skillman #montgomerytownship