Saturday, July 25, 2009

Chasing rainclouds

I took a nice long ride around the Lititz and Manheim area today. I try to ride on a road I've never ridden on before each day, and today I hit more than one.

The sky was overcast, with occasional breaks in the cloud cover. When I started out, there was a light sprinkle descending from the heavens, but it seems that was the extent of the evening's precipitation.

The rural landscape and the smells of farmland were refreshing. Dairy farms in particular have a unique odor that reminds me of childhood visits to my grandparents' house near Norwich, NY.

As I was riding down a road north of Lititz, I chanced upon this pasture with the white fence around it. It seemed picturesque, so I stopped and took a shot.

Not too far down the road, I found a lovely old barn. It didn't have much in the way of unique qualities, but the fading paint and buckled boards held a certain charm.

The evening turned out to be perfect. I puttered along at about 30 mph, simply enjoying the weather, the scenery, and the smell of the country. It's funny how we tend to take our surroundings for granted. Lancaster county attracts tourists from all over the nation, and this evening, I was reminded of one of the reasons this is so. The landscape is beautiful and the farms and homesteads are often lovely to behold.

It was a cleansing experience for me as rides in the country often are.

1 comment:

cpa3485 said...

Really like those pictures. Looks like it could be just outside of town here. I think pictures of barns can v
Be fascinating. Barbs can be all shapes, sizes and conditions.