Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Horsing Around

The telephone pole is a little distracting, but otherwise this is a fun photo. Rachel and I were driving around the Conewango Valley, New York Amish settlement last week and we witnessed all sorts of modes of transport Amish children used to come and go from school.  Most of the time the children were walking in small groups (often in separate clusters of boys and girls) swinging their lunch pails and bundled up against the snow and cold.  We even saw one boy heading to school on skis. I think the skis were twice as tall as he was.  I'm always so accustomed to seeing buggies in Amish country that I was caught off guard when we spotted this lone "horseman" charging down the road.  He was a boy probably about 11 or 12 years old wearing the traditional straw hat and plain clothing, but he carried his books in a sleek red and black backpack.  Rachel quickly snapped a couple of photos.  We tried to follow from a distance to see where he was headed but the boy quickly disappeared into the hills never to be seen by us again.

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