Chestnut Ridge and The 57 (still rural–sort of)

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I had to shoot some sky photos out the car window while waiting at a light.     This peaceful rural scene was only recently similar on the opposite corner, to the right beyond  the  Highway 57…former farm land maintained by a Mr. Nash, who fifteen years ago could be found on his tractor plowing these fields.   Now there is an assortment of shops and restaurants, and the biggest Walmart that I ever saw–but, admittedly, I don’t get out much anymore.   The clouds were particularly spectacular all the way home, a few miles off to the right.  I kept wanting to turn off and get some more photos, but that just isn’t always practical.

I like this shot for my Photo 101 class, now underway.   The open lands of the rural countryside are shrinking as infrastructure such as roads and water and sewer lines are installed.  The view from this very vantage point…sitting at a stop light waiting for traffic to move…will be drastically changed very soon.  I also like the power lines overhead along the road, strung in a naturally-aesthetic striped effect which hints at order and progress–power and communication lines connecting us all.

Fortunately, the sky will never change and gorgeous cloud formations will ever be available to offer mankind (us women, too) a brief respite from less-attractive sights provided by other humans.

Too optimistic?  Nah, might as well think positively.   🙂

17 thoughts on “Chestnut Ridge and The 57 (still rural–sort of)

    1. yes, I can still remember vividly some great clouds I saw once while flying over from Texas to Cleveland… and one area, probably a smallish town with a group of clouds overhead and visible rain…otherwise in a clear sky.

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    1. I try to keep it in my pocket, but when I don’t have a pocket…it doesn’t work. I got the habit of taking pix about 56 years ago when my daughter was 2-3, and her Dad was in Korea. I took pictures of her in almost every pose you can imagine…especially with hats on, she loved hats. She was very photogenic…I still have zillions of pics of her. We have a lot of the other kids too, but mostly her. 🙂

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    1. that’s a good policy… 🙂 I don’t try to take pictures while I’m driving either…I don’t even talk on my phone, or text… I do try to always have my camera with me though, and I’m glad I did because I might not have had a chance to stop.

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    1. thanks so much! Those clouds were extra beautiful that day, and although I wasn’t looking at the scenery as much it did show up nicely I think. I had another shot which showed the yellow line in the street, but the clouds were not as perfect. 🙂

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