Monday, March 14, 2011

Amish Country

Despite the fact that no one quite shared my enthusiasm, I wasn't about to leave Pennsylvania without a visit with the Amish. So we took a small detour on the way home and spent a couple of hours in a small town near Lancaster. I loved our short time in Bird-in-Hand!
close-up of barn


We enjoyed our horse and buggy ride with our two horses and our driver, Steve.
our buggy & Steve


our horses


I loved the short drive down the dirt roads
road


I loved observing the simpler, slower, more peaceful way of life,
chicken house


the friendliness and gentleness of the people.
young men in buggy


Next time I don't plan to spend just a couple of short hours with the Amish.
passing buggies


Next time, I plan to park my buggy for at least a couple of days!
buggy parking lot


Sweet Shot Day

25 comments:

Ashley Sisk said...

That is so cool - I really thought they wouldn't allow photographs. How neat!

mountain mama said...

oh, sign me up!!! looks fantastic!

Melissa said...

It sure is a beautiful life :)

Theresa said...

your pictures are amazing!!!

I sometimes wish I lived in a simpler time.

texwisgirl said...

Beautiful photos of a simpler life. :) Thanks for dropping by my blog today! God bless you and yours!

Chef Penny said...

I loved visiting the Amish when we were in Michigan a few years ago. Great pictures!

Zondra Art said...

Great and very interesting pictures!

Our Typical Life said...

Beautiful captures!

My grandma lives in Amish country, in southern Minnesota, and we love visiting with them.

Mindy said...

You got beautiful shots!!!! We went to Amish country last summer and I LOVED it.
Hope to go back again!!!
in HIM-
Mindy

Rochelle@AFamilyofLooneys said...

Love your shots! I don't blame you I would park my buggy for a few days too. Looks like a wonderful place to visit.

Kaye Swain - SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation said...

Very interesting. We live in a community with a busy highway full of speeding cars and the occasional Amish buggy. It's fascinating and sweet. Thank you for more interesting insights with your lovely photos for Sweet Shot Tuesday. I'll have to share them with my senior mom and grandchildren as well.

Mom of M&Ms said...

Awesome.. I grew up near large Amish communities.. I am surprised that your Buggy driver allowed a picture...although there are different rules to govern different sects.. The bishop determines the rules for each group> Beautiful photos!

Jimi Ann said...

Beautiful and they look so peaceful. We actually converted to the Mennonite faith and spent lots of time with them and were around the Amish (still are somewhat). A seemingly very peaceful way of life, although, they can be very stressed out because of all the hard, hard labor they believe they need to do -- things aren't always as they seem...visiting is nice, though, to step back in time a bit. You captures such PEACE and SIMPLICITY in your photos.

Tara said...

That is really neat. Thanks for sharing. I have visited before and would love to go back at sometime.

Sheri said...

COol shots! I am surprised the driver allowed you to photograph him!

Misty said...

I just found your blog through another blogger and I must say I am SO jealous of your trip to see the amish. That is one of my dreams is to be able to see them and observe their culture. I'm surprised that guy let you take his picture. I thought they didn't let people do that. Terrific photos. If you need someone who shares your interest of the Amish to go park a buggy with, I'm your girl. lol :) http://throughaphotographerseyes.blogspot.com/

Courtney said...

beautiful. its such simple looking photography of a simple lifestyle. I love how you catured it with muted colors and the texture you added to one of the pics was great. great great shots!

Chic Homeschool Mama said...

LOVE those!!!!! What a wonderful place. I would go there in a heartbeat... but only if they would allow my camera & laptop- so I could continue to blog :) Hehehe

Michelle said...

I'm surprised they let you take their picture!! When we were there, they all kind of hid their faces when they saw a camera.

frecklesandfences said...

Wow, what a visit. I remember going through Amish country when I was younger. I'd love to go back again sometime. Wonderful pictures!

frecklesandfences said...

Wow, what a visit. I remember going through Amish country when I was younger. I'd love to go back again sometime. Wonderful pictures!

tsinclair said...

Great pictures, wish I could have gone :-)

Kirstin said...

I love these. My hubby's family lives in Indiana and when we go to visit, we always take a drive to Shipshewana. I love it! My hubby's family were raised Menonite.

Michelle said...

Looks like you all had a wonderful time! I love the slower more relaxed pace, but I'd miss my cell phone, internet, camera, running hot water... hehe!

CrossView said...

Serious envy here! What a cool field trip! Lifestyle-wise, I think we may be turning a bit Amish... :O)