I often find myself meandering along the Connecticut River that divides New Hampshire and Vermont. New Hampshire owns the river if you must know. Right up to the banks on the other side. With it comes the responsibility of paying for all of the bridges.
The boundary issue between Vermont and New Hampshire dates back to King George’s time of rule in the 1700’s. During this time, the land spreading from the Connecticut River westward was known as the New Hampshire Grants.
At that time, New Hampshire regarded the river as its own. New Hampshire officials and residents built bridges spanning the river and maintained them. In the History of New Hampshire, published in 1792, Jeremy Belknap wrote, “from a point near Hinsdale, New Hampshire, up to the forty-fifth degree of latitude, the western bank of that river is the western boundary of New Hampshire and the eastern boundary of Vermont.” – link
You can drive along on the New Hampshire side via Route 10 or on the Vermont side via Route 5. Both offer a treasure trove of landscape and scenic photography opportunities.
One day driving along the Connecticut River on Route 5 in I spotted this great scene and just had to pull over, pop on the hazard lights, carefully cross the road, hop the guard rail, fight the tick infested weeds and slippery mud at the bottom of a ravine to find the perfect spot to capture reflections coming off the slow moving water of the Connecticut (the CT River has a series a dams that control its flow and is used for hydro power).
The Connecticut River is the longest river in the New England region of the United States, flowing roughly southward for 406 miles (653 km) through four states. It rises at the U.S. border with Quebec, Canada and discharges at Long Island Sound. Its watershed encompasses five U.S. states and one Canadian province, 11,260 square miles (29,200 km2) via 148 tributaries, 38 of which are major rivers. It produces 70% of Long Island Sound’s fresh water, discharging at 19,600 cubic feet (560 m3) per second.
The Hersey Farms Historic District of Andover, New Hampshire, includes two farmsteads belonging to members of the Hersey family, located on the Franklin Highway (New Hampshire Route 11) in eastern Andover. The older of the two farms, the Guy Hersey Farm, was established c. 1850 by Hiram Fellows, and has been in the Hersey family since 1904. The adjacent James Hersey Farm was established in 1833 by Alfred Weare, and was acquired by Guy Hersey’s son James in 1945. The two farms encompass 325 acres (132 ha), and were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.
I found a variety of interesting compositions of the classic old weathered buildings including the outbuildings, barns, attached farm house. All in all it is an amazing complex of preserved buildings that make up this once active farm. In the back fields, cattle or beef cows still graze the fields from the neighboring farm.
The Guy Hersey Farm, 1088 Franklin Highway, includes 57 acres (23 ha) of land, a c. 1830 farmhouse, and a number of barns and other outbuildings. Although the house predates the establishment of the farm by Hiram Fellows, physical and documentary evidence suggest it was moved to this site from another location. It began as a 1.5 story wood frame house with a side-gable roof. In the 1850s it was enlarged by raising the roof and adding a south wing. A barn dating to c. 1865-80 is connected to the house by a shed extension, and a second barn (c. 1917) is attached to the first. A third barn, dating to c. 1920 and moved to the site by Guy Hersey from another farm, forms an enclosed barnyard with the other two. The most interesting outbuilding is a c. 1890 structure that was initially used as a piggery, but was converted by Hersey into a smithy. Hersey’s property also includes the foundation remnants of an old schoolhouse.
The farm that was established by Hiram Fellows was probably operated by his father Nathan on a subsistence basis. After several changes of ownership it was acquired by Hersey, who first had a dairy operation. When this became less economically viable, he used the farm to raise cattle, an operation that continues today
Driving along Etna Center Road with my son, I spot something new and great. My son says “Dad, don’t go off the road!”. I’m not I assure him, besides I don’t have my camera with me.
Don’t you love when something can still surprise you driving along an old familiar route? There is an old farm in the town of Etna, basically a section of Hanover, New Hampshire which Dartmouth College resides, that have been a favorite subject of mine over the years. I’ve photographed their chickens…
…their old chicken coop…
…their old John Deere tractor when its parked just right…
…and their cows…
But now after seven years of driving by this farm, there is something new to photograph – a cute old vintage red Dodge farm pickup truck parked in the pasture. I’m guessing it is a decorative piece as it seems stuck in a field of deep snow. Perhaps its a wind break for the cows. Maybe its working but is planned for use in the summer. Whatever the case I’ll photograph is long as it stays in such a great spot.
Jenne Farm in Reading, Vermont (The address of the Jenne Farm is 1264 Jenne Road.) is suppose to be the most photographed farm in Vermont and perhaps the world.
It even showed up in Forest Gump in a scene where Forest is running across America (and back again) and it has been used in Budweiser commercials and other movies.
I’ve seen a lot of photographs of photographers lined up, tripod leg to tripod leg, in the early morning or like in this photo, in the middle of winter. I’ve visited the farm many times (and tossed a donation in the donation box) but have never run into another photographer there. Perhaps I don’t get up early enough or these are photo clubs or some kind of photo tour.
….in the world of landscape photography, Jenne Farm becomes a sunrise mecca each autumn, a scene that so screams “quintessential New England fall” — rolling hills, weathered red barns, and an 18th-century farmhouse, all flanked by autumn leaves — that it has become, it is said, the most photographed farm in the country, perhaps the world.
“On busy days, there can easily be a hundred people up on that hill photographing everything we do, and sometimes people get confused and think it’s a park instead of a working farm and private residence. They’re always asking for the public restroom, when can they take a tour of the house, and the location of the restaurant.”
In the world of amateur photography, an iconic spot like Jenne Farm becomes “must have” shot on photographer’s bucket list. Once you’ve seen a photograph of the farm, you start seeing every where. On calendars, on post cards, on book covers etc.
Amateur photographers who “collect” these iconic spots become like a bird enthusiast tracks their life list and travel the world to check off more birds than that guy in the bird club.
Antelope Valley – check.
Grand Canyon – check
Bass Harbor Lighthouse – check
Nubble Light – Cape Neddick Lighthouse – check
Old Faithful – check
Eiffel Tower – check
The only problem is not seeing the forest for the trees or being so focused on these icons perhaps they miss other interesting places and scene that are right around them in their neck of the woods. Also standing in a line with a dozen other photographers all getting the same exact shot doesn’t lead to much individual expression or personal style your work.
The goal with any iconic spot should be to bring a unique take on the location. Difficult to do of course with a spot that has been shot to death.
A collection of vintage films, sales pitches and commercials for the Ford line of tractors which dates back 100 years. I’ve collected a number of fine art photographs and artwork of vintage Ford tractors in the New England region including many of these fine old machines still in running condition and even still in used on farms in New Hampshire and Vermont.
Fine art photographs and prints of vintage Ford tractors by visual artist Edward M. Fielding can be purchase as greeting cards, prints rolled in a tube, frame and matted museum quality artwork, wood, canvas, acrylic prints and even on products such as t-shirts, tote bags and shower curtains. Makes a great gift for the Ford tractor fan in your life.
Ford Tractor Company was a company in Minneapolis, Minnesota, active 1916–1917, that built tractors to facilitate “horseless farming”. It was not related to the Ford Motor Company.
The choice of name has been assessed as deceptive by later commentators. Businessman W. Baer Ewing had hired tractor designer Robert Kinkaid to develop his product line, but named the company after one Paul Ford, a local hardware clerk Ewing had hired, allegedly to leverage the Ford name to take advantage of customer confusion with Henry Ford. The company may have hoped for a quick settlement with Henry Ford to acquire the name, but instead Henry Ford marketed his own line of tractors, beginning in 1916, under the brand name Fordson.
The company is the subject of a silent educational documentary produced in 1917, Horseless Farming With Ford Tractors.
Fine Art Photographs of Cows – I recently found myself in Stowe, Vermont for a rainy afternoon. My wife had a conference at the Spruce Lodge and I had the afternoon free. Fall foliage had already come and gone with the last leaves being ripped off by a breezy, stormy day. But I was determined to get out and photograph the beautiful country side around Stowe which includes many fine family farms.
I came across a herd of dairy cows gathering near the farm gate, hoping that it was getting close to milking time. One cow in particular caught my eye and I was able to capture a few nice portraits.
Managing to keep my gear dry and shooting wide open in the dark and gloomy late afternoon cloudy sky, I manage to capture this sweet face in the pasture.
This is a Jersey cow or cattle are a small breed of dairy cattle. Originally bred in the Channel Island of Jersey, the breed is popular for the high butterfat content of its milk and the lower maintenance costs attending its lower body-weight, as well as its genial disposition.
They look a lot different than the type of cow typically raised for beef such as this fine fellow below seen on a small micro farm in Etna, New Hampshire.
These cow portraits in black and white can be found in the extensive portfolios of fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding. Fine art photographs of cows and farms in New England are available as prints, museum quality framed art, canvas prints, wood prints and more as well as on products such as tote bags and decor items such as throw pillows.
The Art of the Tractor – celebrating the beauty of old farm tractors with fine art photographs and artwork from around New England and the world.
Do you like old tractors? This is the place to see some of the finest tractor photography by photographer and vintage tractor hound, Edward M. Fielding.
Living in the heart of old tractor hunting grounds, in the Upper Valley region and Kearsarge area of New Hampshire, near the boarder of Vermont, Fielding spends his time hunting the surrounding towns of Springfield, Sunapee, New London, Hanover, Lyme, Cornish as well as deep into rural Vermont in pursuit of fine old vintage tractors in the wild to photograph.
John Deere, Farmall, International Harvester, Ford – if it is an old tractor sold back in the day in New England, chances are Fielding has found and documented it.
Old tractors still in use plowing and haying meadows, old antiques restored and proudly displayed, classics for sale, rusty old heaps put out to pasture as decorations, cute little red house tractors peeking out of barns.
A tractor is an engineering vehicle specifically designed to deliver a high tractive effort (or torque) at slow speeds, for the purposes of hauling a trailer or machinery used in agriculture or construction.
Most commonly, the term is used to describe a farm vehicle that provides the power and traction to mechanize agricultural tasks, especially (and originally) tillage, but nowadays a great variety of tasks.
Agricultural implements may be towed behind or mounted on the tractor, and the tractor may also provide a source of power if the implement is mechanized.
To the tractor lover, there is something magical about the tractor in the pasture. It represents wisdom, strength, and former glory as the plower of soil, tender of crops, and the backbone of the nation.
Much like the aging racehorse or the prize bull, after its working days are done, old tractors find resting spots on the edges of fields, alongside barns, or in the hedgerows.
Today, these rusting piles of iron not only represent the memories of nostalgic farmers (past or present), they represent possibilities of restoration, rejuvenation, and new life as sparkling representations of an age gone by.