Scenes from Around the Upper Valley

Upper Valley Travels

Scenes from Around the Upper Valley

A short movie with scenes from my travels around the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire.

New Hampshire and Vermont’s Upper Valley is surrounded by the Green Mountains of Vermont and the White Mountains of New Hampshire and consists of many small, wonderful towns and cities.  Home to DHMC and Dartmouth College, the ninth oldest college in the country and proudly serving the Ivy League community, Hanover New Hampshire offers the hustle and bustle of an upscale-casual city with a small town feel.

The region along the Connecticut river upstream and downstream from Lebanon, New Hampshire and White River Junction, Vermont, is known locally as the “Upper Valley”. The exact definition of the region varies, but it generally is considered to extend south to Windsor, Vermont, and Cornish, New Hampshire, and north to Bradford, Vermont, and Piermont, New Hampshire.

To buy prints, framed artwork, canvas prints, metal, prints as well as products such as tote bags, cell phone cases, throw pillows and more with photographs from the Upper Valley, visit: http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/

Old Train Bridge
Old Train Bridge http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/2-old-steel-train-bridge-edward-fielding.html
Red Door Winter Barn, Windsor, Vermont
Red Door Winter Barn, Windsor, Vermont
Dartmouth College in Hanvover, NH framed art.
Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH framed art.
Ely Vermont Old Wooden Silo And Barn Black And White Framed Print
Ely Vermont Old Wooden Silo And Barn Black And White Framed Print
Inside The Horse Barn Black And White
Inside The Horse Barn Black And White
Edward Fielding

Edward Fielding

Etna, NH

NOTE: The watermark DOES NOT appear on the final print.
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I use my photography to communicate my vision of the world. My work deals with storytelling in light and shadow from the beauty, texture and shape of every day objects to wonders of the natural world. — Edward M. Fielding

Edward M. Fielding
Fine Art Photography
www.edwardfielding.com

Fine art photography and digital art by artist Edward M. Fielding. Fielding is an artist working in the photography and digital media. As a freelance artist my work is currently represented by several leading stock agencies.

My work has appeared in featured in numerous magazines, greeting cards, advertising, book covers and media companies as well as been widely shown and juries into fine art shows.

Recently I was one of the featured artists in the PhotoReel art show at Gallery W at the Whitney in the Berkshires.

In addition to fine art photography, I enjoy being a staff educator at the AVA Gallery and Arts Center in Lebanon, NH teaching creative technology such as Scratch and Lego Mindstorms robotics to elementary and middle school children.

Many of the images featured here on Fine Art America are available for rights managed licensing for book covers and other projects from Arc Angel Images – http://tinyurl.com/aww2wzl
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All work in this gallery is the original work of Edward M. Fielding. It is for sale, copyrighted to Edward M. Fielding and, as such, is protected by US and International Copyright laws.

Copyright Edward Fielding All Rights Reserved. COPYRIGHT NOTICE:
Edward Fielding retains all rights to these images. It is illegal to copy, scan or duplicate from the website in any form.
Images on this site may not be used for personal or commercial use without written permission by Edward Fielding.

Down on the Farm Fine Art

Down On The Farm

A collection of farm, rural, country living images from artist and photographer Edward M. Fielding.  Photographs and artwork taken and inspired by New England farm scenery around the Vermont and New Hampshire area known as the Upper Valley.  See the entire collection here – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/collections/farm+life

The Farm Life Collection

The Farm Life Collection includes over 250 images dealing with rural and country scenes of farm animals, barns and agricultural landscapes.

Sunset over the old red barn.
Sunset over the old red barn.

“After The Storm Passes” framed print by Edward Fielding.  Customize your print to life with hundreds of different frame and mat combinations. Our frame prints are assembled, packaged, and shipped by our expert framing staff and delivered “ready to hang” with pre-attached hanging wire, mounting hooks, and nails. Ships within 2 – 3 business days.  Storm photographs and artwork – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/storm

 

Old Red Tractor in the Snow
Old Red Tractor in the Snow

“Old Red Tractor in the Snow” – Part of the collection of over 100 vintage tractor fine art photographs – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/tractor

Vintage Tractor Gallery – a portfolio of over 100 vintage tractor photographs and artwork

Barns, Farms, Fresh Country Air

From Jenne Farm in Reading, Vermont to the backroads of Orford, NH, to walking the dog in Etna, NH, the Farm Life collection captures scenes from old family farms that still work the soil, milk the cows, tap the trees and produce fresh food for local tables.

Ely Vermont Old Wooden Silo And Barn Black And White Framed Print
Ely Vermont Old Wooden Silo And Barn Black And White Framed Print

A 100 year old barn in Ely, Vermont.  The  Old Wooden Silo And Barn Black And White framed print by Edward Fielding can be purchased with hundreds of different frame and mat combinations. Our frame prints are assembled, packaged, and shipped by our expert framing staff and delivered “ready to hang” with pre-attached hanging wire, mounting hooks, and nails. Ships within 2 – 3 business days. http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/products/ely-vermont-old-wooden-silo-and-barn-black-and-white-edward-fielding-framed-print.html

Inside The Horse Barn Black And White
Inside The Horse Barn Black And White

The setting sun fills this horse barn with a beautiful warm glow. Vermont Photography by Edward M. Fielding http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/inside-the-horse-barn-black-and-white-edward-fielding.html

10 Amazing Vintage Tractors

A selection of ten great old vintage tractor photographs and artwork from the portfolio of Edward M. Fielding – www.edwardfielding.com


Tractor artwork for fans of old farm equipment and great country decor.  The tractor artwork is available as canvas prints, metal, framed and matted artwork and more!

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This old red tractor can be found on display at the Quechee Village in just outside of Woodstock, Vermont.

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Early morning fog over a great older John Deere, green and yellow tractor in Etna, New Hampshire.  Many of these classic old tractors are still in use after so many years of service.

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A collection of old retired tractors line up outside a farm in the Keene, New Hampshire area.

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This old tractor comes to visit a meadow near my home twice a summer to cut the hay. Who knows how long this old work horse has been in service. These machines sit outside in the weather half the time but they seem to live forever.
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So, out back lie iron hunks of metal
That once was the heart of the farm.
Tractors and old trucks in their former glory
Just waiting to be restored and remind us of their story.

Part of a poem by Cindy Ladage –

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Amazing detail on this old tractor and the rustic barn its housed in when not in use haying fields in the Lyme, New Hampshire area.

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A cute old vintage Ford tractor still in use on a hay field in Etna, New Hampshire.  Love the blue and white color scheme and the rounded art deco styling.

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A collection of old vintage tractors on Prince Edward Island, Canada. Acrylic painting effect from an original photography by Edward M. Fielding – www.edwardfielding.com
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Antique tractors can indeed still perform on a modern day farm, but different tractors may be needed for different farming purposes. Before buyers run out and purchase an antique tractor, there are a few things that they should consider and a few questions that they may need to ask themselves first.

There are four basic tractor front-end types that are built for various farming needs.The tricycle front end tractor is mainly dubbed as a row-crop tractor because it is narrow and works well between rows of crop. It is generally used for cultivating. The name of the tractor describes its physical characteristics as it is designed with two spaced back wheels and one front wheel. Some tricycle tractors actually have two front wheels, but they are situated so close together that the tractor still has a tricycle-like appearance.

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Farmall was a model name and later a brand name for tractors manufactured by the American company International Harvester (IH). The Farmall name was usually presented as McCormick-Deering Farmall and later McCormick Farmall in the evolving brand architecture of IH.

Farmalls were general-purpose tractors. Their origins were as row-crop tractors, a category that they helped establish and in which they long held a large market share. During the decades of Farmall production (1920s to 1970s), most Farmalls were built for row-crop work, but many orchard, fairway, and other variants were also built. Most Farmalls were all-purpose tractors that were affordable for small to medium-sized family farms and could do enough of the tasks needed on the farm that the need for hired hands was reduced and the need for horses or mules was eliminated. Thus Farmall was a prominent brand in the 20th-century trend toward the mechanization of agriculture in the US.

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An old John Deere tractor outside a historic old barn in downtown, metropolis, Etna, New Hampshire, part of Hanover, home to Dartmouth College.

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Close up of an great old tractor showing years of service and work.

145 more great vintage tractor photographs and artwork here!

Tractor Photography Season

A favorite photography subject: Tractors

Tractor photography season is here, at least that’s how I see it.  I live in a rural area of New Hampshire near the Vermont boarder and one thing we have plenty of is tractors and nice old vintage tractors.  These are not museum pieces although we have those also on display at the Tunbridge World’s Fair and the Cornish County Fair and other places around the area.  Clubs dedicated to restoring and preserving old tractors.

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But beyond the museum pieces we have a lot of great old farm equipment in use in the hay fields and pastures around the region.  Beautiful old beasts, some in great shape, others coaxed into working condition with a squirt of oil and a kick to the carburetor.

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I’ve come to know several of these great old farm machines as they move around the neighborhood plowing this field one week and another the next week.  Some of the old Ford machines have nice rounded bonnets that remind me of art deco styling in their blue and white two tone paint jobs.  The John Deere’s sport their famous green and yellow colors while the MF’s wear a coat of red paint.  No to be confused by the really one machines covered in rust.

 

Newer machines seem to be eye popping orange or bright red or that green/yellow combination.  One thing you can tell by looking in the yard of a local farmer is the brand loyality.  These beasts of the fields seem to last forever and if they ever are retired usually they are added to the line up in the back 40 or out by the utility barn.  Maybe they’ll be scavenged for parts or be restored at some later date if there is any time left after a busy day working the farm but one thing seems for certain, its tough to get a loyal customer to switch brands, at least by the look of things.

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Tractors: How to photograph tractors with examples

Since I live in a rural area of New Hampshire, close to Vermont, tractors are common subject for me to find and photograph.  Is there a right way and a wrong way to photograph tractors?  Of course not.  Like anything related to creative arts, its up to the artist to choose how they want to portray the subject of tractors.

Examples of Tractor Photographs

Here are some examples from my portfolio of vintage tractors available for purchase as prints, framed and mated art, canvas prints, acrylic prints and more via – edward-fielding.pixels.com

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This square cropped shot of a tractor in a field gives just enough information about the scene to understand its in a field at the edge of a forest.

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This old photograph of the old retired tractor in the shed takes a traditional Ansel Adams type approach with long dynamic range and deep depth of field. While not f64 view camera type of depth of field, this shot was taken on a very sturdy tripod with a very small aperture to capture all of the detail of the scene in crisp resolution. The viewer is left to admire the fine details and all of the beautiful texture and junk around the scene. The subject is place dead center allowing the view to gaze into the middle of the symmetrical drivers seat and wheel of the tractor.

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In contrast to the previous tractor photograph, this one uses a shallow depth of field to blur out the busy background. Notice too that main focal point, the weather and rusty grill on the tractor is composed off center to add interest.

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This sunset photograph of an old John Deere tractor in a hay field uses a wide angle lens to distort the large tire nearest to the lens and add depth to the scene with the dairy barn in the background.

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A foggy morning and soft muted colors set the mood in this tractor photograph taken in Lyme, New Hampshire.

More Vintage Tractors

To see more examples of tractor photographs, follow this link: More Examples of Vintage Tractor Photographs – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/collections/vintage+tractors
 

How many images sell monthly on Fine Art America?

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Here is how I answered the following question recently:

Q. Approximately, how many artworks (originals and prints) sell on sites like Saatchiart.com and Fineartamerica.com per month?

The only number important to you and your work is how many pieces can you expect to sell per month. Unfortunately there are important variables which determine this including:

1. Quality of your work
2. Suitability of your work to the market attracted to the site
3. Number of works offered
4. Diversity of works offered.
5. How well you have sold on the site in the past.
6. How much marketing you do.
7. Your name recognition.
8. The size of your target market.
9. The appropriateness of your pricing.
10. Your Google ranking.
11. How long you’ve been working on marketing.
12. The volume of new pieces uploaded.

Results vary for each individual artist. Every artist is different and markets their work differently.
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True right? I mean for myself, after four years of marketing and building up a portfolio of 4,000 quality, diverse images on Fine Art America, I typically sell a work every few days or even every day during the Christmas season but it varies greatly. Some artists on the site have never sold after being on the site for years. Others sell 10 or more artworks a day. Most only offer their work and don’t put in the time and effort it takes to market their work so they don’t sell. Others don’t market much but seem to sell easily. It all depends on the work, the market for that work and the promotional efforts of the sellers.

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Art stimulates conversation, dialogue and interchange even between total strangers who might never otherwise say a single word to each other. It gives people permission to share thoughts, feelings, ideas and impressions that they might not ordinarily share.  Art personalizes and humanizes the places where we live and work. Art revives lifeless interiors– homes as well as businesses– and transforms them into unique, beautiful and engaging environments.

Artwork for the Farm House

A collection of artwork curated for the country home.  Tractors, barns, scenes from an honest, simpler lifestyle.

The collection includes over 200 photographs and artwork from the New England area including Vermont and New Hampshire, rural, country scenes of a life that is disappearing and unknown to many today.  Fresh eggs, maple syrup, homemade pies and the scent of fresh cut hay and the sounds of dairy cows walking up to the old barn.  www.edwardfielding.com

 
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Enjoy the images and poetry:

 

There once was a man from up Nord
Who invariably could be found on a Ford.
No Allis, no Deering, no Farmalls or Cases
And the Green ones he truely abhorred.
When he wasn’t fixing he was at YT mixing
with all of the great folks on the boards.

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There once was a farmer named rand.
He bought a tractor one day second hand.
He started to curse when it hung in reverse.
And unplowed an acre of land.

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The tractor stands frozen – an agony
To think of. All night
Snow packed its open entrails. Now a head-pincering gale,
A spill of molten ice, smoking snow,
Pours into its steel.
At white heat of numbness it stands
In the aimed hosing of ground-level fieriness.

It defied flesh and won’t start.
Hands are like wounds already
Inside armour gloves, and feet are unbelievable
As if the toe-nails were all just torn off.
I stare at it in hatred. Beyond it
The copse hisses – capitulates miserably
In the fleeing, failing light. Starlings,
A dirtier sleetier snow, blow smokily, unendingly, over
Towards plantations Eastward.
All the time the tractor is sinking
Through the degrees, deepening
Into its hell of ice.

The starting lever
Cracks its action, like a snapping knuckle.
The battery is alive – but like a lamb
Trying to nudge its solid-frozen mother –
While the seat claims my buttock-bones, bites
With the space-cold of earth, which it has joined
In one solid lump.

I squirt commercial sure-fire
Down the black throat – it just coughs.
It ridicules me – a trap of iron stupidity
I’ve stepped into. I drive the battery
As if I were hammering and hammering
The frozen arrangement to pieces with a hammer
And it jabbers laughing pain-crying mockingly
Into happy life.

And stands
Shuddering itself full of heat, seeming to enlarge slowly
Like a demon demonstrating
A more-than-usually-complete materialization –
Suddenly it jerks from its solidarity
With the concrete, and lurches towards a stanchion
Bursting with superhuman well-being and abandon
Shouting Where Where?

Worse iron is waiting. Power-lift kneels
Levers awake imprisoned deadweight,
Shackle-pins bedded in cast-iron cow-shit.
The blind and vibrating condemned obedience
Of iron to the cruelty of iron,
Wheels screeched out of their night-locks –

Fingers
Among the tormented
Tonnage and burning of iron

Eyes
Weeping in the wind of chloroform

And the tractor, streaming with sweat,
Raging and trembling and rejoicing.

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“I bought an old tractor all dusty and worn
Knew nothing about her just the year she was born
I washed her and greased her and painted her red
Now she lives happily right here in my shed.”
Farming themed artwork.
Specializing in artwork and photography with a farming theme.

This old tractor comes to visit a hay meadow near my home twice a summer to cut the hay. Who knows how long this old work horse has been in service. These machines sit outside in the weather half the time but they seem to live forever.

So, out back lie iron hunks of metal
That once was the heart of the farm.
Tractors and old trucks in their former glory
Just waiting to be restored and remind us of their story.

Part of a poem by Cindy Ladage – http://www.cowboypoetry.com/cindyladage.htm

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Artwork for the farming themed home or a reminder of the simpler life for city folk:

Artwork Celebrating the Country Life

I have a couple of galleries that feature farming, country and rural life including farm scenes, vintage tractors, cow, traditional family industry like maple syrup production, horses, white clapboard churches of New England, bright red barns and a general simpler way of life away from the hustle and bustle and noise of city life.

The Vintage Tractors collection features many popular photographs of old workhorse tractors, many of them still in service, spotted not only at antique tractor club shows at the local county fairs but in my neighbor’s fields being put to use cutting, drying and baling hay.

http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/collections/vintage+tractors
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I love to find old tractors peeking out of old barns like the shot of above. The drivers behind me of course think I’m nuts when I suddenly switch on the blinkers and pull off into a dusty dirt shoulder, if not a ditch.

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Or I’ll find an old beauty like this that has been left out to face the elements to slowly rot away with time.

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Besides old vintage tractor photographs, I collect scenes of the country rural life here in Vermont and New Hampshire. I have the privilege of living in an area that seems to be about 50 or 100 years older than more dense areas where farm land and country homes have been gobbled up by urban sprawl.

Here in the Upper Valley region along the Connecticut River, home of Dartmouth College the surrounding areas of Hanover, Norwich, Lebanon, Cornish, Winsor, Hartland, Woodstock and other towns in the Upper River Valley, beautiful farm land scenic landscapes are a few minutes away from the quaint New England villages the draw tourists by the bus load every autumn to see the spectacular foliage.

My farm life collection of photographs captures what I find driving along the back roads of the Upper Valley area, stopping at farm stands for fresh eggs, real maple syrup, fresh milk, locally made cheese, pumpkins, vegetables and even meat.

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Links to more photographs and artwork of the farming country life by Edward M. Fielding:

 

Farm Artwork

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This page of fine farming related artwork is dedicated to the hard working men and woman of America who keep us fed. I’m lucky enough to live in a rural area where I can buy fresh eggs, milk and meat from my neighbors and I enjoy living a little be vicariously through them when I visit to photograph their beautiful old barns, rolling landscapes, enter a corn maze, buy a pumpkin, pick some apples or watch the cows. But I certainly respect the hard work these people put into their livelihood and their land.

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Its through their efforts that not only do we get some great fresh food, but their dedication to the land also preserves the open space we enjoy on our little trips out to the country. Farming is more of a lifestyle than a job. There are not vacations. If you go to the county fair, you bring your animals along with you. Winter storm blowing driving snow in at 20 below? Too bad, you still have to kick off the covers and get out to milk the cows.

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A farm is an area of land that is devoted primarily to agricultural processes or an area of water that is devoted primarily to agricultural processes in order to produce and manage such commodities as fibers, grains, livestock, dairy, or fuel. It is the basic production facility in food production.

 

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Many of the farms in the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire offer CSA programs. What is a CSA? CSA Stands for Community Supported Agriculture

CSA allows city residents to have direct access to high quality, fresh produce grown locally by regional farmers.

When you become a member of a CSA, you’re purchasing a “share” of vegetables from a regional farmer. Weekly or bi-weekly, from June until October or November, your farmer will deliver that share of produce to a convenient drop-off location in your neighborhood.

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Local farmers markets are another great way to buy from local farms as well as shopping local in your supermarket. Choose products produced locally including eggs, cheese, butter and milk that are produced nearby instead of shipped in from other regions.

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Buy Local — Support yourself: Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than a nationally owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms — continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community. Buy from your neighbors and support your local economy!

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Available as a t-shirt, sweatshirt, throw pillow, art print, canvas and more! Eat local, think global. Support your local farmers and reduce pollution by buying locally grown food.

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Drive by photography

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Driving around aimlessly hoping to find something to photograph is tough work. Although the car is convenient to carry equipment, provides climate control, is tick and mosquito proof and can cover alot of ground, it sucks as a platform for photography. I’d much rather be on foot walking around what I call a target rich environment. But those spots are not so easy to find and you never know what you’ll discover when visiting a new area.

The disadvantages of the car usually surrounds where to put the car. In urban areas you don’t have a lot of options of just pulling over a car willy nilly. Even in rural areas like the one’s I typically find myself, you have to watch out for drainage ditches, soft snow, farm animals and being sure not to block the road or driveways.

Once this winter I got stuck in some deep snow and had to walk to the nearest general store to ask a burly young landscaper on his lunch break help me out. I bought him lunch and he bought me my freedom once again!

This past year I’ve been accompanying my wife on trips around the state as she attended a Leadership New Hampshire course and visited various hospitals under her preview as a financial officer in a large hospital network. I typically have from all day to maybe an hour and a half to explore. Sometimes I have a spot in mind to check out but typically I just let intuition be my guide to explore and let the GPS guide me back.

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Last night I only had an hour and a half and this was taken up by a drive over hill and dale in the Keene area including towns of Surry and Westmoreland. I saw a lot of pleasant forests, ponds and farm fields but of anything exciting. Although I did spot this row of tractors on the way to Keene and made a stop on the way back when the sun was low in the sky.

Parking was super easy as there was a closed of the season ice stand next to a farm field where a row of old vintage tractors were lined up. I was able to work the scene on foot and take my time. The only difficult thing was trying to figure out how to keep my long shadow out of the frame.

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I was able to get a couple of keeper shots which made the entire trip worthwhile. I always seem to find something to bring back even if there is no fore thought. If you keep an open mind and a sharp eye out looking for opportunities, something will eventually present itself.

– Edward M. Fielding is a visual artist living in Etna, New Hampshire. His work can be seen at www.edwardfielding.com and is available for purchase as prints, canvases and on products such as tote bags and pillows.