Adventure 38: Big Valley

May 30, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

We moved to central Pennsylvania last summer, and I've spent a good deal of time exploring the general vicinity.  There is a chain of mountains that pass through the area, with valleys in between.  One of the valleys is called Big Valley, and when you look at some of the photographs I shot there I think you will see how it go its name.  Big Valley is also home to many Amish, and you will see some Amish life depicted in the photos as well.  But to start, here are some images of the valley.

The farms in Big Valley are gorgeous.

I don't know my fruit trees very well but I loved the shapes of these trees and only wish I had driven down a number of weeks ago when I suspect they were in beautiful bloom.  That would have made for some pretty pictures.

Lots of cows out grazing.  They love getting their picture taken (at least that's what I tell myself).

Saturday must be laundry day.  

I watched as they herded these sheep down the road from one field to another.

It wasn't until I explored Central Pennsylvania that I saw a yellow buggy.  It got me curious, so I looked up buggy colors and found out that yellow is the rarest of the 5 colors used on Amish buggies.  And the affiliation that it signifies is located in Big Valley.  In addition to the yellow buggy, today I saw black, white and open air buggies as well.

Saturdays in spring are also time to work the fields - I saw all kinds of contraptions.

I also made a few stops and picked up some fresh produce, homemade jams and pickles, and some bulk goods.  I also brought hoagies from the Whitehall Store home for dinner - highly recommended if you ever venture out to the Big Valley (Mifflin County) PA.  

All photographs were taken with a Canon or 6D or 6DM2 with Canon EF 24-70mm 2.8L USM or Sigma 105mm 1:2.8 DG Macro HSM

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