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Wed Aug 11, 2021 2:37 pm linkquote
MiguelATF wrote:
I have been a serious fan of both your writing and your photography for some time, Steve.
But amongst the very large gallery of wonderfully resonant photographs and images that you have produced - and (thankfully!) continue to keep creating - I find this image - this view of your Vespa standing out in a field, on an oh-so-cloudy day, with everything (light, clouds, the road, the textures, the gradations, the subtle range of shadows) contributing to a whole which, for me, surpasses the sum of its constituent parts.

Short version: what a great photo!

Thank you for continuing to share your images and words here. They tend to inspire me on some days, entertain me on others, and almost always generate moments of introspection.
Thank you for your kind words about the photograph and the things I post on Scooter in the Sticks. To say it's an labor of love is an understatement. The reality is the Vespa, and now a motorcycle as well, have become an essential part of my life. Riding has opened doorways to experience, expression, and a kind of enlightenment. The Three Es!
Tue Aug 24, 2021 2:34 pm

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Tue Aug 24, 2021 2:34 pm linkquote
Wandering through the central Pennsylvania countryside on my way to breakfast at an Italian cafe and market. This old church has always intrigued me as I've watched it for four decades slowly decline. No more services held here. It's just waiting for a death or a rebirth. Not sure which.


My 2006 Vespa GTS 250ie alongside an old wooden church.

Wed Aug 25, 2021 4:17 am

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Wed Aug 25, 2021 4:17 am linkquote
You won't see the scooter in the pic. I'm standing beside it.

I left early so I could swing by the lake before work. The rowing crew from EGR was already out practicing.



Thu Sep 02, 2021 7:09 pm

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Thu Sep 02, 2021 7:09 pm linkquote
I have begun to sense a subtle shift in the light that has me thinking of autumn. The summer has flown by and I've spent far too little time on the scooter. The intense heat is my excuse but I suspect a healthy dose of laziness is more responsible.

Whenever I see the round bales start to pile up in the pastures I think summer is over. Not sure why since they bale them almost year round.


Vespa GTS 250ie scooter out standing in a field.

Fri Sep 03, 2021 6:00 am

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Fri Sep 03, 2021 6:00 am linkquote
Ah, yes. One of the fields where Kellogg grows their "Frosted Mega-Wheats".

It's important for people to know where things come from. No farms = no food.
Fri Sep 03, 2021 7:20 am

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Fri Sep 03, 2021 7:20 am linkquote
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Ah, yes. One of the fields where Kellogg grows their "Frosted Mega-Wheats".

It's important for people to know where things come from. No farms = no food.
This stuff is going straight into cows to make milk. Most of the crops in Pennsylvania go to animal feed. Some areas produce potatoes, tomatoes, and other human food crops but nothing to rival corn and soy beans.

I fear we'll see some drastic changes in farming and the availability of water intensive crops grow in the West over the next 20 years. Water will be king.
Fri Sep 03, 2021 10:10 am

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Fri Sep 03, 2021 10:10 am linkquote
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This stuff is going straight into cows to make milk. Most of the crops in Pennsylvania go to animal feed. Some areas produce potatoes, tomatoes, and other human food crops but nothing to rival corn and soy beans.

I fear we'll see some drastic changes in farming and the availability of water intensive crops grow in the West over the next 20 years. Water will be king.
Growing up on a small farm, we always had either alfalfa or corn or soybeans growing in the field. Some of my earliest memories are sunny days out behind the tractor baling hay. The chaff would stick to your sweaty skin and itch like crazy. I can still taste the iced tea Mom used to make for us. We always baled the small rectangular bales. The farmer that worked our field, Donny, had a baler, but we had to stack them on wagons and then later in the hay loft.

One of my first jobs was turning the hay bales over so they could dry on all sides. When I was done, Donny gave me two quarters. I can still see them in the palm of my hand. His hand was so much bigger than mine, but I couldn't have been more than six.

Donny was my first hero. Tall, skinny, sandy haired and covered in freckles. He was built like a scarecrow. I remember one day being full of myself carrying those bales one at a time from the wagon to the barn. Then I saw him grab two in one hand and throw them over his shoulder into the hay loft. Farmers are made of different stuff.

I shared both of those stories with his daughter, Jennifer, a few years ago because I couldn't make it to the funeral. She shared them with everyone.

I have much respect for farmers and the work they do. It's hard, endless and unappreciated. I probably wouldn't do it again myself, but I have a great appreciation for the blood, sweat and tears that go into farming.

Think I need to listen to some Mellencamp.
Sat Sep 04, 2021 9:19 am

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Sat Sep 04, 2021 9:19 am linkquote
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Growing up on a small farm, we always had either alfalfa or corn or soybeans growing in the field. Some of my earliest memories are sunny days out behind the tractor baling hay. The chaff would stick to your sweaty skin and itch like crazy. I can still taste the iced tea Mom used to make for us. We always baled the small rectangular bales. The farmer that worked our field, Donny, had a baler, but we had to stack them on wagons and then later in the hay loft.

One of my first jobs was turning the hay bales over so they could dry on all sides. When I was done, Donny gave me two quarters. I can still see them in the palm of my hand. His hand was so much bigger than mine, but I couldn't have been more than six.

Donny was my first hero. Tall, skinny, sandy haired and covered in freckles. He was built like a scarecrow. I remember one day being full of myself carrying those bales one at a time from the wagon to the barn. Then I saw him grab two in one hand and throw them over his shoulder into the hay loft. Farmers are made of different stuff.

I shared both of those stories with his daughter, Jennifer, a few years ago because I couldn't make it to the funeral. She shared them with everyone.

I have much respect for farmers and the work they do. It's hard, endless and unappreciated. I probably wouldn't do it again myself, but I have a great appreciation for the blood, sweat and tears that go into farming.

Think I need to listen to some Mellencamp.
I've spent some time throwing bales of hay onto a wagon, enough to know that I am glad someone finds satisfaction in such work.

Having spent almost 40 years working for the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State I have had endless opportunities to witness farming first hand -- from dairy farmers rising early on Christmas Day to milk cows to people sheering greenhouse grown edible flowers and lettuce for upscale restaurants. Every farming pursuit required a surrender to a rhythm of living that is challenging, unique, and definitiely not for everyone. I'm grateful that we have the food supply we do, have some trepidation of the future, and pray that our leaders come to understand the old proverb that only 7 meals stand between peace and revolution.
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Fri Oct 15, 2021 7:29 am

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Fri Oct 15, 2021 7:29 am linkquote
Autumn means the likelihood of fog increases. Riding on those days feels like magic.


My 2006 Vespa GTS 250ie in Rothrock State Forest.

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Fri Oct 15, 2021 3:15 pm linkquote
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Autumn means the likelihood of fog increases. Riding on those days feels like magic.
Please stop teasing me, I've been struck in lockdown for 2 & 1/2 months and still some weeks to go 😭😭😭😭😭
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Sat Oct 16, 2021 5:17 am linkquote
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Please stop teasing me, I've been struck in lockdown for 2 & 1/2 months and still some weeks to go 😭😭😭😭😭
Sorry for rubbing salt in your wound. I'll try and post more mundane pictures!
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Sun Oct 24, 2021 2:42 pm linkquote
It was 34 degrees this morning. Heidenaus on the Stella and a trip along the river.


Scooter by the river.


Indian Mounds Drive


K58s

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Mon Nov 01, 2021 7:50 am linkquote
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It was 34 degrees this morning. Heidenaus on the Stella and a trip along the river.
Those 34 degree mornings remind you that you're really riding! This is my favorite time of year to ride.

Those tires look nice. Almost like mild knobby tires.
Mon Nov 01, 2021 7:55 am

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Mon Nov 01, 2021 7:55 am linkquote
A fine, foggy morning ride. On this particular morning the fog was too dense for me to feel comfortable riding on. So I turned back down the mountain to get below the fog bank.


My 2006 Vespa GTS 250ie on top of Tussey Ridge on a foggy morning.

Thu Nov 04, 2021 8:07 am

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Thu Nov 04, 2021 8:07 am linkquote
I love this picture, the way the road slowly disappears into the abyss. You can feel the cold stillness and the remote bleak isolation, yet the tyre tracks and the dead tree give the picture added depth and interest. I wish it was one of mine.
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Mon Nov 08, 2021 2:25 am linkquote
Here's a pic from mid last summer

https://www.instagram.com/p/CLL0hgghcBP/?utm_medium=copy_link


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Wed Nov 10, 2021 10:39 am

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Wed Nov 10, 2021 10:39 am linkquote
Sunday's ride was right around 40 degrees. This was on the way home as the sun was just beginning to warm things up.

50 miles on 50ccs is plenty in those temps.


Sunday

Fri Nov 26, 2021 12:57 pm

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Fri Nov 26, 2021 12:57 pm linkquote
Yesterday morning I went for an early morning ride. It was long before the sun was up, low 40s and raining. I rode about 60 miles round trip out to the Ionia State Park and back. It was glorious.



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Fri Dec 10, 2021 10:12 am linkquote
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Yesterday morning I went for an early morning ride. It was long before the sun was up, low 40s and raining. I rode about 60 miles round trip out to the Ionia State Park and back. It was glorious.
Your description of the ride is exactly the sort of experience I generally have when on my Vespa, particularly this time of year. A circuit of 60 miles is just right to jog me out of any sort of doldrum of spirit.

Thanks for sharing.
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Mon Dec 27, 2021 9:40 pm linkquote
I've continued my tradition of riding on Christmas Day. The weather was unseasonably warm so that made the ride more pleasant and less of an adventure due to cold, snow, or ice.


My Vespa GTS 250 on Christmas Day.

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A recent ride to restore a level of sanity took me and the Vespa through some of the local forest roads. I always find a great therapeutic effect.


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