February 15, 2011

Escaping

With a crunch, I fell through the thin layer of ice, sinking to my knees. Avoiding scraping my shins on the jagged corners, I pulled my foot directly up through the snow and stepped gingerly back onto the frozen Massachusetts countryside. As the sun set, I made my way across the snow-covered field towards the comfort of a warm fire and dinner. Every 10 or so paces, an overzealous step cracked the ice again, repeating the process.

The last flirtations of daylight retreated behind the hills as I kicked my feet together, in a hopeless attempt to remove the snow from my boots, before opening the backdoor. The smell of pan-seared steaks from a local farmer greeted me as I walked into the kitchen. “Fuck New York,” I said to my roommates with a grin on my face like a thirteen-year-old that had just found a Playboy stashed in his older brother’s dresser.

For two days, we holed up, watching the snow fall outside and the wind rattle the windows. Early in the morning and before sunset, I went on walks around the idylic New England roads that surrounded the Wijnberg’s house. The honks and busy streets of New York felt worlds away.

Faded paint.

Edge reading on Sunday morning.

Sunset.

The fire place.

Breakfast.

Daybreak.

Kicking Snow.

Lunch time.

Sunset on a lone birdhouse.

A nearby barn through an antique window.

Function over form. Nike SFB.

Distance makes the heart fonder.

Here are some more links,
Getting Away (Picasa),
Two and a Half Hours (ART).

21 Comments



  • bferry
    February 15 , 2011

    i feel like i'm there- nice work, foster.


  • Foster Huntington
    February 15 , 2011

    Thanks Brian, its great to escape the city. your website looks great as always. hope your winter in london is going well,
    foster


  • Emerson Merrick
    February 15 , 2011

    Those floors.


  • Foster Huntington
    February 15 , 2011

    the floors are amazing. the house is amazing.


  • andy rubey
    February 15 , 2011

    What a beautiful home!
    And the surroundings are pretty incredible as well.


  • Foster Huntington
    February 15 , 2011

    Andy,
    the house and area around it are everything new england should be. the only thing it needs is some ocean ha.
    foster


  • Chris
    February 15 , 2011

    Nice shots Foster. That there is some cross country ski terrain.


  • Foster Huntington
    February 15 , 2011

    Chris,
    this part of mass is perfect for xcountry skiing. thanks for the kind words,
    foster


  • TK
    February 15 , 2011

    i had to laugh at the first part there– this weekend, i too was reminded that spring might actually be coming when the cross-river shortcut i've been taking for months did me wrong and left me with bootfulls of water.
    as always– great photos.


  • Foster Huntington
    February 15 , 2011

    TK,
    glad you got a laugh out of it. luckily, my mishaps didnt involve water. It sure didnt feel like spring in wester mass last weekend.
    foster


  • Fern
    February 15 , 2011

    Those boots are rad. And they look super comfy too, with their Nike Free soles. Since they are designed for hot weather, did your feet stay toasty enough?


  • Palm Beach WASP
    February 15 , 2011

    Foster,

    Thanks for the pics and story… I said Fuck New York years ago and never looked back. :)


  • jeff
    February 16 , 2011

    Amazing photographs. Looks like it was a really peaceful, idyllic weekend. Way to make the best of the snowy weather rather than suffer through it. I guess it helps to be surrounded by 100s of years of patina…

    Jeff


  • KILKN
    February 16 , 2011

    What is he reading?


  • Foster Huntington
    February 16 , 2011

    Palm Beach Wasp,
    dont get me wrong, I love new york for now. I do my best to get out of the city when i am not working on the weekend. Eventually i will say fuck new york for good though,

    Jeff,
    the surroundings certainly didnt hurt. they are amazing

    Fern,
    the boots were plenty warm. i wore merino wool socks. I love the free sole. try a pair.

    kilkn,
    edge claims to have been reading war and peace, but i doubt it…


  • MANDY
    February 17 , 2011

    I need a trip like that … no really to escape the city but to escape the heat, my it has been one hot summer here in Australia !!!
    Your photographs are amazing.


  • MANDY
    February 17 , 2011

    Sorry meant to say "not" escape !!!


  • Foster Huntington
    February 17 , 2011

    Mandy,
    trips like that are the best. incredibly refreshing. how often does it snow in australia? ever? i guess you would have to go to new zealand.
    foster


  • TRAWETS NILTGEOV
    February 23 , 2011

    If I could have a week here with my .12 GA, a flat of 3" shells, my typewriter and some paper, and a 1/2 gallon of bourbon, I could really piss some folks off.


  • Foster Huntington
    February 23 , 2011

    what the fuck do you need 3 inch shells for? shooting down planes? that sounds like a good materials list to me though,
    foster


  • TRAWETS NILTGEOV
    February 23 , 2011

    Close. Geese. Head shots only please. I want those breasts fully intact so I can stuff them with pancetta and chestnuts.