December 14, 2010

Two and a Half Hours

The train headed north from 125 street. On the two hour ride, I listened to Mr. Dylan and responded to emails in typical Saturday morning fashion. By noon, the train made its last stop in northern Connecticut, and half an hour later, I was walking down the snow dusted driveway of the Wijnberg’s house in Ashley Falls, MA.

Worlds away from my Manhattan apartment, I set down my pack in the mudroom of the 200 year old house and set off on a walk with Nick, Jacob and their eight month old puppy.

The cold New England air and rolling farmland took me back to my time in Maine, clearing my mind of the distractions amassed spending 12 hours a day in an office building in Midtown. As we trolled down the country road, the occasional farm dog barked and ran to the edge of the fence. Every so often a pickup truck gave us a wide birth, slowing and echoing a friendly honk.

Making it back to the house at twilight, Lorenzo (the Wijnberg’s eight month old Italian Spinone) fell to the floor in a deep sleep, resting on his crossed paws. After starting a fire and stocking it with enough wood to last a few hours, I followed suit, measuring my length on a couch.

Late afternoon’s light.

Wood smoke.

The woods.

104 years old.

Early morning light.

A dusting.

The next morning, I woke early, cherishing the country quite and cold before heading back to the city. Like sitting in a hot tub and then jumping in the snow, the contrasts invigorate, making each extreme more pronounced and apparent.
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Two and a Half Hours (Picasa),
Foster Huntington (Twitter).

16 Comments



  • heavy tweed jacket
    December 14 , 2010

    Absolutely wonderful photos. I envy you that train ride away from urban noise to a place of beauty and solitude.


  • Foster Huntington
    December 14 , 2010

    HTJ,
    Its so close. I love getting out of the city. thanks for the kind words,
    foster


  • Tim
    December 14 , 2010

    great words, foster.


  • Matthew
    December 14 , 2010

    I recently found your site and I look forward to each and every post you make. It's always a treat when ART pops up in the rss reader. Thanks for sharing your life and such beautiful photographs.


  • Foster Huntington
    December 14 , 2010

    Tim,
    thanks for the kinds words. your complements mean a lot to me considering the quality of your work.

    Matthew,
    glad you like my images and stories. thanks for adding me to your rrs.
    foster


  • Megan
    December 14 , 2010

    Excellent post. I always enjoy your photos and stories. When I was a kid a friend of mine had a hot tub and we loved to go back and forth between it and the snow.


  • Foster Huntington
    December 14 , 2010

    Megan,
    thanks for the comment. how is the northwest? your blog looks nice.

    The snow and hot contrast is awesome. in maine one winter, it was so cold that my hair froze solid when i put my head out of the water.
    foster


  • Anonymous
    December 14 , 2010

    Enjoy your aesthetic. We'll miss you in Maine.


  • Foster Huntington
    December 15 , 2010

    i miss maine. thanks for the kind words. i will be back to maine from time to time. distance makes the heart grow fonder,
    foster


  • deadbait
    December 19 , 2010

    Thanks for the photo-journey, makes me look forward to sneaking away this holiday from the craziness of brklyn to VT. I appreciate too that you escape to friend's places. More folk should take advantage of this.

    joel from deadbait
    http://deadbait.wordpress.com


  • Mattocks
    December 21 , 2010

    Love reading your site. The blucher boots in the first pick are sick. Are those LL Bean? Quoddy? Who makes them?


  • Foster Huntington
    December 22 , 2010

    Mattocks,
    they are ll bean signature work boots. I think they are based off a russell moc. they are great,
    foster


  • JASON NORMORE
    December 26 , 2010

    as always amazing pictures and story my friend. no matter what you do, you always seem to make the complete best of it. whatever you're up to this time of year enjoy and all the best in the new year!

    -with a beard-


  • Wesley Verhoeve
    December 31 , 2010

    Great photos Foster, and wonderful words. Thanks for taking me back there with both.


  • Allison
    January 4 , 2011

    Beautiful spaces.


  • trip
    January 5 , 2011

    Repping the LL Bean work boots, I see. Nice. They're looking good, better than mine. I'm sure it's from wearing them more.