Yesterday I attended the 2015 May Day Fairie Festival at Spoutwood Farm, Glen Rock, Pennsylvania. It was the 4th year in a row that I was able to go and snap a few shots. It’s always a great deal of fun and the opportunity to capture unique photos of unique people just never ends. It’s true enough that I’m not a free spirited hippy type by any stretch of the imagination. Even so it’s always nice to go and get my tree hugger on just once a year!
Tree hugging hippy or not, I love the photos I get at the Fairie Festival in Glen Rock. Because the people and their, often, outlandish costumes, the photos are always unique and different. Nearly every photographer will tell you that different is always a good thing. It gives us a break from shooting the same old thing day in and day out.
There’s always so much going on at Spoutwood. Just as an example, I was off on the fringes of the event having a smoke break with the rest of the outcast, when I saw Rowyn Sage a 100 or so feet away dancing with a hula hoop. I lifted camera, snapped off 4 or 5 shots and presto! I captured the little gem below. After I finished my smoke I went over and had a little chat with her.
Dancing and More Dancing
There is a lot of dancing at the Fairie Festival.. People dance at the drum circles, they dance when the bands play and often they just dance. This year I think that’s what I photographed more than anything else. Just people dancing. One of the more interesting characters I talked to was Nicholas Galiano, see photo below. I love the costume he was wearing and the way he danced while wearing it really set him apart from the crowd.
Now, everyone who knows me, knows damn well that if I dance someone’s going to stop and check me for a medic alert bracelet! For obvious reasons you’re not going to see me dancing very often. I’m really not even a fan of dance. My wife and daughters love it. They actually do dance and from time to time watch silly TV shows about it as well as an occasional movie. Think Step Up and you’ll get an idea what they like.
Dance lover or not there was Kate, middle of the photo below, and I think it was perhaps the first and only time in my life that I was ever truly captivated while watching anyone dance. EVER! Anyway, I didn’t get her last name in the short chat we had but to quote Stephen King. She moves “- – – like the ocean before it storms.”
Oh well, enough babbling. Here are a few more shots from my day at the 2015 May Day Fairie Festival. Hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed snapping them.
The Glen Rock Fae Video – Love Trailer
Below is a fantastic YouTube video by SPAHRPRODUCTIONS.COM about the Festival. I’m sure you’ll like it.
A small gallery of photos from the 2015 May Day Fairie Festival
Just for something to do, the wife and I decided to go to the Celtic Classic Dog Show at the York Expo Center, York PA. Despite being intimately involved with a serious pet lover for the last 22 or 23 years, I have never once been to one. I have of course seen many dog shows on TV but frankly it just isn’t my thing. Well, watching a bunch of dogs walk around in circles with some stuffy looking judge eyeballing them certainly isn’t. The way I see it there’s a much better way to pass the time. Regardless, when the wife suggested that we go, I was immediately interested. After all I’d never photographed a dog show and the way I see it, anything new is always better than taking pictures of the same old crap day in and day out.
When I first arrived, for some damn reason I assumed that I would be snapping photos of dogs walking and running around in the ring. I also thought there would be tons of photos of those stuffy judges with their noses pointed to the sky as they looked down on us lesser beings. Why would I think otherwise? Never having been to a dog show all I knew was what I’d seen on the tube.
The Collies Save Little Timmy Martin
Anyway when we first walked in, there were a bunch of Collies showing so I decided to grab a shot or two. After all Collies are pretty dogs and reason says that a pretty dog will make a pretty photo. Not to mention that they obviously spend their days saving little Timmy Martin and and the gang from what ever trouble they happen to get into today. With all of that going for them what could be cooler than a photo or two of a Collie?!
Of course any dog people reading this are just shaking their heads at this point and wondering what’s wrong with me. All I can say is just keep shaking cause it won’t get any better. For that matter it’ll most likely get worse!
Excuse me while I take break. With all this talk of Collies I’ve decided to watch an episode of Lassie. Feel free join me if you like. If not, I’ll be back in about 30 min and wrap this up.
Spoiler Alert. Lassie saved Mike. The Vet fixed Mikes ears and the world is a better place. I loved that show when I was a boy. Somehow it didn’t have the same effect tonight.
Oh well, marching on. After snapping a candid of a Collie or two I moved over to the ring where they were being judged. I snapped a few shots of it and it took no more than two or three minutes before I realized that photographing a dog show was no more fun than watching it on TV.
“WHY am I here? This SUCKS!”
The Celtic Classic Dog Show Gets Better
After deciding that shooing the ring wasn’t for me, the wife and I started walking around and looking at the sights. It wasn’t long before I found my niche and no wonder. I prefer candids of people and even my own pets at home. There was no reason I should expect to shoot the same stuff that I see on TV. I have to be me and shoot what I like. That’s when the show actually started to get interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. There was a lot of activity, and walking around the entire event 4 or 5 times I never saw the same thing twice.
My favorite shot of the day was of Kay Sivel and one of her Chinese Cresteds. I can’t remember if she was holding Thelma or Louise but it was one of them. They looked so much alike it was uncanny!
A Small Gallery from the Celtic Classic Dog Show
Below you can see a small photo gallery of various photos from my day at the Celtic Classic Dog Show in York, PA. I hope you enjoy them.
Below you can find photos of Motorama 2015 by my assistant Phillip Hunt.
You can contact Phillip at email@example.com
Photos of Motorama 2015 by Barry Kidd Photography can be found at this at this link.
Taylor’s Trestle, an old railroad bridge that was part of the old Ma & Pa Railroad is slowly going the way of the dinosaur and is deteriorating more each year.
About Taylor’s Trestle
Taylor’s Trestle is only a few blocks from my house and when I set out to grab a few photos of it yesterday I was hoping to capture something creative. Despite its closeness I haven’t actually walked up there in about 5 years. I was surprised to see just how much it had deteriorated in that short time.
Because of that I decided to post a few photos despite their lack of creativity and artistic nature just to preserve a bit of our history while I had the chance. A few years back, perhaps 2010 or so there was an effort to restore the old trestle. There was even a website dedicated to it. taylortrestle-dot-org but the site is no longer active and I can only assume that any real interest has died down.
Sadly there isn’t a great deal of information that is readily available about Taylor’s Trestle now that the website is down. I do remember being surprised at how few railroad trestles here in the US were actually built on a curve. Even more so how few of those were actually still standing. Off the top of my head it was something like 35 in total though I’m probably way off the mark.
What I do know is that it was built circa 1895 and is ground built. It’s not anchored or secured to the ground and has no foundation. Basically it’s an old school railroad trestle. It’s 261 feet long and 28 feet high at its tallest point. It was last used for passenger service in 1954 and last used for commercial service in the early 1980’s. In the early 80’s it was abandoned and has been left to rot every since.
The American Freedom Train, for those of you old enough to remember it, crossed Taylor’s Trestle in the summer of 1976.
Anyway, there I’ve only been able to find two photos of the trestle when it was in better shape. One is by John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library and the other is by Kevin Mueller that is dated August 5th 1986. Kevin’s photo was snapped after the trestle was active but it can be seen in much better shape than it is today. There’s also another shot that with a train actually crossing the trestle and a bit more info here
I have asked both If I could link the photos here and if they agree I will do so. Until then please look at the links above to see what it looked like before it started deteriorating.
A Gallery of photos from Taylor’s Trestle