Morning reflections

Morning reflections. © Bruce Stambaugh 2014.

I usually carry my camera with me wherever I go. Yesterday was no exception. I was on my way to a meeting when I passed through Walnut Creek, one of the oldest settlements in Holmes County, Ohio. The morning sun was straining to filter through on-rushing clouds, part of a cold front bringing in some welcomed rain.

When I stopped to take a photo of one scene, I saw this one, the mirror reflection of this nicely kept farm, known as the Jonas Stutzman farm. An official historical marker notes that Stutzman was the first white settler in the eastern section of the county, arriving from Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1809.

The details in this photo, coupled with the farmstead’s history, made “Morning reflections” my Photo of the Week.

© Bruce Stambaugh

Author: Bruce Stambaugh

Writer, marketer, columnist, author, photographer, birder, walker, hiker, husband, father, grandfather, brother, son, township trustee, converted Anabaptist, community activist, my life is crammed with all things people and nature and wonder. My late father gave me this penchant for giving and getting the most out of life, my late mother the courtesy, kindness, and creativity to see the joy in life. They both taught me to cherish the people I am with. I try and fail and try again.

12 thoughts on “Morning reflections”

  1. sTUNNING!! The red barn reminds me of the farm I grew up on, except we didn’t have a pond on the property. Ask Neva if she remembers the Lichti farm. That’s where we met. Ruth J


  2. Thanks Bruce for posting the picture of our friend, Ivan Miller’s farm. It is truly beautiful. In the book recently out-“Ninety-Nine Rats On A String-Legends, Facts and Folklore of Walnut Creek, Ohio”- is a picture of the farm from the 1880’s supplied by Ivan. The owner of the farm at that time was
    Dr. (and Rev.) Abraham Mast who is in the picture. I read some time ago that the farm is the most photographed scene in all of Amish Country. The history of the origin of this property alone makes it all the more special. A picture of the marker honoring Jonas Stutzman is also included in this book.


    1. Donna,

      I appreciate the info on the farm. White Jonas’ farm was also the cover of a coffee table type book, “Holmespun,” I wrote the introduction to that book.



      1. Bruce, I just saw your reply concerning the book-“Holmespun” . I have a
        copy of that book and it is a treasure. I had to pick it up and read your introduction as I was not familiar with your writing at the time I would have purchased the book when it came out in 2002.
        I enjoy your blogs so very much. I found you by accident when I was searching for information on the tornado that went through Holmes County a few years ago. Keep on keeping on—Thanks for your interesting posts and photos. Donna R.


      2. Donna,

        Thanks for you words of encouragement. Indeed, I will keep writing, and in fact, I am in the process of writing a book about my experiences of living among the Amish.



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