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Ernie OLeary
30-DEC-2006

Ernie O'Leary

Today I spent about 3 hours (and wish it could have been 30) with Norma O'Leary at the O'Leary Dairy farm up the road.
Last summer at NECCC I heard an interesting presentation --give me a minute to remember who it was- about finding the most interesing things to shoot-not in some afar away place, but in your back yard. This gentleman lived near a farm in VT and had taken to shadowing the farmers. It immediately-even while I was in Amherst- struck a chord with me, and I finally asked a good friend whom he would suggest I ask about shadowing at a farm. Dick didn't hesitate for a second and recommended Norma and Ernie O'Leary.
So for the next year I have committed to shadow -- but not get in the way, my rules! ---- this hard working farm family. I am already entranced, and learned more about the dailry farmer than I knew in all my years.

BTW, this is a Skid Steer. It saves a ALOT of shoveling time :)


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Greg Harp03-Jan-2007 06:49
Outstanding candid. GMV
Bryan Ramsay03-Jan-2007 00:34
Great idea!! Superb shot! GMV -BJ
Stu31-Dec-2006 22:26
Superb reportage shot. Happy new year to you and yours.
snootydog31-Dec-2006 19:07
LOL at Robin and LOL at herb... that's the chattiest he's ever been. Good plan, Karen... shadowing is great.
Tor31-Dec-2006 18:39
This is great! It really tells a story. Have a nice 2007, Karen.
Mark Rutter31-Dec-2006 16:11
Great idea Karen - I expect it will be fascinating
petesie31-Dec-2006 13:33
What a fantastic thing to do. I look forward to future photos.....my husband wanted a Skid Steer so bad....for moving rocks. He would have had a ball with it! Happy New Year, Karen.
Robbie D7031-Dec-2006 12:37
Sorry ! have a great and happy new year too.
Robbie D7031-Dec-2006 12:35
Poised and ready for action ! Bet this saves hours of hard work. Im sure you will show us what a hard job this farming is. With the bold tyres on his left wonder how it grips in all that errrr slurry ? things must fly everywhere take coverrrrrr !
laine8231-Dec-2006 10:29
If that's Mrs O'Leary's cow you might want to go collect the lamps & put them safely out of reach :>)....
joanteno31-Dec-2006 10:04
Wonderful idea.. Look forward to seeing it. Happy New Year!
JW31-Dec-2006 09:32
Finally - you've risen to the dizzy heights of farm photography! LOL!

I can't think of anyone better to undertake this project - definitely an exhibition prospect! This could be a farm scene anywhere in the western world. Farmers deserve more recognition.

Bet your car was fragrant when you got in with your boots on!!!!!
Dan Chusid31-Dec-2006 07:50
Hope you've got the long warranty on your boots.
antidote331-Dec-2006 06:58
i like the image....a lot happening but it protrays a typical farmer's life (rain, snow or sunny...work, work, work).
happy new year to you!
David Royall31-Dec-2006 04:31
Great idea for a series. I am looking forward to it.
Who knows? Maybe a book will come out of it.
Kevin Sargent31-Dec-2006 04:30
Oh yeah, that should be a great project! This sure is a great start. Huge V
Coleen Perilloux Landry31-Dec-2006 03:46
Who doesn't get the frame? Keep looking! I like this idea and cannot wait for the rest of the O'Leary photos.
Gary Winters31-Dec-2006 03:32
I can't believe Herb said what he said! Anyway, this should be fascinating, Karen. Good start!
Ed Goodnight31-Dec-2006 03:11
I'm going to follow this series with great interest, Karen.
Better buy a pair of boots!
You got it started very well
What an attention grabber!
bandito31-Dec-2006 02:48
Beats hauling it with a shovel, I'm sure!
Herb Knufken31-Dec-2006 02:43
No shit, great shot
Robin Reid31-Dec-2006 02:41
I don't "get" the frame, yet I love your image.