Around Lancaster

I have been out to the Lancaster area many times over the years, mostly to have lunch or dinner at the popular Shady Maple Smorgasbord. This time was to celebrate my Mom’s birthday, so I rode up there with her and my Dad. The variety of food is always enjoyable, as is the overall atmosphere in the dining establishment of rural settings. A bowl of Apple Crisp is what I love to top of my meal there. It just seems like the perfect country dessert.

Something else I enjoy about going out the Lancaster is the wide open space scenery, dotted with farms just by the road or off in the the distance. It’s a whole different world from my area, which is suburban, yet sometimes I feel like it is too congested. So, I always say that I want to move to a rural area for a more relaxed pace among pretty scenery and any nearby historic attractions. Another thing about wide open spaces…room for horses. I’ve always loved horses and wish I could be around them more. While in the Lancaster area, I tried to take some photos of some horses in their paddocks. However, I didn’t have too much luck trying to capture such images from my front passenger seat on the way to Shady Maple. The best horse photo I took is this one below…blurry, but I still like it, and the horse is beautiful! I’ll have to try for better horse photos next time out that way…less blur, more close-up, etc.
Visits to the towns of Ephrata and Lititz were also included in the day, however we were a little short on time for full tour of any sites. Both are charming places in my opinion and worth another visit sometime. It was actually my first time going out that far along Route 322, so I finally caught a glimpse of the historic Ephrata Cloister. Even just in briefly passing by, I didn’t take a photo of it in either direction. However, I managed to take some photos of some old buildings here and there. I wish I could find a tour of some kind that would allow for more photos of all the old architecture. A lot of what I saw in the way of old architecture was spotted where it was hard to take a photo. Maybe next time out there, while stopping at a local business, I’ll take a short stroll to capture more images of the pretty architectural details. Below are some photos I managed to take, which I think were from good timing.
I edited the color in the photo with the flag outside the window, mostly because in the original photo, the window shutters looked too bright. It was even difficult to see the middle section of open shades in the original photo’s lighting. After the color editing, the column looked better against the dark porch.
In the photos below, the tower features some very ornate Victorian details that I don’t see too often. This is definitely something I imagine on the exterior of my dream house…the whole tower with its beautiful detail.
The photo below was taken somewhere on the way to Shady Maple, and what caught my attention was simply the very unusual wooden detail. Like the Victorian tower detail, it was not often seen…in fact, I had never seen the rollerskate-wheel-like details featured on a house before.
This photo of the star-covered silo is my favorite of the farm photos I took during this particular Lancaster area trip.
As an end to a day of being in beautiful rural towns, I snapped this photo below. This are seen elsewhere in Pa., of course, reminding us to respect the state’s natural beauty throughout it. Sometimes, I like taking photos that are more of a photojournalistic style even if the photo isn’t of something happening. As a nature lover and communications student who isn’t always near an event (for example, an environmental meeting), I would sometimes just take photos of something that represents the environmental issue.
I hope to enjoy more natural beauty of my home state as time goes on. I’ve been out toward Western Pa., as far as Johnstown, and going north, somewhere a bit west of Easton. So I still have quite a bit of this state to see.

About caroldwyer

A freelance photographer and blogger, I'm also a non-traditional graduate of Cabrini College with a B.A. in communication, minor in English and concentration in film studies. As a student, I was a staff writer, photographer and copy editor for the Loquitur. In my final semester, I assisted in promoting campus literary events for Woodcrest Literary Magazine. I love travel, historic places, nature, wildlife and the arts. I hope to be involved in some way with one of those areas throughout my media career. Currently, I'm pursuing my M.F.A. in creative writing and publishing. Read my film blog at - and my literary blog at
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