When I got back to Waldo after touring Danbury, I set about my usual routine. I began downloading all of the images I had captured, did a quick scan of them and deleted anything I knew at a glance didn’t portray what I intended. Some of them just didn’t come across equal to what I had seen and, as always, there were those just plain out of focus. Then the real work editing begins, a little crop here, a little adjustment there and then I have the final image. Depending on how many images I have, this process can take a half hour or 3 hours. The final step, as far as the blog is concerned, is deciding which images I am going to use to tell the story of the town. Usually it is pretty simple, all of the images I kept, I would use. Not so with Danbury! I still ended up with almost a 100 pictures. So, I’m not going to put all 100 of them in this post, but it is going to be a little longer than usual. So, without any further of my musings, welcome to Danbury… I’m going to begin with how I ended my tour. While I was checking out Danbury, I passed a sign for Reuben’s Rescue Ranch. In the field, I saw all sorts of animals, so of course I stopped in. I called out to the barn with no answer, so I knocked on the door of the house. I’m always a bit apprehensive just showing up unannounced. Dawn (founder of the ranch) was just about to dash out to work, but invited me to come back Saturday. I returned on Saturday and spent several hours meeting the happy inhabitants of the ranch. The Thomson family shared their story with me as we enjoyed the afternoon sun with the newest additions to the ranch.
To help cover the cost of caring for their furry family members, the Thomson’s run a thrift shop. Dawn spoke with such passion as she told me stories of peoples’ generosity to the ranch. Osborne’s Agway opened an account where people can donate funds to help with expenses of running the ranch. With everything else going on in their lives, Dawn also writes a column for the Weir’s Times called Dawn on the Farm. She says some day, she will take all of the stories and compile them into a book about her experiences. As many of you know, I’ll never pass up an opportunity to spend time with animals on a ranch, so for me, it was an awesome way to spend a Saturday! Thank you to Reuben’s Rescue Ranch!
There are plenty of other beautiful farms in Danbury. .. New England charm and history show throughout town… Danbury is also the proud home of Ragged Mountain Resort… As I drove the scenic and peaceful roads of Danbury, marveled at the beauty surrounding me… I stopped to admire many of the lakes, ponds, rivers and bogs. It isn’t called “The Lakes Region” for nothing!
I stopped at one of the marshes. Turtles are on the move this time of year and busy roads can certainly be a hazard for them. I sat there listening to the song of the marsh. The symphony was made up of birds, frogs, the splash of a nearby stream and a gentle breeze. For just a little while, I closed my eyes and let the music carry me away… Thank you for coming along with me. Be sure to keep up with my travels by signing up for email notification of new posts or liking me on Facebook. I’d love to hear your thoughts on Danbury. Until next week…