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November Cover for CLM

I’m happy to announce that the wonderful folks over at County Lines Magazine have chosen another one of my images for their November cover!!

Nov 2014 Cover - County Lines Magazine
Nov 2014 Cover – County Lines Magazine

This image was taken nearly 3 years ago, on October 21, 2011,  while walking the hills behind Shamona Creek Elementary School in Downingtown, within a few feet of 40°3’27” N 75°42’7″ W.

As you can see, there once stood a corn field, but as the fall season approaches, the migrating geese fly to a nice place to eat and rest for the night.

This view does NOT exist anymore.

Since then, the new Marsh Creek Sixth Grade Center has been built, and my daughter, Madison, is one of the first students in the new building!

Again, many thanks to the wonder folks over at County Lines Magazine!

- Andrew
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October Cover for CLM

In early September, I got a chance to work with Jaimielynn Cooper of County Lines Magazine to shoot the October cover at Wolff’s Apple House in Media, PA.

After an hour or so of looking around at the various fruits and vegetables that were available to us, Jaimielynn & I  put together various scenes, took a couple of cell phone shots, and sent them back to the editors for review.

I thought to my self how much things had changed.

Gone are the days of shooting a test shot with a Polaroid…

The image slowly came together, and we captured this –

October 2014 Cover - County Lines Magazine
October 2014 Cover – County Lines Magazine

In the days leading up to the October release date, there were a few magazine sightings!

CLM October Cover - Ready for Distribution
CLM October Cover – Ready for Distribution

So check your news stands to get your copy!!

Thanks again to Jaimielynn Cooper and the other wonderful folks over at County Lines Magazine for this opportunity!

- Andrew
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2014 Chester County Restaurant Festival

It was another beautiful day for the annual 2014 Chester County Restaurant Festival held in West Chester, PA!

- Andrew
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2014 Brandywine Food & Wine Festival

Update – The wonderful folks over at TheTownDish.com, did a GREAT blog post about the Brandywine Food & Wine Festival!

Images of 2014 Brandywine Food & Wine Festival held at the Myrick Conservation Center in West Chester, Chester County PA.

There was a ton of good food and wine, which was especially welcomed after several previous days of rain!

- Andrew
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Images from Media in County Lines Mag!

I am happy to announce that the Folks at County Lines Magazine have published several more of my images in this June’s “Meet Me in Media” article!

Back in April, I spent a chilly morning wandering around Media with Jaimielynn Cooper, as she planned her story for the article. It was like having my own personal tour guide of the town!

When I received the Final PDF Proof of the article, it was also fun to see that I shared image space with Ralph Nardell, as I first learned about him on Flickr and then on Facebook.

The world just seems to get smaller!

Here are some additional images that were taken that April morning.

If you are interested in the Full Article, it can be viewed in PDF format with this Link:

Download County Lines – “Meet Me in Media” (June 2014) PDF file

Thanks again to Jaimielynn Cooper and all the wonderful Folks behind the scenes at County Line Magazine!

- Andrew
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Speakman #1 Covered Bridge – 4 years later

While I was out on a GPS drive yesterday, I found myself very close to Speakman #1 Covered Bridge, and having several hours before the kids got home, I decided to stop by and do a follow-up session.

The last time I was at the bridge was back in 2010, and as I got closer, I started to notice signs saying the bridge was closed.

This made me very concerned, especially since we’ve had several harsh winters since I was last there.

As I approached the bridge, I felt rather depressed when I began to see barriers in front of the bridge opening.

Bridge Closed signs at Speakman #1
Bridge Closed signs at Speakman #1 in Chester County PA.

While I was getting out of the car, I was wondering what kind of damage had happened, when I was shaken from my thoughts by a man in a pickup truck.  He asked if I was fishing to which I raised my camera.

The truck pulled into the area in front of the bridge and the man got out and started chatting about the bridge in general.

I explained to him that the last time I’d been down here was in 2010, and that I was rather shocked to see the general appearance of the bridge.

At this point, Lawrence introduced himself and said the bridge had been closed for about two years due to damage by a truck hauling steel plates through the bridge.

Truck damage to Speakman #1 covered bridge in Chester County PA.
Truck damage to Speakman #1 covered bridge in Chester County PA.
Truck damage to Speakman #1 covered bridge in Chester County PA.
Truck damage to Speakman #1 covered bridge in Chester County PA.
Truck damage to Speakman #1 covered bridge in Chester County PA.
Truck damage to Speakman #1 covered bridge in Chester County PA.
Truck damage to Speakman #1 covered bridge in Chester County PA.
Truck damage to Speakman #1 covered bridge in Chester County PA.
Truck damage to Speakman #1 covered bridge in Chester County PA.
Truck damage to Speakman #1 covered bridge in Chester County PA.
Truck damage to Speakman #1 covered bridge in Chester County PA.
Truck damage to Speakman #1 covered bridge in Chester County PA.

Apparently, a driver was heading southbound on Frog Hollow Road, when a steel plate shifted as he turned right onto Covered Bridge Road, severely damaging the South West entrance post.

Lawrence continued to tell me stories about the local area and the bridge as we walked around, inspecting the damage.

In this picture, you can still see some of the fire damage cause by some local boys.  Notice the char in the diagonal crossbeam.

Arson damage at Speakman #1 in Chester County PA. - Notice the 'new' siding.
Arson damage at Speakman #1 in Chester County PA. – Notice the ‘new’ siding.

From the outside, looking upstream, you can see the boards that were replaced.

Truck damage to Speakman #1 covered bridge in Chester County PA.
Truck damage to Speakman #1 covered bridge in Chester County PA.

I asked when the bridge was going to be fixed, but that remains to be seen. There appears to be an argument between the local townships and the state about who is going to pick up the restoration cost.

When you go to the upstream side of the bridge, you can see where the tall grass has gotten stuck between the boards during several recent floods.

Flood damage to Speakman #1 covered bridge in Chester County PA.
Flood damage to Speakman #1 covered bridge in Chester County PA.
Flood damage to Speakman #1 covered bridge in Chester County PA.
Flood damage to Speakman #1 covered bridge in Chester County PA.

If you look very carefully at the above image, you can see how the left vertical steel I-beam is bent from all the ice and trees hitting it.

Needless to say, it is easy to see that Speakman #1 Covered Bridge needs some major restoration if it is going to last into the future.

I hope by posting these images, I can make other people aware of what needs to be done.

If you have any contacts, please let me know!

Thanks in advance,

- Andrew
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Published in County Lines Magazine!

As Seen In - County Lines Magazine
As Seen In – County Lines Magazine

I’ve been rather low-key about this, and I was going to say something yesterday, but…

I am happy to announce that I have 5 images appearing in the April 2014 edition of County Lines Magazine, including a two-page opening spread on our little town of Downingtown – “Small Town Heaven“!

My main sunset image also appears on the County Lines website, in the feature section, but to be honest, I LOVE the print edition better!

Here is a PDF version of the article!

The original image was a hand-held panorama and really needs to be seen wide, to get the full feeling, and the two-page printed version does this well!

I want to really thank all the folks at County Lines for their hard work, and especially Jaimielynn Cooper who was such a delight to work with during this project!

So look for the April Print Edition, which also happens to be the Wedding Edition, at your local newsstands and bookstores in Chester County, Montgomery, Berks, Lancaster, New Castle and Delaware counties or by subscription.

Thanks again to all those involved!

- Andrew
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