*Funny side note was that he met one of my kids on the driveway with a shotgun. ☺ (It was grouse season.)
He was here to try to sell us a photo of our property. The man, in all honesty, bothered me greatly. And I wasn't impressed with the photo. I didn't like the composition, how it was taken from a corner, rather than straight on.. how our neighbor's field is in view, yet the front of our property is chopped off. But it did explain what that day last July was all about, when I had been out reading on the back deck and was feeling harassed by a low flying airplane that made several passes.
Still.. I wasn't fond of the angle, the price tag was outrageous, and the salesman wasn't helping, by asking my age & saying I looked like some famous person I wasn't familiar with.
But then, the younger kids, curious, crowded in around the photo. And they were deeply fascinated. They started saying things like, "Look - there's our boat in the pond!" and "There's our garden!" and "I think I can see me!" and weakness crept in on me. (The photo is 16 x 20, and you can, indeed see these things.)
My grandpa piloted a small plane, and I remember flying with him as a young girl, being in awe of the view from up there. I've always been fascinated by aerial photos like these that I've seen of people's farms.
But I was very skeptical of this salesman, and still wasn't showing much interest.
Then he dropped the price to half price, and maybe in part just to see him leave, I bought it.
But also, in part, because - this is our home. This is the kids' home. This is where we've put in our roots & raised our family. And the view of the miles of woods behind us is alright.
So, here I offer a little aerial tour of our home:
It continues on beyond the bottom of the photo to our mailbox & the dirt road we live on.
The garage is also partially obscured by trees. The woodshed is hiding, too. I forgot to indicate that, and a few other things.
The rock wall which can be seen in front of the garage was removed last month, the site is ready to build an addition on the north end of the house to match, for the most part, the addition we built 8 years ago on the south.
Between the pond and the barn is an area where we attempted to begin an orchard. We had a bad winter and the apple & pear trees didn't make it. But the cherry tree is over there, doing well.
We share this land with whitetail deer, coyotes, black bear, beaver, raccoons, skunks, porcupines, weasels, chipmunks, squirrels, turtles, muskrats, ducks, a few bobcats & wolves, and many birds, frogs, and other living things I apologize for not mentioning.
The Canadian border is north a ways. Eastbound leads to Lake Superior. We don't head westward much, but it eventually takes you to North Dakota. To the south is our neighbor, Marianne's property. If we walk to the edge of the field, we can just see the top of the barn her husband built generations ago, over the other side of the rolling field (a slice of it shown on the left corner of the photo.) There are lakes within a couple of minutes of our house in all directions.
It was 15 years ago this summer that we broke ground on land that had been partially logged and was quite a mess at the time. Slowly, this has come to be a place we've invested much of ourselves, and come to know like the back of our hand.
And that is a little aerial tour of our place in the world, our home!
I'm curious - have you ever had one of these aerial photograph salesmen come to your door?
*Update: I am so glad to know that I wasn't alone in feeling so skeptical! The salesman was not the pilot, or the photographer. One of my first thoughts was, is he selling a shot from Google Earth? Google Earth images do not show the detail that is captured in this large photo, though. We check out the view there from time to time.
As soon as he left, I googled the company name, and found it to be a reputable outfit from out of state (WI) who has been doing this for many years. I learned that years ago, property owners were approached ahead of time, so they could spruce up the farm with a coat of paint & fresh trimming around buildings & even set their kids out to sit in the yard. I guess they no-longer bother with that step.
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