Day 1/365 – Trying Again and a Long Overdue Update

It was brought to my attention that I haven’t updated this journal in a long, long time which is true. A lot has happened since I wrote last. Most importantly, I am in a new job – still working as a photojournalist but at a different paper. It’s a bigger paper, with an excellent editor. It’s half the commute and I am being paid more. I am able to work a lot remotely which is wonderful. All in all it was an excellent move. All of the anxiety that I was feeling at the other job is all but gone.

Anyway, I’m still here. The farm is still going as it has been – the rabbits are doing well, we currently have four dairy goats bred to kid in the spring. I don’t know if I’ll milk them or not. I very much miss my cows and wish I still had them.

At the new paper I was able to write a two part story on the dairy industry in Lincoln County – links are here – Part One and Part Two. I’m pleased with them.

I was going to start a 365 photographic journey on January 1 but I figured why wait.

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James Parlier gets Molly harnessed to begin carriage rides in downtown Lincolnton. James used to work draft horses when he lived in the mountains – couldn’t use tractors up there due to the hills. Now these horses work some, mostly during the month of December carrying people around downtown Lincolnton for that little bit of nostalgia that they look for this time of year. For the most part, however, they have very easy lives. According to James’ son, Jimmy, it’s getting harder and harder to find good draft horses because no one breeds them anymore. I wonder what will happen if we ever need them again.

I had great plans for these pictures but unfortunately the surroundings, light and the inability to get the angles that I wanted made for less than desirable images. Back to the drawing board.

Until later …