Wander through a tapestry of cresting hills, distant forests and lovingly kept farmsteads.
By Doyle Yoder
I grew up in eastern Ohio Amish country, and I chose to make my life and my living here as a photographer. As far as I’m concerned, the roads that wind through the hills and valleys of Holmes, Coshocton, Tuscarawas and Wayne counties are some of the most inspiring scenic drives in America.
I’d be hard-pressed to pick one favorite road. State Route 39 from Mansfield to Dover is perhaps the most popular one. It runs through beautiful rolling countryside and classic small towns such as Millersburg, Berlin, Walnut Creek and Sugar Creek, “The Little Switzerland of Ohio.”
But to truly appreciate the region’s unique blend of scenery and culture, wander off on some of the smaller side roads. State Route 643, for example, runs from the Sugar Creek area southwest towards Coshocton, through the heart of some of the most unforgettable scenes in Amish country.
With birds chirping and a cool morning breeze in my face, life’s simple pleasures unfold with each passing mile. The view is a constantly changing tapestry of cresting hills, distant forests and lovingly kept Amish farmsteads. Each season brings its unique rewards.
In the spring, teams of magnificent draft horses are out plowing and planting in the fields, while Amish children play joyous games of baseball at recess. In summer, shocks of wheat and oats dry in eye-catching patterns and flowers bloom in well-tended gardens. In the fall, dew glistens off crisp corn shocks while sugar maples along the road burst into awesome color. Winter snows blanket field and forest in pristine white.
People often ask how I create such wonderful pictures. And while I’m always striving to master my trade, I can only reply that the most beautiful pictures I take will never match the beauty God has created here in this blessed little corner of Ohio.
Photography by Doyle Yoder