For whatever reason, I barely pulled out my camera while in Lancaster County last month.

But reader Ed C. also happened to be there, about a week before me, and has a beautiful set of photos to share with you today.

As you’ll see below, his trip started off snowy, but that gave way to warmer weather.

He includes nice shots of the Bart Township Fire Company Mud Sale, covered bridges, alternative winter transport, and more.

One batch of Ed’s photos is called “Sunrise/Sunset”, so let’s start with the first half of those. Comments below are a mixture of mine and Ed’s.

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Children are walking (and looks like being pulled) to school in these snowy AM photos:

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Kauffman Orchards, off the Old Philadelphia Pike.

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Bart Fire Sale

The following photos are from the Bart Township Fire Company Mud Sale (held this year on March 6-7; see full 2015 mud sale schedule). As the thaw hadn’t really hit yet, you’ll still see a good bit of snow here.

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Chicken barbeque.

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Browsing the lot.

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The ever popular new & used buggy row.

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One of these things is not like the other.

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A new buggy dashboard. You can compare it to the one seen at an auction in Perry County, PA. Is there coffee in that mug?

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Ed describes this as “Snowman made from snow plowed off field behind firehouse where Mud Sale was held.” I would say “snowmonster” is more like it.

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girls chatting

Ed: “I approached these three girls and asked if I could take the photo; I suggested they might turn away if they wanted; the blonde girl at left looked me straight in the eye and said, ‘Go ahead, take my picture!'”

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Looks like a nice event. Now, some views of farms.

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Covered bridges. The first is Jackson’s Sawmill Covered Bridge, located a few miles east of Quarryville.

Built in 1878, destroyed by flood in 1985. When it was rebuilt, they raised it by three feet as a precaution against flooding.

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This one is Leaman’s Place Covered Bridge, also known as “Eshelman’s Mill” Covered Bridge. It’s located on Belmont Road west of Paradise. Built in 1845, rebuilt in 1893.

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There are 29 covered bridges in Lancaster County. One important reason they were covered was to protect the wooden structure.

It apparently doesn’t last very long if left exposed to the elements.

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Buggies weren’t the only Amish transport on the roads. Here’s a horse-drawn sleigh near Bird-in-Hand:

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Others were about:

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Horseback riding is another way to travel. Not too common, but some Amish, youth in particular, will ride.

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Horses have their fun too. Ed says the one the left had just been rolling on its back.

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After the snow comes the thaw. Ed writes “even though we didn’t think it had gotten that warm, the snow on the fields began melting — with a vengeance!”

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We’ll finish on the other side of where we started. Sunset:

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A big thanks to Ed for the photos.