AMERICAN IDYLL

 

On the surface…

farm country in the Hudson River Valley, New York, is beautiful.  It is lush and green, with sweeping vistas and beautiful little red farm houses. It is like stepping back in time, to a world more innocent and quaint than the modern industrial complex.  It is an impression which belies the falsehood of both images, both present and past. Miles of corn are not for human consumption, but to feed chickens in a massive industrial chicken farm.  A new coat of paint masks poverty and disrepair. It is a nostalgia for escape into a world that never existed. But the landscape itself is indeed beautiful. The phenomenal nature to be found in this country where people haven't trampled is very real.