Weekly Photo Challenge:Room

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My room today is a one room do it all because it is in our motor home. Are room acts as a gathering place to socialize – watch TV-and relax.

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To sleep and to eat, which most of the cooking and eating was outside.

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With so many guys in the room , it got kind of cluttered

These pictures were taken during an archery competition which my wife and I went on several shoots. Our gift to the boys was to give them a dry place to sleep and not have to eat all there meals at a diner. We cooked and cooked , fed them bacon, eggs, biscuits for breakfast and for lunch it was usually a couple of Boston butts That would be around four o’clock. The guys normally did not have anything to eat from breakfast until 4:00PM.  The boys paid for food all fees we just paid for fuel, I think they even gave us money for that.

The guy in red is my wife’s son, also are grandson is among them.

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It also subs as a dog house and their toys.

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You can see that my wife and I have had a few dogs over the years,all of them rescued. It wasn’t until after we had them several years that they had health problems. We loved them and they loved us, we gave them probably the best years of their lives. They shared our house and the room that I show in the above pictures.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

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As a child I didn’t know much about my family. Then a few years ago I started doing some research. My Dad I found was born in Atlanta,Georgia and my mom was born in San Antonio ,Texas. My grandparents were born in Alabama,Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi  Lord knows were else. I’m mentioning all of this because the Southern United States has always fascinated me. Until I did this research I never really knew why. If it hadn’t been for my mom and dad I probably would have been born in the South. It stead of New York City were they make that Pace Picante Sauce. When people usually asks were I was born,I usually say it with a southern draw. Growing up I was always interested in the history of the United States. That brings me why I’m telling y’all  this because my monument is about the South. The Civil War or as some say between the North and the South. The obelisk chimney 150 foot in the photo below is the only thing still standing from the original Augusta powder works. The original plant stretched out for two miles along the Augusta Canal. It branched off the Savannah River back to the Savannah River. The plant made gunpowder for the confederate army. It was the 2nd largest gunpowder plant in the world at the time. the buildings were torn down  after the was rebuilt for a textile mill.

The Sibley cotton mill was built on the site as a private venture in 1880-82, using bricks from the demolished powder works, it one of the largest and most successful cotton mills in the region.

Powder works were seized and dismantled after the war ended, the commandant, Colonel G.W. Rains, asked in 1872, that the Obelisk Chimney be spared as he had designed it to remain a monument to the Confederacy.

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The American Civil War, 1861–1865

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflection

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This first photo is a reflection of the past. This was the Confederate Powder works, Civil War black powder plant in Augusta Georgia. Built in 7 months completed in Feb/March 1862. The Augusta,Georgia canal was mainly built for industrial use but shortly after built, was also use for transporting gun power to the Savannah River. The canal is connected on both ends to the Savannah River it is one of a few canals still used in the South.

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A reflection of a sunset  over Lake Sinclair in Milledgeville,Georgia. The tall stack is  part of the Georgia Power Company across the Highway.

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A reflection of a building in a store front in Washington, Georgia

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River [name unknown] town Scarborough,Georgia

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I.m a little late on this challenge but better late than never.

Currier & Ives in the South

We had a storm that may only happen once or twice in a life time. The past couple of years have been an exception.

A few years ago Georgia was having one of the worst draughts ever. When we were looking for a place to get off the road once in awhile, we looked for a place on Strom Thurman Lake, North of Augusta, Georgia. We found that 90% of the docks were out of water because the lake was so low and it looked like some of the docks hadn’t seen water in years.  We were lucky enough to find a place that the dock was still in 8 feet of water.

All that changed last year when we had so much rain that the lake was full and overflowing the dam.  The people that owned all this land originally still live on a portion of it. I got  to talk to him several months ago and he said that he lived on the land for 70 some years now and he has never seen that much rain before.

That brings me to our Currier & Ives  header, the past few weeks we have had some of the coldest weather southern Georgia has seen or maybe ever seen. January 29,2014 the temperature was 1 to 3 degrees above zero. We had water pipes, schedule 40 pipes, burst and split down the length of them. We ended up with out water for 4 days. That storm was the Polar Vortex Storm.  Fast forward to February 11 thru 13, 2014  we were hit with another storm this time freezing cold weather with rain ice snow and more ice. All the time it remained in the freezing zone. We had trees that hung over our house full off ice , scarred that one of them would break and come crashing down on us. The porch and all three sets of steps were covered in ice. We worried about letting the dogs out because we were afraid they would slip on the steps and get hurt.  There was no way we could get them to a vet  because we could not get out of our drive way due to the ice. This was pretty scary being from California most of my life and not use to this kind of weather and coldness. The 6:00 PM news today announced that there are still over a half a million people in Georgia without electricity. Many of the people’s homes are all electric.  For us we never lost electricity we were lucky. Relatives down in Augusta, GA have been without electricity for a couple of days. My brother-in –law and his wife are in Augusta,GA and without electricity stayed in bed all day yesterday just to keep warm.

I was able to capture a few photographs that made it feel like a currier and Ives scene. This part of Georgia rarely ever sees snow.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie

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This probably is as close as I’ll get of doing a Selfie.   I don’t use a camera phone so I wouldn’t be doing a selfie . I just happen to have this one that I took of myself last year.it just looked good in the car window at the time.

I do have a few others that someone else took of me with my granddaughter. This probably one of my favorites.

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Here I am carving a turkey that I finished BBQ.This was Thanksgiving dinner with my mother-in –law and my wife at Ventura,California. I was a lot younger back then and Life was good. Nancy and I would good down to this place 2 to 3 weekends a month. People would ask were are you going this weekend and we would tell them to our beach front property.

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I can’t find too many picture of me because I’m usually the one taking the pictures. Or I don’t like them.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Window

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Savannah,Georgia

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Gun Powder Plant. Augusta, Georgia. This was the largest manufacture of gun powder during the civil war ,the war between the North and the South in the United States, 1861 to 1865. This is just a few of the windows, the plant is pretty large.

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Ferndale, California one of many Victorian houses.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Eerie

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I was walking my dog one evening about dusk when all of a sudden hundreds of birds started swarming over head. My first thought was run back in the house and grab my camera but when I came back out all I could think about the movie The Birds. You may not call this eerie but it sure was spooky to me. I remember what the birds did in that Hitchcock movie. Take as you wish eerie or just darn right spooky.

I want to give thanks to, Leanne  Cole Photography,  for helping me to enhance this photo.

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Breast Awareness: Augusta,Georgia 2013

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I’m not so smart when comes to computers. I do my best but sometimes I make mistakes. Awhile ago I saw that my allowable storage space at word press was getting close to the maximum amount. So I began deleting Photos  in my Media file. It turned out that I had deleted somewhere near a years Post. I tried to go back and restore them but it became very difficult, So I just let it go and continued on. I’m bringing this up because there was one post I felt was important. Which I will redo today. It is on Breast awareness and I just wanted everyone to see that Augusta,GA is aware of it also.

Here is a couple of photos that I took downtown Augusta, Georgia. to bring attention to breast awareness. They have several fountains in town that they turned to PINK. I had the good fortune to pass them along to y’all.

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It would be nice if no one would ever get cancer. That is not reality.

I have since learned to put my photos through photo shop so that they are not so big ( mb)!

God Bless All.

A WORD A WEEK CHALLENGE – MISTAKE

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This mistake is easy to fix – just rotate the photo 90 degrees. The biggest Problem is that it is boring. It really is a 6 foot BBQ and a very nice grill at that. Just has no pizzazz.

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Here’s a mistake because I didn’t pay attention to what was in the foreground. I needed to move so that the satellite dish was not in the picture.

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This a common mistake , Not keeping objects in are pictures perpendicular or horizontal. In all the years that I have shooting photos I still make this mistake.  Especially with horizons, pictures look so much better when they are straight.

One thing that I was taught in Photo school good photographers never show there mistakes . They trash them.