Weekly Photo Challenge:Work of Art

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THE William Carson Mansion

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One of the most photographed Victorian houses in California, and perhaps in the United States  The mansion is in the same condition as when first constructed in the 1880’s.  The designers, Samuel and Joseph Newsom, were well respected San Francisco architects who heartily embraced the concept of the “picturesque”, a quality that continues to fascinate all who see the Carson Mansion .

The Carson Mansion was owned by the descendants of William Carson until 1950, when it was sold to the Ingomar Club.

William Carson came to California about 1849 for the Gold rush. Over a few years of felling and hauling lumber, he got out of  gold mining, and spent full time in the lumber  business. William Carson bought the mill with a partner and went on the start a railroad again with a partner.  You can read more at  Wikipedia.

The Carson Mansion is on the redwood coast of Humboldt Bay in the city of Eureka California. I have been by the mansion many – many times and have photographed it just about every time. This is a piece of art – the workmanship is superb and flawless.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: On the Move

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Doing this post gave me an insight of how blessed I  have been the past many years. All of these photos I have done, maybe not in the exact – plane ,hot air balloon, train, river paddle boat, bike race, but it sure was the same motor coach.

Yes I had many occasion to fly in air planes In the Navy and from Los angles to Savannah  two or three times a year.

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I got to fly in a hot air balloon in a festival in Albuquerque, NM

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I rode this train in Bush Gardens in Tampa,FL

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I didn’t ride this paddle boat but I rode the one in Disney Land in Anaheim, California and the paddle boat in Disney World in Orlando,Florida.

 

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I did ride in a couple of bike races in California.

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If you have been following my blog then you probably know that this is our motor coach that we have been traveling around the United States with.

Yes we have pretty blessed to have done a lot of things and been to a lot of places,met a lot of nice people and made many friends.

One time we spent a week or two in a forestry camp ground on the North side of Mt Lassen National Park. There is a little stream there and I went fishing and met fellow fisherman, struck up a conversation seemed to hit it off. Every day that we were in the park we would meet up and swap fish stories.. One day a fish that I caught I had asked him if he wanted it, He said no, he was saving room in his freezer for the big one that he was going to catch. I replied that I had plenty of room in my freezer when I eat it I’ll tell everyone you caught it.  LOL

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold 2

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I know that this challenge was couple of weeks ago. I shot this picture last week while we were in Tunica, Mississippi but I didn’t have my card reader with me.I shot this picture especially for this challenge. So I said to myself what the heck I’m going to post it anyway.

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Then I thought I couldn’t show just one, so I put together a few more. Hopefully to entertain your eyes.

This beautiful Victorian house is in Eureka,California  I have admired it for many years every time I would go North on Vacation, which was at least once a year from 1970 to 1997. It was built for William Carson it took over one hundred men over two years to construct. This Victorian house  is called the Carson Mansion. I have many photographs  but one in particular that I love BUT I’ll have to look for it.

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Last week the challenge was monuments  and I posted about Powder Works Gun Powder. Then it became cotton mill. The Company had a few houses for employees, they were called  Shot Gun Houses.  A “shotgun house” is a narrow rectangular domestic residence, usually no more than 12 feet (3.5 m) wide, with rooms arranged one behind the other and doors at each end of the house. It was the most popular style of house in the Southern United States from the end of the American Civil War (1861–65), through the 1920s. I got this information –  From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia –  The threshold to  life for some.

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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: Object

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I’m back – took a couple of weeks off and did nothing. Sat around, watched TV and got fat. I have to admit it all didn’t happen in two weeks.  It just snuck up on me. I think the holidays had something to do with it.  Hopefully the weather will stop raining and the weather will start warming up so we can get outside a little more.

Here are my pictures of those beautiful Carousel Horses I’m really crazy about   I would go to Santa Monica several time a year and walk the pier and often stop to watch the carousel. One time a group that I had belonged  to had a big birthday party (private party) at the carousel. It was a blast got to ride the horses and be a kid again.

These are a couple of pictures I took of them.They had just been refurbished and beautified shortly before these pictures were taken.

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You are probably wondering what this is. The challenge for this week was an object, if I showed the whole picture it would be a thing. So I’m going to show you a brilliant Yellow object that I took a picture of.

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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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