Weekly Photo Challenge:Humanity

PostaWeek/PostaDay                                            9/14/2014

The best place to get a good cross section of humanity is an attraction area. Like Vegas. Disney World, or the interstate highways

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Community

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The photographs that popped up in my mind was some that I took in Cheyenne , WY.
We just stopped over for a day or two and stayed for a month. While we were there they held a state pumpkin competition. We saw an article in the local paper and decided to go and watch. You could feel the compassion and the sense of community in the air. It was fun to see all these huge pumpkins that only have a 90 day growing season.
I decided I wouldn’t want to go on a pumpkin diet.

This people brought a couple of pumpkins and there daughters. The girls seem very happy and enjoying the weigh in.DSC00374 copy

These guys are all competitors and everyone was jumping in the help each other with there measuring and weighing.

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This grandpa and his granddaughters were real proud of there pumpkin that weighed in about 500 pounds.

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All these people are waiting to have there pumpkin weighed. This was just a small part of the crowd that was there.

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The guy on the right in the gray shirt took the championship.

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This was the champion!

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We had a good time and stayed for the whole show.

There is one other picture of community that I want to show and that is this little boys community of his stuffed characters that he so proudly displayed for me.

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Revolutionary Days and Kettle Creek Battleground:Washington, Georgia

Celebrating 234th Anniversary of the Battle of Kettle Creek.

In a quaint beautiful little town in Georgia called Washington,named after our first president George Washington, hold a Revolutionary Days. They were held this weekend with a parade in period uniforms with flags, fife & drums, and long rifles. There was also men dressed in buckskins also caring long rifles. Some women were dressed in long paisley and others in dark dresses that seem to make it a little difficult to march in. 

There were participants of all ages but one gentleman was tuckered out sitting on a bench resting with oxygen tank.God Bless him for the ability and desire to participate.

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It’s amazing when your taking pictures of people, especially women if you compliment them on how nice they look,you usually can get a pretty smile.

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I was excited watching and photographing this parade because it made me feel like I was right in that time warp. I read about this period of our history in school when I was a young kid. All the people where so nice..

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NP COLORADO

My wife and I spent one month in Cheyenne,WY partly to enjoy the area and partly to have some work done on our motor home. We happened to be there for the state Pumpkin weigh in for the Wyoming State Championship  The winning pumpkin weighed 673lb 16oz. They only have a 90 day growing season.  This is a picture of the guy who won, on the right  and his son sitting on top of this gigantic pumpkin. WOW! I don’t want to be on that diet!   Guess how many pies you can get out of this Pumpkin?  I don’t have any idea how many pies nor would I want the job.

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While we were there we decided to go to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.  It was unbelievably beautiful and the trees were in process of turning their fall colors. We drove towards the summit, 14,259 feet, we turned around some were between  8,000 /10,000 feet.  It was a good thing or we may have missed the elk down in the valley. There was two  male elk doing the ultimate elk fighting championship. I quickly pulled to the side of the road got out, with my camera but it was to late. The show was over and these are the photos that I did get. We where just a little ways out of the park and we saw these mountain sheep or are they goats climbing up the side of the mountain. someone that probably knows more about this national park Is Mike of : “Mike’s Look at Life”

http://m5son.wordpress.com/

We had a good time in Cheyenne ,WY.  I have lots more photos and adventure stories from the Cheyenne area but that’s for another time.

Thomson River Gorge

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Mississippi: The Effects of Hurricane Katrina “Through My Eyes”

Hurricane Katrina, Aug 28/29,2005, did more than destroy New Orleans. It wiped out the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Towns like Gulfport and Biloxi,along Highway 90 were completely destroyed. My wife and I used to go to this area to play mostly at the casinos.

Hwy 90 along the Gulf Coast

I came across these photos recently and athough it has been almost eight years, it brought back many memories: Memories of seeing the hope and determination to rebuild and to bring these wonderful southern towns back to life.It was a beautiful area with lots of things to do and restaurants to get a good meal.

I’m writing this about Mississippi’s Gulfport and Biloxi because  we visited there 18 months after Katrina. I managed to take quite a few photos not knowing what to do with them until now. This is one of the reasons that I wanted to start a blog so that I could tell what I saw and show what I saw.  I think its so sad  and how devastating it was to see all this destruction.

There was quite a few gorgeous antebellum homes. Many of these were Historic Homes now just wiped out. Destroyed! Completely gone, leveled to the ground. It was sad to see what was remaining and what was no longer there. The home of Jefferson Davis and the museum and all the artifacts from the Civil War that was housed in Jefferson’s museum gone. Shell station gone, McDonalds gone, Bicycle club gone and many more businesses gone.

Many many homes are gone, a lot of people left homeless. 90% of the buildings along Highway 90 wiped out. Over 235 people died in Mississippi. The storm created a 28  foot storm surge of water that wiped out nearly everything in its path for 6 to 12 miles inland. “quoted from wikipedia”.  People where scurring for their attics or their roof tops and some clung to trees. It may be one of the largest disasters in the record books of storms in the USA.

House Rubble

ST Peter's Church

St Peter's Church

Building Rubble

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O'Keefe Museum of Art

Mississippi gambling laws required that the gambling part of the casinos ,the slot machines and tables, could not be on land. The casinos built their gambling portions of their casinos on barge, secured  to docks with heavy steel and concrete. All of the steel and concrete was no match for Hurricane Katrina. You will see in my photographs the steel became twisted and mangled useless scrap junk. At the time, that I took these pictures, it still hadn’t been cleaned up or removed. The concrete is broken and waiting for the removal process also. The barges that the slot machines and tables were on were torn away from their mooring and ended up on shore . From what I understood the first floor of the barges were flooded. I imagine that most of those slots where totaled and the tables were probably warped.

After Katrina I believe that Mississippi changed the laws and has allowed the casinos to be built on land.  Casinos are an intricate part of it’s economy.

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Dock where Barge was secured

Barge dock debris still waiting to be removed

When these pictures were taken, about 18 months after Katrina, most of the people that lost so much were still gone and  waiting for help from FEMA. There were several people living in FEMA trailers on the land where their houses use to stand. There was one person that had begun rebuliding. He posted a sign in his yard, “ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY.”

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Road to Recovery

There is one photo I took that tugged at my heart because I thought it was so sad yet so beautiful at the same time. It was something that someone wrote on a side board on the beach area, “I’m so sorry Gulfport I Love You.”   “I too Loved Gulfport and Biloxi.”

I shot 70 Pictures  and  had to trim them way back to fit in this blog..  If I had been there 6 months after the hurricane I probably would have shot 200 or 300 pictures. I would have had to write a book. Jim