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.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Split-Second Story

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Wild animals in out lives

Welcome and uninvited guests. Welcome because we have never had deer  come in our yard before. We lived most of our lives in a metropolitan areas. They are so spooky that the slightest move or noise they are gone. I took this shot through are glass screen door, I think some people call it a storm door.

The uninvited part of this picture is that if they got in our garden, they would have it demolished I a few in a few minutes. which reminds me I better go out and check if I closed the gate. We put in many hours planting.

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We were on our way to a RV park south of San Antonia,TX when I spotted this critter along side of the road. Being that we were in our motor home and towing a SUV there was no room to pull off the road. We checked into the park and I drove our car back to take this picture.

I thought many times about posting this picture and felt that not everyone would think the same as the person that put the beer bottle on the armadillo.

Made me wonder as I was passing it by with the motor home is he dead or just drunk.

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When  I took this picture above, I remembered a story a camper in Jasper, Canada told me. It was about a a highway south of the Canadian border – there were bears coming right up to the side of the road and people were feeding them. A woman wanted a picture of a bear eating out of her son’s hand. She poured some honey on the kids hand — . I don’t need to tell you the rest of the story.

This bird up above is a wild bird  – so I’m asking , what is keeping that bird from punching that beak straight into the boy’s hand.

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: Inside

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Here’s my granddaughters checking out what  a fish sees when in an aquarium.

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Heh, grandpa this is pretty cool.

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Grandpa, hurry up we can’t hold our breath much longer.

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It is scary enough photographing the belly of one sting ray and holding your breath and worrying about getting your camera wet- but a whole flock – gaggle – swarm  how about a bunch.

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Don’t you just love photography. This is better than Star Wars.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective

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This is the perspective of the higher mountain. How high was he see for yourself.

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This was just a ride one day to see some of the area outside of all the glitter of Las Vegas. WE had a great time and finishing it off with a nice dinner at one of the restaurant in  Vegas, then head to the slot machines. It doesn’t  get any better than that.

This was just a ride one day to see some of the area outside of all the glitter of Las Vegas. WE had a great time and finishing it off with a nice dinner at one of the restaurant in  Vegas, then head to the slot machines. It doesn’t  get any better than that

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: One–Point of View

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My Post is going to be on one subject.  Actually on several subjects because they are from the same litter. That is going to be my one point of view.

My wife and I rescued  this litter after their mother could no longer take care of them. They were the cutest little guys and gals. Keeping them in our motor home was quite a chore, until they were old enough to find them good homes. They would cry all times of the night, that made it hard for us to get much sleep. It was to cold to keep them penned up outside.

They were like any other kind of baby, you had to constantly clean up after them. Thank God we had tile floors and that made it easier to clean up. We had to get a couple of baby bottles in order to feed them. they were only about a week old when we rescued them. We took them to the Vet had them checked out and give them all there puppy shots.

It was sad to see them all gone, we even thought of keeping at least one of them. We kept them until they were five weeks old.  My wife would have a half a dozen dogs if we had the property for them.

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This one we thought about keeping.

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This is another one we thought we might want to keep, it was hard giving them all up. We loved them while they were with us.

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All photos were shot when they were about four weeks old. The puppies are Blue (Heelers) or something like that.