Weekly Photo Challenge:Zigzag

PostaWeek/PostaDay                                          Aug 1, 2014

 

You need to be careful how far you zig or zag on this road.

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As near as I can find out some of these trails go a mile down in the canyon – that is 5280ft down remember that is 5280 ft. back up. It is all hiking so be fit. when I was there I calculated the distance divided by my age – I got down 5 ft. and back up. My mind says lets do it and my body says your crazy.

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In this picture you can see people coming back up the trail.

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Weekly Photo Challenge:On Top

Post a Week                                                                    4/18/2014

I young man sitting on a rock ledge checking out the view of the Grand Canyon. The best seat in the canyon.A Seat With AView 1

Here are two people sitting in the best two people seat in the Grand Canyon checking out the view from their vantage point. Wait a minute that is what I said in the above picture. The truth is that I know photos have more character when there is people in the photograph. I never would have thought I would see anyone sitting on the edge of the Grand Canyon but to see the same thing twice in one day blew me away.

I shot a waterfalls in Maui several years ago ,when I was barely starting photography, I entered it into the Los Angeles County Fair and it got an honorable mention. I was told by my instructor that if I had had a person in the photo it would have taken first place in not the Grand Champion. I never forgot that!

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My wife and I went to watch our granddaughter do her competition cheer. This is not her group – I had trouble with my camera.

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This young lady got to swim and play with the whales. She’s on top of the world  and loves her job.

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I love this photo with two old buzzards sitting on top of a chimney.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

Post a Week                                                        4/12/2014

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: Threshold

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My favorite model is Cooter my dog. He appears to be, that is I have a lot of photos of him, from the time we first rescued off the streets when he was only a couple months old. Here he is going through the threshold of a pass through rock.

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Threshold to China or just a gopher..

Granddaughters at the age of Four “4” and Eight “8” the threshold of life and what a better way to start it in Disney World. Watching a parade and seeing all the Disney characters coming down the street. DSC00019 copy

The “Guardian” at the threshold of one of the greatest wonders of the world.  Guardian is the name I gave this rock that overlooks the Grand Canyon. When I took this picture I was thinking that it looked like a statue over looking the canyon that the makers of the canyon put it there. DSC_1483 copy The Guardian of the Canyon

These people are on the threshold of rebuilding their life after Hurricane Katrina in Biloxi Mississippi.

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There are many definitions of threshold and these are just a few of them.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective

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Getting to higher ground to better to see another mountain. to see another mountain. DSC_0961 copy

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: Saturated

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I love the vivid colors of this boat. That’s what caught my eye and my camera’s eye. sunset black 001 copy

This sunset has a lot of color yet the earth is almost black. I felt this was a good saturation of colors.

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The old English Phone Booth was in Arizona next to the London Bridge on the Colorado River. Interesting place with a lot of boaters and swimmers in the water with food places galore.

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These silk flowers were at a booth on Alvera Street in Los Angeles.