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Small Town Freight Depot

As I’ve written before several times, I love anything associated with trains; especially when in an historical setting. When I found this old freight depot in a part of Eden, North Carolina I had not been to in years, I was excited to make some photos to help tell its story. Camera used was Fujifilm X100T.

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After the Storm

Second snow storm in February was a bit more than the first one, bringing about 5 inches versus 4 the first time. All within a week or so. Time for spring. The only thing I like about snow is being able to make photos early in the morning just as the skies are clearing. Now, if I were a kid with a sled I’d be having a ball with no school.

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Posted by on February 27, 2015 in Landscape

 

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Here’s Looking at You

I don’t get that many opportunities locally to make photos of farm animals, so when I do find them, I have to stop and see what I can get with my camera. I pulled off the road and made these out of the car’s window, then cropped the result in post processing to get what you see. I used my Fujifilm X100T camera and its fixed 23mm lens is so good that when I crop in close the image (horse) is still relatively sharp, not like I want but close enough.

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Posted by on February 26, 2015 in Animals

 

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Rustic, with a Capital “R”

No need for many words here. Wanted to get the full picture, plus a couple of close-ups.

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Posted by on February 24, 2015 in America's Past, Close Up

 

Finding Different Reflections

Whenever I’m looking for possible photographs while wandering around, I tend to focus on “windows” and other glass surfaces on buildings as I find them, and try to position myself such that I get an interesting reflection. I was especially lucky with the first image below with the old lamp. Again I say, keep your eyes open and moving around, seeking something different. You may be rewarded

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Posted by on February 21, 2015 in America's Past, Architecture, Close Up

 

Pick Where You’d Like to Be

Where would you like to be? (1) In the snow, with mid-morning temperature at 17 degrees and snow still around, or (2) being alongside a North Carolina fishing pond, with sun and 60 degree weather. Both instances within a two week span. Waiting for Spring!

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Posted by on February 19, 2015 in Landscape

 

Up Against the Wall

Shadows and textures, up against the wall.

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Posted by on February 16, 2015 in Artistic and Creative, Close Up

 

Discovering History Around Us

There is no doubt that “history” is all around us today; as I’ve written before, if we’ll just look for it. A prime example is what I discovered recently in Wentworth, NC, a small rural town located in the Piedmont region of the state, just across the state line from Virginia. History is even better when you have a camera to record what you see.

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Wright Tavern was built in 1816 and served for decades as a location where people living near gathered for social purposes, and some fine food and drink. It also served as a place where a traveler could stop to rest for the night in relative comfort. Over the years the building fell into disrepair but concerned citizens decided to renovate it to its original look, but transforming it into the local Post Office, a purpose it serves today.

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I liked the old style, “wrinkled glass” in the windows, which make for some interesting patterns when standing outside. The stairway to the upper level, once where bedrooms were located, made me wonder how many feet had trod those worn, wooden steps for so many years. And lastly, I was attracted to the brick chimneys, one for the main building and one for the attached kitchen and cooking area.

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While the building serves a public service today for processing mail, it also serves as a historical attraction, open for visitors on certain days to those portions of the building where it’s history remains in plain view. I applaud those who take the time and effort to bring history alive for those living today. Wright Tavern is just one example.

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Posted by on February 13, 2015 in America's Past, Architecture

 

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Because I Like Them

There’s nothing that special artistically or photographically that makes these two photos I made recently truly stand out … other than the fact that I like them. I knew that to be true right after I made the shot. For example, when I opened the front door to our home early one day last month to go get the morning newspaper, the cold hit me like a blast. Regardless, my eyes saw the clouds and blue sky with trees silhouetted in a nice way. Boom, I grabbed my camera. On a much warmer day this month, while walking along a lake shoreline I happened upon this swan drying its plumage in the sun, with its body angled just right so the feathers stood out. Not special, really, about either of these two images except again, I liked them.

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Outbuildings

I’ll label small historic structures, located near (usually in the rear) larger structures, “outbuildings.” I see lots of those still around today as I travel about rural SW Virginia and NW North Carolina. As interesting as those buildings can be by themselves, I often see items placed nearby, as well as close-up views of textures that catch my eye.

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Posted by on February 9, 2015 in America's Past, Architecture

 
 
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