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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

 

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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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

 

Keeping your Eyes Open

I’ve listened to people say, and so-called experts write about, needing to be in some great location to make that “perfect” photo. “It’s all about location”, they opine. To me, it’s more about keeping your eyes open so when you see something that strikes your interest, record it with your camera right then. I’ve been to many extremely scenic locations in my time, four times in Alaska and the Bering Sea as one example, and I do admit to those occasions being full of great scenes that make wonderful photos. But, it was not that hard to make those images when they are there in front of you, so long as you know what your camera can do, and you do it right. Most times, however, I’m not at great scenic locations. So, I have to make the best of it. As long as I’m happy with the results, that’s all that matters.

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Posted by on February 7, 2015 in Architecture, Close Up, Landscape

 

Small Town Shopping

Small town businesses housed in early 20th Century buildings are interesting to photograph. Also, it’s nice to see businesses still operating in them, hopelly at some profit. These are located in Reidsville, NC.

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Posted by on February 4, 2015 in America's Past, Architecture

 

These Old Houses

I’m a sucker with my camera when seeing old houses still around, with faded gray exterior wooden siding, shuttered windows, and crumbling brick foundations. Found these recently in rural North Carolina. Sure would be nice to go back in time and speak to those who lived there.

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Posted by on February 2, 2015 in America's Past, Architecture

 

Brick Columns

This stately building of which I have several close-up compositions, is an example of how decades ago, designers and builders used lots of intricate brick work (especially on columns) and scroll-work at the top, to make their masterpiece look timeless. This building is the old Rockingham County North Carolina County Court House. It’s now a historical center, with a much more modern, but unfortunately less majestic replacement being opened in 2011.

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Posted by on January 30, 2015 in America's Past, Architecture

 

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Relic from the Past

There’s a special (for me) location along rural Route 8 in SW Virginia that I often drive by on my way into the mountains, that always makes me want to stop. The problem usually is that the farm house across the highway is apparently home today to a truck driver, because he usually parks his rig in front of the main object of my photo interest: I.M Akers General Merchandise Store. A relic from the Blue Ridge past. From the covered area in front of the store where hand cranked gasoline pumps perhaps stood, to the public drinking fountain by the main entrance, and lastly to the old homestead “out back” where I assume Mr. Akers and family once lived, working daily to manage and run the store; the only such place around for miles as far as I could tell, it’s all about history, and I like that a lot. Here’s a collection of photos I made recently when the semi-truck was NOT parked out front, thus affording me a great photo opportunity. Thank you Truck Driver whomever you are!

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Posted by on January 24, 2015 in America's Past, Architecture, Landscape

 

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Barns in the Wild

I’m always on the lookout for interesting barns on farms, especially in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s the roof color that does it for me, as well as the setting.

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Posted by on January 21, 2015 in Architecture, Landscape

 

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Down by the Old Mill Stream

It’s an old iconic song in the USA; e.g. the title of this post. But, finding an “Old Mill” to photograph is not so simple these days. I found one in North Carolina near Greensboro and it’s still selling processed grain, along with other nice folksy items.

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Posted by on January 12, 2015 in America's Past, Architecture

 
 
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