I recently found a city center market in North Carolina that had a long brick wall creating an entryway, and on that wall images of people engaged in various activities were carved. How that was done is beyond me, but it sure does look nice. Impressive detail. Hope you enjoy what I saw.
Category Archives: People
Age brings wisdom many say. While that may not always be true, given the person involved, I found that talking to this “old-timer” I recently met while visiting a general store high up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to be an especially enlightening experience. For example, he never once interrupted me while I was speaking, he always kept his eyes on me thus showing interest in what I was saying, and he never once indicated he had other more important things to do than listen and apparently enjoy what I had to say…a simple visitor from the foothills below where he lived. I wish more people were like this old-timer…especially those elected to political office.
Given all the home comfort many people have today in the United States, it’s hard for some of our younger generation to understand and appreciate the many hardships their ancestors experienced daily. This was especially true on farms, where land first had to be cleared by hand, then cut trees fashioned into logs and wooden planks which formed the basis for the homes in which they lived along with associated out-buildings…they thrived for generations. What they ate mostly came from gardens, domestic and wild animals. Cooking was done over open log fires, water was obtained from wells or local streams or lakes, and at night families gathered around oil lamps reading the family Bible and books, playing various games, talking, or simply relaxing after the rigors of the passing day. This brief photo collection of mine was made at the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum located at Ferrum College in SW Virginia. The purpose of the institute is to show how farm life was during the 18th and 19th Century in the Blue Ridge Mountain area of Virginia. Museum volunteers dress in period clothing and perform common chores experienced daily by those who labored hard to survive often under extreme conditions. Thousands visit the museum and outdoor exhibits annually.
With sunglasses on, these vendors working at the Buffalo Wild Wings booth at Martinsville Speedway last weekend are definitely “stylin”, meaning they are looking good. If you’ve never been to a Buffalo Wild Wings casual sports bar and restaurant then you are missing not only good food, but some great sports programming, especially good during college football season. Their “wings” are super, as are their ribs, and the beer…lots on tap or in a bottle…ice cold and tasty. It’s been over a year since I’ve been and I’ve missed it. Around here the place is known as “B-Dubs.” You can figure that out for yourself…but a hint…a “B” and two “W’s.” Anyway, maybe this photo I made and my words above will make you hungry. Cheers!
There is one thing in this image of an U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Park Ranger I made recently that is very uncommon today. Do you see it? Yes, the pipe. I remember when I entered the Army in 1963 (yes, Army Corps of Engineers) and I’d say just about 100% of us smoked, not chewed, tobacco of some sort. Most used cigarettes, but there were many who chose a cigar or pipe. I smoked cigarettes but experimented from time to time with a pipe. I recall one such time when I overdid it with the pipe, by smoking bowl after bowl of tobacco because I never could keep the darn thing to stay lit. As a result, I burned the tip of my tongue…so much so that I never put a pipe near my mouth again. I did the same thing with cigarettes in the mid-1970s. Regardless of the clearly obvious health hazards of tobacco use, there is something nostalgic about seeing someone smoking a pipe. It looks so relaxing, and like this park ranger taking a break from his work activities, seems to convey being a peace with himself and the world.
As an aside, I made this image at Martinsville Speedway during race weekend April 5th. The park ranger was there along with others who had set up a display promoting usage of the local Corps of Engineers recreational facility at Philpott Lake Dam and Reservoir near Bassett, Virginia. Wonderful place to visit.
After I made these two photos it came to me that they are really opposites. First, these images were made looking through the front window of an antique store, and they are clearly ceramic figures. The main difference is that the first one, the clown, may cause people to say “Yikes, what a scary face!” while the second one, the cowboy, most likely will be met with a much happier and warmer reception. Clowns frighten many people, while cowboys always seem friendly and manly. So, that’s my story…opposites. Short as it is.
The people who take care of empty carts at shopping areas always seem to me to be attentive and patient, given the fact that so many careless shoppers just leave their empty carts anywhere they please after they unload regardless of the fact that storage racks are nearby. This man at WalMart was one such attentive and patient person. He was not aware of the fact I snapped his photo, but had he been I bet he would have given me a big smile. These folks are not paid enough for what they do! As an aside from a photographic processing standpoint, I decided to make it B&W because I felt the image was distracting with all the varied colors on nearby parked cars, and the bright colored vest he was wearing. My subject stands out better this way.