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Friday, September 30, 2016

White Leaves

      
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Sometimes photographing something at just the right time allows it to stand out among the crowd. These leaves turning white sure made that possible for me...



Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Corner Of Back Yard

      
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Nothing like living on the edge.....

Monday, September 26, 2016

Power Lines and Tombstones

      
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Even in today's modern world a number of power lines are still in existence, especially around many older urban cemeteries...


Friday, September 23, 2016

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Serpent Tree

      
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Like a serpent slithering through grass and weeds, the tree trunk twists and bends through the branches and leaves forever growing as it makes its way to the top in search of the warmth of the sun...

Monday, September 19, 2016

Monday, September 12, 2016

Empty..... Labor Day On Baltimore Street

      
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To many downtowns are becoming empty when they used to be crowded, especially on holidays...


Friday, September 9, 2016

Western Maryland Health Systems

      
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Where my wife was treated for lymphoma and after six months the cancer is gone. Thank God for His working in and through so many people that we met in my wife's treatment. Professional but friendly and courteous personal service from everyone; almost like a family atmosphere. Sure made the treatment that much easier for my wife...









Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Post #1047 ..... Honoring The USS Voge DE-1047


This being post #1047 on Riff's Photography Journal I decided to do so by honoring the ship upon which I served back in the 60's... The USS Voge DE-1047

Being part of the commissioning crew, The Voge was finally commissioned in November of 1966 in the Navy Shipyards in Boston and I spent my time in the Radio Room (Shack) for the next two years.

This first photo is what she was like when underway and gives a nice long view of her.


This photo is one that I took of her dockside in the Navy Yards in Boston not long after her commissioning.


The guys below were the nucleus of the crew of the Radio Shack and they are from L to R myself, Jerry, Joe, Larry, Ray and Robert. Robert has since past away and only the five of us are left.



This photo is of the Championship Softball team of the Voge. This was taken in 1967. I am in the back row, second from the left; the tall, skinny guy with the dark hair.


Of course I could not just let it go. This is yours truly at his station in the Shack taking a little break...


I served on board the USS Voge from 1966 to 1968 and they were two of the best years of my life. The crew, from the Captain on down were wonderful with which to serve; made lifetime friends and many times I reminisce about those times and all that we did and encountered. Those days will never be forgotten.

In a few weeks there is celebration being held in honor of the 50'th Anniversary of the commissioning of the Voge. I will not be there. My wife is recovering from being treated for lymphoma and after all of the chemo and radiation treatments she is having a hard time re-gaining her strength, not to mention about re-growing new hair, of which she lost all of it from the chemo treatment, but it is starting to grow back. BTW, she is now cancer free...

So, I will be there in spirit and wishing all my old shipmates a wonderful celebration. Yeah, spending two years aboard the USS Voge DE-1047 really was a once in a lifetime experience and I am very glad to have been there and served aboard her with such a hardworking and fun crew on a magnificent ship...

Sail on Voge sail on.....




Monday, September 5, 2016

Friday, September 2, 2016