Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Backyard Wildlife

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In the wilds of my backyard danger always seems to lurk. This time a fully grown wild chipmunk was checking out a crazed baby bunny. I don't think that the chipmunk was none to happy with this new invasion of its domain.

As the chipmunk moved ever closer the bunny never moved, it just stared at the danger coming closer. I surmise that this was the rabbits first encounter with a wild chipmunk. A split second later the chipmunk jumped at the bunny and attacked it. The rabbit, however, had leaped about a foot off of the ground and ran about six feet away.

The chipmunk, evidently happy with its conquest, proceeded to turn around and run back up to its lair in the rocky bushes just a few feet away. Most likely happy with the victory of scaring away a new danger in the neighborhood.

At least the chipmunk had shown the baby bunny who the boss was in this neighborhood.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Remembering Life As It Was

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Gone forever, is this house. What a discussion this photo has started. There is a group on facebook about growing up in a specific town. When I posted this photo on that site about how it is now gone, along with a few other homes and a trailer park to make room for a new motel, the clicks on "Like" and especially the comments have so far been numerous.

It seems that a place that once was a home and eventually a business has generated a great number of memories, both good and bad. The photo was such that it even made a few people state that they did not know that the building was a big as it was.

The discussion is still on going but the sad part is a lot of the memories have only come about as a result of the fact that someone took a basic photo of something. To me that is what documentary photography is all about. Recording life as it is to remember life as it was. This image is a good example of that statement. At least for our area and for the people who remember something about it.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mountain Sky

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One of the many things that I like about living in the mountains is the sky.

I have lived next to the ocean and I have lived in central Florida and while the skies in each place are beautiful on their own, to me, there is something about the sky as seen while in the mountains. They take on a style and a feeling all their own.

Maybe that is why I always came back to the mountains when I moved away. Now, at my age, I think that I will just stay... :-)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Bunny In The Garden

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In our front yard we have a small 3 x 6 flower garden that my wife cares for. Last week we noticed a new born rabbit in amongst the leaves. Soon, however, we encountered not one but four small new born rabbits in a hole in the ground of the garden. This is just one of the little critters that are there at the moment. We'll see how long they stay before they are gone.....

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Favorite..... The Hitching Post

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Taken a few years ago at Colonial Williamsburg, VA...

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Stare Down

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When you see something like this it makes one wonder what each person is thinking. What has happened to make them stare at each other like this. He looks so innocent, doesn't he?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Evening Walk On The Levee

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A levee on the banks of the Potomac River, just East of Cumberland, MD, created for flood control.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday Favorite..... Freedom of Religion

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In America the 1st Amendment of the Constitution of the United States states the following:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

If religious freedom is denied, in any country, all of the other freedoms eventually will also fall by the wayside...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Bent By The Winds

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Across a wide field, and on the edge, lies this tree line. At the other side of the field is the Potomac River as it runs along the base of a mountain range. In this area, where hang glides fly, the winds come down strongly off of the mountain side and blow straight across the wide open field and constantly flow against these trees.

Even when the wind is not blowing these trees remain at a constant bend as you see them here. They seem to know that it is better to bend than stand tall and break. This is a lesson that even we humans could learn...

Monday, July 7, 2014

Evening Sky

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He answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’;
Matthew 16:2

Friday, July 4, 2014

July 4th Independence Day - Remembering

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It does not matter where you go in the United States, even to the back country roads, and you will find people flying the flag proudly in honor of their country; the act of declaring our independence, 238 years ago, we celebrate this day.

The following is the last paragraph of the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America...

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Up From The Fairgrounds

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When coming up from any of the three baseball fields or from the fairgrounds where events and fairs take place, this is the one road leading our of the area.

As seen late one evening coming out from a ballgame...

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Paraglider Landing


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Yesterday I posted a photo of a Hang Glider circling over a ball field in its approach to landing. You can see that post here - Hang Glider Landing.

In that post I mentioned that Paragliders also land at this field. Here are four photos showing one coming in and landing. This was next to a ball filed where a game was in progress. Four other Hang Gliders also landed during this time; one after another...