Friday, December 25, 2009

SHENANDOAH VALLEY ABSTRACT 1977

Nature's Abstract in fresh snow. Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.



This was an S curve staring me in the face. I could not pass it by without exposing a couple of negatives.



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Monday, December 14, 2009

MR TURNER Turner's Mill ©1974


TURNER'S MILL 1974
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This is one of several old grist mills I documented during my early years as an artist. This one was located just west of Harrisonburg, Virginia in the Shenandoah Valley.
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Mr Turner was still actively operating the old mill at the time and I eventually lost track of him and his hobby. I checked with the local paper in that area several years ago to learn whether the mill was still there but no one could provide me with any information. I assume that it became history a few years following my visit.
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Saturday, December 12, 2009

RED CANYON ©2007






This magnificent red sandstone canyon is located about twenty miles south of Lander, WY.
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Thursday, December 10, 2009

OLD OIL CAN ON STOVE ©1971





INTERIOR OF AN OLD WATER MILL


This still life is exactly how I found it. The lighting from an old open window provided me with the exact lighting I required. It is still one of my favorite still lifes.



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Saturday, December 5, 2009

FIRST TWO POINTS OF THE GAME circa 1988


First goal of the game.
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Radford University versus NC State.
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I have never considered myself to be a sports photographer, but I did capture a few decent images during my term at RU.

This was a big game and highly touted. Little RU taking on one of the top teams in the country. I won't say who won, but RU made the first score of the game and the crowd went wild. I had my camera set up on a tripod overlooking the arena and although I certainly did not expect what happened next, my finger pressed the shutter release real quick. I dislike motor drives, but I did make several rapid exposures and this is the one I liked best. Normally it is the first exposure that nails the image you anticipate. You will see more of this on my blog.
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This was the decisive moment and I was ready.

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Jack Jeffers - FROM THE WYOMING OUTBACK ©2001




EARLY SETTLERS GRAVE SITE NEAR SOUTH PASS CITY, WY


When Henry Reedall struck pay dirt in 1867, one of the most god-forsaken areas in the country suddenly sprang into a boomtown. The mere mention of the word gold did crazy things to people and hordes of outsiders descended on South Pass from the nearby Oregon Trail. They all had dreams of getting rich quick, but only a few of the lucky ones were successful.


It only took three years for the town to go from boom to bust. South Pass City became a ghost town almost overnight.

One noteworthy historical fact emerged from this rough and ready frontier town. A saloonkeeper by the name of William Bright wrote and introduced a woman’s suffrage bill. The bill passed and the Governor signed it into history in December 1869. Wyoming became the first territory to allow women to vote and hold office. Esther Morris, a resident of South Pass City, was appointed justice of the peace in February 1870 making her the nation’s first female judge. She tried twenty-six cases.

There are still a few die-hard miners and prospectors who are either panning or digging for the illusive mother lode that always lay just beyond their grasp. Just like the ghosts that reportedly inhabit old South Pass City, the yellow gold is also lurking in some remote draw or beyond the next butte.
GRAVE SITE ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF SOUTH PASS CITY



A notation on the head stones reads:
In memory of Earnest Williams
Born in California 1901
Died in Atlantic City 1905
Son of EJ & AP Williams

Ma Belr
Born Tuscarora, NV September 1880
Died November 9,1899
Daughter of AP & EJ Williams


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