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Sloss Furnaces…

I’ve had a little harder time deciding what I wanted to write about this last stop on our Birmingham trip. I had come to Birmingham on a whim after all, and knew nothing of it’s history., so it came as a surprise to me to realize that such an industrial city existed in the south. And with my usual rosy glasses outlook I thought about all the jobs and opportunity it mist have been for anyone willing to work. I took these photos at the Vulcan museum. They came from a display with pictures of groups of workers with these four highlighted. It tells the story pretty well.

The sheer size of the Sloss Furnaces was amazing. You could wander the grounds with machinery towering over you, and you could walk into tunnels under the ground. It was impossible to try to imagine what that place was like on any given day when it was running full steam, the noise of the machinery, the smell of the molten steel, and the heat. Did the machinery cause the very ground to vibrate? Hard and dirty jobs, day after day, and still they worked…

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At the beach…

Sometimes you head to an area to scout out a possible site for sunrise or sunset photos and you strike out all together. Like yesterday, driving the impossibly narrow streets near Green Key Beach, looking for a vantage point overlooking the water. I didn’t find one, sorry to say, but as long as I was there I walked to the beach to see if anything was going on. There wasn’t. Just some folks in beach chairs sitting in the sun, and, of all things, a turtle walking along the sidewalk munching on grass. He walked towards me when I sat on a picnic bench to watch him, but then he continued on his way. Just another day at the beach…

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Before the crowds…

With Sunday’s photography class still on my mind I was anxious to go out and shoot again, and Tarpon Springs seemed to be a good choice of destination. I was happy to get there early so that I could find parking that I didn’t have to pay for, but I was too early to find the crowds of people that I had imagined ahead of time. On the other hand, Tarpon Springs is hardly ever so quiet, so that’s a story all it’s own.

It was nice to see that pretty blue sky and puffy white clouds for a change. I think I got a little carried away but I had fun…

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Charley-isms…

Charley didn’t exactly rename all the pets in the family, but he adulterated their names into a semblance of what they once were.  We all adopted his terminology also, and that includes my eventual nick-name of ‘Neemie’.  My daughter once told me that her friends asked her why she called her mother Neemie, and she said that she answered that it was a long story.  A long and silly story, actually, and it’s not my point here at all.  No, I found myself looking for “buffalumps” again yesterday.  Another of Charley’s verbal adulterations, and I decided that this time he was more accurate than he probably intended when he called them that.  Once you are lucky enough to find them, and get your big lens out and want to observe them, you discover that they don’t do much but lay around.  Once I noticed all the little birds on the ground around one that was standing and grazing I couldn’t help but make the rest of the pictures all about the birds.

We were a little closer to them than we probably should have been, but they were close to the road so if you pulled over that’s just where you were.  Eventually one looked over right at me, and I decided that maybe I ought to move on…07-14-20buffalobirdagain07-14-20buffalobirds07-14-20buffalobirds207-14-20buffalobirds307-14-20buffalopair07-14-20threebirds07-14-20buffaloheyyou

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The Paint Mines…

I hadn’t heard of the Paint Mines before, but what an interesting place to hike and explore.  Climbing on the rocks is prohibited, but you are free to wander through the crevasses to better see and touch the rocks. 07-04-20Paintminesgeology07-04-20Paintminesovertime07-04-20Paintminesrock07-04-20Paintminesshrub07-04-20PaintminesJo07-04-20Paintminesclay207-04-20Paintminesclay

Where some water pooled you really saw the color in the water, so Jo scooped some up yes, it felt like clay.  An amazing resource for people thousands of years ago…

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Conspiracy theories…

I’ve suspected a conspiracy for quite a while now.  Since I bought my house in Florida in 2005.  We hadn’t owned the house long, and were just visiting every other month for the first three years, but we quickly were talked into getting a ‘bug guy’, because ‘if you don’t have termites now you will eventually.’  Not wanting to arrive at the house and find that it was occupied by hordes of bugs, we signed on.  But the thing of it is, we never saw a bug.  Not in my house, and not here in the mobile either.  Nope.  Not until the actual bug guy paid a visit, and then there would be a dead palmetto bug lying in a corner, or under a table, immediately after the bug guy put in an appearance.  I suspected he planted those things to ensure that you would keep paying the bill.

Lately I have been patting myself on the back for finally signing on with a bug guy for this place, prompted by my plan to head out of here for an extended trip to somewhere.  And on the two occasions that he has paid me a visit I have spotted a palmetto bug shortly after each visit.  The last time he was here I informed him of my suspicions and he pretended to be amused.  I told him that I find those darned bugs to be so creepy that I usually leave them lying in state for a couple of days, just to be sure it’s really dead before I go to scoop it up and it leaps into action.  I think he rolled his eyes,  but he assured me that if it’s lying on it’s back you can be sure it’s dead.  He LIED!