IT WAS COLD HERE

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Last year, in January, when we had so much snow, wind, and cold, I thought that I’d brave the cold windy weather and check out a favorite spot to see what it looks like in the grip of Old Man Winter.  By the time I walked to this spot, I was about frozen.  The temp. was about 17 degrees with a light wind blowing.  The water here is not deep.  Maybe a foot or so.  Usually there are some ducks around, but not this time.  Too cold I would imagine.  I set up my camera, shot this Image, and walked quickly back to a warm car.  When it’s cold, the biggest problem I have is keeping my fingers and feet warm.  For some reason, I can’t wear any glove that will keep my hands warm. I have not found any type of glove that works, yet!  My feet are not too bad, as long as I have thick socks and boots to wear, which I do have.

Best to you and thanks

Les

SUMMER AT THE DAM

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I was checking out some of the Images that I had taken this Summer and came across this one that is of the same Bridge, but from a different location.  I think that it’s one of my better Images.

As you can see, if you look close, this area is fished very heavy.  Since I don’t fish anymore, I just sort of walk around and find something different to shoot.  I have found that the area does get a bit of trash laying around from fishermen who come here.  You can always find something laying around that should not be there.  Trash is one of the biggest problems, even though there are trash bins located around the area.  Why people can’t get up and throw what is not wanted into what is provided, is way beyond me.  I hate seeing stuff laying around a Natural area for wildlife.  Empty worm containers, soda cans, beer cans, cigarette butts, and nylon fishing line are common.  Just pick up your crap and put it where it should be!  Keep the area clean and leave nothing behind but your footsteps.

WALKING AROUND

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Yesterday, while out there walking around, I decided to go check on another area that is just behind the Dam where I was before.  Found that not much was going on here.  Just the same as it was the last time I was here.  The stream is coming from a marsh land that is just off to the left of this photo.  It has nice, fresh, clear, cold water and empties into the Dam.  Again, I have never seen any deer here.  Some ducks and geese, but hardly anything else.  Maybe I should come here at a different time of the day.  Just behind this Image is a 2 lane back country road that is used a fair amount.  The traffic might be what is causing no much wildlife to come around.  Out of the picture is a sign that say’s “No Fishing.”  Guess not.  Never saw any fish in the stream anyway.

Be Well.

Les

OUT THERE!

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Today was such a beautiful day, I decided to take my Nikon and go for a walk at one of the favorite area’s that I like to go to.  There is always something different when you take the time to see in a different perspective.

The Bridge above is no longer used anymore for travel.  It’s been deemed unsafe for use.  This area is used very hard for fishing at all times of the year.  No one here at the time, so I wanted to shoot looking at a subject in a different manner.  It’s always a learning process.

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For this one I just took a few steps to the right and shot this looking down the old Bridge span.  Tone mapping added by Photomix.

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Here I tried to capture the sunlight coming thru the trees, but messed it up.  Guess that I didn’t point the camera at the right angle.  There is one thing about this area that I have noticed over time.  I hardly ever see any deer, even though they are here.  I just never see them.  I do walk around quiet and try not to be noisy.  I’ve learned that from my years of hunting, that I don’t do anymore.  The Yellow sign on the left states that this is a Propagation area.  No entry is allowed.  If you are caught walking beyond the signs, a nice healthy fine will be given to you by the Game Warden.  I make a habit not to enter!

Hope you all are having a great Holiday Season.

Les

CHRISTMAS EVE 1965

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A MEMORY FROM MY PAST

It’s Christmas Eve in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  The temp. is in the low 80’s and I have been assigned to stand the 8-12 watch on the pier to guard the ship.  Dressed in my Dressed Whites and my night-stick to walk the pier in front of our Destroyer to challenge all who should not be there.  The ship is lit up for Christmas Eve with a string of lights from the Main Mast to the Bow.  Lights from the Mast are also strung down to the Stern.  Other ships are also decorated in similar fashion.  There are about 6 other ships the same way.

I go out onto the Pier and start my patrol.  Not many Sailors on board.  Everyone else, except the Duty Watch, is “on the beach.”  Not me, along with many others that have to stand a watch.  It’s warm.  Something that I’m not used to for Christmas.  This is the first time I’m out there on my own for Christmas.  It’s lonely out here.

There is no one to talk with. Just walking up and down the Pier alone with my thoughts of Home.  I’m wondering how my friends and family are doing tonight.  What they are doing.  Is it cold and snowy in Fleetwood?  Everyone is probably getting ready for Christmas Day.  I think of how lonely it can be.  Starting to get bored with this watch thing.  I wanted to just leave and go home, but no chance of that.  It would not be a good idea.

Christmas away from home can be a very lonely time.  When you are on your own for the first time and away from what you are used to.  In a foreign land that you have never been too.  Everything is lit up for Christmas and it’s 80 degrees.  It was something all new to me.

December 26th,1965, our ship left Pearl Harbor for Vietnam.

Happy Holiday’s to all

Les

BLANKET OF WHITE

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Taken last year over at the Ontellione Reservoir, one of my favorite area’s to take my camera and walk around a bit.  It was when it had snowed more than 6 inches of the white stuff.  Its quiet here.  No sound but your footsteps and the crunching of the snow under your feet.

Happy Holidays to all

Les