More Country Churches

Over the past few weeks I’ve had a few days here and there for weekend travel, and churches are a theme that I usually can add to as I drive around most locations.  For example, on a recent long weekend in southern Georgia I shot over three dozen rural churches and then several more on Christmas weekend trip in Florida.

Old Church, Windsor, Florida, Alachua County (Year unknown)

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Mutt March

2014 Mutt March for the Jacksonville Humane Society, Jacksonvill

The reason you carry a lens cloth in your pocket

This weekend included a fundraiser for the local Humane Society and I volunteered to help take some photos of the annual event held downtown.  There were a wide range of dog breeds that seemed to be enjoying the sunny day as much as those on the other side of the leash.  I’m not sure yet how much was raised but there was a sizeable crowd which hopefully will exceed the $100,000 from last year.

2014 Mutt March for the Jacksonville Humane Society, Jacksonvill

2014 Mutt March

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The Battle of Olustee at 150

Olustee Civil War Reenactment, Olustee, Florida

The Battle of Olustee was the largest fight of the Civil War that took place in Florida.  About 10,000 soldiers met on February 20, 1864 in the swamp north Florida spot near Lake City.  And every year there is a reenactment that attracts a good number of hobbyists that represent the Union and Confederate armies.

Union soldiers line up for inspection before the main event

Union soldiers line up for inspection before the main event

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County Fair

The midway at the County Fair 2013

The midway at the County Fair 2013

If you don’t count Munich’s Oktoberfest, it’s been a long time since I’ve been to the County Fair.  It’s passing through the city this week like it does each year in the fall so it seemed like time to see if anything’s changed since the last century.  I wasn’t expecting much in the way of photo opportunities, but it was looking like a nice afternoon, so I brought a camera and lens just in case. Continue reading

Bethlehem Steel

Bethlehem Steel plant in 1896

Bethlehem Steel plant in 1896

In eastern Pennsylvania, Bethlehem Steel was the second largest steel provider in the U.S. for much of the 20th century.  Founded in Bethlehem in 1857, the company produced steel for skyscrapers, major bridges and ships.  But due to declining demand, rising labor costs and foreign competition, the steel making at the large complex ended in 1995.  The area of the original plant has now been partially converted to an arts and entertainment district with live music concerts at the foot of the massive blast furnaces.  It’s an interesting blend of industrial decay and contemporary urban use – and a great spot to take a few photos.

Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

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Beach Walk

These photos were from a beach hike this weekend that started before dawn.  A heavily eroded cliff marks the tide line.  This large tree will eventually fall and join a number of other trees that are half buried in the sand below.

Setting Moon, Big Talbot Island, Florida

Setting Moon, Big Talbot Island, Florida

Sunrise looking towards the Atlantic Ocean.  The water is flowing into a large tidal creek in the foreground that separates Big and Little Talbot.

Sunrise, Little Talbot Island, Florida

Sunrise, Little Talbot Island, Florida

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