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Another brand new edit from my week in Ireland early in May. As a landscape photographer, I know the quality of a location /county /country when it is still offering me up gorgeous views and images for me to edit almost seven weeks after returning and this stunning scene of Dunquin is no different.

 

Dunquin is a Gaeltacht village in West County Kerry, Ireland and it lies at the most westerly tip of the Dingle Peninsula, overlooking the Blasket Islands. It is also the most westerly settlement of Ireland. Nearby Dunmore Head is the most westerly point of mainland Ireland.

 

I had seen images of this location prior to arriving so OI knew that this viewpoint is the main one to capture but nonetheless, it is still beautiful. I remember standing there earlier in the day with the harsh light of the sun basking the whole area in light but knowing that the time to revisit would be at dusk and I was not wrong. There is a wonderful series of steps down to the ledge which allows you to board small boats and the curvature of the walkway down lends itself well for an interesting composition.

 

But for me, the memories of just standing there at 9.30pm as the sun dropped behind the horizon to create the blue hour feel will stay with me for some time to come. The peace and quiet, the birds flying by, the crashing of the waves against the dramatic rock formations below, these are the moments why I love what I do for a living, love being a professional landcape photographer. The opportunities for me to connect with mother nature and the great outdoors is one that I treasure and appreciate every time I head out with my camera. I hope you feel that too when you look at my images.

 

Have a wonderful Sunday evening everyone and feel free to share if you wish :D

 

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Haida 0.6 ND Soft Grad filter

Haida 6 Stop Filter

 

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Manfrotto 405 geared tripod head

Mindshift Backlight 26L Bag

 

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Another shot from the Sullivan Ranch branding. This cowboy is Joe Slagowski from Hamer, Idaho.

Brand einer BASF Lagerhalle in Ludwigshafen ... habe mich als Journalist ausgegeben um so näher am geschehen zu sein =] ... zum glück nur Sachschaden !!!!

  

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I'm going up the country, babe don't you wanna go

I'm going up the country, babe don't you wanna go

I'm going to some place where I've never been before

I'm going, I'm going where the water tastes like wine

Well I'm going where the water tastes like wine

We can jump in the water, stay drunk all the time

I'm gonna leave this city, got to get away

I'm gonna leave this city, got to get away

All this fussing and fighting, man, you know I sure can't stay

Now baby, pack your leaving trunk, you know we've got to leave today

Just exactly where we're going I cannot say, but We might even leave

the USA 'Cause there's a brand new game that I want to play

No use of you running, or screaming and crying

'Cause you've got a home as long as I've got mine

 

Canned Heat

 

NS empty ethanol train 65T flies by the Mile Post 401 intermediate signal deep in Amish country between Ligonier and Millersburg, Indiana on NS' ex-LS&MS/NYC/PC/CR Chicago Line. NS ET44AC 3608 is clean and shiny, having just been built this past spring/summer (of 2016). The 8397 that's trailing is former CR 6191 and delivered to Conrail in June of 1993. The NYC era tri-light signals are still in service here

In our country some of the part now spring season is present and some of the part, the spring season is knocking at the door. The place where I live, here springs is knocking at the door. I capture this trees shot from my room windows. Looks carefully some leafs on the trees looks old and some looks really very brand new. Sure after few days later I will be able capture some photography about natural beauty :-))

 

Apologize for my late participate on your lovely works. 24+ hours I was far away from my laptop. Today I already check some o your woks. And promise I will check rest of the shots as soon as possible :-))

 

I saw a video on the YouTube about 5200 mm Canon Lens. After watch this video. Probably you will think, after buying this lens we have to buy a mini trucK ;-)

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Thank you very much everyone for your kind support and encouragement every time. Many blessings and happiness to you always my very talented friends from all over the world :-))

 

. . . on our way to the Khao Yai national park.

 

Double A is a Thai company and brand that is currently available in more than 100 countries worldwide and recently started in the U.S.. According Double A their business also serves as a major economic benefit for the citizens of Thailand. The farmed trees are harvested by more than 1.5 million local farmers who receive training and stability amongst Thailand's agricultural crops that can cause seasonal labor migrations and income fluctuations. Double A uses pulp from farmed trees in Thailand, a sustainable and innovative harvesting method that reduces environmental impacts. Made from farmed Eucalyptus trees grown throughout agricultural communities in Thailand, Double A's pulp harvesting method significantly reduces environmental impacts while making a high-quality paper product. Planted alongside existing rice paddies, corn and other crops that would otherwise be unused, the paper from farmed trees does not require land clearing or the destruction of forests, avoiding impact to the environment. Additionally, the trees significantly diminish harmful greenhouse gases by reducing more than two million tons of CO2 emissions each year.

 

photo of the Eucalyptus trees taken at the border of the Khao Yai National park in Thailand. A sign near the trees mentioned "Double A paper". Last year there were my advertisements on television with the slogan " Double A paper, double quality paper". I didn't know it was a Thai company.

 

De conventionele pulp- en papierindustrie is volledig afhankelijk van bomen die meer dan 50 jaar oud zijn. En die bovendien gekapt worden in natuurlijke bossen.Bij Double A doen ze het anders. Zij gebruiken 3 tot 5 jaar oude bomen. Deze worden speciaal gekweekt in het geografisch en klimatologisch gunstig gelegen Thailand. En dankzij de expertise en jarenlange ervaring van Thaise boeren worden bomen geplant en gekapt zonder daarbij de natuurlijke bossen te vernietigen of te beschadigen. Op die manier behouden ze dus het ecologisch evenwicht. De bijzondere kwaliteit van Double A Paper is allereerst te danken aan een speciale eucalyptusboom. Deze snelgroeiende boom wordt gekweekt op hun eigen plantages in Thailand. Deze bomen worden vervolgens met minimaal water verbruik verwerkt in een van de meest moderne fabrieken van Azië. De capaciteit van de pulp (de eerste verwerking) fabriek is ruim 427.000 ton. Deze fabriek is overigens vrij te bezoeken op afspraak.

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A hot branding iron smokes after having been heated and then dipped it in fat before its application to the animal on the Mitchell Ranch near Cleveland, Montana.

 

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The Abandoned Pennhurst Asylum

May 25th, 2014

 

Some info on this historic location:

 

“Pennhurst is the scariest place I have ever seen. Period. I have traveled all over the country visiting haunted places and attractions and nothing compares to this incredible, dilapidated campus. Last October, I was approached by the owners of Pennhurst Associates, and asked if I would like to be a partner in their haunted attraction. At first I was skeptical because everyone thinks this industry is easy, with a “get rich quick” attitude, and we all know how much work is involved and how hard it is to be successful. I was really skeptical…until I visited Pennhurst. The day I drove into this huge complex of brick structures, I was hooked. I knew this place had the potential to be the greatest haunted attraction ever. With a ton of money, corporate sponsors, the right build crew, and a great plan, Pennhurst Asylum could come to life and entertain the hard core haunters. Not only does this place have an incredible ambiance, a built in cult following, and a treasure trove of unique props, it has a history; a history riddled with accusations of torture, abuse and neglect. A history of mental patients chained to the walls in dark tunnels, children left for years in cribs, sexual abuse by the staff and even murder. All this happened behind the walls of Pennhurst State School, Spring City, Pennsylvania.

 

Pennhurst was constructed and opened in 1908 as a state school for the mentally and physically disabled. Pennhurst's property was vast, covering 120 acres. Created to house over 10,000 patients at a point in time, Pennhurst was one of the largest institutions of its kind in Pennsylvania. Half of Pennhurst's residents were committed by court order and the other half were brought by a parent or other guardian. It was devoted strictly to the care, treatment and education of the disabled. Originally named Pennhurst Home for the Feeble Minded and Epileptic, it finally was just called Pennhurst State School. Pennhurst employed a large number of staff to help assist in maintaining the facility. This staff included a board of trustees, medical staff, dental staff, and specialists in psychology, social services, accounting, and various fields of education. The grounds of Pennhurst included a 300-bed hospital, which had a full nursing staff and two surgeons on call at all times. Others at Pennhurst included members of the clergy and farming experts who grew most of Pennhurst's food . Pennhurst was an essentially self-sufficient community, its 1,400-acre site containing a firehouse, general store, barber shop, movie theatre, auditorium and even a greenhouse. The buildings of Pennhurst were named after towns in Pennsylvania such as Chester and Devon. The original buildings were designed by architect Phillip H. Johnson. All of Pennhurst's electricity was generated by an on-site power plant. A cemetery lay on the property, as well as baseball and recreational fields for the residents. Many of Pennhurst's buildings were strictly for storage; however, the majority were dormitory and hospital-style living quarters for the residents. Many of the buildings had security screens that were accessed on the inside, to prevent patients from escaping, or jumping to their deaths. Most of the stairwells had security fences to keep patients from jumping over the railings. Many of the buildings are linked by an underground tunnel system designed for transportation of handicapped patients to and from the dormitory, recreational buildings and dietary.

 

Pennhurst was often accused of dehuminazitation and was said to have provided no help to the mentally challenged. The institution had a long history of staff difficulties and negative public image, for example, a 1968 report by NBC called "Suffer the Little Children". Pennhurst State School was closed in 1986 following several allegations of abuse. These allegations led to the first lawsuit of its kind in the United States, Pennhurst State School and Hospital vs. Halderman, which asserted that the mentally retarded have a constitutional right to living quarters and an education. Terry Lee Halderman had been a resident of the school, and upon release she filed suit in the district court on behalf of herself and all other residents of Pennhurst. The complaint alleged that conditions at Pennhurst were unsanitary, inhumane and dangerous, that these living conditions violated the fourteenth amendment, and that Pennhurst used cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the eighth and fourteenth amendments. After a 32-day trial and an immense investigation, prosecutors concluded that the conditions at Pennhurst were not only dangerous, with physical and mental abuse of its patients, but also inadequate for the care and habilitation for the mentally retarded. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania also concluded that the physical, mental, and intellectual skills of most patients had deteriorated while in Pennhurst.

 

In 1986, Pennhurst was ordered closed, and began a program of de-institutionalism that lasted several years. Once the buildings were closed, they began to rapidly deteriorate from lack of heating, moisture invasion and vandalism. Thousands of people began to illegally tour the property spray painting everything in sight and breaking all the glass in the place. Theft was rampant and the destruction of the property was in full swing. Patients were thrown out and a large homeless contingent developed in the area.

 

Pennhurst fell into complete ruin as the complex was shut down. Buildings were abandoned as they were, with patient’s clothes and belonging strewn about. Furniture, cabinets and medical equipment were left to decay as if someone had just got up and walked out the front door. This is the place that will eventually resurrect into one of the most studied properties in the ghost hunter media, and will become an amazing haunted attraction.

 

As I research the history of this place, I begin to realize the potential of Pennhurst as an intriguing location for a haunted attraction. This place is really haunted. Several reputable Ghost Hunter groups have documented audible recordings, temperature changes, and unexplained movement of objects in the buildings of Pennhurst. This is the kind of environment I want to build the next generation of haunted house; a proven haunted location.

 

My team, headed by John Brady, Shawn Sieger, Jim Souflous, Todd Beringer, Rob Sieger and others search the complex for valuable props. We wander deep into the tunnels that stitch the complex. We move into the basements of maintenance buildings, storage areas, dormitories and dietary in search of unique items that will set this haunt apart from all other. We find a huge electro-mechanical device that has to be the control for the electrotherapy department. It is so old that it used electrical tube circuits developed in the 30’s. Insulators and other unrecognizable devices are strewn about the room. This is a huge find. As we cruise through the old abandoned hospital, we harvest giant 48” surgical lights that are suspended from the rotting ceilings. They are mounted on tracks that allow the lights to be moved to focus on the unsuspecting patients. These will be perfect in the rooms for our haunt. We find medical cabinets, drawers, storage lockers, operating tables are everywhere. This is a veritable treasure trove of props for our attraction. As we move through the dark corridors, with flashlights moving side to side, I can’t keep the feelings of growing anticipation from my mind. I know there is something out there but can’t put my finger on it. I come around the corner and enter a small room to the right, and there it is; the morgue. I recognize it because it has two drawer slides and a refrigeration unit on top. This is what we came here to find. This will be one of the most unique features of our attraction; a real morgue scene. Stainless steel tables with large drains, stainless steel cabinets, lab equipment and a real, 1930’s autopsy table! I am blown away by this scene. I can picture the thousands of customers coming through our attraction knowing that everything in here is REAL. My arms have gooseflesh!

 

Back at the Administration building, construction is moving forward. All the asbestos has been abated, the floors have been repaired, roof repaired, windows replaced, and structural inspections have been completed. The building is safe for use as an amusement building. Now the hard work of turning this into one of the most complex haunted houses is under way. A full electrical upgrade needs to be completed. Smart lighting, imbedded audio systems and fiber optical controls will be installed. Pneumatic infrastructure will be run throughout the building so props can be installed in any room. A lot of work must be completed in a few short months in preparation for the 2010 season.

 

We want this attraction to be a full experience of Pennhurst, but we need to work the audience up slowly so they won’t chicken out right away. This place is so creepy, that we need to get the ticket sales completed before they see the complex. A state of the art POS system will be installed by Interactive Ticketing, and can handle the thousands of expected customers. This system will track every ticket sold, and with the aid of digital scanners that are integrated with the internet, and keep track of each customer. Once the customer has bought their ticket, they will be guided to the walkway that surrounds the complex. This walkway will act as a huge queue line to the main entrance of the haunt, but will take them on a tour around several other buildings before entering the Administration building. As the customers walk the 800’ long walkway, they will experience the vastness of Pennhurst. With over 10 buildings in view, most in bad condition, they will be able to witness the downfall of this once beautiful campus. The once beautiful courtyards are now overgrown and the children’s playground equipment lay rotting all around. As the people approach the Admin building, they will be diverted to the side and then around to the front and into the main entrance. A large stone portico greets the crowd as they are ushered into the attraction. A unique feature of Pennhurst will be the museum. Many local residents have a strong feeling that the memories of the atrocities that occurred here should be preserved in some way so that they will not re-occur in the future. With this in mind, we felt that the construction of a Pennhurst Museum was in order. We have reconstructed four rooms on the first floor that will act as an indoor queue line and, at the same time, teach the public about the history of this magnificent place. With high tech videos, historical photos and artifacts from the past, the customers will be able to go back in time and witness the rise and fall of Pennhurst, as it happened. As they move slowly through the museum, they will notice that the rooms are beginning to decay. By the time they enter the great corridor the building has fallen into disrepair. This is when they will enter the scariest haunted house imaginable.

 

With an asylum theme in mind, and real, antique hospital equipment on hand, we began to build our attraction. We painted the entire interior with a special barrier sealant that encapsulates any lead paint and is also 100% flameproof. Rotted flooring has been replaced, and roof leaks have been plugged. We install MDF board as a wainscote and paint it to look like the marble that was part of the original building, but stolen long ago. We want an old time feeling to envelope the customers; a feeling of going back in time. The first room you enter is the intake office, complete with a psychiatrist giving you the Rorschach test, otherwise known as the ink blot test. As the Dr. engages the crowd, slides flip by on a large screen. After the intake, you enter the de-lousing showers, where shower heads spew out a combination of fog, air and CO2, giving it a cold feel. Other rooms include the dietary unit with copious use of existing cafeteria items like tray holders, rolling carts, plastic ware, cups, plates, tables and ovens. Pneumatic and actor scares abound in this haunt as there are a large number of great setups and hiding spots throughout the building. Moving upstairs, we have a large room with the ceiling removed. It shows the expansive architecture of the building, and the roofline looms over 35’ above your head. The focus in this room is the old, female actor in the corner, who is sitting in a vintage wheelchair. She is spot lighted with down lighting that also shows beds, furniture and other belongings. As she distracts the crowd, a switch is flipped and flood lights reveal the height of the ceiling, filled with another animatronic surprise.

 

Another part of the building is an area that has suffered a moderate fire. Door frames and headers are charred, and the smell of burnt wood is still perceptible. The area that was burned housed two sound proof cells; small rooms where patients could be locked away and their screams could be totally muffled. The floors, walls and ceilings are 6” thick with heavy insulation stuffed between the studs. The interiors are lined with sound proof tiles, and the exterior is sheathed in another layer of sound proofing. Even the doors are 8” thick and insulated. As you walk into these rooms, you can feel the air get heavy, the sounds deaden and you can imagine how the patients felt being locked up in the pitch dark with no one hearing your screams.

 

As you can imagine, the really cool rooms are left for last. With tons of great, original props, we build out sets that appear to be real operating rooms. One room is set up to be themed as a lobotomy operating room. Steel tables, medical cabinets and surgical equipment are everywhere. Actors bring off the scare and make this scene believable. The next room is our autopsy chamber. This room is decorated with the original equipment we found in the old hospital. The cabinets mounted to the walls are stainless steel, and look brand new, even after 50 or more years. The large sink structure, with an industrial size in-sinkerator, and long overflow drain, is up against the far wall. On the right is the original two drawer morgue unit, moved here from the hospital basement, and restored to its original form. The drawers roll out as easily as they did when first installed, and the refrigeration unit above the drawers adds to the realism of the scene. To top it off, an antique autopsy table stands in the center of the room. I bought the table at a funeral home auction 15 years ago and it has now found a new home. Overhead is a huge surgical style lamp, measuring over 40” across, and fitted with a friction gear that allows one to direct the light in any direction.

 

Another great room design we are using is the shock therapy room. This room has tile walls and floor, large overhead lights (harvested from the depths of building c) and the original electroconvulsive shock therapy machine retrieved from the hospital. Most modern ECT machines deliver a brief-pulse current, which is thought to cause fewer cognitive effects than the sine-wave currents which were originally used in ECT. Our machine is of the sine wave type, and caused unconsciousness and convulsions for 15 to 30 seconds. It is a large stainless steel console with dials and meters, and long electrode leads still attached. Our shock table is hinged in the center, and can tilt down for easy loading and unloading of the patient. The table has a latch where the actor can drop the foot of the table and attack the audience. This coupled with bang sticks, strobe lights, fog machines and a blistering 400 watt soundtrack make this one of the premier rooms at Pennhurst. In all, Pennhurst Asylum will have 18 complete rooms, not including the 4 room used in the museum. All of these rooms are highly detailed to be realistic in every way.

 

We have really strived to mix fact with fiction, folklore with fear, to come up with some of our unique room designs. There have been accounts of an old dentist chair that was located in the deep recesses of Mayflower, one of the more notorious dorms at Pennhurst. This chair is a little different than the ones you and I are used too; it has restraining straps attached to the arms, legs and headrest. This chair was reportedly used to remove the teeth of patients that were prone to biting the staff here. Imagine yourself being strapped into this device and having all your teeth ripped out without any kind of medication. This is just one more example of how unique this location is.

 

The most intriguing part of Pennhurst is their tunnel complex. All of the buildings on the campus are connected by above ground walkways with tunnels under them. These tunnels are 10 feet high, 8 feet wide and thousands of feet long. Concrete floors, tile walls and concrete ceilings create an incredible echo effect at certain intersections. In fact, I have looked behind myself several times to see if there is someone following me a few feet back. The echoes are so distinct you can hear whispers from hundreds of feet away.

 

As the guests are scared out of the last room in the Asylum, they find themselves in a large foyer with paintings and photographs on the walls. This is the queue line for the tunnels. Once through the lines, the guests are ushered down a long set of stairs and into the basement. Once there, with a temperature drop of at least 20 degrees, they are let through the double doors that lead to the exit…900 feet away. Scenes and actors appear at intersections along the way. Glass jars with cages around them contain the only lighting down here, and they are all connected to commercial lighting controls that are programmed to flicker, dim and occasionally go completely dark. We also added several subsonic bass tubes that cannot be heard, only felt. This will induce an uneasy feeling in all who enter the tunnels. Special chicken exits have been designed into the tunnel system and I’m sure will be used many times. This will be the scariest part of this attraction. The best part of the tunnel system is that it will contain our guests on their way back to the main entrance. People coming into the show along the walkways above will hear the screams emanating from the tunnels below them. They will hear the reactions to our show before they even enter the walkways leading to our haunt. What better way to elevate the anticipation and fear level than to hear, first hand, how scary this place is. If this place is scary to seasoned haunters, imagine how the general public will feel.

 

Another unique feature of Pennhurst is that it is really haunted. Featured on the Travel Channel, the Ghost Adventures crew have recorded many strange voices, noises and unexplained movement and documented this in their shows. The Pennhurst Ghost Tours, open to professional and amateur ghost hunters, has been a huge success, with recordings, photos and accounts of physical contact throughout the Pennhurst complex. So, if you want to get scared, come to Pennhurst Asylum. You may even witness the supernatural… whether you want to or not.”

 

SOURCE: www.pennhurstasylum.com/index2.html#/history

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Here is my brand new photography blog which I created 3/25/14: myphotographyevolution.wordpress.com/ 6/12/2012, I decided to do a photoshoot with a beautiful blonde model we will call "Kimberly" to protect her identity and privacy. She wears stylish high heels and shoes, and she is a fantastic model with a lot of talent and skill.

 

"Kimberly" has many fantastic poses which I liked. We took some shots outdoors in the summer morning before the sun grew too harsh. I particularly like some of the shots where I really try and use the lighting and my new 50 mm lens at 1.8... I got to do a lot with blurry backgrounds this morning. My objective was to take advantage of my new lens to get the blurry background effect. In the end, I used the lighting in this really cool park.

 

If you like this set, you may also like this photo: www.flickr.com/photos/27127986@N03/5163885331/ I did a great photoshoot with a beautiful model named Anna who is very attractive.

 

Also, there is a really good, growing Flickr group named Women beauties, that I administer. If you want to join, you're more than invited to become a part of my group: www.flickr.com/groups/921586@N25/

Castle of Leiria, Portugal

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Emblematic monument of the history of the city of Leiria and country itself, the current setting of the castle of Leiria Results from four large interventional periods: the twelfth-century Romanesque, Gothic dionisio, the first half of the fourteenth century; Johannine Gothic, from the early fifteenth century, and restoring the streams from the late nineteenth and first half of the twentieth century.

Little is known about the early works of the castle. Its military relevance, a transition zone between Coimbra and Lisbon, ordered the construction of a major defensive redoubts time D. Afonso Henriques, but the truth is that what we see today is much more the result of subsequent marketing. The tower, of sturdy square section, is an example, having only started in 1324, at the very end of the reign of King Dinis.

The House of Avis chose this castle as a major symbolic monuments of his authority and power. The palace of King John I is an exemplary construction of large constructive and aesthetic rigor. It must be on the medieval wall which takes as wall and foundation, and is organized into four floors of rationality and operability study. The two lower floors, for collections and household services, hardly glimpsed from the outside, hidden by the rugged mass of stony castle. The top two are such a visual impact that are assumed as hallmarks of the castle, and even the city.

For the royal family and receptions sponsored by you, are one of the most impressive sets of palatial architecture of real character who arrived in the Middle Ages. In face the borough, on the wall, a large loggia and much restored, eight twin arches of the capitals, was conceived as a space for leisure and recreation, taking advantage of city views (BAROQUE, 2002, p.95). For this loggia acedia itself through a room of about 130m2, called Class or Royal Hall, a space intended by the monarch, and the audience reception. Opposed to the loggia, an atrium preceded the entry in this room, forming thus a first line of symmetry of the set.

A second axis of symmetry was formed by the extreme dependence of the palace, designed for bedrooms and privacy of the royal family, having the upper deck (two towers that formed the silhouette of the harmonic series) and equipped with fireplaces and latrines (VIEIRA DA SILVA , 1995, p.121).

The palace to the chapel palatine acedia by a causeway. This chapel was no longer the church of Our Lady of Pena, or Santa Maria do Castelo, the first temple of the city, soon documented in the 40 century XII (GOMES, 1995, p.187) and that, in the reign D. John I was totally redone. It is a small temple, with a single nave, with tall pointed triumphal arch, the chancel polygonal relatively enlightened and side entrance, framed by a gablete.

The church's work shows great homogeneity towards the palace and is one of the reference monuments of Gothic art from the early fifteenth century, to faithfully reflect the aesthetic scheme of the great monument of this century: the Monastery of Batalha. Indeed, there are many features Batalha we find here, from the appearance of the chancel towards the apses of Santa Maria da Vitoria, the capitals vegetalistas two registers and lush foliage, to the brands of bed, most other repeating Battle (GOMES, 1995, p.205).

During the reign of Manuel, there have been works in the temple, as evidenced by the profile of flora and corbels that support the vault of the sacristy, but the following centuries were characterized by a progressive abandonment of the entire military structure leiriense. In the second half of the nineteenth century, when Ernesto Korrodi pertende intervene in the set, much of the complex was in ruins and medieval garb his current date of the great restorative campaigns conducted in the 40 century. XX.

  

( 1 of 2 this set) ......... Lenore Road, Nelson County, Kentucky. I am rather sure that I attended a holstein dairy dispersal auction here, when the dairy was closed in the early 1970,s. From all indications the barn is still used. Then it was a stanchion barn with a drag chain manure removal system that took the manure out of the barn by way of an elevator unto a manure spreader parked were the one is now. Would not be surprised to find that it is the same manure spreader, looks like a New Idea Brand that was made in the 1960,s if not earlier.

Go North East Chester-le-Street based Wright Streetlite Micro-hybrid 5402 (NK15ENP) which wears 'Coast and Country' branding is pictured at Houghton-le-Spring Church operating the 'See it do it Sunderland' service 36 to Chester-le-Street

Okay, John and Jax. Having been tagged by both of you in less than 24 hours, I guess I really need to go ahead and devote the time to this task. My favorite 10 albums of all time. IMPOSSIBLE! It simply cannot be done. To try and cultivate into a mere 10 albums (and let alone rank them) a half a century of musical tastes and preferences is physically impossible. So I cannot even begin to do so.

 

I can however, relate to you perhaps ten albums that, for a plethera of reasons, have impacted who I am, how I feel about life or world issues or just everyday living, or have seeded themselves firmly into the medley of musical variations I have come to enjoy over the span of 50 years. Some are rock, some are country, some are blues, some are just uniquely different. But the majority of them have had their early roots in the blues, or have been influenced by various blues artists to some degree. So in no particular order, here they are.

 

SRV, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, The Sky is Crying.

 

Life by the Drop

 

Released about one year after Vaughan's death in 1990, the album features ten tracks originally recorded between 1984 and 1989.

 

The Sky Is Crying illustrates many of Vaughan's musical influences, including songs in the style of traditional Delta blues, Chicago blues, jump blues, jazz blues, and Jimi Hendrix. The album's tone alternates primarily between uptempo pieces and gritty, slow blues. The album includes a Grammy-winning extended instrumental cover version of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing"; "Chitlins con Carne", a jazz instrumental; and, "Life by the Drop", a song written by Vaughan's friend Doyle Bramhall and played on acoustic guitar. This song is not about Vaughan's struggle with drug abuse, as many think, but actually about Vaughan's friendship with Doyle Bramhall from Bramhall's perspective.

 

ZZ Top, Tres Hombres.

 

Hot, Blue and Righteous

 

Tres Hombres is the third album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1973, and marked the first of many times the band worked with engineer Terry Manning. It proved to be the group's commercial breakthrough, attracting a far larger fanbase. The album hit the top ten while the single "La Grange" hit 41 on the singles chart.

 

The band's name is often said to be a combination of two popular brands of rolling paper, Zig-Zag and Top. It has also been claimed as a tribute to blues singer Z. Z. Hill. However, Gibbons wrote in his autobiography, Rock + Roll Gearhead, that it actually came from a tribute to and a play on the name of blues guitar master B. B. King. The band had planned to call themselves Z.Z. King, but felt it was too similar. Since B.B. King was at the "top", they settled on ZZ Top.

 

In January 1973, ZZ Top opened for The Rolling Stones three shows in Hawaii. They also began recording with engineer Terry Manning at Ardent Studios in Memphis. The resultant third album, Tres Hombres (1973), was the first for which the band gained a million-seller and wide acclaim. Hombres featured ZZ's classic hit "La Grange", written about the Chicken Ranch, a famous La Grange, Texas bordello (that was also the subject of the musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas). Other album cuts like "Waitin' for the Bus" and its immediate follower "Jesus Just Left Chicago" became fan favorites and rock-radio staples. However, my favorite tune to be spawned on this album was "Hot, Blue and Righteous".

 

Delbert McClinton, Never Been Rocked Enough.

 

Every Time I Roll the Dice

 

This album is probably the most currently produced album on my list here, and possibly on my list of the 50 most influential albums for me. It as produced and relased in 1992. Nothing since then, at least to my immediate knowledge, would make the list.

 

Delbert McClinton (born 4 November 1940, Lubbock, Texas) is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, harmonica player, and pianist. Active as a side-man since at least 1962 and as a band leader since 1972, he has recorded several major-label albums, and charted singles on the Billboard Hot 100, Mainstream Rock Tracks, and Hot Country Songs charts. His highest-peaking single was "Tell Me About It", a 1992 duet with Tanya Tucker which reached #4 on the Country charts. He has also had four albums that made it to #1 on the U.S. Blues chart, and another that reached #2.

 

His 1992 release of this album featured the hit single "Every Time I Roll the Dice", which made it to #13 on the US Mainstream Rock charts, While the album only made it to #113. He has written for and recorded with a group of musicians that reads like the who's who or the music industry, including John Lennon.

 

And at the legendary Skyliner Ballroom, where McClinton's band was the only white act to play its Blue Monday nights AND be the backing band for the headliners, he received a first-class tutelage from the masters of blues music like Jimmy Reed, Howlin' Wolf and Sonny Boy Williamson. McClinton cut a number of local and regional singles before hitting the national charts in 1962 playing harmonica on Bruce Channel's now classic “Hey! Baby.” On a subsequent package tour of England, Delbert showed some of his harp licks to the rhythm guitarist for a young band at the bottom of the bill. The lessons he gave John Lennon were later heard on hit singles by The Beatles; when the two met Lennon already knew the instrument's basics, and the experienced McClinton shared some new licks with him.

 

Pink Floyd, Momentary Lapse of Reason

 

On The Turning Away.

 

A Momentary Lapse of Reason is the thirteenth studio album by English progressive rock group Pink Floyd. It was released in the UK and US in September 1987. In 1985 guitarist David Gilmour began to assemble a group of musicians to work on his third solo album. At the end of 1986 he changed his mind, and decided that the new material would instead be included in a new Pink Floyd album. Subsequently Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason and keyboardist Richard Wright (who had left the group in 1979) were brought on board for the project. Although for legal reasons Wright could not be re-admitted to the band, he and Mason helped Gilmour craft what would become the first Pink Floyd album since the departure of lyricist and bass guitarist Roger Waters in December 1985.

 

The album was recorded primarily on Gilmour's converted houseboat, Astoria. Its production was marked by an ongoing legal dispute between Waters and the band as to who owned the rights to Pink Floyd's name, which was not resolved until several months after the album was released. Unlike most of Pink Floyd's studio albums, A Momentary Lapse of Reason has no central theme, and is instead a collection of rock songs written mostly by Gilmour and musician Anthony Moore. Although the album received mixed reviews and was derided by Waters, with the help of an enormously successful world tour it easily out-sold their previous album The Final Cut. A Momentary Lapse of Reason is certified multi-platinum in the US.

 

Although the amazing talents of Water's were not present on this album, it still spawned two of my all time favorite songs, "Dogs of War", and "On the Turning Away".

 

Iron Maiden, Live After Death.

 

Rime of the Ancient Mariner

 

Live After Death is a live album by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released on October 14, 1985 on EMI in Europe and its sister label Capitol Records in the US (it was re-released by Sanctuary/Columbia Records in the US in 2002). It was recorded during the band's World Slavery Tour. The album was instrumental in establishing the band as an extraordinary live band and is regarded as one of the best live albums ever recorded.

 

For anyone with a love of metal, Iron Maiden is a must hear band. The cover art was done by Derek Riggs, and pictures the band's mascot, Eddie rising from a grave. On that grave is a tombstone with a quote from the fantasy and horror fiction author H. P. Lovecraft's The Nameless City:

 

"That is not dead which can eternal lie

Yet with strange aeons even death may die."

 

The proper quote is actually "And with strange..." instead of "Yet with strange...". A similar version of this phrase is used in Metallica's song "The Thing That Should Not Be" from the Master of Puppets album.

 

Queensryche, Operation Mindcrime.

 

Suite Sister Mary

 

Operation: Mindcrime is a concept album by American progressive metal band Queensrÿche. Released on May 3, 1988, it is the band's third full-length album. A rock opera, its story follows a man who becomes disillusioned with the society of the time and reluctantly becomes involved with a revolutionary group as an assassin of political leaders. The album is highly regarded within the heavy metal community, often labelled as one of the genre's finest works. It ranked at number 10 at metal-rules.com's best heavy metal albums ever. In January 1989, it ranked #34 on Kerrang! magazine's "100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums Of All Time."

 

The album begins with the protagonist, Nikki, in a hospital. He lies in a near catatonic state, unable to remember anything but snippets from his past. Suddenly, Nikki's memories come flooding back in a torrent. He remembers how, as a heroin addict and would-be political radical frustrated with contemporary society, he was manipulated into joining a supposed secret organization dedicated to revolution. At the head of this organization is a political and religious demagogue known only as Dr. X, who by manipulating Nikki through a combination of his heroin addiction and brainwashing techniques, uses Nikki as an assassin. Whenever Dr. X uses the word "mindcrime" Nikki becomes his docile puppet, a state which Dr. X uses to command Nikki to undertake any murder that the Doctor wishes. Through one of Dr. X's probable associates, a corrupt priest named Father William, Nikki is offered the services of a prostitute-turned-nun named Sister Mary. Through his friendship and growing affection toward Sister Mary, Nikki begins to question the nature of what he is doing. Dr. X notices this and, seeing a potential threat in Mary, orders Nikki to kill both her and the priest. Nikki goes to Mary's church and kills the priest, but after confronting Mary fails to comply with the command to murder her. He and Mary decided to leave the organization together, and Nikki goes to Dr. X to tell him that they are out. Dr. X, however, reminds Nikki that he is an addict, and that he is the one who can provide him with his daily fix. Nikki leaves, conflicted and returns to Mary, only to find her dead, hanging from her own rosary. He cannot cope with the loss, as well as the possibility that he himself may have killed her and not known it, and begins to succumb to insanity. The police, arriving on the scene, arrest him for Mary's murder and the murders he committed for Dr. X. He is put into a hospital, where he begins to remember what has happened.

 

Rush, Hemispheres.

 

La Villa Strangiato

 

Hemispheres is the sixth studio album by the Canadian rock band Rush, released in 1978. The album was recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales and mixed at Trident Studios in London. This album continues Rush's trend of using the fantasy and science fiction lyrics written by Neil Peart. Similar to their 1976 release, 2112, Hemispheres contains a single, epic song broken into chapters as the first half of the album ("Cygnus X-1, Book II: Hemispheres") while the second half contains two more conventionally-executed tracks ("Circumstances", "The Trees"), then is rounded out by the nine-and-a-half-minute instrumental, "La Villa Strangiato".

 

The album contains examples of Rush's adherence to progressive rock standards including the use of epic, multi-movement song structures, complex rhythms and time signatures, and flexible guitar solos, like those found in "La Villa Strangiato".

 

Hemispheres was Rush's fourth consecutive Gold album upon release in 1978 and would subsequently go Platinum in the US. For a short period of time, the album was released on Canadian red vinyl in a gatefold sleeve with poster (catalogue number SANR-1-1015), and as a limited edition picture disc (catalogue number SRP-1300),both have which become much sought after collectors items.

 

Hang in there, folks....only 3 to go. I apologize, but I try not to halfway do anything...LOL!

 

Metallica, Ride the Lightning.

 

Ride The Lightning

 

Ride the Lightning is the second studio album by the American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released on July 27, 1984 through Megaforce Records and was re-released on November 19, 1984 by Elektra Records. Ride the Lightning was certified gold by the RIAA on November 5, 1987 and was most recently certified 5x platinum on June 9, 2003.

 

Ride the Lightning retains the speed of Kill 'Em All on songs like "Trapped Under Ice" and "Fight Fire with Fire", but also contains the first of Metallica's longer, more intricate tracks, such as "Fade to Black" and the nearly 9-minute closing instrumental "The Call of Ktulu". "Ride the Lightning" is the last Metallica album to credit former member, Dave Mustaine. Ride the Lightning was listed at #3 on a list compiled by metal-rules.com of the Top 100 Metal Albums of All Time.

 

"Ride the Lightning" is Metallica's first song which directly pointed on the misery of the criminal justice system. The song is one of two on the album that credits former member Dave Mustaine. The lyrics of the song "Ride the Lightning" are written from the perspective of someone who is forthcoming death-by-electrocution, although he didn't commit murder.

 

"For Whom the Bell Tolls" was composed by Cliff Burton, James Hetfield, and Lars Ulrich. The songs inspiration is Ernest Hemingway's novel For Whom the Bell Tolls about the dishonor of modern warfare and Robert Jordan's eminent doom during the bloody Spanish Civil War, with specific allusions to the scene in which five soldiers are obliterated during an air-strike, whilst taking a position on a hill.

 

The lyrics of Fade to Black suggest a man contemplating, then eventually committing suicide. Metallica revealed that they have received letters from fans who were dissuaded from committing suicide by the song.

 

"Creeping Death" describes the Plague of the Firstborn (Exodus 12:29). The lyrics deal with the 10 plagues on Egypt, and throughout the song, four of the ten plagues are mentioned as well as the Passover.

 

"The Call of Ktulu" was Metallica's second instrumental song, following the first instrumental "(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth" from Kill 'Em All. The song working title was originally "When Hell Freezes Over".

 

The idea of the song "The Call of Ktulu" is based upon H.P. Lovecraft's book The Shadow Over Innsmouth which was first introduced to the rest of the band by Cliff Burton. The song's name was taken from one of H.P. Lovecraft's main stories featuring Cthulhu, The Call of Cthulhu, which was written in 1928 for the magazine Weird Tales. The name "Ktulu" is originally written "Cthulhu" by H.P. Lovecraft.

 

And all this time you thought they were just a bunch of fucking stoners.....hehehe.

 

Led Zeppelin, IV.

 

Battle of Evermore

 

The fourth album by the English rock band Led Zeppelin was released on 8 November 1971. No title is printed on the album, so it is generally referred to as Led Zeppelin IV, following the naming standard used by the band's first three studio albums. Also the album has alternatively been referred to as , Four Symbols, The Fourth Album (those two titles each having been used in the Atlantic Records catalogue), Untitled, Runes, Sticks, ZoSo and The Hermit. Zoso is also the moniker for the band's guitarist, Jimmy Page.

 

Upon its release, Led Zeppelin IV was a commercial and critical success. The album is one of the best-selling albums in history at 37 million units. It has shipped over 23 million units in the United States alone, putting it third on the all-time list in the United States and twelfth world-wide. In 2003, the album was ranked 66th on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

 

"Black Dog" got its name from a stray black dog that was roaming about the concourse of Headley Grange during recording sessions for the song.

 

"The Battle of Evermore" and "Misty Mountain Hop" are references to J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings novels.

 

"Going to California" is a reference to John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath.

 

The idea for each member of the band to choose a personal emblem for the cover was Page's. In an interview he gave in 1977, he recalled:

 

After all this crap that we'd had with the critics, I put it to everybody else that it'd be a good idea to put out something totally anonymous. At first I wanted just one symbol on it, but then it was decided that since it was our fourth album and there were four of us, we could each choose our own symbol. I designed mine and everyone else had their own reasons for using the symbols that they used.

 

Page stated that he designed his own symbol himself and has never publicly disclosed any reasoning behind it. However, it has been argued that his symbol appeared as early as 1557 to represent Saturn. The symbol is sometimes referred to as "ZoSo", though Page has explained that it was not in fact intended to be a word at all.

 

Bassist John Paul Jones' symbol, which he chose from Rudolf Koch's Book of Signs, is a single circle intersecting 3 vesica pisces (a triquetra). It is intended to symbolise a person who possesses both confidence and competence.

 

Drummer John Bonham's symbol, the three interlocking rings, was picked by the drummer from the same book. It represents the triad of mother, father and child, but also happens to be the logo for Ballantine beer.

 

Singer Robert Plant's symbol was his own design, being based on the sign of the supposed Mu civilisation.

 

There is also a fifth, smaller symbol chosen by guest vocalist Sandy Denny representing her contribution to the track "The Battle of Evermore"; it appears in the credits list on the inner sleeve of the LP, serving as an asterisk and is shaped like three triangles touching at their points.

 

And finally we make it home with....

 

Allman Brothers, Live at Fillmore East.

 

Statesboro Blues - Live

 

At Fillmore East is a double live album by The Allman Brothers Band. The band's breakthrough success, At Fillmore East was released in July 1971. It ranks Number 49 among Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and remains among the top-selling albums in the band’s catalogue. It is often cited as being one of the most well-known live recordings in history.

 

Recorded at the Fillmore East concert hall, the storied rock venue in New York City, on Friday and Saturday March 12, 1971–March 13, 1971, it showcased the band's mixture of blues, Southern rock and jazz. The cover of Blind Willie McTell's "Statesboro Blues" which opens the set showcases Duane Allman's slide guitar work in open E Tuning. "Whipping Post" became the standard for a long, epic jam that never lost interest (opening in 11/8 time, unusual territory for a rock band), while the ethereal-to-furious "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed", with its harmonized melody, Latin feel and burning drive invited comparisons with John Coltrane (especially Duane's solo-ending pull-offs, a direct nod to the jazz saxophonist).

 

The album was produced by Tom Dowd, who condensed the running time of various songs, occasionally even merging multiple performances onto one track. At Fillmore East peaked at #13 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart.

 

Two other songs recorded during the same set of shows, "Trouble No More", and the memorable "Mountain Jam", were later released on Eat a Peach, the latter spanning two sides of the double album.

 

Those songs were later included in their entirety, along with uncut versions of some, re-edited versions of others, and some previously omitted tracks, on a new release of the Fillmore material entitled The Fillmore Concerts (1992). "Stormy Monday" gained back a harmonica solo; "Don't Keep Me Wonderin'" and "Drunken Hearted Boy" were included as well.

 

In 1998 a 5.1 DTS mix of the original version was released with Duane Allman in the left rear channel, Dickey Betts in the right rear channel, Jai Johanny Johanson in the front left channel, Butch Trucks in the right front channel and Gregg Allman and Berry Oakley both spread out over the front and center channels.

 

George Kimball of Rolling Stone magazine hailed them as "the best damn rock and roll band this country has produced in the past five years." A few months later, group leader Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident. The group survived that and the death of bassist Oakley in another motorcycle accident a year later; with replacement members Chuck Leavell and Lamar Williams, the Allman Brothers Band achieved its peak commercial success in 1973 with the album Brothers and Sisters and the hit single "Ramblin' Man". Internal turmoil overtook the band soon after; the group dissolved in 1976, reformed briefly at the end of the decade with additional personnel changes, and dissolved again in 1982.

 

In 1989, the group reformed with some new members and has been recording and touring since. A series of personnel changes in the late 1990s was capped by the departure of Betts. The group found stability during the 2000s with Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks, the nephew of their drummer, serving as its guitarists, and became renowned for their month-long string of shows in New York City each spring. The band has been awarded eleven gold and five platinum albums between 1971 and 2005 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. Rolling Stone ranked them 52nd on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time in 2004.

Here is my brand new photography blog which I created 3/25/14: Here is my brand new photography blog which I created 3/25/14: myphotographyevolution.wordpress.com/ 11/10/2013, I decided to do an autumn photoshoot with a beautiful brunette model we will call "Shelby" to protect her identity and privacy. She wears stylish boots and a black dress and a cream color dress - great for fall colors. She is a fantastic model with a lot of talent and skill.

 

"Shelby" has many fantastic poses which I liked. We took some shots outdoors in the autumn. I particularly like some of the shots where I really try and use the lighting and my new 50 mm lens at 1.8... I got to do a lot with blurry backgrounds this afternoon. My objective was to take advantage of my lens to get the blurry background effect. In the end, I used the lighting in this really cool park.

 

If you like this set, you may also like this photo: www.flickr.com/photos/27127986@N03/4776838114/ I did a great photoshoot with a beautiful model named Cate who is very attractive.

 

Also, there is a really good, growing Flickr group named Women beauties, that I administer. If you want to join, you're more than invited to become a part of my group: www.flickr.com/groups/921586@N25/

 

The two lane highway between Stanley and Lowman, Idaho is my favorite place to enjoy fields of purple camas blossoms and pink shooting stars.

 

The two lane highway (Idaho hwy 95)between Grangeville and Lapwai, Idaho is my favorite place to enjoy the color of expansive rapeseed field blossoms under an Idaho blue sky. Rapeseed is where Canola oil comes from.

 

I'm going to be posting a lot of photos of these fields as for me, each view and landscape has its own special appeal and value.

 

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These photographs were taken on a 2,700 mile 11 day road trip in June of 2013. My wife and I left our home in Eastern Washington on Sunday the 9th of June and drove to Kalispell, Montana where we spent night one. We enjoyed back road driving from St. Regis to Kalispell with wonderful views of Flathead Lake.

 

Day two, we left Kalispell and chose to drive highway 2 to Browning, Montana. The Going to the Sun highway through Glacier NP was closed and we had traveled that road several times. Rain arrived big time by the time we reached Browning. My wife paid a visit on the local Blackfoot casino in Browning, while I gassed up the car (Our little Honda Fit got 41.4 mpg on this trip), and bought "travel food" for us a.k.a. "junk food".

 

The Blackfoot Indians we saw in Browning were a handsome, tall athletic group and I could see why other tribes once feared them, as did the early pioneers, who attempted to travel their territory.

 

The drive from Browning to Great Falls was some of the most beautiful big open big sky country I have ever seen. Even with the rain it was beautiful. Stopping to read many of the historic makers, I was surprised that the encounter (that left two Blackfoot Indians dead and Capt. Lewis (of Lewis and Clark fame), with a few of his men, running for a fortuitous reunion with some of his men on the Missouri River) - - was in such big open country.

 

When I read the journals of Lewis and Clark I had mistakenly assumed the event took place in forested mountains, much like the Lochsa River country of Idaho. We spend the night at Great Falls.

 

I wanted to visit the "Great Falls" of the Missouri River. Once again my preconceived notions and knowledge were...wrong. I didn't realize that Lewis and Clarks portage of 18 miles was around a whole series of waterfall, not just one great big one with a tough canyon requiring the long portage.

 

There are five waterfalls on the Missouri River that the Lewis and Clark expedition had to portage around, at least there "were five". One is no underwater. Great Falls is the lowest and biggest; then moving up the Missouri River there is Crooked Falls; Rainbow Falls; Colter Falls (under water now) and Black Eagle Falls.

 

My wife and I made a point of visiting each of the four fall that can still be seen. Dams impact all of them with dams built right across the top of Black Eagle and Great Falls. Another dam diverts the water around Rainbow and Crooked falls, much of the time so very little water was passing over them. Still, it was so interesting to see where this part of the Lewis and Clark expedition took place. We visited the Lewis and Clark visitor center and found it really well done and informative. We spent the second night of our road trip at Great Falls.

 

Day three. I didn't want to wait until 10 am for the Charlie Russell museum to open in Great Falls to open so we headed from Great Falls to Bozeman. We took highway 89 south and got snowed on at King Hill summit. Still, the weather showed some signs of improvement and the scenery was great on our drive. We checked into our motel room early at Bozeman and rested up for an early start to Yellowstone NP and Grand Teton NP the next morning.

 

Day four. The sun came out. What a beautiful morning. We drove the scenic Gallatin River route (highway 89) down to West Yellowstone, where we had breakfast and gave our son a call on his cell phone. We had plans to meet up with them a time share they had in Jackson, Wyoming and spend Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday night with them.

 

We didn't know when we called them that they were headed for Yellowstone and wanted to take the same hike we intended to take (for different reasons). We agreed to look for each other at the Midway Geyser Basin at the Grand Prismatic parking lot OR at the trail head parking lot for Fairy Falls.

 

We arrived within minutes of each other (they coming from Jackson and we coming from Bozeman) at the Grand Prismatic parking lot. Then off we all went (son, daughter in law, granddaughter, my wife, and me) to the trailhead for the Fairy Falls hike.

 

At a point on the trail to Fairy Falls you can take an "unofficial" tread up a hill covered with downed timber, and get a panoramic view of Grand Prismatic. At that point on the trail, I took leave of the group and made my way up to the top of the hill (the best photos were at about halfway up the hill so all the extra hiking did for me, was give me some extra exercise - - which I can always use).

 

I hurried to catch up with the "group" but they had arrived at Fairy Falls about 15 minutes ahead of me, and were ready to return, soon after I arrived. I took a fun turn at carrying our 8 month old granddaughter in the nice Osprey poco daypack, my wife and I had got for her. She enjoyed trying to unscrew my Tilley hat from my head as we hiked along the trail. What fun!

 

After the Fairy Falls hike my wife and I headed straight for Grand Teton NP to do a few drives and short hikes on our own, while the kids remained in Yellowstone for most of the rest of the day. We all met up in Jackson and all got a good night's sleep at their time share, which was within walking distance of downtown and had three bedrooms.

 

Day Five. The most event filled day of our road trip. The girls (Grandma, Mom, and Granddaughter slept in before going window shopping in Jackson). My son and I got up around 4 am, put together our day hiking gear and headed out for the Leigh Lake trailhead for a nice early morning hike. Since we had lots of time until "daylight", we went to Oxbow Bend for some photo ops and made several other photo ops stops before starting our hike. The two of us had the trail to ourselves. We hiked the length of Leigh Lake to the trail junction for Trapper and Bearpaw Lakes.

 

The morning was cool, and the sight of the Grand Tetons (Mt. Moran @ 12,605') were spectacular. Little wind ripped the lakes so we got some good reflection photographs.

 

We rejoined the gals at Jackson and Grandpa and Grandma OMT did a little baby sitting so our son and daughter-in-law could get out take a good drive and hike on their own.

 

Day Six. On this morning, my wife and I got up early and took off for some drives and hikes of our own in Teton NP. The highlight of the morning was a drive up the Gros Ventre River (we saw a big healthy cinnamon colored black bear) and a trip up Signal Peak. What views from up there! We returned to Jackson mid afternoon for another stint of enjoyable "baby sitting", while our son and daughter-in-law went out to and to a cowboy concert with friends staying at nearby Wilson, Wyoming. A good time was had by all.

 

Day Seven: The kids headed home to Utah and my wife and I headed down scenic back roads to Evanston, Wyoming where we spent the night.

 

Day Eight: My wife and I were hoping that highway 150 through the high Uintas would be open and snow free - - and it was. So we took our time driving that scenic road, scouting campgrounds and trail heads for future reference, for later this year. We eventually made it to the kids place where I spent Sunday and Monday night - - before heading back to Washington state (Grandma OMT stayed on with the "Junior Ranger" (our granddaughter) for awhile longer.

 

Day Ten: I decided to take a scenic route back home and because I had not brought any car camping gear I had justified a trip to REI to buy the least expensive car camping tent I could buy (and a super cheap ground pad and sleeping bag at Wally Mart).

 

I then took off early (real early) Tuesday morning and drove the interstate to Twin Falls, Idaho. There I turned north up to Stanley, then across through camas blossom covered meadows to Lowman, Banks, then north to McCall, Idaho.

 

I found a small campground on Goose Creek north of McCall. It was two miles off the highway on a dirt road, and was just what I was looking for. I paid my five dollars "senior rate" for my campsite and found I was the only one camped for the night (the next morning I saw where one other party "tent camping" had joined me nearby.

 

A character "camp host" with a metal detector and few teeth, kept the little campground (Last Chance Campground), it spotless good order and so I built a fire and watched the clouds float by until crawling into my cheap tent, in my rated to 40 degrees poly Ozark brand $15 sleeping bag...and slept like a log. Much happier than I would have been in a motel room, and besides I now have another tent and a sleeping bag (throw in a $7 closed foam sleeping pad as well).

 

Day 11. Up the road to Riggins and photo ops along the Salmon River. At White Bird, I did something I have always intended to do but never taken the time. I left highway 95 to drive the old White Bird hill route (old highway 95), and walk the White Bird Battlefield (Nez Perce won that one). It had been over 40 years since I had driven that scenic road. I was in college at Washington State University then, and that was the only road to travel between Riggins and Grangeville .... way back then.

 

Photo ops as I drove Camas Prairie with the tail end of the rapeseed blossoms still covering many of the fields, then a visit to the new Nez Perce visitor center at Lapwai. Thai food in Lewiston and I was soon on my way home. Quite a trip!

 

Another Sony delusion story

 

Sony has gone from Walkmans, phones and consumer goods to Pro photo gear. They are doing a very good job of changing brand perception, far better than I had ever imagined them to do. Their products, while not perfect, obviously, are disrupting the industry and they are actually really very good. It may take another 5-10 years to cement their position in the Pro markets, but they are likely to become even with Nikon and Canon, where as once they were nothing close. Now, it is really obvious the game is already closing for Canon Nikon, and even if they release an incredible FF mirrorless system next year, it might be too late. Canon Nikon are seriously dying just like Kodak in 2009.

 

Are they really? Are Canon Nikon really dying because of the Sony delusion?

Yes, according to the 22% of the market that acts like they own 80% of the market called mirrorless.

But the reality is the more I dig into the stats and the numbers, the more discouraged by the fact that Canon seems to be already on the right track for mirrorless, and Sony may be the biggest loser?

thenewcamera.com/canon-5d-mark-iii-the-worlds-most-popula...

The mirrorless are not popular at all in real world......... So, Canon's using mirrorless as the bridge between Powershots and ILC's .. and also use mirrorless as the small, light and cheap segment that DSLR's can't really reach. In other words, so-called Mirrorless specifically for light use only market. Mean while develop a serious EF mount mirrorless camera, may be the right strategy for Canon and Nikon?

Considering that with three cameras in total and 4 lenses, Canon captured third overall in Japan in mirrorless - why are people saying what Canon feels is wrong? And Sony is doing very right thing? when the numbers telling us completely opposite results.

What a business success for canon. very limited R&D and capturing a large piece of the pie with relative ease. They are much smarter than any one else in this game in terms of business R&D investment.

The market that is most interested in a "enthusiast" mirrorless seems to be NA and EU. However, things have stagnated there to a 4 to 1 ratio in between mirrorless and DSLR's, and Asian countries, which want the small cheap and light more than NA and EU are taking more of the mirrorless pie.

The rebel line continues to kick ass and take names in Japan, in China, and in the USA. Why would Canon want to change that rapidly?

I'm more concerned that they just may be "right", and they will stop trying hard at mirrorless.

Now,the EOS M10 has the low-end market covered. I think that gives Canon "marketing room" to make the M4 more deluxe than the M3. I am sure the line will "evolve" to sit firmly side by side against the rebel line. However, I have mixed thoughts about them making it so that it sits up near the 80D or the 7D line.

Which I think many people are wanting(I am personally waiting for an EVF version of the 6D or the D750).

No matter which way you spin it, there's just not a business case for investing a large amount of R&D into the EF-M system, when R&D is still best served handling the 27+ million EF mount users that exist already.

The DSLR lines will go mirrorless when the AF and EVF's are good enough to supplant DSLR AF and OVF hybrid technology.

That's when mirrorless will take over, but not with the current mix of having Canon and Nikon on one side and the small fry on the other.

I think it will surely be happening soon, but it is just not the right time for them to go there yet.

So, at the end of the day , it seems like Canon and Nikon are doing just right things, and far more smartly than Sony, who is wasting a lot of their very limited R & D money into future-less products called A7. May Sony be the biggest loser in this slowly dying market with too much R&D money wasted into future-less products line like the A7X? We do not know it yet, but the numbers and graphs from CIPA and others seem to suggest that.

I actually think it is the case, Sony has lost about 3 percent of market share since its peak share of 12.1 percent recorded in 2012. Some Sony fans erroneously claim that Sony has successfully derived significant sales from CN.........but in reality, Sony hasn't gained any sales or market share at all since about 2011(actually lost some since 2012). If there was anything that the A7X series actually hurt in this market, it would have to be the A99v and most of A mount series cameras of Sony's own.

So are the A7R2, A7S2, A6300,etc really as successful as many DPR brainwashed thoughtless Sony fans think they are? Definitely not. I have never seen any one serious using them with more than a couple of lenses, most of Sony shooters I encounter in real life never use a tripod, never use any other lens than the cheap kit lens that comes with the original A7.

But even harder sadder fact for Sony fans to realize is that we seldom see any A7X users in real world, outside of camera fanatic fora.

While I was traveling around Kagoshima prefecture of Japan with my friend, I spotted zero Sony A7X shooter(of course, other than myself), absolutely ZERO.

I saw a few NEX7 and A6000/A6300 shooters, I saw a few m43 girls and quite a few Fuji X guys(I did not see them at all in last year), in fact 27 Fuji X-Pro2 users I saw. As Sony shifted its main mirrorless focus to super high end with the A7X2 series, Sony seems to have lost quite a lot of market(to Fuji and to Nikon) that Sony used to own. I think the most used cameras of 2016 stats have confirmed it.

  

UPDATE:Another serious issue all the camera makers will have to face but I did not really realize before is that all ILC cameras are big to most of NORMAL non-photographer people, and they are very intimidating to most of NORMAL people(I mean regardless of mount type or sensor type).

I never realized it before but while walking around down town Fukuoka with one of my long time friends here forced me to understand it. A friend of mine told me that he thinks all interchangeable lens cameras are huge and intimidating to most of average people regardless of sensor size or format, it's just simply annoying!

I guess a big lens scares or annoys people more than a big body......I never saw it his way but I got his point and I decided to carry my tiny Canon G5X when I just walk around the city area with other people. If I am alone shooting something, then I usually carry my big camera, and I think it does not matter it's a m43, a FF, an APS-C, it is all big to most of NORMAL people, anyway.

Then why not just go all the way up to FF or MFDB, or at least APS-C?

 

So maybe the one really doomed is not Nikon F or Pentax K or Sony A but m43?

Nikon and Pentax have historically had very enthusiastic and even fanatic core shooters and they are usually too old to adapt themselves fast to new EVF based gear even if they understand it is the more logical thing for them as they are aged. So D-SLRs may survive as antique cameras, but m43 or Nikon One?

  

Update2:now, I think FF mirrorless is, like self-driving car, it is the future, definitely, but not really mature enough to be practical for many real life tasks, and they are both still immensely overpriced just because newer tech relatively to their older more practical rivals.

The Sony a7R2 should be cheaper than the D810 considering it does not have the complex mirror and proper weather sealings on the shutter. The X-T2 should be as cheap as the D7200 or the 80D. The A6300 should be as cheap as its predecessor(about 650US), no more than that, it is a great camera but still not able to shoot from a fast running car or train like the 7DMK2 or the D500, and so if you were a paparazzi or anything like that, you would not choose the A6300 as your main camera.

When I wrote my previous A6300 vs D500 hands-on experience,I was very very impressed with the A6300 AF, especially with the FE55mm f1.8Z. But now I am sure if my work is completely relying on the best AF in the game, I'd definitely choose the D500, not the A6300, which could not focus well on a super fast moving thing from a fast running train or a car unless the light level is perfectly ideal.

In last week,I tried to shoot street snaps from a fast running super express train with my A6300, A7M2 and A7R2, none of my Sonys could focus on anything moving from a 300km/h fast running train, I was really glad I also brought my D750 with me for my last short train trip.

Like Thom Hogan said, the Sony Alpha E mount cameras are too slow for anything moving fast, I mean their single AF speed is very fast, but it cannot track fast, especially when the light level is not really ideal.

Plus, the general operation speed of the Sony is just painfully slow, even the most expensive A7SMK2 is very slow. I mean it takes about 30 seconds to format a card, about 5 seconds or more to wake up from a long sleep, etc, and is too slow for anything unpredictably moving or decisive once a life time kind of shot. Another big issue of the Sony FE system is terribly short battery life. I know if I bring this up, many Sony fans would tell me after adding a couple of extra batteries it is still lighter than any of Nikon Canon FF D-SLRs. Maybe so, but the real issue here is because we need to change the battery almost every couple of hours, we would miss many decisive moments, and it is really annoying.

 

Now, it is obvious this is the most difficult time to spend some serious amount of money into any of these already existing camera system since they all suck in some ways and all the camera companies are too arrogant or stupid to listen to the actual users.

 

The FE50mm f1.4Z is an amazing lens that may change the direction of the entire industry but it is a huge lens, honestly, if I knew where Sony were heading to at very first place in 2013, I would not have spent this much money into Sony FE system......I wanted it to be small, light and simple, but now it is a big, heavy, expensive and very complex system.

Really, why every new lens must be AF and this huge is beyond me. It is just making the system impractical with the terribly oversized lenses. I have never seen any 50 this big(except my Otus 55 and the old Sigma Art I hated both of those huge 50 primes), seriously it is as big as the 85mm f1.4 GM and is an ugly looking lens, too.

Sony should not try a D-SLR replacement system with the A7 system, but a great RangeFinder replacement system.

Hope they wake up soon.

 

The real reason why mirrorless cameras are not already successful replacing supposed to be primitive D-SLRs is they are bad value for our buck. Maybe it is newer better tech, but still very bad value.......almost all current mirrorless cameras are overpriced considering the fact most of them are still playing the catching-up game, every year they are replaced.

The A7MK2 was the first mirrorless camera to have stayed in the market for longer than a year. And the A7R2 seems to follow that trend.

  

UPDATE3: Now, I just confirm that Nikon DL series actual shipment date would be next January 17th as planned in last Nikon conference at Nikon D3400 launch. But it may delay even further to next CP+ show in Yokohama Japan(in Feb 2017).

 

So it is already promised to be a failed product line before the actual launch. I think Nikon is really stupid, I mean I don't think phones or mirrorless killing Nikon but itself, it obtuse marketing killing it.

              

Here is my brand new photography blog which I created 3/25/14: myphotographyevolution.wordpress.com/ 6/12/2012, I decided to do a photoshoot with a beautiful blonde model we will call "Kimberly" to protect her identity and privacy. She wears stylish high heels and shoes, and she is a fantastic model with a lot of talent and skill.

 

"Kimberly" has many fantastic poses which I liked. We took some shots outdoors in the summer morning before the sun grew too harsh. I particularly like some of the shots where I really try and use the lighting and my new 50 mm lens at 1.8... I got to do a lot with blurry backgrounds this morning. My objective was to take advantage of my new lens to get the blurry background effect. In the end, I used the lighting in this really cool park.

 

If you like this set, you may also like this photo: www.flickr.com/photos/27127986@N03/5163885331/ I did a great photoshoot with a beautiful model named Anna who is very attractive.

 

Also, there is a really good, growing Flickr group named Women beauties, that I administer. If you want to join, you're more than invited to become a part of my group: www.flickr.com/groups/921586@N25/

The Abandoned Pennhurst Asylum

May 25th, 2014

 

Some info on this historic location:

 

“Pennhurst is the scariest place I have ever seen. Period. I have traveled all over the country visiting haunted places and attractions and nothing compares to this incredible, dilapidated campus. Last October, I was approached by the owners of Pennhurst Associates, and asked if I would like to be a partner in their haunted attraction. At first I was skeptical because everyone thinks this industry is easy, with a “get rich quick” attitude, and we all know how much work is involved and how hard it is to be successful. I was really skeptical…until I visited Pennhurst. The day I drove into this huge complex of brick structures, I was hooked. I knew this place had the potential to be the greatest haunted attraction ever. With a ton of money, corporate sponsors, the right build crew, and a great plan, Pennhurst Asylum could come to life and entertain the hard core haunters. Not only does this place have an incredible ambiance, a built in cult following, and a treasure trove of unique props, it has a history; a history riddled with accusations of torture, abuse and neglect. A history of mental patients chained to the walls in dark tunnels, children left for years in cribs, sexual abuse by the staff and even murder. All this happened behind the walls of Pennhurst State School, Spring City, Pennsylvania.

 

Pennhurst was constructed and opened in 1908 as a state school for the mentally and physically disabled. Pennhurst's property was vast, covering 120 acres. Created to house over 10,000 patients at a point in time, Pennhurst was one of the largest institutions of its kind in Pennsylvania. Half of Pennhurst's residents were committed by court order and the other half were brought by a parent or other guardian. It was devoted strictly to the care, treatment and education of the disabled. Originally named Pennhurst Home for the Feeble Minded and Epileptic, it finally was just called Pennhurst State School. Pennhurst employed a large number of staff to help assist in maintaining the facility. This staff included a board of trustees, medical staff, dental staff, and specialists in psychology, social services, accounting, and various fields of education. The grounds of Pennhurst included a 300-bed hospital, which had a full nursing staff and two surgeons on call at all times. Others at Pennhurst included members of the clergy and farming experts who grew most of Pennhurst's food . Pennhurst was an essentially self-sufficient community, its 1,400-acre site containing a firehouse, general store, barber shop, movie theatre, auditorium and even a greenhouse. The buildings of Pennhurst were named after towns in Pennsylvania such as Chester and Devon. The original buildings were designed by architect Phillip H. Johnson. All of Pennhurst's electricity was generated by an on-site power plant. A cemetery lay on the property, as well as baseball and recreational fields for the residents. Many of Pennhurst's buildings were strictly for storage; however, the majority were dormitory and hospital-style living quarters for the residents. Many of the buildings had security screens that were accessed on the inside, to prevent patients from escaping, or jumping to their deaths. Most of the stairwells had security fences to keep patients from jumping over the railings. Many of the buildings are linked by an underground tunnel system designed for transportation of handicapped patients to and from the dormitory, recreational buildings and dietary.

 

Pennhurst was often accused of dehuminazitation and was said to have provided no help to the mentally challenged. The institution had a long history of staff difficulties and negative public image, for example, a 1968 report by NBC called "Suffer the Little Children". Pennhurst State School was closed in 1986 following several allegations of abuse. These allegations led to the first lawsuit of its kind in the United States, Pennhurst State School and Hospital vs. Halderman, which asserted that the mentally retarded have a constitutional right to living quarters and an education. Terry Lee Halderman had been a resident of the school, and upon release she filed suit in the district court on behalf of herself and all other residents of Pennhurst. The complaint alleged that conditions at Pennhurst were unsanitary, inhumane and dangerous, that these living conditions violated the fourteenth amendment, and that Pennhurst used cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the eighth and fourteenth amendments. After a 32-day trial and an immense investigation, prosecutors concluded that the conditions at Pennhurst were not only dangerous, with physical and mental abuse of its patients, but also inadequate for the care and habilitation for the mentally retarded. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania also concluded that the physical, mental, and intellectual skills of most patients had deteriorated while in Pennhurst.

 

In 1986, Pennhurst was ordered closed, and began a program of de-institutionalism that lasted several years. Once the buildings were closed, they began to rapidly deteriorate from lack of heating, moisture invasion and vandalism. Thousands of people began to illegally tour the property spray painting everything in sight and breaking all the glass in the place. Theft was rampant and the destruction of the property was in full swing. Patients were thrown out and a large homeless contingent developed in the area.

 

Pennhurst fell into complete ruin as the complex was shut down. Buildings were abandoned as they were, with patient’s clothes and belonging strewn about. Furniture, cabinets and medical equipment were left to decay as if someone had just got up and walked out the front door. This is the place that will eventually resurrect into one of the most studied properties in the ghost hunter media, and will become an amazing haunted attraction.

 

As I research the history of this place, I begin to realize the potential of Pennhurst as an intriguing location for a haunted attraction. This place is really haunted. Several reputable Ghost Hunter groups have documented audible recordings, temperature changes, and unexplained movement of objects in the buildings of Pennhurst. This is the kind of environment I want to build the next generation of haunted house; a proven haunted location.

 

My team, headed by John Brady, Shawn Sieger, Jim Souflous, Todd Beringer, Rob Sieger and others search the complex for valuable props. We wander deep into the tunnels that stitch the complex. We move into the basements of maintenance buildings, storage areas, dormitories and dietary in search of unique items that will set this haunt apart from all other. We find a huge electro-mechanical device that has to be the control for the electrotherapy department. It is so old that it used electrical tube circuits developed in the 30’s. Insulators and other unrecognizable devices are strewn about the room. This is a huge find. As we cruise through the old abandoned hospital, we harvest giant 48” surgical lights that are suspended from the rotting ceilings. They are mounted on tracks that allow the lights to be moved to focus on the unsuspecting patients. These will be perfect in the rooms for our haunt. We find medical cabinets, drawers, storage lockers, operating tables are everywhere. This is a veritable treasure trove of props for our attraction. As we move through the dark corridors, with flashlights moving side to side, I can’t keep the feelings of growing anticipation from my mind. I know there is something out there but can’t put my finger on it. I come around the corner and enter a small room to the right, and there it is; the morgue. I recognize it because it has two drawer slides and a refrigeration unit on top. This is what we came here to find. This will be one of the most unique features of our attraction; a real morgue scene. Stainless steel tables with large drains, stainless steel cabinets, lab equipment and a real, 1930’s autopsy table! I am blown away by this scene. I can picture the thousands of customers coming through our attraction knowing that everything in here is REAL. My arms have gooseflesh!

 

Back at the Administration building, construction is moving forward. All the asbestos has been abated, the floors have been repaired, roof repaired, windows replaced, and structural inspections have been completed. The building is safe for use as an amusement building. Now the hard work of turning this into one of the most complex haunted houses is under way. A full electrical upgrade needs to be completed. Smart lighting, imbedded audio systems and fiber optical controls will be installed. Pneumatic infrastructure will be run throughout the building so props can be installed in any room. A lot of work must be completed in a few short months in preparation for the 2010 season.

 

We want this attraction to be a full experience of Pennhurst, but we need to work the audience up slowly so they won’t chicken out right away. This place is so creepy, that we need to get the ticket sales completed before they see the complex. A state of the art POS system will be installed by Interactive Ticketing, and can handle the thousands of expected customers. This system will track every ticket sold, and with the aid of digital scanners that are integrated with the internet, and keep track of each customer. Once the customer has bought their ticket, they will be guided to the walkway that surrounds the complex. This walkway will act as a huge queue line to the main entrance of the haunt, but will take them on a tour around several other buildings before entering the Administration building. As the customers walk the 800’ long walkway, they will experience the vastness of Pennhurst. With over 10 buildings in view, most in bad condition, they will be able to witness the downfall of this once beautiful campus. The once beautiful courtyards are now overgrown and the children’s playground equipment lay rotting all around. As the people approach the Admin building, they will be diverted to the side and then around to the front and into the main entrance. A large stone portico greets the crowd as they are ushered into the attraction. A unique feature of Pennhurst will be the museum. Many local residents have a strong feeling that the memories of the atrocities that occurred here should be preserved in some way so that they will not re-occur in the future. With this in mind, we felt that the construction of a Pennhurst Museum was in order. We have reconstructed four rooms on the first floor that will act as an indoor queue line and, at the same time, teach the public about the history of this magnificent place. With high tech videos, historical photos and artifacts from the past, the customers will be able to go back in time and witness the rise and fall of Pennhurst, as it happened. As they move slowly through the museum, they will notice that the rooms are beginning to decay. By the time they enter the great corridor the building has fallen into disrepair. This is when they will enter the scariest haunted house imaginable.

 

With an asylum theme in mind, and real, antique hospital equipment on hand, we began to build our attraction. We painted the entire interior with a special barrier sealant that encapsulates any lead paint and is also 100% flameproof. Rotted flooring has been replaced, and roof leaks have been plugged. We install MDF board as a wainscote and paint it to look like the marble that was part of the original building, but stolen long ago. We want an old time feeling to envelope the customers; a feeling of going back in time. The first room you enter is the intake office, complete with a psychiatrist giving you the Rorschach test, otherwise known as the ink blot test. As the Dr. engages the crowd, slides flip by on a large screen. After the intake, you enter the de-lousing showers, where shower heads spew out a combination of fog, air and CO2, giving it a cold feel. Other rooms include the dietary unit with copious use of existing cafeteria items like tray holders, rolling carts, plastic ware, cups, plates, tables and ovens. Pneumatic and actor scares abound in this haunt as there are a large number of great setups and hiding spots throughout the building. Moving upstairs, we have a large room with the ceiling removed. It shows the expansive architecture of the building, and the roofline looms over 35’ above your head. The focus in this room is the old, female actor in the corner, who is sitting in a vintage wheelchair. She is spot lighted with down lighting that also shows beds, furniture and other belongings. As she distracts the crowd, a switch is flipped and flood lights reveal the height of the ceiling, filled with another animatronic surprise.

 

Another part of the building is an area that has suffered a moderate fire. Door frames and headers are charred, and the smell of burnt wood is still perceptible. The area that was burned housed two sound proof cells; small rooms where patients could be locked away and their screams could be totally muffled. The floors, walls and ceilings are 6” thick with heavy insulation stuffed between the studs. The interiors are lined with sound proof tiles, and the exterior is sheathed in another layer of sound proofing. Even the doors are 8” thick and insulated. As you walk into these rooms, you can feel the air get heavy, the sounds deaden and you can imagine how the patients felt being locked up in the pitch dark with no one hearing your screams.

 

As you can imagine, the really cool rooms are left for last. With tons of great, original props, we build out sets that appear to be real operating rooms. One room is set up to be themed as a lobotomy operating room. Steel tables, medical cabinets and surgical equipment are everywhere. Actors bring off the scare and make this scene believable. The next room is our autopsy chamber. This room is decorated with the original equipment we found in the old hospital. The cabinets mounted to the walls are stainless steel, and look brand new, even after 50 or more years. The large sink structure, with an industrial size in-sinkerator, and long overflow drain, is up against the far wall. On the right is the original two drawer morgue unit, moved here from the hospital basement, and restored to its original form. The drawers roll out as easily as they did when first installed, and the refrigeration unit above the drawers adds to the realism of the scene. To top it off, an antique autopsy table stands in the center of the room. I bought the table at a funeral home auction 15 years ago and it has now found a new home. Overhead is a huge surgical style lamp, measuring over 40” across, and fitted with a friction gear that allows one to direct the light in any direction.

 

Another great room design we are using is the shock therapy room. This room has tile walls and floor, large overhead lights (harvested from the depths of building c) and the original electroconvulsive shock therapy machine retrieved from the hospital. Most modern ECT machines deliver a brief-pulse current, which is thought to cause fewer cognitive effects than the sine-wave currents which were originally used in ECT. Our machine is of the sine wave type, and caused unconsciousness and convulsions for 15 to 30 seconds. It is a large stainless steel console with dials and meters, and long electrode leads still attached. Our shock table is hinged in the center, and can tilt down for easy loading and unloading of the patient. The table has a latch where the actor can drop the foot of the table and attack the audience. This coupled with bang sticks, strobe lights, fog machines and a blistering 400 watt soundtrack make this one of the premier rooms at Pennhurst. In all, Pennhurst Asylum will have 18 complete rooms, not including the 4 room used in the museum. All of these rooms are highly detailed to be realistic in every way.

 

We have really strived to mix fact with fiction, folklore with fear, to come up with some of our unique room designs. There have been accounts of an old dentist chair that was located in the deep recesses of Mayflower, one of the more notorious dorms at Pennhurst. This chair is a little different than the ones you and I are used too; it has restraining straps attached to the arms, legs and headrest. This chair was reportedly used to remove the teeth of patients that were prone to biting the staff here. Imagine yourself being strapped into this device and having all your teeth ripped out without any kind of medication. This is just one more example of how unique this location is.

 

The most intriguing part of Pennhurst is their tunnel complex. All of the buildings on the campus are connected by above ground walkways with tunnels under them. These tunnels are 10 feet high, 8 feet wide and thousands of feet long. Concrete floors, tile walls and concrete ceilings create an incredible echo effect at certain intersections. In fact, I have looked behind myself several times to see if there is someone following me a few feet back. The echoes are so distinct you can hear whispers from hundreds of feet away.

 

As the guests are scared out of the last room in the Asylum, they find themselves in a large foyer with paintings and photographs on the walls. This is the queue line for the tunnels. Once through the lines, the guests are ushered down a long set of stairs and into the basement. Once there, with a temperature drop of at least 20 degrees, they are let through the double doors that lead to the exit…900 feet away. Scenes and actors appear at intersections along the way. Glass jars with cages around them contain the only lighting down here, and they are all connected to commercial lighting controls that are programmed to flicker, dim and occasionally go completely dark. We also added several subsonic bass tubes that cannot be heard, only felt. This will induce an uneasy feeling in all who enter the tunnels. Special chicken exits have been designed into the tunnel system and I’m sure will be used many times. This will be the scariest part of this attraction. The best part of the tunnel system is that it will contain our guests on their way back to the main entrance. People coming into the show along the walkways above will hear the screams emanating from the tunnels below them. They will hear the reactions to our show before they even enter the walkways leading to our haunt. What better way to elevate the anticipation and fear level than to hear, first hand, how scary this place is. If this place is scary to seasoned haunters, imagine how the general public will feel.

 

Another unique feature of Pennhurst is that it is really haunted. Featured on the Travel Channel, the Ghost Adventures crew have recorded many strange voices, noises and unexplained movement and documented this in their shows. The Pennhurst Ghost Tours, open to professional and amateur ghost hunters, has been a huge success, with recordings, photos and accounts of physical contact throughout the Pennhurst complex. So, if you want to get scared, come to Pennhurst Asylum. You may even witness the supernatural… whether you want to or not.”

 

SOURCE: www.pennhurstasylum.com/index2.html#/history

Here is my brand new photography blog which I created 3/25/14: myphotographyevolution.wordpress.com/ 6/12/2012, I decided to do a photoshoot with a beautiful blonde model we will call "Kimberly" to protect her identity and privacy. She wears stylish high heels and shoes, and she is a fantastic model with a lot of talent and skill.

 

"Kimberly" has many fantastic poses which I liked. We took some shots outdoors in the summer morning before the sun grew too harsh. I particularly like some of the shots where I really try and use the lighting and my new 50 mm lens at 1.8... I got to do a lot with blurry backgrounds this morning. My objective was to take advantage of my new lens to get the blurry background effect. In the end, I used the lighting in this really cool park.

 

If you like this set, you may also like this photo: www.flickr.com/photos/27127986@N03/5163885331/ I did a great photoshoot with a beautiful model named Anna who is very attractive.

 

Also, there is a really good, growing Flickr group named Women beauties, that I administer. If you want to join, you're more than invited to become a part of my group: www.flickr.com/groups/921586@N25/

Here is my brand new photography blog which I created 3/25/14: myphotographyevolution.wordpress.com/ 6/12/2012, I decided to do a photoshoot with a beautiful blonde model we will call "Kimberly" to protect her identity and privacy. She wears stylish high heels and shoes, and she is a fantastic model with a lot of talent and skill.

 

"Kimberly" has many fantastic poses which I liked. We took some shots outdoors in the summer morning before the sun grew too harsh. I particularly like some of the shots where I really try and use the lighting and my new 50 mm lens at 1.8... I got to do a lot with blurry backgrounds this morning. My objective was to take advantage of my new lens to get the blurry background effect. In the end, I used the lighting in this really cool park.

 

If you like this set, you may also like this photo: www.flickr.com/photos/27127986@N03/5163885331/ I did a great photoshoot with a beautiful model named Anna who is very attractive.

 

Also, there is a really good, growing Flickr group named Women beauties, that I administer. If you want to join, you're more than invited to become a part of my group: www.flickr.com/groups/921586@N25/

Spent last night listening to some great music from our friend's band, Branded Moon. Can't beat good country music in old southern place like Catfish Johnny's!

It is now May 1st 1972. No more RTs but London Country Hertford Garage's brand new AN10 is pictured as HG 1 on route 310.

 

Very much in pristine condition, London Country had pinned wild hopes these fine looking machines would herald in a new era of reliability. They didn't. Disgracing themselves almost immediately, many RTs quickly found themselves back on their old haunts as Atlantean 'mechanicals' became embarrassingly commonplace over the next few weeks. Complete, naturally, with conductors.

 

:copyright: Malcolm K Allan, California.

Country of Origin: Songun People's Republic (SPR)

Type: Armored Truck, Missile Carrier, possibly Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected

Primary Operator: Songun People's Army (SPA)

 

Description: The ZYC-72 is the missile launcher variant of the KDY-72, which is believed to be the designation for the base vehicle. The KDY-72 has been observed in Party Affirmation Day parades starting in 2014. It is believed to be based on stolen plans for the US' MATV, as some key features from that vehicle, like the wheelbase appear intact. If so, the KDY-72 is merely the latest Songun imitation of Western ground vehicles. Believed to sport a turbocharged diesel engine, the KDY/ZYC-72 is believed to have decent offroad authority, with state media claiming the vehicle is lighter than Western counterparts, making "punishing strikes against the bourgeois serpent" capable across all terrain. Its offensive teeth comes from a brand new missile launcher, the HJ-12, a late generation ATGM believed to be capable of top-attacks, and features a dual laser-guided and thermal-guided control method. The ZYC-72's stated mission may be for offensives, but it is far more likely to serve only in defensive operations, akin to NATO Cold War missile vehicle strategy.

 

Recognition features: Grilled windows, HJ-12 launcher, low-slung front lights, general MATV profile.

 

Intel brief via the Eastern Asian Defense Alliance (EADA) Intelligence Division.

 

So, a few months ago, Seth asked me to take a look at his (then in-progress) MRAP for advice. After giving said advice, I went on to basically redo the majority of the vehicle, but the base, and origin of this, is definitely Seth's, so a big shoutout to him.

This song is great but it sort of makes me sad just because I miss how everyone use to be (Before everyone grew up.) Even though some of them are still around..Work and kids has taken there toll on them and they arent fun anymore or I never get to see them. I miss being a kid. (I don't work or have kids so I still feel the same. Everyone else got REAL old lol) I really miss High school. I miss my old neighborhood. I miss my old friends. And this song just makes you realize time goes fast and even though you think life isn't so great, One day your gonna look back and realize it was awesome....Because life is still pretty damn sweet.

 

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Trace Adkins - Your gonna miss this.

 

She was staring out the window of their SUV

Complaning, saying "I can't wait to turn 18"

She said "I'll make my own money, and I'll make my own rules"

Mamma put the car in park out there in front of the school

Then she kissed her head and said "I was just like you"

 

You're gonna miss this

You're gonna want this back

You're gonna wish these days hadn't gone by so fast

These are some good times

So take a good look around

You may not know it now

But you're gonna miss this

 

Before she knows it she's a brand new bride

In a one-bedroom apartment, and her daddy stops by

He tells her "It's a nice place"

She says "It'll do for now"

Starts talking about babies and buying a house

Daddy shakes his head and says "Baby, just slow down"

 

Cause you're gonna miss this

You're gonna want this back

You're gonna wish these days hadn't gone by so fast

These are some good times

So take a good look around

You may not know it now

But you're gonna miss this

 

Five years later there's a plumber workin' on the water heater

Dog's barkin', phone's ringin'

One kid's cryin', one kid's screamin'

And she keeps apologizin'

He says "They don't bother me.

I've got 2 babies of my own.

One's 36, one's 23.

Huh, it's hard to believe, but...

 

You're gonna miss this

You're gonna want this back

You're gonna wish these days hadn't gone by so fast

These are some good times

So take a good look around

You may not know it now

But you're gonna miss this"

Here is my brand new photography blog which I created 3/25/14: myphotographyevolution.wordpress.com/ 6/12/2012, I decided to do a photoshoot with a beautiful blonde model we will call "Kimberly" to protect her identity and privacy. She wears stylish high heels and shoes, and she is a fantastic model with a lot of talent and skill.

 

"Kimberly" has many fantastic poses which I liked. We took some shots outdoors in the summer morning before the sun grew too harsh. I particularly like some of the shots where I really try and use the lighting and my new 50 mm lens at 1.8... I got to do a lot with blurry backgrounds this morning. My objective was to take advantage of my new lens to get the blurry background effect. In the end, I used the lighting in this really cool park.

 

If you like this set, you may also like this photo: www.flickr.com/photos/27127986@N03/5163885331/ I did a great photoshoot with a beautiful model named Anna who is very attractive.

 

Also, there is a really good, growing Flickr group named Women beauties, that I administer. If you want to join, you're more than invited to become a part of my group: www.flickr.com/groups/921586@N25/

Making a rare outing on the 149 we see Marks & Spencer branded Marshall Capital bodied Denis Dart, TBZ5793, at dusk waiting at the stop at the Post Office roundabout before heading up to the start point for the route in Abbey Road where it would work the final journey of the day.

 

Company: Country bus of Heathfield

Registration: TBZ5793

New: 1998

Chassis: Dennis Dart SLF

Bodywork: Marshall Capital B43F

Route: 149 (Totnes, Royal Seven Stars-Torquay, Abbey Road)

Location: Post Office roundabout, Torquay

History: New to de Courcey of Coventry registered S530KLF. Later with Geoff Amos Coaches of Eydon. Acquired from Pickford of Chippenham in November 2010

Exposure: 1/20 @ f5.6 1600ISO

Date: 6 February 2012

Brand new 43057 leads a scratch formation of HST vehicles made up of four HST Trailer Firsts and a HST catering vehicle north through Chesterfield, 28th July 1977. I suspect this is a training set making its way to the East Coast Main Line for driver training. As can be seen 43057 (along with 43056) formed the power cars to the first of the East Coast Main Line order of HST sets (254001). With the completion of East Coast Main Line electrification in the early 1990’s the East Coast Main Line HST fleet was divided up with power cars 43038/39/95/96, 43104-22/53/55 retained for residual East Coast Main Line duties and power cars 43043-61/64/66/72-77/81-83/85 allocated to Midland Main Line duties. Up to this point the fleet had been used on a common user basis between the two duties. The remaining power cars 43013/14/62/63/65/67-71/78-80/84/90-94/97, 43100/23 and 43040-42/86-89, 43101-03/22/52-62/93-98 were spilt between the Cross Country and Western region duties respectively. From 1991 43057 could be found pounding up and down the Midland Main Line until May 2007 when the surplus of HST power cars at Midland Main Line (brought about by the full introduction of Class 222 Meridians) meant that Great North Eastern Railway was able to add to its fleet in order to operate more services along the East Coast Main Line. 43051/53/56/57/77 transferred back to duties they had originally undertaken when introduced. In December 2008 43057 was re-engineered and fitted with a MTU engine, being renumbered 43257.

Antigua Estación de la Canilla

Construida en terrenos ganados al mar en el año 1888. Obra de Pablo de Alzola y Minondo, de estilo clasicista. Sirvió en el momento de su construcción como termino de la línea de ferrocarril que unía Portugalete con Bilbao, posteriormente las vías llegarían a Santurtzi mediante la apertura de un túnel que atraviesa la Villa, lo que provoco su desuso.

 

Old La Canilla Station

Constructed in areas gained to the sea in 1888. Work of Pablo de Alzola and Minondo, in classical style. It served in the moment of its construction as end of the railroad line that joined Portugalete with Bilbao. Later the routes would reach to Santurtzi by means of the opening of a tunnel that crosses the Villa, that caused its disuse.

 

Portugalete, Bizkaia - Basque Country

Our Brand g Vacations tour group had a tour of a few areas near the hotel to see some colonial era buildings some are being restored. The sidewalks are in such bad condition we walked in the street during the tour.. Rangoon will have an attractive core if the area is restored to it's former glory.

 

Burma is a very poor country & the government does not have the money to do what needs to be done. The roads are primitive. During our tours throughout the country our time was spent in traffic almost as much time at our destination.

 

Motor bikes are banned in Rangoon to prevent people on motor bikes carrying out attacks on the government & police.

  

Moved to a country town, ad in the local paper - led to a road trip, a cute little town & a nice old man. Picked up 46 rolls of expired scala black and white slide film that he could no longer use. Shot a wedding back in Adelaide, drove home through the Coorong. Took this shot. My first home development, used caffenol c; coffee, vitamin c and washing power. Finally, scanned by myself on my brand new scanner. Alllll by myself! :)

The operation of route 105 was transferred from London & Country to Centrewest towards the end of November 1996, along with Dennis Dart SLF / Plaxton DSL25-36 on long-term loan; they retained their existing livery and branding and were numbered L225-36 by Centrewest. They were also given Challenger fleetnames, but as these were of the yellow style intended for use on red buses they didn’t show up too well on light green.

 

L226 (N226 TPK)

 

Greenford

 

30th November 1996.

Spent last night listening to some great music from our friend's band, Branded Moon. Can't beat good country music in old southern place like Catfish Johnny's!

Well the calving is just about over and now the brandings begin. Alot of work but afterwards you usually get a good home cooked meal and to visit with people you haven't seen for a year. I guess you could say the brandings are the social events out here.

Here is my brand new photography blog which I created 3/25/14: myphotographyevolution.wordpress.com/ 05/26/2014, I decided to do a Spring photoshoot with a beautiful brunette model we will call "Shanna" to protect her identity and privacy. She wears stylish flipflops and blue denim jean shorts and a cool pink tank top shirt - great for Spring colors. She is a fantastic model with a lot of talent and skill.

 

"Shanna" has many fantastic poses which I liked. We took some shots outdoors in the Spring. I particularly like some of the shots where I really try and use the lighting and my new 50 mm lens at 1.8... I got to do a lot with blurry backgrounds this morning. My objective was to take advantage of my lens to get the blurry background effect. In the end, I used the lighting in this really cool park.

 

Also, there is a really good, growing Flickr group named Women beauties, that I administer. If you want to join, you're more than invited to become a part of my group: www.flickr.com/groups/921586@N25/

An unusual sighing. Now minus its "The Red Nose" nameplates, Virgin Cross Country branded red and grey Class 43, No. 43068 is seen with a stick on 'The Cornishman' headboard, on the cab roof.

Naturally, these were not easy to add or remove, so the practice was soon stopped. Also of note is the use of a Great North Eastern Railway liveried TGS next to the HST power car, and again, the only rime I ever saw this livery at Crewe.

The train was Manchester bound, and was being lead by Intercity Swallow liveried sister, No. 43196 "The Newspaper Society Founded 1836". The train was seen and photographed at Crewe, on the 17th March 1999.

Here is my brand new photography blog which I created 3/25/14: myphotographyevolution.wordpress.com/ 4/25/2012, I decided to do a photoshoot with a beautiful brunette model we will call "Alicia" to protect her identity and privacy. She wears stylish high heels and shoes, and she is a fantastic model with a lot of talent and skill.

 

"Alicia" has many fantastic poses which I liked. We took some shots outdoors late in the afternoon. I particularly like some of the shots where I really try and use the lighting and my brand new 50 mm lens at 1.8... I finally got to do a lot with blurry backgrounds this afternoon. My objective was to take advantage of my new lens to get the blurry background effect. In the end, I used the lighting in this really cool park.

 

If you like this set, you may also like this photo: www.flickr.com/photos/27127986@N03/4734306517/ I did a great photoshoot with a beautiful model named Amy who is very attractive.

 

Also, there is a really good, growing Flickr group named Women beauties, that I administer. If you want to join, you're more than invited to become a part of my group: www.flickr.com/groups/921586@N25/

Here is my brand new photography blog which I created 3/25/14: Here is my brand new photography blog which I created 3/25/14: myphotographyevolution.wordpress.com/ 8/8/2013, I decided to do a photoshoot with a beautiful redhead model we will call "Monica" to protect her identity and privacy. She wears stylish high heels and a little black dress, a sundress, and a fitted business outfit and she is a fantastic model with a lot of talent and skill.

 

"Monica" has many fantastic poses which I liked. We took some shots outdoors in the summer just at sunset. I particularly like some of the shots where I really try and use the lighting and my new 50 mm lens at 1.8... I got to do a lot with blurry backgrounds this evening. My objective was to take advantage of my lens to get the blurry background effect. In the end, I used the lighting in this really cool park.

 

If you like this set, you may also like this photo: www.flickr.com/photos/27127986@N03/5314310315/ I did a great photoshoot with a beautiful model named Anna who is very attractive.

 

Also, there is a really good, growing Flickr group named Women beauties, that I administer. If you want to join, you're more than invited to become a part of my group: www.flickr.com/groups/921586@N25/

 

Old Coca-Cola bottle return rack with a bunch of vintage brands.

  

Betty's Country Store

18 Yonah Street

Helen, GA

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