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Not sure if I like this processing but let's see what you guys think. :)

I'm sooooooo ready for warm weather! (The clarity was adjusted but the color wasn't - it's really that green.)

Nicklesville, GA

Wilkenson County



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The Husband was talking to two farmers about the old house and buildings on the hill. It turns out they were the Meade brothers and their ancestor had settled on this land.

We haven't had any significant snowfall this year but I'm still hoping for a white Christmas. :-)


Just a touch of texture courtesy of Kim Klassen



I wish that I could go again

Out behind the barn,

And do some things that I did then

Out behind the barn.

Now you think it ain't no fun

To be a poor old farmers son.

You don't know what all I've done

Out behind the barn.


-- (song recorded by) Little Jimmy Dickens

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At first glance, this tree appears to be dead. If you look at the closeup, you can see that it is a walnut tree that actually produced walnuts this year!

House and farm originally owned by Jacob Meade near Nickelsville, Virginia

Oh, I dream a highway back to you, love.

A winding ribbon with a band of gold.

A silver vision come and rest my soul.

I dream a highway back to you.


--Gillian Welch


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There's a story here, too. I had been to Castlewood and was looking for a shortcut to Nickelsville. I turned onto a paved road in the general direction I needed to go. The road became more narrow as I drove farther into the woods. The pavement eventually ended and the gravel road led up the mountain. I was considering turning around when I decided to ask Midge Ellen (my GPS) if the road came out near Nickelsville. She said it was just a few more miles so I kept going. I'm glad I did for this is what lay ahead.

Seattle is supposedly politically liberal, but it has homeless encampments. That’s not normal.


Residents of a homeless camp in the city, called Nickelsville - which has no electricity, showers or running water - have a Sept. 1 eviction deadline hanging over them. A majority of Seattle City Council members asked the mayor to close the camp and offer shelter, housing and other services to the residents.


Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn agreed and said the city would enforce the law against encampments. About 100 people live in tents and makeshift dwellings at the camp named for former Mayor Greg Nickels. And I can see McGinn going the way of Nickels, and unceremoniously being kicked out of office soon.


It's a cruel new world - and the likelihood is, that, instead of finding them somewhere to live, many will end up shuffling around downtown - like all the others - in areas such as Westlake Park, parking out for the day on a bench, with what few belongings they have beside them in carrier bags.


Leica M4 & 50mm Summicron DR

B+W Yellow Filter

Sekonic L-308S

Ilford Delta 100 (@80)

HC-110 (Dil. H - 10min)

Plustek 7600i & Vuescan


Bush Mill, also known as Bond Roller Mill, is a historic grist mill located near Nickelsville, Scott County, Virginia. It was built in 1896, and is a three-story, log and timber frame building on a limestone foundation. It has a front gable roof sheathed in metal. It measures 39 feet, 9 inches by 30 feet, 4 inches. The mill has a 24-foot (diameter) and 4 feet wide overshot steel waterwheel added in the 1920s is intact and remains functional. (Wikipedia).

Sunrise in Nickelsville, VA

Shadows on Bush Mill, Nickelsville, Virginia

Of Kilgore Fort House near Nickelsville, Virginia

Built by Robert Kilgore in 1786 near present-day Nickelsville, Virginia


Excerpt from the National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form:

"The settlement of extreme Southwest Virginia during the last third of the eighteenth century followed very closely the standard for frontier development. The Indians remained an active threat to settlers in this region during and immediately following the American War for Independence. The Old Kilgore Fort House was the last of a chain of frontier forts extending at one time from Castlewood to Cumberland Gap. Built at the end of the first, more dangerous, generation of settlement on this new Virginia frontier, the Kilgore Fort House represents a transitional type of structure."

A Nickelsville residents waits for police to arrive Wednesday (Seattle PostGlobe)

I took these at our annual family get together at Martin & Sharon's house. Normally I would be the one seting them off, but this year due to back trouble I had to hand that privaledge over to Adam and Bill.

Bush Mill, located in Nickelsville, Scott County, Virginia. This mill was rebuild in 1897.

Can you find the fence in this picture?



(tentatively identified)


View Large to better see those streaked clouds.

Keith's grandfather was a member of this church. Mr. Nickels, his wife, and his parents are buried in the cemetery on the hill beside the church. Keith's father was born and raised near here. He attended Long Hollow school. He told Keith that he went to school with Ralph Stanley. Knowing that the Stanleys were from Dickenson County, not Scott County, we couldn't figure out how that was possible until I came across this from Dr. Stanley's book:


"The first time I ever sang in public was in a little country church way out in the sticks. It was a one-room building with plank benches and an old wood stove for heat. No special occasion, just another Sunday morning. You might think there wasn't much to be nervous about, but I was scared to death because my dad put me on the spot.


"It was in 1935 at the Point Truth Primitive Baptist Church in Scott County, Virginia. You just about needed a search party to find it, tucked back in Long Hollow, miles from the nearest town of Nickelsville. . . We'd moved for a while to the neighboring county, where we lived in an old log house in Long Hollow while my dad worked a sawmill job in the area."


(excerpts from Man of Constant Sorrow by Dr. Ralph Stanley)


The original building burned and was rebuilt just above its previous location. I don't know if that was before or after the young Stanley sang here.

These two fun loving kittens belong to Robin & G.E Nash. I took there picture's just as my wife and I were leaving to head over to Martin and Sharon's house.

Misty morning on the Duwamish plain

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