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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pokeweed review

My annual shots of the poke weed plant that comes up down at the garden.
I always remind my husband to leave one stalk because I think it's a looker.

These were taken one evening in late August just seconds apart and the only change was that I stepped to the west a couple feet and pointed the camera more to the south to get the garage out of the shot.  Just a couple of feet can change the lighting quite a bit.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Garden spider

An enormous garden spider at my in-laws' a couple of weeks ago.
About two inches at least.

Saturday, September 13, 2014


Got it all here.
Rural, old, architecture, abandoned, fence, church, blue sky

Sometimes we avoid the interstate going back and forth to Nashville.
We found this gem this week.

Bear Creek Road, Between Culleoka and Lynnville, Tennessee

iPhone 5 photo

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Abandoned foundry

Abandoned U. S. Pipe / foundry along Interstate 24
Chattanooga, Tennessee, U. S. A.

I've always wanted to get photos of this abandoned property.
Finally, I wasn't driving and remembered to get the camera ready as we whizzed by on the interstate.
I would love to get in there and explore.
f11, 1/2000 sec, ISO 800, ~60 mph

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Corn, barley, and rye

My husband and I wanted to take a day trip before he starts more chemo.  We went to Lynchburg, Tennessee, the home of the Jack Daniel Distillery.  Jack Daniel's is the highest selling American whiskey in the world.  We had been on the tour before, and have been to Lynchburg a few times, but it is a good day trip and not too long a drive.

In our tour group of about 15 people, there were folks from Canada, Venezuela, Pennsylvania, and three men from southern California who were there to purchase a batch of select single barrel.

I don't remember all the details about the process and could not hear the tour guide very well much of the time.  Plus, I'm just not that interested so my attention span wasn't very good.
I was more into to looking than listening.

The packaging room was the only indoor building where we were allowed to take photos.  We lucked up and got there just as they were starting to package a special Single Barrel batch.

Bottle filling

This special batch gets a brass tag on each bottle.

The single barrel is the barrel at the topmost location in one of the 80 plus barrel warehouses in the town of Lynchburg.  Something about the conditions at the top of the warehouse make that whiskey special.

You too, can have your own select single barrel bottled for a mere $12,000.  I believe the guide said that is 400 bottles . . .  I may have that wrong.  It doesn't sound like enough money per bottle.

The above is the furnace where those Sugar Maple wood pallets are turned into the charcoal which is used for removing impurities from the product.

The Jack Daniel Distillery is in Moore County, Tennessee, which is a dry county.
You can't legally buy alcoholic beverages anywhere in the county.
However, there are hundreds of thousands of gallons of whiskey in the county at any given time.

The Moore County Tennessee Courthouse.

For those of you who are wondering . . .  yes, we did eat lunch at Miss Mary Bobo's.  For those of you who do not know, Miss Bobo's is a family style "restaurant" in an old boarding house owned by the Jack Daniel Distillery.  Reservations are coveted, especially on weekends, mostly for the experience. The experience is a good one, as you get to eat family style around a large table with a hostess and ten or so strangers.  Our table mates were good ones, also from around the U. S.
I can recommend it for the experience, but not necessarily for the food.
Credit card required to make a reservation.
Yep, even the 3-digit code on the back.
They are proud of what they have to offer.
The distillery tour is free unless you want the tasting tour, which I believe, is $10/person.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Late summer weeknight

School has started and vacationers are home on this weeknight in late August.

Joe Wheeler State Park Lodge
Rogersville, Alabama, U. S. A.
The Shoals

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Vintage transportation

Bicycle rickshaw parked next to a church which was next to this historic marker.
Franklin, Tennessee, U. S. A.

(all iPhone5 shots)

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Children of the corn

These children are tiny flowers that grow throughout the corn field.  (Corny, I know.)
(oh, and when human children start coming out of these corn fields, I'm moving.)
I have already found my scary Halloween font.  (also corny).  Reminds me of Hobby Lobby.  They get the next season's things on the shelves months ahead of time.  And, I have had the John Carpenter theme song from the horror movie "Halloween" in the back of my mind.
At least I did wait until September.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Corn is lush, corn is scary

This year's crop in fields surrounding my place is feed corn.
What was lush and green a couple of months ago is now dry, brown and ready to harvest . . . and scary looking . . . to me anyway.
I dread when they harvest because of the dust.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Two's company

Photo ops still few and far between, and mostly limited to the home grounds.
I'm grateful we have a good sized property and no neighbors to amuse with my squatting, bending, and sitting on the ground.

I did a little Googling and I'm calling these "blue-winged wasps".  They have a scientific name, but that's much to hard for my retired, keep-it-simple mind.  They feed on grubs and do not usually sting.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

On the lake

We took the boat out one evening while our son was home for a couple of weeks before he went back to campus. The temperature and humidity were not bad or this woman would have stayed at home. They didn't catch anything and there weren't many photo ops either. The wildlife was pretty scarce. Getting a sharp image in a bobbing boat is certainly a challenge, but I did manage to get a fairly decent shot of a heron of some kind.

Monday, August 11, 2014


A favorite from 2010
On "the Lexington Road" in Lauderdale County, Alabama
The last time I went by, the barn had fallen.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


Somewhere in extreme southern middle Tennessee.
I had to include one with the sweet little dog who enjoyed our visit and wanted to have his picture taken in front of his building.

Monday, August 4, 2014


So, I thought the sunflowers I planted this year were going to be my flower obsession for the year.
However, they have been upstaged.
I bought a pot of these flowers at Lowe's the other day and can't stop looking at them.  They are so bright that I was tempted to dial down the orange saturation a little.  There is a Black Eyed Susan thrown in there too.