Aspen Spring by Dave Hileman

At the Great Basin National Park in Nevada we found high desert, high mountains, lots of fast running streams from the snow melt-off and the Aspens emerging from the winter dormancy. There were birds everywhere as well. We were just so surprised by the diversity of the park and we were barely able to see a tiny fraction of this huge tract of land. Really want to go back.

Great Basin National Park

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Flowing by Dave Hileman

We were in the Glen during and immediately after heavy rains - our whole trip last fall was largely in the rain, and that meant the water was coursing through the canyon and there were numerous waterfalls like the one in this photo that you had to walk behind. You still got a bit wet but it was a lot of fun. Glad my camera is water sealed and done well.

“For the Lamb on the throne will be their Shepherd. He will lead them to springs of life-giving water. And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.” Revelation 7:17 NLT

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Different Angle by Dave Hileman

I posted a shot of this bridge sometime ago from a different angle, well below the bridge. Here is one placing it in perspective as you climb up out of the deeper portions of the canyon. Watkins Glen State Park is a very interesting place and it would be neat to see this in the different seasons. We were here is late September of last year. I have two more to post from the same walk.

Watkins Glen State Park, NY

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Automotive History? by Dave Hileman

The short answer is that I don’t know. This old garage has clearly been here for a long time - and there are more old garages and neat buildings to explore in Watkins Glen, NY. Now there is the famous gorge there, well worth the visit and beautiful Seneca Lake and lots more. Then town of Watkins Glen is also home to one of America’s first sports car racing venues that begin here on the public roads in 1948. The race on that course was the same for four years and then modified slightly for the next decade because of an accident. The original pit area was along the street where this garage is located. So I cannot help but wonder was it built for that event or used in that event or did it come later? Anyway it was fun to explore the mid-century heritage of the town and to drive, slowly- the original race course. The last time I was here was for the 1968 Can-Am races. I don’t remember the garage:)

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Really? by Dave Hileman

On Valentine’s Day among the chocolates and flowers and hearts we often miss the fact that what can’t return love does not merit love. I wonder what the spouse of this boat owner thought as the boat was named “True Love”? A day devoted to reminders that we all have important people in our lives that we are blessed to love is great. St. Valentine was a most interesting figure (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Valentine) and I can’t help but wonder how many people know that the date, February 14th, is the date of his martyrdom - not much to do with little stuffed animals and heart shaped candies. However, Happy Valentines Day.

As an aside this schooner was used in the 1956 film High Society with Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong.

Seneca Lake at Watkins Glen

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Winter’s Edge by Dave Hileman

I went for a walk last week at a city park I have not been to before. It is in a horseshoe bend of the Neuse River. I decided to leave the trail and try and find the river through the woods. About 300 yards from the trail and still a bit from the river I came across a nice, rather large pond that was not on the map of the park. There were a dozen mallards swimming about and a large hawk that I saw but missed with the camera. I spotted a Pileated Woodpecker and if you look closely at the broken trunk in the right tree cluster you will see some of his handiwork. I liked the look of the trees and the water and it felt very much like winter - no green no leaves, but it was a pretty warm day, almost 70, which is certainly nice for early February.

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Not Spring!!! by Dave Hileman

Well, the birds around the house thought it was last week with two days in the 70’s it was hard to argue they were wrong, but they were. This little Tufted Titmouse was peeking around a cedar tree in my front yard. I shot him from our balcony at f 7.3 at 1/1000 450mm hand held with the Fuji X-T2.

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Thank you, Mr. Edison by Dave Hileman

This statue is in the courtyard of the world’s first industrial research laboratory located in West Orange, NJ. Today would be Edison’s 172nd birthday. He held 1093 patents including such daily staples as the light bulb, motion pictures, phonograph, hydro-electric generation, fluoroscope, as well as significant improvements in mining, batteries, concrete and much more. He also built the first motion picture studio, the Black Maria, that rotated to take advantage of the sun’s angle and control light. Edison Film Studio made nearly 1200 films.

Thomas Edison National Historic Park

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Today! by Dave Hileman

In Jesus’ teaching on prayer he reminds us of a daily need to be in touch with Him with a most common need that every living being requires, sustenance. It could have been worded take care of us this month or year or… But the connection is to a daily need for him that outweighs a daily need for food that He can supply. My friend and teacher, Bob Martin, wrote, “Its (prayer) purpose is neither that of informing God of our needs nor of prevailing upon Him to supply them. Instead, its practice is intended to secure and sustain us in our relationship with Him.” God Our Father, p183

Kitchen table at Martin Van Buren National Historic Site

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Steam Power by Dave Hileman

These engines from the age of steam are the technological marvels of their day. Massive in size and power and yet rather easy to understand the process they sparked many people to innovation and creative uses of this kind of raw power. These are a few of the locomotives on display in the roundhouse yard at Steamtown.

Steamtown Historic Park, Scranton, PA

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Reminders by Dave Hileman

There is a park across the street from Independence Hall and adjacent to the building holding the Liberty Bell that has the first ten amendments to the US Constitution chiseled into granite blocks. There were no crowds of people like viewing the Liberty Bell or in line for a tour of the chambers of Independence Hall but how important they remain today. Nice reminders of the critical principles that we still strive to live out and interpret for each generation. They are the enduing legacy and gift from those whose vision led to enacting them.

Independence Park

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Instead by Dave Hileman

This was the flower photo that was supposed to run yesterday. Long, boring and uninteresting story why it did not. Suffice it to say that technology does not always work and plans are just that, plans, and they too occasionally:) do not go perfectly. Anyway THIS is the flower photo that I wanted yesterday.

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Flower Break by Dave Hileman

The news is just awful and highly depressing. I am a fan of the old comic, Bloom County. In that strip Opus the penguin (sorry if you do not know the comic but I cannot paste a strip here) when things get to be too much goes out to the dandelion patch and sits among the flowers. I think most of the “adults” running things today need to deeply re-think their language and values and read a bit of history and when they intend to act in a responsible fashion I will return from gazing at the flowers. Geez.

Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

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One More by Dave Hileman

Actually we have a few more but I may not post more of them. This one is especially colorful and bright. It was made by Cindy’s Grandmother, Sadie Bird Sherrieb. We understand it was a “machine” effort unlike the others we have and some of the folks at the time (we were told) apparently thought that made it inferior - I like it. They have a neat connection to the past and hold a lot of meaning in the present.

“Remember the days of long ago think about the generations past.

Ask your father, and he will inform you. Inquire of your elders, and they will tell you.” Deuteronomy 32:7 NLT

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Somber by Dave Hileman

The Little Big Horn battlefield is a very moving place. Unlike the rows of neat tombstones you find at the various military cemeteries across the United States, these markers were placed where the soldiers of the 7th Calvary (oops, Cavalry, what happens when you write lots of sermons!) fell in the battle. It provides a unique experience and the chaos of the battle is made more real. In later years the men on the side of the fight from the Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho also have markers where they fell when known. The official name of the site is different from the Lakota name, Battle of the Greasy Grass, or the popular name, Custer's Last Stand but each reflects a unique perspective on a single engagement. There remains a great deal of uncertainty about aspects of the short battle.

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monumen

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The Quilt - Neat Story, Precious Heirloom (10 photos) by Dave Hileman

The year was 1939 and Rev. Jackson was being transferred from the Natrona Methodist Church in Western Pennsylvania to another parish. Someone in the congregation suggested that they make a “remembrance quilt” and send it with him. So they did with the names of all or most all of the congregation. The following year or perhaps the same year his second wife died. In late 1940 or early 1941 he returned to the area, specifically Birdville on the top of the hill from Natrona, to ask Jean Sherrieb to marry him. And she did. In 1950 Cindy was born. In 1958 both of her parents, Jean and Robert died of cancer only a few months apart and Cindy began to live with her Aunt Bernice Sherrieb or Aunt “B” to many people. At some point Aunt B passed the quilt on to Cindy as a part of the things she had kept for her. As Natrona Methodist Church is where Cindy attended from 8 years old through college the people named on the quilt were well known to her and many of her family members have their names embroidered on the quilt, including her great-grandmother, grandfather, grandmother, mom, two half brothers, her Aunt B and more. It turns out that I have a cousin or two on the quilt and my Aunt Goldie as well. Maybe more we are still exploring. There are nine close-ups of the quilt circles with names in each pie sliced shape, the class name in the middle and the class teachers and officers around the outer edge. See who you can find or might know.

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Her mom, Jean Sherrieb and grandmother and grandfather are here. My Aunt Goldie is also here, M Bowser.

Her mom, Jean Sherrieb and grandmother and grandfather are here. My Aunt Goldie is also here, M Bowser.

My cousin, Mona McGinnis is here. I hardly knew her.

My cousin, Mona McGinnis is here. I hardly knew her.

Ralph Jackson, one of Cindy’s half-brothers but we never knew him.

Ralph Jackson, one of Cindy’s half-brothers but we never knew him.

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Martha Collins is a lady who was a great friend of Aunt B. C and I helped move her one time and Aunt B lived with her briefly.

Martha Collins is a lady who was a great friend of Aunt B. C and I helped move her one time and Aunt B lived with her briefly.

This is the class Aunt B and Rev. Jackson taught. It included Ward Jackson, Cindy’s other brother and we knew them well. He and his wife Bonnie were very special people and greatly missed.

This is the class Aunt B and Rev. Jackson taught. It included Ward Jackson, Cindy’s other brother and we knew them well. He and his wife Bonnie were very special people and greatly missed.

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Sarah Bird, CJH’s great-grandmother it was her husband that organized Birdville.

Sarah Bird, CJH’s great-grandmother it was her husband that organized Birdville.

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First Landing by Dave Hileman

For thousands of Immigrants this was the first stop on American soil. Processing, medical, and more occurred on Ellis Island. I think this foggy morning view was the more typical of the trip.

Ellis Island, NYC

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Sky by Dave Hileman

Driving across a portion of Utah at night with this interesting light showing for at least half and hour and giving eerie light all the time.

somewhere in the high desert

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