These canons stand proud and strong at the Shiloh Battlefield in Tennessee. They are facing North and look upon an open field. They are silent now, but their very presence speaks of a time when North and South, Brother against Brother, fought a horrific battle here upon this hallowed ground. To walk the battlefield and look at the monuments and canons is to remember the sacrifices of many brave men. Every American needs walk these hallowed fields and reflect upon the blessings we have today. This picture was taken with a 35mm Minolta camera with Black and White film.
I enjoy going to historic places and walking the grounds where thousands have walked before me. I enjoy sitting on benches and looking at beautiful trees and flowers that light up the many paths that go before me. Paths take us many places and provide opportunities for adventure, opportunities, life lessons, and rest. This picture was taken at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Kentucky. The picture was taken in the spring. Lee Chapel, located on the right, includes a memorial to Robert E. Lee. He is buried in a crypt located beneath the chapel. His horse traveller is buried right outside the crypt door. Washintgon & Lee University is a splendid university with gorgeous Architecture and scenery. It is situated right beside Virginia Military Institute and provides the photographer with year round photo opportunities.
As a kid I remember visiting my grandparents in Cordele, Georgia. Cordele is the home to two mainline railroads, CSX and Norfolk and Southern. The Seaboard RR, as my grandfather called it, followed the joining of the Seaboard Coast Line RR and the Chessie System RR. I remember watching the sleek black SCL F7 engines racing through town. The picture you see in this blog is a SD45 Seaboard Coast Line RR engine at the Birmingham, Alabama shops. I love the black and gold colors with the gold stripes down the side. The SD45 engine came out in 1965, having 3600Hp. There were 1260 units built by EMD. SCL 8915 was built in 1968 and began as SCL number 2015. It was last seen as UP 2669 in 2004 as a SD40M-2.
Today I drove to Tennessee to pick up a piece of furniture I had ordered. The scenery was beautiful and the sky was blue. As I drove through a small Amish community, I came upon a group of men of all ages building a house. The sight was fantastic. The men were working together to help create a home for one of their neighbors. We can all learn from these men who cared enough to spend several days helping out a neighbor. Love God, Love your Neighbor.
There is nothing more gorgeous that a Sunset. The way the light settles over the horizon and reflects it's rays through landscapes and places. Sunsets are meant to be enjoyed daily and with patience and calm. This picture was taken as my wife, son, and I were traveling through Yellowstone Park for the first time. As beautiful as the shot is, it was taken as we topped a hill. I quickly got out my camera and got the shot before we went over another hill. How I wished we could have pulled over and sat quietly for a period of time. Unfortunately my eight year was tired from the flight and we were heading to our cabin in the hills. I would encourage each of us to learn to relax, slow down and spend some time just being. Sunsets are so gorgeous and peacful. Blessings.
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