Thursday, June 30

Silo Storm

The storm clouds gather over the abandoned silos at the Phinizy Swamp Park in Augusta, Georgia.

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Friday, June 24

African Violets

My wife Cindy loves African Violets.

She always has them in little pots in our kitchen window.

This year we've been lucky and all of them have bloomed at the same timer.

They remind me to take the time to look for photo subjects close to home as well as on the road.

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Thursday, June 23

RC Cola

Another shot from Norway, SC. This one is a classic Royal Crown (RC) Cola sign.

I enjoy an RC once in awhile with a Moonpie but sometimes I'm amazed that they have survived in the Coke vs. Pepsi world.


Tuesday, June 21

Summer and Coca Cola in South Carolina

Happy Summer.
It has been a hot spring here in South Carolina. Nothing like an ice cold Coke to make it a little better.

The photograph was taken at an abandoned Coca-Cola bottling company in Hampton, SC.

Monday, June 20

Civil War Memorial - Columbia, South Carolina

The Civil War Memorial on the steps of the South Carolina Capital in Columbia, South Carolina

Friday, June 17

Shadows on the depot wall

The shadow of a crossbuck hits the wall of the depot in the dawn light of a Folkston, Georgia morning.

Tuesday, June 14

Commuting, slowing down, and the pleasures of summer.

I'm not one to talk about public transportation or riding a bike to work day... you see I drive 50 (fifty) miles EACH WAY to work. Yes, that's 500 miles or so a week just in commuting.

Here in S. Carolina unleaded has "dropped" down to around $3.30 a gallon from it's high of around $3.75 a few weeks ago. I tend to spend lots of quality time with gas pumps.

Shy Sunflowers along the highway

I've been driving my 2002 Escort ZX since it gets about 10 miles a gallon more (30 or so) than the truck. The car is nice in that it has a CD player (missing from the 1995 Ranger) and my iPod cassette adapter actually works in the stereo. However, the size of the car makes me feel a lot like the clowns getting out of the car at a circus. It gets uncomfortable even in the hour it takes to get back and forth to work each way.

Oh.. I-20 how I hate you!

I've also gotten to the point that I hate driving on Interstate 20. Not only are they doing road work which has traffic slowed down.. but just the effort makes me tense.

Luckily, I've found that there are a few back roads that I can take to get back and forth to work. Of course, it means longer in the car; but I do get the benefit of getting to watch stuff grow.

Now, I'm not being funny when I say watch stuff grow. Along the way, I pass fields of cotton, corn, soybeans, and even an odd field of sunflowers like the ones above. Even though I cannot really see the growth day-to-day, before I know it the tractors are out to harvest another crop.

Summer's coming also means lots of roadside stands selling produce. Watermelons are coming in and of course the peaches are always good.

I'm also quite a fan of boiled peanuts. It is always interesting to try new stands and try to find the perfect peanut. Never tried a boiled peanut? I'll describe them for you next time.

Lightning.. why does Thunder steal all the glory?

Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.
Mark Twain

The sound of the rain on a tin roof, the flash of lightning across the sky, and the rumble of the thunder.

Of course, there is a scientific explanation for how lightning forms and explains away its magic with negative and positive charges.

I'm more about the way the streaks dance across the sky on a warm summer night, but that's just me.
I enjoy thunderstorms.