Sunday, February 17, 2019

MAKING A PHOTOGRAPHER


MAKING A PHOTOGRAPHER.

This is possibly only one third of the cameras
I went through while trying to learn something
about photography.

The lesson I learned is, 
the camera does not make the photographer.
Yes, I love photography.  But I also love too 
much gadgets and neat equipment.  It was fun,
but expensive.

Truly I think the best advice I received was
online from a professional photographer.
I could not quote it exactly, but here is my
rendition or the essence of it.

Don't worry about what kind of a camera you
have.  Just use what you have and learn all
you can about it and all it's features.  Then
go out and learn to take interesting pictures
with it. 




Saturday, February 16, 2019

A CLUTTERED MIND??







A CLUTTERED MIND?

This was in one of the bedrooms of an old
abandoned place I had bought for a hideaway.
There was a large variety of books in the old
collection.  But only a few worth saving.

If a person did not mind cluttering up their
mind with a bunch of trash, then more of them
would have been worth saving.  But, I have 
enough trouble trying to keep a straight mind
anyway.  So most of them went into the trash.

I did get the sense of feeling that who ever
the former owner was, he was searching 
for truth in a number of different areas.
BUT, all the whisky bottles scattered around
outside make me feel he never found what
he was searching for.






Sunday, February 3, 2019

PARENTS FOR SALE



Talk about something scary.
I found this hanging on my back door
and I did not put it up there,
and I am one of the parents.

What do you do in a case like this when 
the kids are all adults and no longer under
our control.

Do you have any advice?







Sunday, January 27, 2019

CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART



CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART

This is just one of the pavilions at Crystal Bridges.
My understanding is that Crystal Bridges is an attempt
by Alice Walton of the Walton family to bring some
"culture" to our part of the country.  That is, the Ozark
hills.

I have visited there twice.  Now I like a pretty picture
as well as the next person.  Maybe even more.  But an
expensive original picture does not do anything more 
for me than a pretty picture on the internet.

I suppose what turns me off is that I have read that Alice
and the Walton foundation have made endowments of
800 millions dollars to this museum.  Yes, you read that
right - 800 million dollars.  Just trying to bring us some
"culture".

BUT,
when driving up there through several different 
communities I pass numbers of homeless people.
Now what is more important, a little culture or 
a home and something to eat.

Does our culture perhaps have some misguided
values.


Saturday, January 26, 2019

CRIPPLED ROAD GRADER


CRIPPLED ROAD GRADER.

One day while driving down county road 8516
in Madison County I found this county road
grader setting there with a problem.

Being as I am an old man I understood the 
problems this road grader was having.  I do
not know whether they took it to a 
Chiropractor to get it's spine straightened or
found a road grader doctor who knew what
medicine to give it.  But the next week when
I went down the same road, it was gone and
seems to have been working ever since.



Sunday, January 20, 2019

THE LOW WATER BRIDGE

In my lifetime I have lived in about four different
States.  But the one I live in now is the only one 
that has "low water bridges" that I know about.

A lot of these back roads cross creeks.  So, they
put in a "low water bridge" like the one below.
This one is crossing "clear creek" near Clifty,
Arkansas.  I cross this one often going to my 
"hide out" about fifteen minutes from Clifty.

You may not have noticed, but you have to be
careful crossing these bridges or you will not 
make it to the other side.



One morning after a good nights rain I was going
over to my "hide out" on my motorcycle.   In this
area after a rain like that it often is real foggy the 
next day until about mid morning when the fog will
finally life.

Those of you who ride motorcycles will understand
the next problem.  When riding in foggy conditions
your windshield wipers will not work on a motorcycle.
So, your glove on your left hand becomes your wind-
shield wiper.  Every little bit you reach up with your 
left glove and wipe the fog off of your visor so you
can see where you are going.

This particular morning I knew I was getting close
to the creek when suddenly the road completely
disappeared.  I could not see anything to ride on.
So I parked the bike and took a good look.  The 
fog had hid the low water bridge which was 
completely covered with water.  So after carefully
aiming the motorcycle I rode across with about three
or four inches of water coming over the top of
the bridge.

The image below is the same day after the fog 
lifted and I was on my way home.



I have to thank God often for keeping this old man
out of trouble.  And this was one of those times.






Saturday, January 19, 2019

ON THE ZIP LINE




It is hard to see, but that orange spot in the middle
of the picture is a kid riding the zip line at Fort
Rock Family Camp.

Unless something has changed recently, this zip
line is the longest single span zip line in the State
of Arkansas.  Even this old man enjoys riding on
it or zipping on it or what ever it is called.

The rider is stopped at the lower end by bungie
cords.  And as you would know, the heavier a
person is, the more speed they pick up.  In fact
a heaver person gains enough speed that the 
bungie cords at the bottom will shoot them right
back out over the lake.  So the people at the 
receiving end throw another bungie cord over
the line as soon a heavy person "zips" past to
retrieve the rider before they are sent back out
over the lake like from a sling shot.