My Photographic Journey Around America

Archive for October, 2014

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone. Here is a pic from my last trip through New Orleans. This is on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter. I like it when people get into the holidays. Be safe tonight.

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Gulf Sunset

This is the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico from Panama City Beach in Florida. You can tell the season is coming to a close which is my favorite time to be on the beach.

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Florida Mustang

I’ve owned two mustangs in my life. I gave up one last year to a good home, and one still lives on blocks in my mother’s garage. They’re the only cars I’ve ever owned in the U.S. and I think they are beautiful machines. This is a gorgeous little ’66 parked near the beach in Panama City Beach, Florida.

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Bayou Shack

This is a great little hunting shack out on the bayou in Honey Island Swamp near Slidell, Louisiana. Life sure is different out there.

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Dusk in the French Quarter

I took this shot as dusk was settling in and the lights were coming on in the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is a magical time of day, and I loved the light coming out of this shop and the ironwork on the building. I used to live a few blocks away from where I took this, and I loved walking through the Quarter every day.

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Mississippi Steamboat

This is the steamship Natchez in dock on the Mississippi River in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is one of the only true steam-powered paddlewheel boats left in the country, and it makes a run up the river 2-3 times per day. I’ve been lucky enough to cruise on her several times this season already with a few more times lined up. The scene is not unlike one I captured in Natchez, Mississippi a month or so ago. Check that out here.

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Street Musicians in Jackson Square

These fellas were playing some fantastic music early this morning here in Jackson Square in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is always great to be back in New Orleans.

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Royal Studios

This tiny recording studio in Memphis, Tennessee was home of Hi Records, a small but notable soul label. Their most famous artist was Al Green. This studio is still in operation today and while definitely off the beaten track, is worth a look.

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STAX Records

In a dark time in American history when racial segregation was the norm, STAX Records was bringing black and white artists together and creating the best soul music ever made. The original building was demolished in 1989, but this replica was built on the original site and now houses the Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis, Tennessee.

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October Colors in Virginia

This is the view from the Tye River Valley Overlook on the Crabtree Falls hike in George Washington National Forest in Virginia. These are the mountains I grew up hiking in, and they are spectacular in their fall colors.

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October at Crabtree Falls

This is beautiful Crabtree Falls in George Washington National Forest in Virginia. Fall is pushing on and the leaves are starting to drop, but it was an absolutely perfect day for a hike at this amazing waterfall.

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Lincoln Memorial

This is, of course, the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. Poor Lincoln was always so somber. I often wonder if he ever had a chance to enjoy being president, even for a little while. The world today would be a very different place without him.

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Nighttime in Washington

It is good to be home for a few days. I took my group out for a walking tour of the National Mall last night. It was cool and quiet and really a beautiful night. Took this shot from the National World War II Memorial towards the Lincoln Memorial. I wish I had my tripod because it would be a little cleaner, but I still think it’s a nice shot.

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Scarecrows and Pumpkins

This one is just for fun. It is getting to be that time of year. I loved this little display outside a pumpkin patch in Ellsworth, Maine.

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Antique Car in Maine

I generally prefer American cars, but I’m a sucker for these old MGs. I took a shot of one earlier this year in California and it fit into that scene well (check it out here). I think this one also fit in well in beautiful Acadia National Park in Maine.

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Lone Red Tree in Acadia

I hit the brakes on this one and had to circle back and find parking. I just loved the one red fall tree in front of this house in Acadia National Park in Maine.

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Fall Picnic

This is a picnic area in Baxter State Park in Maine. It provides a welcome respite from the wind and rain and was all decked out in autumn colors.

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Clouds on Katahdin

This is Mt. Katahdin – the highest mountain in Maine and the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. You can definitely tell that winter is coming.

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Autumn Lakefront

This was a beautiful morning by the lake just outside of Baxter State Park in Maine.

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Autumn Leaves in Baxter State Park

This is a photo of one of my favorite places: Baxter State Park. I love the dirt roads, the beautiful trails and all the ponds and lakes that dot the park. I also love that nobody ever seems to be there. This is the park road with some amazing yellow foliage.

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