Week 29, Theme 12 – Diamonds

Although “Diamonds” are a girls’ best friend, I’m not going to talk about that kind of diamond today.  Instead I’m putting on my railfan hat and will talk briefly on railroad “Diamonds”.  These diamonds are properly known as crossings, where one track crosses another at the same grade.  Crossings are generally 90o but can be constructed at varying safe angles to accomplish the needed result.  It gets its nickname from the shape of the space in the center of the crossing.

One of these crossings can be found in Plant City.  The Union Station Depot was built in 1908-1909 by both the Atlantic Coast Line (east-west line) and the Seaboard Airline Railroads (north-south line).1  Across from the Robert W Willaford Railroad Museum at the old Plant City Union Station Depot is a train watching platform and tower built in 2013.  The tower is a super vantage point to watch railroad activity with rail traffic northbound toward Wildwood, Jacksonville and Atlanta; westbound to Tampa and Bradenton; and eastbound to Lakeland, Miami and Orlando.GC2_0003 edit 1Some information was obtained from the Plant City Government website.

Week 27, Theme A2 – Christmastime

We spent “Christmastime”  2015 with family in Virginia Beach and Stafford (in northern Virginia).  While in Stafford, the entire family was there for Christmas Eve and dinner on Christmas day.  With three young’uns celebrating Santa’s visit, Christmas morn was a wild time.

Stafford, VA is about an hours’ drive from Washington, DC.  Blessed with warm and dry weather, we drove to Washington the day after Christmas and took a quick car window tour.  We visited the United States Navy Memorial and thoroughly enjoyed our tour.  I couldn’t resist this picture of two “Old Salts” (my brother-in-law and me) with the Lone Sailor and also this one of the Navy Christmas Tree.

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Week 22, Theme 42 – Silhouette

Several times I attempted to satisfy this theme but to no avail. Recently while camped on a lake, Barb spotted this lone fisherman all by himself out on the lake in the late afternoon and said there’s a good “Silhouette”.  When I looked, I thought immediately, that’s a good “Silhouette”.

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Week 13, Theme 35 – On the River

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We camped for three days “On The River”  at Suwannee River State Park in Live Oak, FL.  This park is just another example of why Florida State Parks are rated the best in the United States.  The Suwannee River runs through the park.  In nearby White Springs is the Stephen Foster Folk Culture State Park, a park dedicated to memorializing the works of this great composer.  You can the famous river, camp or hike the many nature trails at both parks.

Stephen Foster wrote the song in 1851 without ever being in Florida or seeing the river.  The song became the Florida state song in 1935 and in 2008 the lyrics were modified to make them politically correct.

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Week 12, Theme 43 – Single Tree

Sitting at the picnic table on our campsite here at Three Rivers State Park I was looking down at the lake and noticed this little tree standing all alone at the bank of the lake.  There were some benches and tables down there at the shore so I decided to take a walk down and see if I could get the right composition to use this tree for the “Single Tree”  theme.  I had taken a couple of shots when the egret arrived and I decided to include it in the background.

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Week 11, Theme A4 – Patriotism

In the beginning of October we were in Carrabelle, in the big Bend area of our state on Road Trip #4.  While sightseeing in Carrabelle, we came across this Veteran’s Memorial Park.  Each branch of the military service is represented by a miniature statue of a member in full uniform and holding the service flag.  I was impressed by the display of “Patriotism”  shown by this small town.

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