Friday, July 28, 2006

My contest entries...

I spoke earlier in the week of turning in some of my vacation photos for a contest the "Skill Center" at work was having. The "Orange Moon", the "Malibu on the Floating Bridge and the "foxglove?" white flowers I posted yesterday were 3 of them.

There is a (longish) story behind the other 3.

Back in grade school, the one I used to walk to when I lived in this house (before we moved when I was in 5th grade), I read a lot. My "Friendship 7 Summer Reading Program" card from the summer of '62 has all the slots filled out (maybe 25 books, I haven't seen it for a while) with a little Mercury capsule stamped for each book I read, but the front of it is covered with dozens of stamps for the ones there was no room to write in. Someday I'll find it and scan it...

I don't know if it was that summer, or later, but in that library (and I remember it being that library) was one about Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys. I don't remember much of it, but that was my first memory of Vermont.

All these years of going to Vermont I've passed things by getting there. Niagra Falls, the Air Force Museum at Dayton along with the Wright Brothers sites that are there, the Erie Canal. Two trips ago we stopped at the Bennington Museum on the way out coming home, and even Dottie was glad we had (Bill was with us that time). Last time (2004)I tried to stop at the Bennington Battlefield Monument, but missed the closing time by a few minutes. (Someday...)

That last week before we left I looked up the Old Rhinbeck Aerodrome. I had seen it when Neil Armstrong did a PBS series called "First Flights". It is a museum to the first two decades of aviation- with flyable aircraft or replicas. Though open all week, they only fly on the weekends. It's a bit south of Troy in New York State.

The weekend was already taken by an anniversary party for Ed and Jane (their 25th), so that got demoted to someday...

I also printed some short haul rail excursions that run in Vermont and their prices. Time didn't allow for them, either...

The night before we left I googled Fort Ticonderoga, thinking of Ethan Allen, and Vermont history, etc.. I found a website and printed some things including a map and the hours, etc..

Deb and Verne, Dottie's two youngest sisters, have always been wonderful about putting up with my camera and I. In 2004 it was Deb who said "when I come home this way I get a really nice view of Camel's Hump, if there's a sunset tonight it might be perfect". It was, I shared it with you all a while back. Verne took me to Lake Iroquois; you have been there as well with me.

When they found out I wanted to go to Fort Ticonderoga they worked it out so that the day before we left, the two of them, along with Verne's husband and two sons could all go as well. We loaded our Malibu and Verne's SUV on a ferry and crossed Lake Champlain, then drove about an hour south.

The fort and the battlefield park surrounding it were amazing! There are still trenches there from 1758 and what we call the French and Indian War. The memorials to the soldiers that fell in those battles have fresh flowers on them, 258 years later!

Then after you pass the memorials and plaques to these earlier battles, you come to the fort itself.

Which brings me to my other contest entries (finally...hope you're still with me).



That may be in the half dozen "best things I've ever shot"...

You enter through a wonderful gift shop/snack bar (really good food as well). There are re-enactors, there are guided history tours...the museums that are housed in the fort structure itself have some amazing things I'll share in the next few days.



That one I actually had to let them pull because I turned in 6 prints and hadn't read the fine print, I was only allowed 5. One instructor wanted to pull the Malibu on the bridge out, but since that's what we build for a living, I told him to pull the fife and drum corps instead, and kept this next one in as well.



Sometimes you get lucky...

Our weekend plans are up in the air; we're trying to keep the 3 grandkids on Saturday night so John and Noel can have a "date night" before school starts again the middle of August. So far they haven't committed, but if we don't we have lots of things we can do. I might get a chance to visit some of you over the weekend, but most likely won't be posting again until Monday (now if you got this far you can breathe a big sigh of relief. Dottie's sisters have always complained about how long it takes me to tell a story).

Lovely weekends to each of you!

alan

18 comments:

cherish said...

Have a great weekend Alan! ALL The pictures you have posted are absolutely beautiful and I enjoyed all of them. Thank you!

Frankie said...

Have a wonderful weekend Alan!! I love these photos!! Thanks for sharing them! xoxox

MB said...

I find that last one particularly striking — it's the movement and the color contrasts.

Have a wonderful weekend, Alan!

No_Newz said...

I loved the longwinded story. You know me, a real word nerd. :D
The pictures are great. Have a groovy weekend!
Lois Lane

dragonflyfilly said...

hey alan, glad you like the quote, check back at my blog for a new one i posted today

WOW, these are FAB PHOTOS

alan said...

Though I am accused of crying at the silliest things, I'm grateful to find any comments after prattling on for so long...wiping a tear or two of gratitude...

alan

Heidi said...

Great photos..Have an equally great weekend :)

Nikki said...

Wishing you the best of luck with your contest entries!
They are all great pictures.
Here is hoping you have a great weekend.

ConnieJane said...

Just what fabulous prize are you going to win with your fabulous entries???

Delightful as usual. Safe and happy weekend to you.

TDharma said...

great photos, alan - that cannon blast is spectacular. many years ago i walked the citadel in Halifax, Nova Scotia and saw sights similar to these. it is a thrill indeed to walk these grounds that have so much history.

good weekend to you, my friend.

dragonflyfilly said...

hey alan, i'm not sure but i think you have a different sort of halo, :-)

oh yeah, GOOD LUCK with the contect!
cheers for now,
pj

kath said...

still with you.. and admiring each and every photo! Glad you decided to enter some.. and I know that you will have great reviews :)

my fave is the "moon" one..

hope your weekend is happy!

Nancy said...

Hey budbro, you may write all the tomes you want and I will read them. Fasinating, fun and informative. Great shots too. Such a great family you have!

Nancy

CrackerLilo said...

I love your pictures!!! Every last one! I am so happy for you that you're entering them into contests. I'm also happy that you're able to really enjoy your trip.

nancy =) said...

i <3 u =)

peace...

Dr. Deborah Serani said...

Every picture is beautiful! You really have a great photographic eye!

dragonflyfilly said...

hey alan, check me out in my "roadster" at Persephonie's Hideaway....a sub-blog at FH!!

later,
pj

dragonflyfilly said...

ops, i mean "parlor"