OK, not really! I do not get too in depth with Paint Shop Pro other than tweaking color and some other minor adjustments. I have not done a lot of stuff like this because I am still learning what it is capable of. I really was wanting to get a good picture of the Lunar… Continue reading Lunar Landing a Hoax
The original Camp Sumter or Andersonville Prison was located near Andersonville, Georgia, a Confederate prisoner-of-war camp for Union Soldiers during the American Civil War. It was 25 acres and held almost 45,000 prisoners, 4 times the amount it was designed for and over 13,000 prisoners died there. It has quite the history and the movie Andersonville centers around a group of prisoners, calling themselves the Andersonville Raiders, attacked their fellow inmates to steal food, jewelry, money and clothing.
In 1996, I was doing Civil War Reenacting on a regular basis and we were contacted by TNT to work on a movie about the infamous Andersonville Prison. Being reenactors and having all the gear and uniforms we were offered more money than extras were and treated a little better. I signed up thinking this could be a great deal of fun. … Continue reading
The US Space and Rocket Center has the Space Shuttle Pathfinder on display in front of Space Camp. To say it is impressive, is an understatement.
Pathfinder was a mock-up built during the initial stages of the shuttle program. Originally unnamed, the simulator was built at the Marshall Space Flight Center in 1977 for use in activities such as checking roadway clearances, crane capabilities and how it fit in various testing facilities that already existed. It was later shipped by barge to the Kennedy Space Center and was used for ground crew testing in the Vehicle Assembly Building, Orbiter Processing Facility, and Shuttle Landing Facility. Pathfinder is approximately the same size, shape and weight of an actual Orbiter. Using Pathfinder allowed for facilities testing without requiring use of the more delicate and expensive Enterprise.
The external fuel tank and solid rocket booster attached to Pathfinder are the real deal!!
I believe at one time I read that Challenger was originally set to retire to this site in Huntsville.
I had almost forgotten that I actually went to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville in the middle 80’s. This was after they moved out of the old Ryman Auditorium and into the new Opry House. It was an awesome place to see concerts also and had tremendous acoustics. As you can see, I was… Continue reading Grand Ole Opry
On our way back from Huntsville, we came across Little River Canyon, a few mile east of Fort Payne, Alabama. This is one of those places I would have treasured more time. Watching the kids and families play in the pools above the falls was relaxing and soothing. It would be an awesome place to sit under a tree and read or snooze.
It had been a very long, long time since I had been in a cave. It was on the way to our recent trip to Huntsville and thought we would check it out. It was definitely worth the short detour.
The cave has a huge natural opening that measures 126 feet wide and 25 feet high. The walkways have all been paved so it a fairly easy tour, however, I felt the paving took away a sense of adventure. The farther we went into the cave, the more magnificent the scenery became. Some of the larger rooms were stunning.
This gave me a great opportunity to see what my camera could do in the dark. I used a tripod and took each shot 3 different ways and each one gave a different look and feel.
This was definitely worth the $15.00 admission.
Cathedral Caverns State Park is about 30 minutes southeast of Hunstville, Alabama.
Over the long Fourth of July weekend we did a short day trip to the North Georgia Mountains. On the way back we saw a sign for a zoo and thought we would check it out. The zoo was closed but we found a split rail fence along the side of the road with a surprise. It was a simple split rail fence with chicken wire on the inside. On the other side of the fence were about 15 zebras and zebroids (also zedonk, zorse, zebra mule, zonkey, and zebrule). There was also a Watusi Bull from Africa.
We pulled over and walked up to the fence and after a while they came over to us. We pulled long grass from our side of the fence and fed it to them. They were very friendly and gentle and it was an amazing experience.
The Watusi Bull never came to say hi. He seemed a bit unsure of us.
We spent about 30 minutes playing with these incredible animals and I think we were all just a bit stunned by this unique and rare experience.