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Giddy Up!

Before getting into today's post I wanted to again thank everyone for your feedback, comments,  plus 1s (on Google Plus) and RTs. It really means a lot to me and I so enjoy this photographic community and all of the talented individuals I interact with. You're all awesome! While out early one morning, as I am quite often, I stopped by a lake in hopes of catching a fisherman or two in a boat near the shoreline. I've been after a certain shot for some time and it has eluded me thus far. This particular lake has a nice trail that circles the perimeter and there are often mountain bikers, walkers and sometimes even people on horseback.

Having resigned myself to the fact that my intended target was again not available, I headed back to my vehicle wondering what I could do about the moody sky that begged to serve as a backdrop for something. After reaching the bottom of a steep hill I took one last glance and there it was. Like magic, a couple appeared on horseback from out of nowhere. I hit the prone position like a sniper and waited for the two to cross my field of view. I fired off several sets of handheld brackets and settled on the one below to process. Most of the steep hillside has been cropped out of the frame.

Enjoy!

Giddy-Up
Giddy-Up

Have a fantastic day, friends!

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It's a New Day

Happy Friday and Happy Veterans Day! Here in the U S we celebrate what was once Armistice Day on the 11th of November each year. It's a day to remember all veterans and to hope for world peace. Being an Army veteran, it's also a day that I never work. ;-)

So on to today's image where we have a sunrise in progress. Sunrises truly signal the fact that a new day has begun and I have always had a love affair with those peaceful early morning hours. Just something about them that energizes our inner spirits.

Enjoy!

It's a New Day
It's a New Day

Before closing out I want to thank you all for your support and feedback, which I truly appreciate very much.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Summer's Gone

Quick post today as I must dash out again quite early for a project I'm working on. A recent visit to an area normally bustling with people and activities verifies that Summer's gone for this year. It's now dark outside at 5:00 PM, we've had our first snowfall (before Halloween) and a pavilion where there is always a gathering now shows emptiness.

The shot below was taken on a day when the weather was fairly good, but no matter... Summer's gone.

Summer's Gone
Summer's Gone

Thanks for visiting and we'll catch up to you soon. :-)

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Ice Cream Delivery

Happy Friday, TGIF and all of that jazz! I barely had a weekend last time around so I am so looking forward to this one. Today I have an ice cream treat for you, well kinda. ;-) Ice cream has been around a long time, dating back to the 4th century. But it wasn't until the mid 1800s that ice cream was manufactured on a large scale through the ingenuity of Jacob Fussell of Baltimore. Before then it was pretty much relegated to being served at fancy social gatherings or the confectionery store down on main street.

Mr Fussell, a seller of dairy products, often had fresh cream left over and decided to do something with it besides watch it go bad. He opened his first factory in 1851 and the rest, as they say, is history.

Below is a photo of one of the horse-drawn delivery wagons used by Jacob Fussell Ice Cream. Tucked away in a back corner and likely the last survivor, this wagon is in remarkably good shape.

Jacob Fussell Ice Cream
Jacob Fussell Ice Cream

It wasn't until 1926 that freezers were perfected so it's safe to say that the loads on wagons like this were packed with blocks of ice. By the way, Exeter Street in Baltimore remains to this day but many of the old factories have long past into the history books.

Before we close out this post I offer you a B&W version of this rare find.

Jacob Fussell Ice Cream - B&W
Jacob Fussell Ice Cream - B&W

Thanks for visiting and I wish each of you a fantastic weekend.

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