Category Archives: What I Saw

Pinball !

So… no web site work or wildlife shooting on a short break.

What to do? Have one walk around lens, an older camera body, in a town I’ve never been.

Why not shoot a big pinball museum filled with antique machines to play. Oh, neon in a dark cavern so it’s all done in Black and White of course.

Pinball !
Pinball !

Old glass topped machines made reflections impossible to avoid.

Pinball !
Pinball !

This was mid day, mid week, which meant few people much of the time.

Pinball !
Pinball !
Pinball !
Pinball !

There were rooms filled with running games, but an entrance fee eliminated the need for a bag of coins. In theory you can play here about ten hours straight. Even a ‘Pinball Wizard’ would need some type of break.

Pinball !
Pinball !
Pinball !
Pinball !

The camera body did have a small built-in flash, but with flashing lights all around it had no idea what/how to work making it ineffective.

We found this online and a great surprise.

Hendersonville, North Carolina.

 

 

It’s A Regional Thing, Cheerwine

Not wine at all, similar to Dr. Pepper both being cherry based soft drinks. Originally from North Carolina but now sold throughout the Southeast.

New England has a specific regional soft drink also, ‘Moxie’. Another old time drink, Moxie made famous by the Mad Magazine jokes and the old expression ‘show some Moxie’.

Why ‘show some Moxie’ ? It is basically a rebranded paint remover that only a few die hard Yankees would consider putting in their mouth. We have a few in my family and a can or two show up once in a while. Below is a good description.

Wikipedia;

‘Moxie is a brand of carbonated beverage that is among the first mass-produced soft drinks in the United States. It was created around 1876 by Augustin Thompson as a patent medicine called “Moxie Nerve Food” and was produced in Lowell, Massachusetts. The sweet soda is similar to root beer, with a (really) bitter aftertaste and is flavored with gentian root extract, an extremely bitter substance commonly used in herbal medicine.’

Cheerwine
Cheerwine

Given a choice which would you choose, Cherry Soda or Benzene.

Just sayin.

Old Stones, Charleston Cemetery

An old cemetery like this is a never ending source of interesting scenes to photograph.

There are multiple ways I shoot here. A plan around a central subject is fun, but does take work and planning. Another is random items that grab attention. That just about covers the whole place.

These are ‘almost’ random grave markers you can’t ignore.

Old Stones, Charleston Cemetery
Old Stones, Charleston Cemetery
Old Stones, Charleston Cemetery
Old Stones, Charleston Cemetery
Old Stones, Charleston Cemetery
Old Stones, Charleston Cemetery

Walking A Dike, Alligators

The big wildlife areas here are criss-crossed with large dikes. Walking them is the best way to move around, as long as the grass is not tall.

Tall grass means lots of bugs, and it hides the Alligators. While walking you will get ‘surprised’ by a huge splash going into the water off to your side. Sometimes closer than you would think.

Unfortunately the ticks and fire ants don’t give any warnings.

Walking A Dike, Alligators
Walking A Dike, Alligators

The sides of the dike have a ‘cut’ down below. Erosion from the moving water between a dike mud wall and the reeds/grass.

The photo above was taken by looking down the side, 2 meters or so high. When I shoot like this I avoid the obvious ruts going over the sides. This are gator trails. We walk the dikes, they climb over them.

Walking A Dike, Alligators
Walking A Dike, Alligators

On a slow day, when I have few photographs, I walk a dike. The big locals rarely fail me.

Tagged Swan

Number 80 quickly getting past us.

Tagged Swan
Tagged Swan

This bird was probably hatched, and raised, in a nest at this Sumter, SC, preserve. Most Swans raised like this have had their wings clipped, a common practice in wildlife management.

I’m not always sure here though. Maybe the Black Swans are harder to ‘corral’ but we need to be aware of flying Black Swans on the trails here.