Cee’s Oddball Photo Challenge – 08/13/17

The oddball challenge is one of my favorites because I have an eye for the unusual and try to snap photos when I see it.


We got this photo sitting beside a small café near the Lincoln Memorial on July 4th. Always the storyteller I can just imagine the birds discussing the reason for so many humans milling around the National Mall on this day.


On the front of this small set of cars is the remains of a locomotive.


When we first saw this monument about seven years ago it was after dark with a much different ambiance. But I find it no less impressive in the light of day. Dedicated to those who served during the Korean War it is definitely different than most of the other monuments in America’s Capital City.


On the first half of our trip to PA and DC, we stopped at an attraction called the Choo Choo Barn to satisfy my appetite for model trains. In their large layout they have a small body of water with live goldfish. I definitely have not encountered any live animals in my train adventures before this.

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The Dogs of My Life: Are you Sydney?

Now that I am up to date with all the Dogs of My Life posts I can get down to sharing with you my current dog’s story. Sydney is a miniature Shetland Sheepdog we got in October of 2015. This is the first dog we have ever had that is 100% inside. Well, what I mean is she sleeps inside. If I am outside she wants to go too.

In this post I want to share with you the process of finding Sydney. After the experiences we have had where we predominantly chose a canine with Labrador Retriever background we chose to change breeds with hopes of finding one that would be around longer. That is another reason to allow her to sleep indoors all the time.

When I began to research breeds I found that Shetland Sheepdogs, or Shelties have a long life expectancy. But they also can carry a hefty price tag. On the order of several hundred dollars. You know how the internet it, you can find anything you desire if price is no object. Well, in my house, price is always an object. It may be a larger or smaller one depending on the need at the time, but it is always a consideration.

Thankfully we found a local breeder less than five miles from our home. To top that I already knew the breeders from other interactions. Our first visit to see Sydney and her siblings was in August of 2015. It is not easy to pick out the puppy you want at this age, but I think we made the best choice.

Then about a week before we got to bring her home for good the breeder brought her by for what my 17 year old daughter called a “puppy play date. Even then at six weeks old she was tiny.




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Elemental – Weekly Photo Challenge – 08/09/17



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What is your favorite element? I cannot choose between them as each has its own unique characteristics to enjoy. But I probably would choose water to highlight here.




The last photo is the Great Graduation Party Monsoon of 2016.


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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Take a New Photo – Any Topic- 08/10/2017

The Black & White topic for this week is wide open.


My second crop of green beans are making me excited.

A couple of floral “ladies” at a restaurant in our town.


I captured this on the 4th of July on the national Mall, but forgot to share it until now.





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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Cemeteries & Tombstones – 08/08/17

This week the topic is Cemeteries and Tombstones.


During our second visit to Arlington National Cemetery this past Independence Day we made the arduous climb across the massive cemetery to witness the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider. On this particular day there was families placing wreaths in memory of those resting forever here.


While I am just a touch too young to have witnessed the splendor of the Camelot presidency I do still find all the mystique surrounding the Kennedy’s to be intriguing. We swung by the Eternal Flame on our way up to the Tomb of the Unknown.


If the neat rows of tombstones doesn’t affect you while at this solemn place you have no heart. Often there is heard the sentiment that freedom is not free and everyone that occupies a piece of space here knew that very well.


You know I had to include some kind of model railroad shot and I remembered this little scene from a train show in North Carolina. The quality is not so great because I think I was in a hurry that day and did not think to retry the picture this year.






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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Paths and Trails – 08/03/2017

This week the topic is Paths and Trails.









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Texture – Weekly Photo Challenge – 08/02/17



One of my favorite monuments in Washington D.C. is the Lincoln Memorial and I chose it for the subject of my Textures post this week.

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Cee’s Oddball Photo Challenge – 07/30/17

The oddball challenge is one of my favorites because I have an eye for the unusual and try to snap photos when I see it.


In my region there is a connection to the idea of hillbillies and a local attraction tries to monetize that link.


I am not sure if this is some sort of fire truck converted for a second use, but I saw it when I picked up a load of gravel last week.


At a local festival I saw some nickelodeon stars immortalized on trash cans.






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Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – 07/28/17

Do we really pay attention to which way everything goes? I think we are so automatic in our routines we have no idea what we see. That is why I enjoy the Which Way challenge.

This challenge sets out a broad set of criteria:

  • Roads:  gravel, asphalt, cobbled, dirt, freeway, expressway, highway, bridges
  • Indoor walkways:  hallways, aisles, people movers
  • Outdoor walks:  sidewalks, paths, trails
  • Stairs, elevators, escalators, or steps:  indoors, outdoors
  • Railway  tracks, monorails, ski lifts
  • Runways and starmacs
  • Ferry’s, canals and lochs
  • Parking lots, private driveways
  • Tunnels
  • Signs of any kind:  directional, informational, store signs, wind vanes


I’ll be holding up the railroad.


These barrels of sand are the barrier between an errant turn at this intersection and the pole behind.


First was the bridge to nowhere and now the steps to nowhere. Maybe there was a house here once, but no more.


A sign alerting drivers to a pedestrian crossing and playground.




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Three Things Thursday – July 27, 2017

Here is another Three Things Thursday where it is your goal to share three happy things you experienced in the seven days past. There is a new host for this weekly collection of happy, Natalie @ There She Goes just picked up the hosting duties from Nerd in the Brain. I met Natalie during the recent 2017 A to Z Challenge and I know she will do a fabulous job with this!


I am thankful that God blessed me with an appreciation of nature and something as simple as the blooms of flowers. Recently I visited our local Lowes and picked up two ornamental sunflowers from the markdown cart. Removing some of the spent blooms caused this set to mature.


This past weekend members of my father’s family gathered for our annual summer outing. I got to see the newest addition to the family after a couple of years and she is a barrel of fun. I am thankful to get the chance to catch up with my family members.


For over thirty years I have enjoyed the music of Huey Lewis and the News. While I cannot definitively say the group was never near my area it took until this past Saturday for me to get to see them live. So thankful for this great opportunity.

What things are you thankful for in your life this week? Why not take a moment to be thankful for the blessings God has sprinkled into your life?





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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Anything with numbers – 07/27/17

This week the topic is Anything with numbers.

I went back through my recent pictures from our Washington, D.C. trip to find these4 offerings for this theme.


There was a folk life festival on the National Mall while we were in Washington, D.C.


Just the times the building is accessible on this one.


I thought I might see 844-THE-DUCK on this one.


I am glad the metro was open so late on the 4th of July because there was so many folks trying to get back home after the fireworks.






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Satisfaction – Weekly Photo Challenge – 07/26/17

wpc072617This week, share a photo of something that brings you satisfaction.


Now more than a year and a half into the model railroading hobby I seek out places where model train layouts fill spaces, hoping to learn more about how to make them work. Recently I visited a huge layout, one of the largest in America, which featured over 150 individual animations of things like parades, a circus, carnival, busy highway and fire engine answering a call. I find great satisfaction in this pursuit.



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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Fire Trucks, Fire Houses, Fire Hydrant – 07/25/17

011This week the topic is Fire Trucks, Fire Houses, Fire Hydrant basically anything to do with putting fires out.  I saw our local bucket fire truck parked with an array of antique tractors in the days before an annual farm show.

ft1I love model trains for those of you who do not know and while on our trip to Pennsylvania and Washington, DC we stopped at a -place in Strasburg, PA called the Choo Choo Barn. It is an attraction that started nearly a half century ago and is one of the largest model railroad layouts I have had the pleasure to witness.  There is over a hundred separate pieces of this arrangement that are animated, including a fire truck that answers a fire call. This first photo is a still capture from a video I made of the truck exiting the fire station.


The second still capture shows the fire truck en-route from the fire station to respond to the call. Before I saw the beauty of this show piece I had not considered animation in my train set. But now I am leaning that way with ideas floating on how to make mine come to life.



Unfortunately my camera is not the best at accomplishing zoom with the video, so I cannot show you the firemen that appear when the fire truck finally arrives at the scene of the fire. You might be able to discern the light bulbs inside the house simulating the glow of a fire. Not long after the truck arrives a ladder projects out of the ground and a fireman sprays actual water into the house that is “on fire”.

As I said these are all screen captures from a video I took of the animation. If you would like to see the video you can follow this link: Choo Choo Barn Fire Call.



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Cee’s Oddball Photo Challenge – 07/23/17

The oddball challenge is one of my favorites because I have an eye for the unusual and try to snap photos when I see it.


I saw this bumper stick right before the landmark, yes that is what it is called six months past, election of 2016. Eight elections past my first chance to vote for a presidential candidate I would vote for Reagan again.


I don’t know if Luke still feels the force, but I see the effects of Star Wars every where I go. All over Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania I saw all facets of merchandise from the Star Wars franchise, From a New Hope through Rogue One. This hitch cover is the symbol for the Rebel Alliance for those not in the know.


I saw this Mandevilla bloom peeking out of the rails of our deck where it is slowly and methodically wrapping itself around the best climbing materials. Eventually it will fully open, but when I got this it was roughly halfway through the process.


It is challenging to get a good picture in the bright sun since I cannot always see my DROID MAXX screen. But the shadow was totally unnoticed until I reviewed the photo. But the subject is what I consider oddball. I have never seen it before.

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Through – One Word Sunday


This is a one lance pass through under a railroad line of the Norfolk Southern less than a stone’s throw from my home. Added to the One Word Sunday theme.

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