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Friday, January 31, 2014

Friday Finds and Random Facts

 I've been home to much lately, so yesterday I just got in the car and started driving with no destination. After I left the house I decided to see if I could find a historical home I've been wanting to photography. I found it and in front of it I found this old fence. Isn't it just wonderful! I love fences that have been around for years. I love the pealing paint and lichen growing all over them. I love the cracked and broken boards. Most of all I love that gate!
 
 
 
Fact  #1
The home I was looking for is called the Ten Mile House, a rare example of a largely intact rural home of the early nineteenth century. Ten Mile House is billed as the oldest brick building in Arkansas (built circa 1820). The house was commandeered by Union troops during the Civil War. It was also thought to have accommodated travelers on the Southwest Trail  stagecoach line, earning it the alternative name “Stagecoach House."
 
 
 
 
Fact #2
I took 561 pictures yesterday in my travels. What does that say about me?  I probably should think more about what and how I'm shooting and not take three or four of the same shot!!  My favorite photo of the day is of this old split-rail fence and log building. It looks like it was taken in the fall, but I promise I took it yesterday. We have certain trees that don't loose their leaves until spring. They just turn brown and hang on the tree all winter.
 
 
 
Fact  #3
With the civil war on my mind I decided to tour the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History. This flag at the top of the main staircase is  a "42-Star 'Unofficial' 1890 U.S. Flag."  The 42-star flag was never an official star count and only produced for eight months from November 1889 through July 4, 1890. It was hard to take this picture. It's hanging over a very large window!
 
 
 
Fact  #4
I believe God puts little things in my pathway each day to delight me. Honestly, I do. I feel even though there are millions of people that God watches over, he spends time with each of us. He know what delights me. One thing in nature that delights me more than anything else is heart shapes. This heart-shape is in a huge root of a very large tree. I'm grateful for these little winks from God!
 
 
 
Fact  #5
It snow this week. It was lovely to stand at the window and watch the snowflakes gently falling. The snow only last a short while and the only accumulation was a little bit on my vehicle. I've always wanted to capture a snowflake. I'll be honest, this one was only visible after much cropping and I'll never be able to print it. But, I can certainly see it and I'm quite proud of it!
 

Happy Friday evening to you!
I hope your weekend is wonderful! 
 
Linking with Kim for Friday Finds 
Linking with Nancy for Random 5 Friday
 

20 comments:

  1. gorgeous home & fences ... i feel i have seen a few of those. or at least they sound/look familiar. ( :
    beautiful snow flake.

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  2. You got some wonderful shots. That old home is beautiful!

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  3. My favorite find is the split rail fence. What wrong with taking a lot of pictures when you get great results.

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  4. oh my...your snowflake is just perfection! And what a wonderful day you must have had shooting over 500 photos!!

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  5. What a lovely outing you had, Cathy. I love the warm brickwork of The Ten Mile House, the very tall chimneys and the shadows in the garden. I agree that old fences are lovely because they seem to tell us a story. Well done for cropping your photo to get that snowflake!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  6. Beautiful photos. I love old homes especially those from the early to mid 1800's. Your split rail fence shot is so gorgeous. Thank you for sharing your outing with us. You have reinforced my decision to go out tomorrow camera in hand in search of beauty.

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  7. Another lovely post--the places you go, the sights you find, make me want to go with! Of all of your photos, I like the one of the flag best--it was certainly worth the effort it took to get a great image.

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  8. Totally agree about the split rail fence shot. Gorgeous! I bet it was great to get out and explore. Good for you, you deserve it.

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  9. Wow -- all your civil war themed shots are so moving. I'm a Civil War buff and would love to visit your area sometime! I love that flag at the top of the stairs. Wonderful perspective. Isn't it great that with digital cameras we can take hundreds of photos and then cull the best. Just think how many rolls of film you would have used :)

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  10. You are my model of "playing tourist" - you always find such delightful places to visit and photograph! Love the old fence and gate and your snowflake is quite stunning. It is an amazement to see such wonders up close.

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  11. What a wonderful drive you had! My favorite is your favorite, that amazing split-rail fence under Fact #2. I just love every single thing about that photograph.

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  12. That must have been a lot of fun to take a little impromptu road trip. 500+ photos! That's fantastic. I really do love your favorite photo, too!

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  13. Lovely shots...like you, I need to get out. I've only been leaving home to go to work and it leaves me uninspired. Thanks for the nudge!

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  14. amazing shots, wonderful find .... I too love old fences.

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  15. Oh Cathy you just make me smile so big, one of these days I want to met you. I want to get in that car of yours and go on one of your road trips. Now wouldn't we have a good time? Who cares if you took 500 or 1000 thousand images you had fun that is all that matters, just click away kiddo. Love that old picket fence so much, you always find the coolest things that others would pass by and have such a love of history. I wonder who the person was that built that log fence and made that 42 star flag. Gotta wonder. Good stuff on your trip.

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  16. Love the flag photo -- inspiring! And I too take lots of photos of the same thing, just in case. :) Thanks for playing along this week Kathy. :)

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  17. We have to be open to seeing those little gifts that God gives us. With life now so fast-paced, people simply don't see them. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us!

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  18. I love it when you take on these wonderful excursions and show us all your wonderful finds....I love the flag picture and those old steps leading up to it...Just think of all the people who have walked those stairs....Great finds....

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  19. Oh I'm glad I scrolled down to take this post in too. - You had a wonderful little tour here. That fence shot is so cool looking. I really enjoyed reading about your travels and your thoughts about God visiting us every day and in special ways. Congrats on that cool snowflake shot. I've been trying to get one too, the closest I've come was my shot from a couple of days ago on our back fence.

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