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I like the fisheye lens from Olloclip.  

These pictures were taken by me at the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum with the Hipstamatic app, and the Olloclip fisheye lens on an iPhone 6.  

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Myku 24

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Ringing engine bell
Hear! Now! Hear! Now! Here! Nowhere! 
Mindfulness calling. 

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Choo Choo

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I spent hours wandering the trainyard at The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum in Calera Alabama.  I’ve been here many times and it’s a unique joy to take photographs at the museum. There is always something new to shoot.  
I miss seeing the caboose at the end of the train.  A train crossed the road in front of me yesterday.  It’s just not the same with just the light on the last car.  It makes me happy to see places like the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum preserving cabooses for future generations to enjoy. 
One of the many cool things here is riding the train. You can purchase tickets to ride in an open car or an enclosed car.   There are also tickets available to ride in the caboose or in the engine.  I think I should take advantage of one or both of those options while I am here.   

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Photos taken with an iPhone 6 and edited with Snapseed.  

JR2015 rolled into NOLA

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As is often the case, Friday was a travel day.
I took I10 to New Orleans, my fav city for street photography. Good fun! Good food!
It is quite a change from Davis Bayou.

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Now it’s urban camping at Jude Travel Park. The sounds of nature have been replaced with the sounds of the city.

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Inside

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the L & N Depot Museum in Foley Alabama. The Depot Museum is housed in the 1909 Louisville and Nashville railroad station. The one built in 1905 burned down.

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The Engine & The Caboose

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The engine and caboose are part of the L & N Depot Museum in Foley Alabama. The L & N Depot Museum is housed in the 1909 Louisville and Nashville railroad station. The one built in 1905 burned down.

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IMG_9673There is a geocache here.
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NOLA Time!

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“…there [are] only two places on earth one [can] be: New Orleans and somewhere ridiculous.” ~ Tom Robbins
I’ve almost completed packing. Just a few things to toss in the bag. I think Einstein knows I”m going. He is chattering and squawking up a storm.

Thursday morning, Christy, Jesse, and I are heading to Anniston to catch the Crescent for New Orleans.  We will be there a week playing and taking pictures.   I’m excited! I love riding the train and I love New Orleans.  I get to stand on shore of the mighty Mississippi once more.

It’s a magic city.  Tom Robbins said, “The minute you land in New Orleans, something wet and dark leaps on you and starts humping you like a swamp dog in heat….”  The man is right. There is no escape from all that jazz and from the blues!

After all the recent “last times” and good byes it is nice to be returning to a friend/city that has been in my life for a long time. It brings some balance into my experience.

Like New Orleans, I listen, not to the world, but to my own inner being–ever mindful of my personal style.

“If New Orleans is not fully in the mainstream of culture, neither is it fully in the mainstream of time. Lacking a well-defined present, it lives somewhere between its past and its future, as if uncertain whether to advance or to retreat. Perhaps it is its perpetual ambivalence that is its secret charm. Somewhere between Preservation Hall and the Superdome, between voodoo and cybernetics, New Orleans listens eagerly to the seductive promises of the future but keeps at least one foot firmly planted in its history, and in the end, conforms, like an artist, not to the world but to its own inner being–ever mindful of its personal style.”

~ Tom Robbins

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Peace, Love, Light!

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Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum

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and musings

There is nothing to tell
When I wanted to find it, I could not.

 

Nothing happened
When I didn’t want to find it, it appeared.

 

Everything happened

 

Suchness
How far down the rabbit hole do you want to go?
It’s not a problem.
It’s the road to heaven.
Just put your stuff down.

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NOLA at Night v 2.2

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Christy, Jesse and I had supper here one night.  There was live music and we dance on the sidewalk.

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Christy, Jesse, and I took the Amtrak Crescent from the train depot in Anniston AL to New Orleans for a week of adventure and photography. This train station is a classical revival depot and is listed in the National Registry of Historical Places. Jesse loves to ride the train. Heck, we all love to ride the train. We left August 8, 2013 and returned August 14th. Unfortunately Jeremy couldn’t go this time. He had to work.
Christy’s father was kind enough to drive us to the train station and pick us up so we wouldn’t have to leave a vehicle parked there for a week.
We stayed at our usual place, the historic 905 Royal Hotel in the French Quarter. The 905 Royal was built in the late 1890’s.

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NOLA V7.5

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4:45am. The three of us are sitting on the balcony waking up for the day’s adventure.
We’re bound for Alabama. We will be boarding the Crescent at 7am.

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All aboard!
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Waiting for breakfast. And waiting. And waiting.
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Next stop is ours.

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Sweet home Alabama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet Home Alabama
Lord, I’m coming home to you
~Lynyrd Skynyrd

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