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Happiness Project 24

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It’s another fun day to be alive!  Here are some happinesses from my life to yours.  

1.  Painted Rocks
You know the ones, the surprises from strangers.  
Painted RockPainted Rock that says Clanton RocksJesus Loves You
New Hope
Eat More Beef painted rock
Every time I find one a huge grin spreads across my face.  Sometimes I even laugh out loud. 

2.  A real shower 
After a month of showering in the RV it was wonderful to enjoy the luxury of great water pressure, room to turn and move my arms without bumping the shower walls, and lots of hot water.  WOW! 😃

3.  Last Day at The Eclipse 
I will not be back before they close.  Actually when you read this they will be closed.   I’m happy to be here one more time.  This is melancholy happiness but happiness all the same.   
Eclipse Coffee & Books closing poster.

Share the joy.  If you want to, tell us something that made you happy this week. 

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Fisheye Black and White 

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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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White-tailed deer

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The White-tailed deer is a beautiful herbivore.  I always enjoy seeing them in the yard, woods, and along the sides of the road (have to careful not to hit one). This deer is popular with hunters both for it’s antlers and meat (which is quite tasty). Sadly, hunting clubs are taking over a lot of the wild areas in the state. Even if that land is public land, once a hunting club leases it, the land is off limits to people who aren’t members of the hunting club even if they aren’t hunters.


There have been two or three deer around the house the entire time I’ve lived here (10 years).   I see them a couple of times a year in the back yard and I’ve seen one in the front yard twice.


Seeing the deer is always a surprise.  Seeing the deer and having a camera handy is a Magick all it’s own.

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A Park on Frenchman Street, New Orleans

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We spent some time on Frenchman Street while we were in New Orleans. Among the many things we did while Christy was getting a sugar skull tattoo, Jesse and I played in the local park.


It was a beautiful day and we had fun climbing, running, laughing, sliding, and swinging.


Everyone we encountered was nice.  Even the drug dealer conducting business on a nearby park bench was friendly.


All things have to end and the park closed at sunset.  A gentleman riding a bicycle came through and asked us all to leave so he could lock the gates.

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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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Streetcar Ride

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One muggy afternoon we rode a National Historic Landmark,  the St. Charles Streetcar,  through the Garden District in New Orleans.

This area was originally known and named for the spacious gardens surrounding the mansions.  The “Garden District” is now known for its architecture more than gardens.

I didn’t have a lot of time to compose these pictures.

They were taken from a forward facing seat in a moving streetcar.

I was only able to identify one of the homes.

Van Benthuysen-Elms Mansion

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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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