Friday, July 24, 2015

Old County Road

Nitro and Saint Albans firefighters work to extinguish a house fire this morning on Old County Road in Nitro.  The house was fully involved when firefighters arrived.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Perfect Timing

It's been another long period between posts.  We've been pretty busy since the 4th of June.  My wife and I both retired in June and we were at my retirement party when we found out my father-in-law had had a massive stroke and was in ICU on a ventilator in Beaufort, SC.  We left the party and drove straight to Beaufort.  He was in the hospital there 27 days.  Now he's back here with us in WV at a rehab facility where he's making good progress toward recovery.  These are some photos I made in and around Beaufort Memorial Hospital while we were there, and we were there a lot.  As you can tell from some of the photos, there can still be happiness amidst sometimes unbearable sadness.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Andy's Grill

I'd seen a couple of articles and photos in the paper and on instagram about Andy's Grill about to be torn down, so I had to go by and get some photos of my own.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Evening On The New river

Here's a couple of photos from week before last.  I had also put these up on my Instagram page.  The top one is obviously Fayette Station Bridge and the other one is from on the bridge.  I love it down there in the evenings.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Young Saint Albans Firefighter

That's me on the right, firefighter Eric Mitchell and Captain Carl McCormick on the left.  That was about 25 years ago.  Carl's been retired for at least 20 years.  Now I'm a captain and getting ready to retire next month after 26.5 years.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Mason County Sunset

It looks like I haven't posted on my blog for a pretty good while.  I hope my "legions" of
fans aren't too disappointed.  ;-)  I've been posting a lot of stuff on Instagram, or as the cool people say, "the insta G".  Click right here to see my Instagram feed.

Monday, February 16, 2015

What A Difference...

...a day makes.  The top photo is from Sunday afternoon.  It was cold but sunny.  The temperature was about the same today as yesterday, around 15 degrees F. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Plant Lab

I don't know what a plant lab is, but I thought the sign in the alley looked cool.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Gillispie Tree Service

I had our giant American Elm tree topped today.  That thing was huge.  Our friend Tom and his son, Daniel were the arborists that gave it it's haircut.  They did a great job.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Fayetteville, WV

I took a little walk around Fayetteville Saturday morning.  I wasn't looking for anything in particular to photograph, as per the advice of Jay Maisel.  He made a short video with a couple of tips on how to become a better photographer.  You can watch the video here.  He said (I'm paraphrasing) "be open, walk slower and don't try to obey all of photography's rules.  Just photograph what interests you".  That's what I do most of the time anyway.  I like these two photos, especially the "for rent" sign.  The colors and the lines and angles caught my eye.  The thing that interests me about the photo of the old Fayette theater is the amount of overhead wires criss crossing the area.  I didn't pay much attention to them until I saw the photo.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Keeping An Eye On Pinterest

I really like making photos with just the light form an iPhone or an iPad.  There was a tiny bit of ambient light, but not much.  I was trying to focus on the reflection in her eye so I could see if I could tell what she was looking at, but it was too small even when enlarged on the monitor.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Old Post Office

This is the top of the old post office in Saint Albans, WV.  It was placed on The National Register of Historic Places in 1994.  It's now the home of Chapman Technical Group.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015