Monday, March 28, 2005

Library Books


Library Books
Originally uploaded by fdtate.

A sculpture involving books and water in front of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentennial Library.
Chattanooga, Tn.

Riverwalk


Riverwalk
Originally uploaded by fdtate.

This pathway is part of Chattanooga's Riverwalk, a long string of paths that run alongside the Tennessee River.

Duck Tours


Duck Tours
Originally uploaded by fdtate.

This is a Chattanooga oddity. Duck Tours has several of these amphibious vehicles. They tour downtown Chattanooga, then drive off into the Tennessee River to continue the tour.

Suck Creek Cycle


Suck Creek Cycle
Originally uploaded by fdtate.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Suck Creek. And a Suck Creek Cycle.
Chattanooga, Tn.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Monday, March 21, 2005

Lookout Mountain


Lookout Mountain
Originally uploaded by fdtate.

Chattanooga, Tn. Lookout Mountain is in the background, I-24 is in the left foreground.

Manhole Cover


Manhole Cover
Originally uploaded by fdtate.

A Field of Wildflowers


A Field of Wildflowers
Originally uploaded by fdtate.

A field of wildflowers, Chattanooga, Tn.
Taken yesterday, March 20.

Would You Live Here?


Would You Live Here?
Originally uploaded by fdtate.

A house on Missionary Ridge, site of a Civil War battle, Chattanooga, Tn.
This photo shows how prime real estate is more important than Civil War battlefield preservation.

Friday, March 18, 2005

Monument


Monument
Originally uploaded by fdtate.

Another view of the 2nd Minnesota monument, Delong Reservation, Missionary Ridge, Chattanooga.

Delong Reservation


Delong Reservation
Originally uploaded by fdtate.

A look into Delong Reservation, one of several small National Park Service Civil War sites on Missionary Ridge in Chattanooga. The phallic-looking monument in the distance commemorates the 2nd Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

Evergreen


Evergreen
Originally uploaded by fdtate.

Daffodils


Daffodils
Originally uploaded by fdtate.

What is this?


What is this?
Originally uploaded by fdtate.

I'm really curious about what this is. This plant has silvery leaves in the winter, then turns reddish, then green as the weather heats up.

A flower bed


A flower bed
Originally uploaded by fdtate.

A flower bed, Chattanooga, Tn., mid-March.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Blossoms


Blossoms
Originally uploaded by fdtate.

A blossoming tree (a peach tree?) taken in mid-March in Chattanooga, Tn.

Textures: Evergreen


Textures: Evergreen
Originally uploaded by fdtate.

Another textural photo, this time of a patch of evergreens.

Textures: Stone


Textures: Stone
Originally uploaded by fdtate.

This close-up photo of a stone wall at Delong Reservation on Missionary Ridge in Chattanooga makes an interesting textural photo (it might even make good desktop wallpaper.) If you notice, it has tiny vines growing all over it. Like the Kudzu photo, I'll try to take another picture when the weather warms up to compare and contrast.

Kudzu


Kudzu
Originally uploaded by fdtate.

If you're a non-Southerner and/or have never been to the South, you might not be too aware of kudzu, a creeping vine-like plant that consumes everything in its wake. This is what it looks like in its dormant winter state. When the weather warms up a bit, I'll take another photo at this same spot to show you what it looks like when it's growing and devouring.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Chattanooga Icestorm


Chattanooga Icestorm
Originally uploaded by fdtate.

Taken last month during an icestorm, Chattanooga, Tn.

Wildflowers


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Originally uploaded by fdtate.

Mid-March blooming wildflowers (what kind? I don't know), Chattanooga, Tn.

The 8th Kansas Infantry


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Originally uploaded by fdtate.

This is a bronze statue atop the 8th Kansas Volunteer Infantry Regiment monument, Missionary Ridge, Chattanooga, Tn.

Sepia Napoleon


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Originally uploaded by fdtate.

The same cannon as in the previous posting done in sepia tones to make it look more Civil War-ish.

An OOPS update: As I noted in the previous posting. I've taken a second look at this photo and noticed that it's not a Napoleon. It's either a 6-pounder smoothbore or a 12-pounder James rifle. The James was converted from the smoothbore by cutting grooves inside the tube to give the gun more accuracy and allow for larger loads. I'm not sure if this particular gun has been rifled or not. Sorry for the mistake.

A New Blog


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Originally uploaded by fdtate.

Yes, another blog. This will be a photo blog. Hopefully, this will motivate me to get out a little more and to take more photos.

I've got crappy equipment: an Olympus D-450 that's several years old (at least five or six). I can make some adjustments on it, but it's basically a snapshot camera - 1.3 megapixels, 3x zoom. Hopefully, as time goes by, the equipment will get better, and as I get back into the practice of taking photos, the pictures will get better.

I'm posting to this blog using flickr.com. The photos aren't very big - if I make them full-sized they bleed over into the sidebar - but click on them and go to my flickr page where you can see larger versions.

This photo is of a 12-Pounder (denoting the size of the ammo) Napoleon gun of Civil War vintage. It is in someone's front yard on Missionary Ridge in Chattanooga, Tn. The barrel is made of bronze which turns green as it tarnishes.

An OOPS Update: Was doing an entry on the Napoleon on my Civil War blog when I happened to run across this picture and noticed that, oops, that's not a Napoleon. The gun in this picture is either a 6-pounder smoothbore gun or a 12-pounder rifled James.