Originally uploaded by fdtate.
A sculpture involving books and water in front of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentennial Library.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.